ICT Tip: Lingro provides instant “pop-up” dictionary definitions for any website

April 12, 2011

This ICT tip could be best applied to the following subjects:

Link: http://www.lingro.com

Quick overview: Using Lingro, students can visit a website and click on any word to obtain a definition, along with a spoken pronunciation. Easy to use and no software to download. Free!

How can this be used in the classroom? Think of Lingro as a language “overlay” for websites. Using the Lingro website, students simply punch in the address of the site they would like to visit and now they can click on any of the words they encounter to obtain a definition. Lingro also keeps a history of all words clicked, so students can go back and review their word history. Lingro can be used in different languages too. So for example, a Chinese speaking student can obtain Chinese definitions when reading words from an English website. Definitely worth checking out! (Source: Mish Papazian, St Laurent Adult Education Centre, English Montreal School Board)

Video Tutorial: For more information on how to use the Lingro website, please click the play button below:

ICT Tip: BonPatron identifies French spelling errors and common grammatical problems

October 31, 2008

This ICT tip could be best applied to the following subjects:

Quick overview: The BonPatron website (http://www.bonpatron.com/en) is designed to assist FSL students write in French by identifying spelling errors and grammatical problems in their written French texts.

What does it do? Using BonPatron, students type (or copy and paste) written French text into the website. However, as the BonPatron site is designed to be used in an educational context, it does NOT simply find French spelling and grammatical mistakes and spit out the correct answer. Instead, it will detect mistakes and offer suggestions how to fix them. This allows the student to know there is a problem but provides them with the “know-how” to fix the mistake themselves. For example if I write the following French sentence (see below) the BonPatron website will analyze the text, highlight the error, and offer a suggestion:

How can this be used in the classroom: The BonPatron site could be used to help your students become more autonomous in correcting their own mistakes when writing in French. (Source: Bob Thomas NFSB and Tom Stenzel RSB, ALDI Workshop)

Note: The site is free to use, however without paying for a yearly subscription for the “pro” version of the site, the students will encounter some small limitations and ads will be seen. Regardless, teachers have reported that they often use the free version of the site without any problems in their class.


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