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Monday, August 12, 2013

Teaching Vocabulary!

Rather than the typical 4 CORNERS Graphic organizer (see picture below), let's "kick it up a notch" and add some technology to the mix.


I discovered this wonderful visual graphic organizer called Visuword! Finally a site that does some of the hard work for us teachers, without spending half our conference period running copies! (smile)

Visuword is an online graphic dictionary that functions as a dictionary, thesaurus, graphic organizer and tutor all in one! See an excerpt below from their website and go and DISCOVER the wonders that encompass VISUWORD!!

Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.

Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.

-It's a dictionary! It's a thesaurus! -Great for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists. -The online dictionary is available wherever there’s an internet connection. -No membership required.

Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web.

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