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  • Keyboarding isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but TypeRacer can make it a little better. It may appear to only be another typing/racing game, but what spices it up is that 1) you actually type sentences instead of random words and 2) you can race live against other people…presumably your classmates. This would be fun to explore.  UPDATE! A couple comments from Karen and Ben let me know that TypeRacer’s content may sometimes be inappropriate…which means that it’s basically no good for the classroom.  Oh, well…Karen has a link to other typing resources though.  Thanks Karen and Ben!
  • You may not know what an RSS feed is, let’s just say it’s a special web page that you can subscribe to for news and other information. With Dixero you can subscribe to RSS feeds and have it read to you by the amazing computer voice. A great tool for students with reading difficulties!
  • Here’s another easy timeline tool, Dipity. Not sure what the word dipity has to do with timelines, but that doesn’t make it any less useful.
  • Have your students tell stories with animation using Fluxtime Studio, a free online tool. Animations can be saved and shared with others.
  • There’s no reason not to have students using photos and images in their presentations and projects. There are lots of online tools to help make those images just right and now Adobe has jumped onto the scene with Photoshop Express. Edit and store images for free!
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4 Responses

  1. Just wanted you to know – I was testing Typeracer this weekend and some content with drug reference and rap lyrics came up. It doesn’t do it all the time, just wanted to give you and any other teachers a heads up on this!

  2. By the way, I posted a bunch of keyboarding sites here over the weekend for student use:

    http://www.southfieldchristian.org/elem/keyboarding/keyboarding.html

  3. Thanks, Karen, for the information! That’s annoying to say the least…teachers can’t really take the chance with that type of thing, too many issues.

    Thanks also for the great links!

  4. Yeah, a second on Type Racer’s text. It’s all pulled from pop fiction, movies, etc so there’s a lot of profanity and other inappropriate content that I’ve found in playing with it for just 10 minutes. You might want consider putting up a warning in your post.

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