The Visual Thesaurus (VT) is an interactive reference tool that increases a student's ability for reading, writing and communicating.  This Web 2.0 tool is a dictionary and thesaurus that promotes reading comprehension, introduces new vocabulary words and concepts, and proper pronunciation.  The VT creates a word map with the main word in the center of the screen connected by related words and meanings.  Students will find synonyms, definitions, various word meanings, antonyms, and pronunciations.   

Some of advantages of the VT are:
  • research the Internet for word related websites and images
  • contains over 145,000 English words and 115,000 meanings
  • ability to see and explore different parts of speech
  • access the VT from any Internet-connect computer
  • visual learning
  • Create and share with other students
  • explore words in other languages
  • productive tool for ESL students
 

Vocaroo is a voice recording service that can be incorporated into any PreK-12 classroom.  This easy to use Web 2.0 tool does not require you to create an account or log in each time you use it.  Want an added bonus?  It's free and there is no limit of message length!

This a great tool teachers can use on blogs, web pages or wikis that allow students, parents, and others to record and play back their own voice.  Some educational uses include:
- oral accommodations for students with learning disabilities
-  great way to check for understanding
-  reinforce learning
-  great communication tool to share with parents
-  provide verbal feedback instead of typing (great for non-writers)

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