Thursday, May 31, 2012

It Checks, It Grades, It Suggests!

Another site that helps students get a sense of their own writing is "PaperRater".  

From the website:  
" is a free resource, developed and maintained by linguistics professionals and graduate students. It is used by schools and universities in over 46 countries to help students improve their writing."

PaperRater will even provide the following services:
  • Plagiarism Detection
  • Auto Grader
  • Spelling and Grammar Check
  • Style and Word Choice Analysis
  • Readability Statistics
(In an article for SLJ, Krista Brakhage speaks about how she uses it herself! LINK)


Friday, May 25, 2012

"Check your own paper, kids"

Worried about plagiarism? Wondering what to do about it? Instead of having the teacher check, why not ask the students to do it first? Plagium is a site similar to many grammar checking URLs that scours the internet for copied content. This can be a helpful pointer to students who may have inadvertently copied, and a wake-up call to those who have fallen into the practice. Why not give it a whirl?

Friday, May 18, 2012

ThingLink - link anything to your images

Do you want an easy way to annotate the images you find, or the pics you place on your website or blog? ThingLink is an innovative way to do this. You can embed videos, images, sound files and URLs, making your image much more than a simple picture. Teachers could upload an image of a worksheet, with step by step audio instructions. Students could use a relevant picture as a project placeholder for any number of links to supplemental material. Watch the short video on the site and then sign up!

Friday, May 4, 2012


Slideshare has added a great feature to its hosting of PPT shows - audio and video. Yes, using the Zipcast function, you can now do a realtime audio or video presentation using your Slideshare content. Invite participants and you have an instant webinar. The free version has a few limitations, but for ease of use, it can't be beat.