Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 12 - NoRedInk.com

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For teachers looking to improve grammar and fluency at a student's pace, NoRedInk.com is the place to be! It offers individualized options for students to practice using apostrophes, subject/verb agreement, commas, fragments, and run-ons, and commonly confused words. In the premium edition (currently in beta, requires schools to apply for the pilot program), NoRedInk offers even more!

Once you sign in, you are taken straight to the dashboard:


This shows you all of your various options as a teacher/administrator of the classroom settings. You can immediately create a class.


Once you create your class, you provide students with the invite code and they can sign up on their own:



It will even prompt them to select their interests:

Then, when you assign work, it will include sentences using the interests each student specified! To create assignments, simply click on the "Assignments" tab.



NoRedInk will let you select the type of assignment, the number of questions, which students receive the assignment, and so forth:


Students can also opt to practice on what they like:


You can also assign quizzes:


And view student progress:



NoRedInk even allows you to see what students see in their dashboard:


NoRedInk.com is great about responding quickly and they love feedback. To leave a testimonial, click here!

25 comments:

  1. Wow I am actually first... okay As a math teacher this site doesn't really make me very enthusiastic, but with the number of students in my school who have a hard time reading math problems I am up to try anything that would help them. I believe the ability for the students to pick what they want to read is a huge bonus. The other stuff like tracking and quizzes are what is now expected of sites. I do like the feature that lets you see what the kids see. Over all I could definitely see this being a very popular tool for teachers in my building. NoRedInk is a great name too.

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  2. This seems really cool. I think it would be an excellent tool to utilize for my basic skills classes. A lot of the students have problems with commas and commonly confused words. This would be fantastic to use when students don't bring anything to work on. It's also awesome how it lets students pick their interests so their material is more geared towards them. That really helps with student engagement.

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  3. I love this! I will be using this with my sixth grader TONIGHT! I especially like that you can pick the kids' interests and the sentences are tailored to the chosen subjects. I also like that you can pick which skills you want to use. I also like that you can make it a short or long session depending on how much time or practice you need. Great find!

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  4. What a cool site! I think I would play for a while on this! I like finding grammar mistakes (yes, call me a math nerd with a geeky English side). It looks like a great tool for students to practice with. I like how they pull in students' interests when an assignment is created. Do they make something like this for math?

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    1. The closest thing I can find is a website (http://www.mathmistakes.info/) that just displays examples of math mistakes--it isn't interactive like NoRedInk, unfortunately! However, I suspect it could be managed pretty easily for a web developer...

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    2. Thanks Karla; good find.

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    3. Thanks for that site! It has some flashcards basics that I think my algebra classes would find useful!

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  5. I don't see much use for it in my high school math class but as we are talking RTI this would be a great tool to use with those kids that we will eventually pull out to help with past learned skills. This would be a great idea to create for a math line like Beth said; find the math mistake type problems are great for students.

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  6. Another awesome tool! I keep learning more and more! Grammatical skills are a tough one for kids. We are always working on basic things like writing a sentence correctly with subject verb agreement and capitals/end marks! I hope this can help with that. I LOVE the idea of students marking personal interests and items being created around that! Anything to increase motivation is amazing! I plan on using the netbooks to spend a day working on skills. Also, I want to share with my colleagues!

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  7. After taking a look at the site from both the student and teacher views, I certainly think it is a tool I can incorporate into my classes. I was a little disappointed at the relatively small number of grammar skills that appear to be available, although I may not have looked in the right place to see them all. A pop-up survey did ask me which skills I'd like to see more of, so maybe the selection is expanding. I can see using this as a mastery learning tool what easily would provide differentiation in grammar instruction. I'm definitely going to give it a go!

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    1. They have a TON more on offer if your school applies to be part of the pilot program, but enough people have to be on board and using it to be convincing as applicants.

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  8. WOW! I love this! I'm so excited to dig into this and get it into the hands of my students! I love that it brings in pop culture and mixes it with basics of English!! Such a great find!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm currently at a workshop and this find is better than what the presenter is giving me!! THANKS!

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  9. THis is not something for my class, but I can see the appeal. ELA, RTI, or just review, this site can be a valuable resource. I especially like the way students can use their own interests to guide instruction.

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  10. This isn't really something I'd use in my social studies and world cultures classes but see it as a great tool for others in our building. The fact that students can choose interests makes the questions more engaging. One of the questions on the quiz I took even used my name, so of course I wanted to get it right! I will certainly share this with other teachers at my school.

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  11. I've been playing with it and I love it!!! I created a class along with a few assignments, and it only took a few minutes. I'm hoping the list of interests and hobbies continues to grow - I can see that this would really appeal to kiddos. What a great idea - the students get to pick their topics of interest - minimum of 3, in fact. Love it!

    I wonder if they could add brief passages from books, and/or song lyrics, as those would be popular! (Maybe not with copyright issues?)
    I'm wondering if all the features will continue to be free? I sure hope so!

    I plan to use this with my 4th graders very soon. Cool stuff!

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  12. This is amazing! I try so hard every day to come up with interesting ways to get my students into grammar. Whether we are watching and singing to School House Rock or making up our own sentences. This would make things much simpler and more interactive and interesting than the material not only in the students' textbooks, but on any worksheet.
    I really like that it adapts to the students interests. This will definitely help with the sentence comprehension and keep them interested as they are learning.

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  13. Wow, where was this when I was younger?! I love the fact that it brings in their interests and the use of some non fiction again. This will be great practice and I can use during intervention time or creative writing time. I hope I can get enough people in my building on board. I know from using the Science notebook during my Science periods that my students really need practice with these skills. In fourth grade we really ramp up their writing skills and it is hard. This looks like a fun way to practice and they won't even know they are learning. I love the tracking portion. Everything is data, data, data and this will provide one more avenue to track how they are improving. I can see this helping our ISTEP writing prompt scores. Great find!

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  14. What a neat site! I would like to use this with my homeroom students during enrichment when they are telling me they have no other work. Also as we get into RTI I believe this will be a wonderful learning tool for the students. I love the interest inventory, and using that info for the questions. Thanks again for another new idea :-)

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  15. This appears to be geared more for elementary than high school. As a high school math teacher I would not use this but our remediation group might. It is unique that students list their interests and then sentences contain that information. Not very many interests for a diverse population and unless I missed it not any faces of color on choices. Interesting that rap would have Eminem as the representative face of rap music.

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  16. I must confess, in a completely selfish gesture, I just sent a tweet to the founder and told him to please add #BigBangTheory to the list of TV shows. Can't go wrong with Sheldon's quotes! (I got an immediate reply, too!)

    If you want to follow him on Twitter:
    @jscheur
    @no_red_ink

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  17. What a great and easy way to differentiate instruction. I love that it lets them specify their interests. This will be an awesome tool to use with our inclusion English class. I can also see having my students in resource use it whenever they finish their work.

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  18. This is a cool idea. Hopefully other people who are more talented than me take notice and develop something like this for other content areas. The interest-based aspect is really neat - I will definitely pass this along to those in my building who can use it.

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  19. I am really excited to dive into this on Thanksgiving weekend! I am always looking for exciting ways to help my students learn English grammar.

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  20. I like this. I will add it to my student's list of appropriate programs they can choose from after they complete their music assignment. They love things like Poptropica, which is safe, but they will benefit so much more from really practicing skills! Their teachers also asked me about a math site, so I will check out the one posted earlier too.

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  21. We could really use this in Gateway English, Basic Skills, Remediation...is it really free!!??

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