Anyone who follows Alice Keeler, the education technology guru, knows the power of Bitmoji for connecting and communicating with students. Bitmoji is a free mobile platform that allows your to turn yourself into a customizable cartoon avatar. With the addition of add-ons Bitmoji for iMessages, GBoard (Google's messages keyboard), and Bitmoji for Chrome, connecting with students on a more personal level becomes even easier.
Sample Bitmoji uses in the classroom:
In the February/March 2018 edition of CTA's Educator magazine, Terry Ng lays down a quick and easy set-up for leveling up your student connections with Bitmoji. Click here to get started with the new year and a new avatar.
Struggling to implement the most effective writing and grammar curriculum for students? Let me introduce you to Grammarly, a go-to resource for "English language writing enhancement"
I had heard of Grammarly before but was not fully aware of its complete capabilities. Grammarly is live-time grammar, punctuation, and spelling proofing for writers. Additionally, instead of simply correcting writing mistakes in a passive format, Grammarly provides a brief explanation of the error and correction so writers can learn to correct their common mistakes.
Grammarly is available as a "free" Chrome Extension, a downloadable Mac OS X application, a Microsoft Word add-in for Windows, and can even be used online through the user's Grammarly account. An extra benefit is that work created within the Grammarly App itself will automatically sync to all devices that are signed in with the user's account.
Users should note that free version does have its limitations, as is true of most freemium programming nowadays. The full-version, paid premium features include:
In contrast, the free version provides 100+ checks, and does not include specialty document format checking, plagiarism checker, vocabulary enhancement suggestions, or professional proofreading. At first glance that may seem like the entire program's capabilities. Fear not, even in its free version, Grammarly provides enough functionality to serve as a solid jumping off place for student writers.
Applications for Learning
Students or IT administrators can download the Chrome Grammarly extension for free. Students then simply compose writing as normal and the program will automatically embed live corrections to their writing.