Strategy 1: Learn from Visual Displays of Word
Relationships within Text
One word mapping tools
that support visual representation are Wordle and Wordsift
-a free Web application that
allows you to create a word Cloud based on Frequency
Strategy 2: Take a Digital
Vocabulary Field Trip
Teachers can create a
digital version of a vocabulary field trip using a free online program called
trackstar.4teachers.org- It allows you to collect a series of websites
and annotate them so that students follow the online journey.
Strategy 3: Connect Fun and Learning
with Online Vocabulary Games
These sites can be
bookmarked for students’ independent practice and can provide a basis for
www.vocabulary.com- games include crossword
puzzles. Picture-word matches, word scrambles, and 8 letters in search of a
Strategy 4: Use Media to
Express Vocabulary Knowledge
A multimedia composing
and presentation tool that is often underused is PowerPoint . We have certainly
seen many poor PowerPoint example (ex: the ubiquitous three bullet points and silly clip art approach).
www.prezi.com- this allows the student to create a multimedia
presentation with special effects and live video embedded into the PowerPoint.
Strategy 5: Take advantage
of Online Word Reference tools
The visual thesaurus
website complements its fee-based content with free information such as the
Behind the Dictionary and Teachers at Work columns and teacher-created themed
word lists. Many use multiple distribution platforms to reach learners wherever
www.visualthesaurus.com– list free information such as the Behind the Dictionary and
Teachers at work columns.
My name is Kimberly Lane and I am a Blended Learning Specialist.