September 19, 2008

A Tutor’s Guide on Understanding Cyber-Bullying

The following description was originally published by the Afterschool Alliance

America Learns, in collaboration with Net-Generation expert Vanessa Van Petten, recently released a new toolkit dealing with cyber-bullying. America Learns found that teens are more likely to share information with tutors and mentors that they would normally not share with others and, with that in mind, created the free toolkit specifically for afterschool providers. It offers specific steps to address online harassment of students and gives providers guidance on how to approach the subject with school administrators, parents and others. For more information, visit

Filed under: Technology,TechNotes

September 15, 2008

Top 20 Online Learning Games

Originally published in the GlobalScholar Blog on 09/13/08 by Kim

Editor’s Note: For a description of the games themselves and the chance to vote on your favorites, go to the post by Larry Ferlazzo Kim’s post is based on.

One of the best ways to learn is through games. Just as young children learn through play, older children can learn through games where they are challenged creatively, visually and intellectually.

Apart from GlobalScholar’s Online Math Bingo, here is a list of the top 20 online learning games of 2008, as listed by Larry Ferlazzo.


Filed under: Free Programs/Software,Technology,TechNotes

June 13, 2008

A Free Online Graphical Dictionary Tool for Writing Tutors

by the Journal Editor

Encouraging writers to enjoy the exploration of language requires a variety of approaches and resources. The Visuwords online graphical dictionary is a visual playground of word definitions, associations, and derivations. The following is from their website. I invite you to visit.

"Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.

Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.

  • It’s a dictionary! It’s a thesaurus!
  • Great for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists.
  • The online dictionary is available wherever there’s an internet connection.
  • No membership required.

Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web."

For more information to start exploring immediately, visit


Filed under: Study Tools,Technology,TechNotes

March 6, 2008 Much More Than Free Digital Flashcards

(Article length 207 words)

by Bob Lasiewicz, Managing Director, Crossroads of Learning

Knowtes ( moves flashcards into the social arena with groups and sharing functionality. As a complete flashcard manager including a slew of analytic views, it optimizes your study of any subject. By adding a card to the Knowtes “memory”, it becomes due for study at optimized intervals. The Knowtes Adaptive Learning Engine then adjusts how frequently the learner will study cards based on how well they do on them. No more wasting time (and motivation) on information that has already been mastered. Learners can even visually watch cards move from short to long-term memory as they are studied.

Web and desktop versions are available. There is a highly customizable interface, dynamic study graphs and you can embed flashcard decks on your own web page. Knowtes is currently in development and an invitation only beta, but the website is still accepting new users. As a beta product, some areas may not be working, specifically, I was not able to log in to the desktop version built on the Adobe Air platform. I have sent an email to the developer and will update the Journal after interviewing him.

Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Coaching,Free Programs/Software,Study Tools,Technology,TechNotes

February 25, 2008

Create Engaging Learning Games for Free!

Editor Intro:  Tutors:  Create colorful, interesting, interactive learning games for your students with this fun, free tool!  Classtools has everything you need to get your students excited about learning! is a FREE website allowing teachers and students to create interactive Flash diagrams and learning games. All diagrams created can be saved as data files or web pages to host on your own website or intranet, as can the games you cxreate. Build timeline diagrams to help students visualize the context of historical events, design quizes with old-school video games, or collaborate on a hamburger diagram to help students write an essay. All of their templates have interactive step-by-step instructions so you can tailor the game to your needs. 

Click the following to learn more about  "Create Engaging Learning Games for Free!"

Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Coaching,Home Schooling,Small Private Practices,Study Tools,Technology,TechNotes,Test Prep,Training/Education

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