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Free Touch Typing Software

Want to be a better typer? Want a free resource for students to improve their typing skills?

Check out TypingClub - free lessons that will teach you how to type and get you to 10-12wpm. Or, try the more advanced lessons to improve your wpm (words per minute) skills.

One thing I like is that you don’t need an account to use it - perfect for adult learners or very young students. Creating account has advantages, it tracks your progress over time and remembers where you’ve left off.

If you’re curious, take one of the wpm lessons and check out the statistics when you’re done - it keeps track of how fast, accurate, and proficient you are down to the letter (so you know which letters might need more work).

Google Lit Trips

Looking for level-based virtual literary trips? Google Lit Trips is your site to bookmark!

Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story.

Nature Sound Map - Listen to the Sounds of Nature All Over the World

Nature Sound Map provides a wonderful way to explore the soundscape of the natural world.
In science courses the sound map offers a nice way for students to hear the sounds of animals that they’re learning about in different regions of the world. In some cases the sound recordings combined with Street View imagery could give students a more complete picture of what it is like to be at ground level in a place.

image via rmbyrne High-res

Nature Sound Map - Listen to the Sounds of Nature All Over the World

Nature Sound Map provides a wonderful way to explore the soundscape of the natural world.

In science courses the sound map offers a nice way for students to hear the sounds of animals that they’re learning about in different regions of the world. In some cases the sound recordings combined with Street View imagery could give students a more complete picture of what it is like to be at ground level in a place.

image via rmbyrne

Activities for Practicing Listening and Speaking Skills

While all of the activities are good, the speaking and listening activities on Skillswise that I would be most inclined to use with students are the types of listening and listening for specifics games. The games in both sections require students to listen and follow a set of detailed instructions to complete tasks like delivering products to addresses, recording details of story, and responding to emergency situations.


The NBC News project Education Nation has created a sleek parent toolkit with helpful ideas about what parents can do at home to support their child’s learning in school. It highlights the big educational concepts students should master in each grade, offers tips about the kinds of questions parents can bring up at home and how to support kids’ math and English lessons, and gives parents a sense of the obstacles they might face in future, all the way to graduation day. It also looks at the social and emotional side of learning and development and offers ideas on where parents can find more information or get involved in other ways. For parents seeking a little support, this could be a helpful tool.

The NBC News project Education Nation has created a sleek parent toolkit with helpful ideas about what parents can do at home to support their child’s learning in school. It highlights the big educational concepts students should master in each grade, offers tips about the kinds of questions parents can bring up at home and how to support kids’ math and English lessons, and gives parents a sense of the obstacles they might face in future, all the way to graduation day. It also looks at the social and emotional side of learning and development and offers ideas on where parents can find more information or get involved in other ways. For parents seeking a little support, this could be a helpful tool.


This problem of student engagement is what drives educators at NuSkool to develop lesson plans that are relevant to students’ lives, engaging for 21st century learners, and pedagogically student-centered. The NuSkool team works to find the teachable moments in contemporary popular culture and develop them into common core aligned lesson plans that teachers can easily implement in their classrooms. Rather than eschew students’ extracurricular interests as irrelevant to learning, NuSkool makes them the center of students’ educational experiences. 

Trying to find new media and integrating it into your lessons is hard work - let NuSkool do some of the heavy lifting. Registration is required for access to lessons.

This problem of student engagement is what drives educators at NuSkool to develop lesson plans that are relevant to students’ lives, engaging for 21st century learners, and pedagogically student-centered. The NuSkool team works to find the teachable moments in contemporary popular culture and develop them into common core aligned lesson plans that teachers can easily implement in their classrooms. Rather than eschew students’ extracurricular interests as irrelevant to learning, NuSkool makes them the center of students’ educational experiences.

Trying to find new media and integrating it into your lessons is hard work - let NuSkool do some of the heavy lifting. Registration is required for access to lessons.

aspiringchongqinger finds:

Taiwanese calligrapher Shao Lan uses a pictorial and story-telling approach to teach Chinese characters. Her website, Chineasy, is fantastic: when you click on a character, related and more complex characters appear. This will be one of many resources that I’ll use when I start learning Chinese characters next month. (For now: speaking and pronunciation practice). 

Learn more about her project by reading The World of Chinese’s review or visit her website

Images: screenshots from Chineasy.