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No more excuses for bad grammar – Grammarly is everywhere!Standard
I am an English guy – no, I’m not from the UK – I just really enjoy writing and grammar. I even taught ELA for two years before entering my current career. I am married to a math teacher, so in our house, if you need math you see my wife. If you need grammar help, you see me.
Even though I love grammar, I’m not always 100% sure I’m following the rules. Enter Grammarly. John Mansel-Pleydell wrote a Tech Tips article about Grammarly back in March, but I wanted to follow up and add some more.
If you don’t know what Grammarly is, in a nutshell, it’s a Chrome extension that will help check your grammar and spelling within Chrome. For a more in-depth explanation, check out John’s article. It works on most websites (including Gmail), but as of this writing, Grammarly still is not supported by Google Docs.
This week, Alice Keeler tweeted that Grammarly is beta testing integration with Google Docs. Until that happens, the workaround is to cut and paste your writing into the online Grammarly Editor and check it there.
But there is more to Grammarly than just a Chrome extension. Did you know that Grammarly is available as a native app for Mac and Windows? Just go to grammarly.com/native and you can download the correct version for your platform.
Still using Microsoft Office on Windows? First off, I’m sorry Second, Grammarly has an add-in for the Windows version of Word and Outlook. Mac users will need to use the Web Editor.
Finally, did you know that as of this year, 50 percent of workplace communication and collaboration happens through mobile apps? Good thing that Grammarly now has keyboards for both iOS and Android.
You can use the keyboard to check your grammar when writing texts, emails and more on your mobile. Here’s a quick video to show how it works.
You can find the mobile versions of Grammarly in the App Store and Google Play. They are both free.
Grammarly is free, but there is a premium version that costs $139 a year. That version gives you some cool features including plagiarism checking, sentence structure, vocabulary enhancement and proofreading services. Grammarly Premium is even available for school districts.
Now there’s no excuse to be afraid of grammar!
Variations on Quizlet LiveStandard
Last year, I wrote about a wonderful formative assessment tool called Quizlet Live.
To recap, Quizlet Live is an in-class, team-based learning game. It puts the students in randomized teams of 3-4 and gives each group different questions within the study set. Each member of the group has different answers and only one person has the correct answer. The group needs to work together to get the correct answer to get the points.
I have heard from some teachers that there are some pitfalls to using Quizlet Live. Some of these include one student “taking over” the team and teams that are too strong finishing well in advance of the others. I came across this infographic from Patrick McMillan that has five variations on the Quizlet Live game. His ideas all add neat twists to the game!
Check it out:
Will these ideas help you to better use Quizlet Live in your classroom?
Quizlet Live is an in-class, team based learning game. It puts the students in randomized teams (automatically) and gives each group different questions within the study set. Each team is made up of 3 or 4 students with a randomly assigned animal team name. (You can reshuffle the teams until you are satisfied with the groupings.) Each member of the group has different answers and only one person has the correct answer. The group needs to work together to get the correct answer to get the points. Incorrect answers reset the team’s progress to zero. The first team to match all 12 terms correctly in a row wins. At the end of the game, teams see what they matched correctly and incorrectly.
- At least 12 questions and answers in the set
- At least 6 students ready to play
- 10 to 20 minutes of class time
- Website to set up your Quizlet account: https://quizlet.com/
- Sign up with Google or Email
- Create a Class
- Invite students by email, automatic join link, or link with Google Classroom
- Create your Study Set (or have students create their own)
- Use any of the below ways to study.
PhET – Science and Math SimulationsStandard
I was doing some research for a resource visit last week, and I came across this great resource from the University of Colorado Boulder. It is called PhET and it provides free interactive math and science simulations.
The simulations are written in Java, Flash or HTML5, and can be run online or downloaded to your computer. All simulations are open source and are free to all students and teachers. They are great to show on your interactive board.
Here’s a short video introduction to the PhET simulations:
A couple of my favorite simulations are the Plinko Probability simulation, Balancing Chemical Equations simulation, and John Travoltage.
Check out PhET and see how you can use it in your classroom!