Archive for the ‘ESL’ Category

Excellent tools that work for ALL learners:  https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-09-25-seven-ways-to-use-google-docs-to-support-bilingual-student-writers

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Good tools to have:  http://americantesol.com/blogger/citation2016/

I LOVE Google tools, as you all know.  But I did not know some of the ones listed below.  They are amazing, especially for international folks!  Sorry, gotta go and load some extensions and apps…

Find at:  http://www.businessinsider.com/google-products-youve-never-heard-of?r=US&IR=T&IR=T/#if-you-have-trouble-deciding-between-causes-to-donate-to-or-have-trouble-finding-a-reputable-charity-googles-one-today-app-makes-it-easy-the-app-shows-different-charities-gives-a-short-description-and-lets-you-know-how-you-can-help-18

List:

  • There’s a “Manual” feature in Google Translate that lets you draw characters or symbols.
  • Similarly, Google Input Tools lets you type in over 80 different languages without having to download a special keyboard.
  • Intimidated by huge numbers? Google will help you figure out how to pronounce that 12-string behemoth if you type “=english” after it.
  • Google has a catalog of animal noises that you can easily find by typing in “animal sounds” or by typing in the name of a specific animal. Hot tip: Whip this one out while babysitting and it’ll keep kids entertained for a long time.
  • Google Books nGram Viewer is a fun tool that lets you search for words in 5.2 million books published between 1500 and 2008 so you can see how they’ve been used and changed over time.
  • Google.com/sky lets you explore the far reaches of the universe using images from NASA satellite, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Hubble Telescope.
  • Google Keep is a killer notes and reminder app that works across both desktops and smartphones.
  • You can set a timer on Google (and get an alarm to sound when time is up) by Googling any amount of time followed by “timer.”
  • Gboard is an app for iPhone that enables Google search right in your keyboard, eliminating the need to hop back and forth between apps.
  • Find a gorgeous font that you can use for free (Google.com/fonts).
  • Google Scholar makes it incredibly easy to search for information in professional journals and papers.
  • Get your culture on by using Google Art Project to check out super high-res photos of artwork from the world’s greatest museums.
  • Think with Google is a “digital cheat sheet” for marketers where it uses its data to glean what’s on deck for the industry.
  • Want to get a pulse on what people care about at any given moment? Google Trends shows the most searched terms every day.
  • You can even plot how different search terms have waxed or waned over time.
  • Google Express lets you get same-day delivery for food, electronics, books, and more. The service now covers about 90% of the United States.
  • The Google Sound Search widget works like Shazam to help you identify songs you hear. It will also link you to buy each track in the Google Play Store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great tools for special needs or English learning students found here:  http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/10/special-needs-extensions.html

An interesting discussion of how native languages shape the experience of internet use.  Read “The digital language barrier: how does language shape your experience of the internet?” at http://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2015/may/28/language-barrier-internet-experience