Untangle those Confusing Words

March 18, 2011

The aptly named Confusing Words is a website that contains more than 3,000 words that people tend to have trouble with, and it accepts suggestions for more.

Turn your words into songs with Let Them Sing It for You

March 17, 2011

You may have heard about text-to-speech programs, but how about text-to-song? Let Them Sing It for You is a site that turns user text into a song montage. Sure, it’s odd and entertaining, but this site may provide another way to get students excited about poetry and writing.

Send an email to your future self with FutureMe

February 22, 2011

FutureMe lets you send an email to yourself at a specified time in the future. You provide the email address, add a subject line, write a note to your future self, and then choose when it should get delivered.

Idiom Dictionary shows students the ins and outs of idioms

February 16, 2011

The IdiomDictionary is an online source for learning about idioms. With a simple interface, the site gives you not only the definitions, but also some historical background on the phrases and examples in a sentence.

Create 3-D pop-up books at ZooBurst

February 4, 2011

ZooBurst lets you build virtual pop-up books online. Through a simple WYSIWYG interface, you can upload images and enter text to tell a story.

Turn an explanatory writing assignment into a podcast

January 5, 2011

The act of explaining how to do something has been a staple writing assignment for a long time. Podcasting those instructions promotes not only technology, but also requires students to focus on voice and writing for an audience.

GoAnimate goes to school

January 3, 2011

We’ve reviewed GoAnimate here at Instructify before, but the site recently launched a school version of its animation software that is worth writing about because, well, it’s free.

Help students relate to history with the Age Gauge

December 22, 2010

This is a slightly odd site, to be sure, but the Age Gauge is also an interesting way to place yourself in the span of historic events. The premise is that you enter the day you were born, and the site calculates how old you were at certain moments in time.