Westside Middle School Tech Training 2-1-2012



  • awesome_highligher_Logo.pngAwesome Highlighter: this web tool allows users to highlight text on web pages and then gives a small link to the highlighted page. This tool works well for highlighting important information on a web page and for completing research.

  • vocab-wordle_Example.jpgWord Cloud Creators: these web tools are used to generate "cloud word clusters" from words that the user provides. The generated clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Users can add preferences for fonts, layouts, color schemes and language. Three such tools are given on this linked page.

  • Make_Believe_Comics_Logo.pngMake Beliefs Comix: this web tool is used to create "comic strips" with students. It requires no login and can be used in a variety of ways to allow students to "creatively" apply their knowledge in a fun and interesting way. Students can also create comics in a variety of languages.

  • paperrater_Logo.pngPaper Rater: this web tool is used to analyze a student's writing and claims to improve the students writing through repeated use. (You'll have to let us know what you think :) Paper rater looks at grammar and spelling and provides feedback on writing style and choice of words.

  • goanimatelogo.pngGo Animate: this web tool allows the user to create an animated cartoon by selecting characters and adding text. An account is needed for this tool and the site does have some "annoying" prompts to upgrade to the premium version, but students enjoy the tool so much that it is worth the annoyances.
  • Project Gutenburg: free books from the public domain.
  • Prezi_Logo.pngPrezi:This web tool allows you to make engaging presentations for your students, and for your students to use to create reports on a wide range of topics.

Google Chrome Browser
Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google. It was first released on September 2, 2008, and the public stable release was on December 11, 2008. The name is derived from the graphical user interface frame, or "chrome", of web browsers.
As of January 2012, Chrome is the second most widely used browser, having overtaken Firefox in November 2011, with a 28.4% worldwide usage share of web browsers and is the most popular browser in Pakistan, Russia, India and South America, according toStatCounter.