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Creating A Digital Differentiated Lesson

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What Is Lessonwriter?

Lessonwriter creates lesson plans and instructional materials for teaching English language skills from any reading passage. Use any content from any source and just copy, paste, and submit it on LessonWriter.com and in a matter of moments create a comprehensive lesson plan and student materials. LessonWriter will record what was taught in each class make recommendations about what to teach next.

  

Differentiated Instruction with LessonWriter

Increasingly, teachers are leading classes with students with diverse backgrounds, skills, learning styles, and challenges. Every lesson plan that LessonWriter generates offers suggestions for differentiating instruction and implementing the lesson. In addition, LessonWriter enables teachers to easily differentiate resources for students. Teachers can choose different content to meet the interests and needs of individual groups of students while teaching the same English Language Skills to the entire class, or keeps the content consistent while choosing to emphasize different skills and vocabulary.


YAKiToMe

YAKiToMe is a free text to speech program. Listen to work documents, homework, PowerPoint presentations, emails, RSS feeds, blogs and novels while you relax, commute or exercise. Proofread, learn a new language, multi-task, and use YAKiToMe! for entertainment. YAKiToMe! speaks multiple languages (English, Spanish, French, German, ...) with both male and female voices using the world's best text to speech (TTS) synthesis technologies.

 


EtherPad is the only web-based word processor that allows teachers and students to work together in really real-time.

When multiple students write the teacher can join in and make suggetions for editing the same document simultaneously. The changes are instantly reflected on the students screen. The result is a new and productive way to collaborate on text documents, useful for making suggestions, helping draf out an assignment and educating students in mechanics. Teachers can work with ELL students as they write by making real time suggestions in language development. Great way for initiating real time language support while students are developing their language skills through written expression.

 

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 Assign A Day: Teacher-created online calendars to manage classes and assignments

Assign A Day is an online classroom teacher calendar designed for teachers to make daily assignments to students. It’s a free service that allows teachers  to create and manage y their classroom by posting and sharing online assignments with students. The website is easy to use and is a great way for teachers to post current and upcoming tasks, study tips, test dates and long term projects. Teachers create a calendar for each of their classes and add assignments for the students to view. Students view their teachers' calendars in order to see assignments for classes they might have missed, or to get an overview of the class before they attend. Click here to view a sample calendar.

 

New features of Assign-A-Day include:

  • Create assignments that span multiple dates
  • Make shared calendar to work collaboratively with other educators
  • Duplicate and edit your calendars

 

Registration for New Users

Though this tool is free, you must Register to keep your calendar information organized.

 


MY Share Box 

The Sharebox is a central storage box that saves the items you have shared. As a registered user, you can log into your personalized Sharebox from any computer and view what you’ve sent — only you have access to your Sharebox. This allows you to share items multiple times.

 


Digital Tools that Support English Language Learners

WordAhead is a vocabulary development tool that demonstrates a selected word through a short animated film which expands upon the words definition.  The website provides not only the definition of the word, but your students can see a video illustration and hear how the word is used in different sentences.

 

The beta testing website has a very complete vocabulary development section of 600 words with words added daily. You can use this site by not only uploading selected word videos but also allows for a vocabulary widget to be posted on your own website. The vocabulary development videos, flash cards and dictionary become beneficial when helping students develop their vocabulary or when a lesson developer needs visual and auditory support for ELL Language Learners.

 

Teacher's or student's can also create & manage their own word lists in the Study Room  by selecting words from the website. Teachers can incorporate  multiple list for their classroom and create study groups. Vocabulary list can be  modified by adding or deleting words that students have learned.

 

This website has a collection of short, simple and fun multimedia clips and an audio narration to correctly pronounce, define, and provide examples of difficult English words. The videos are entirely appropriate for middle and high school students. Teacher's can subscribe to receive a Word of the Day video from WordAhead. A WordAhead widget is also available on the website. 


 


 

 

 

Comments (2)

Lesson Plan Cloud said

at 7:04 pm on Feb 21, 2010

I am a retired High School teacher that just started a website for teaches to collaborate. It's call http://www.lessonplancloud.com/ Lesson Plan Cloud and I could really use your help to help other teachers. If you could submit your lesson plans and articles to the site it would be great. Or if you just want to mention the site in your wiki that would be great as well. Thank you in advance.

Frank

Mike King said

at 1:37 am on Feb 22, 2010

Frank, I would be more than pleased to promote your project on lesson plan design and article submission. Looks to be a great start. We are currently putting together reading site to correlate materials for our reading assessment. When it is up and running I will submit it to your page. Additionally you may want to review our work in WestEd at (http://dcpswestedproject.pbworks.com/)

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