Discovered Visual On-line Dictionary which Verbally Pronounces Words

It is amazing how excited I get when discovering new website links. Today I stumbled upon Merriam Webster’s Visual Dictionary On-line. This dictionary shares pictorial definitions along with a selection of vocabulary words for the content area in which the  vocabulary word is used. The other feature I really like is the student can click on a speaker to hear how to pronounce the words. This is a really great support and resource to share with the students. One thing I like most about this dictionary website is the way it differentiates the definitions to support all users! Websites like this are great resources to use because it supports the students with becoming an independent learner!

Here is a sample view for part of a page in the geology section of the Merrian Webster’s Visual Dictionary On-line. You can check out this site here: Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary On-line.

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Creating an Interactive Entry Ticket the Basics

Today I’m sharing how to create the Interactive Entry Ticket seen in a prior post. You will be amazed with how easy it is to create using Google Forms. Google Forms may be one of the most underused APPs sitting in your Google Drive. Most people relate the form with a method of providing surveys and polls. In actuality Google Forms is a very powerful tool for the educator. A Google form can assist you with collecting daily teaching evidence, RTI data, assessment data and it can save some time by automatically grading. All information collects into a spreadsheet. Imagine the time saved by scrolling down a spread sheet versus thumbing through piles of paper.

Google forms offer the user the ability to embed video, audio, clipart and link out to the web. This makes it easier to differentiate the work for all the different learning styles! I would say the power of a Google Form is a “Win Win” situation not only for the teacher but also the students!

This is how I created the Interactive Entry Ticket wait to you see what a breeze it is to create. Doesn’t take much time at all and offers a “Big Bang for the Bucks!”

  • Go to Google Drive click on New, Scroll Down to More, Click Forms

Open Google Forms

  • Click to give the Forms a Name

Forms ~give it a name

  • Give the Forms a Description

Forms Description

  • Type a question in the Untitled Question field
    • Provide text clues
    • Choose a question type
    • Click done when finished

Forms write question

forms question types

  • Add Items option allows you to add extra text, checkboxes, video, images, and etc…

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  • Choose a theme and then Click Send

Change Theme Click Send form

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  • Choose which method to use for sending the form then click done!

click done




Google Collection a newer features to the Google + Community.  Google collection bears a familiar resemblance to Pinterest. Immediately I saw how this new Google feature could be integrated as a support for educators. Google Collection can be used to organize educational website links, tutorials, worksheets, videos, posters, templates and etc… by content categories. You can color code and add a picture to the categories to help with organizing the content. What I like most about the New Google Feature is if you use a Google for Education account logon the teacher can set their collection to be viewed only by their school domain. Check out Google Plus Collections to learn more!

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