What is your student landing page?

 

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My student landing page at MyFav.es.

If you are like me, when I teach, I don’t like to spend much time getting students to the correct resource when using our classroom tech. Walking the room like a shark smelling blood in the water for the student who is off on a tangent looking up muscle cars.  I have found a few tools that may help get students to the correct page, keeping them there will be a discussion for another time, that you might also find useful. One I love that, unfortunately, works with limited success, is Google Tone.  From your device, you can “tone-out” to the classroom the page you are on and students with the app. will receive a notification on their screens taking them there directly. My other “go-to” is MyFavs.es which allows the teacher to create rows of icons that are clean and easily accessible without advertising or additional clutter. This is ideal for the retentive teacher like me.  I much prefer this over Symbaloo for this reason as you are also less likely to have errant searches while you are teaching. If you have a favorite, please add your comments below.

 

 

 

Cicret Bracelet

With the Cicret Bracelet, you can make your skin your new touchscreen. Read your mails, play your favorite games, answer your calls, check the weather, find your way…Do whatever you want on your arm.

How do I reduce text complexity?

I was recently asked how to reduce the complexity of text (lower the reading level) not only by length but by replacing the words to make it more accessible to English Language Learners.  There are a few, easily accessed tools to help accomplish this.

Within Chrome, TLDR will reduce the length of any text you are viewing online. You can also drop text into a site such as Text Compactor to do the same. However, neither of these will replace or reduce the complexity of the text, that is where Rewordify comes in to play.  Rewordify allows you to add text and have it replace the complex words as well as provide audio support for those words.

Example 1:  I took the text from Wikipedia about the Moon and ran it through Readability Formulas to assess the reading level, it rated the passage at a grade level of 10.

Readability Consensus
Based on 8 readability formulas, we have scored your text:
Grade Level: 10
Reading Level: fairly difficult to read.
Reader’s Age: 14-15 yrs. old (Ninth to Tenth graders)

Running it through Rewordify provided alternative words and provided audio support but did not reduce the complexity grade equivalent.

Readability Consensus
Based on 8 readability formulas, we have scored your text:
Grade Level: 10
Reading Level: fairly difficult to read.
Reader’s Age: 14-15 yrs. old (Ninth to Tenth graders)

I then went to TLDR to shorten the text and ran it through Rewordify which resulted in an increased text complexity.

Readability Consensus
Based on 8 readability formulas, we have scored your text:
Grade Level: 12
Reading Level: fairly difficult to read.
Reader’s Age: 17-18 yrs. old (Twelfth graders)

Example 2: George Washington

Original Copy:

Readability Consensus
Based on 8 readability formulas, we have scored your text:
Grade Level: 11
Reading Level: difficult to read.
Reader’s Age: 15-17 yrs. old (Tenth to Eleventh graders)

Rewordified:

Readability Consensus
Based on 8 readability formulas, we have scored your text:
Grade Level: 11
Reading Level: fairly difficult to read.
Reader’s Age: 15-17 yrs. old (Tenth to Eleventh graders)

TLDR Summary + Rewordify:

Readability Consensus
Based on 8 readability formulas, we have scored your text:
Grade Level: 12
Reading Level: difficult to read.
Reader’s Age: 17-18 yrs. old (Twelfth graders)

Conclusion:

While on the surface it would appear that there is no benefit based upon the readability formulas, Rewordify does provide multiple substitutions for the replaced words as well as audio support and definitions.  The added words are most likely the cause of the lack of change in grade equivalency.  This is a great tool regardless of the equivalency change solely for the audio support and added learning tools and is why it makes it to my resource page.

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