Wednesday Website: PaperRater

This week’s Wednesday Website was shared by High School Teacher Intern Ariel Mickey. She shared about PaperRater, a free paper analytic service to check grammar. On the site, it can check for plagiarism, too! Just simply select the grade level of the student and viola, the site has analyzed your student’s paper.

It provides you a full log regarding the student’s spelling, grammar, word choice, style, organization methods, etc. When the site notes improper grammar or spelling, it offers suggestions for corrections. The site even offers its own automated grades — but as teachers, we’ll do that part ourselves. 🙂

Photo Background Removal

As students create content for presentations and documents, they often take their own photos. One skill that was previously only possible with high-end photo editing tools, removing the background of images, is now possible with a simple click. While there are various tools that can remove the background, one of the easiest to use is Remove BG. To use this tool, go to the website, upload your photo, view the image without the background and edit it to make the background removal crisper or download the new image to use in your project.

Do I have to take the original photo in front of a green screen?

  • No. However, if the image background is a solid color you may see better results.

Does this work on the iPad?

  • Yes! When you tap on “Select a photo” on the home screen, you will see the option to Take a Photo or browse your Photo Library appears on the screen as a pop-up menu. 

Check out the Before and After below as an example!

Before

After

Wednesday Website: Quill

Another Wednesday, another Wednesday Website! This week’s was Quill.org, shared by Middle School Lead Teacher Ms. Correll.

Quill is a site based off of ELA Common Core Standards, aiming to help students with writing and grammar in an interactive way. Teachers can create their own accounts, and student accounts can be created if you wish. The resources are endless – check it out for more!

Wednesday Website: Virtual Nerd

This week’s Wednesday Website was shared out by middle school teacher, Ali Serson. She shared the site Virtual Nerd, which hoses dozens of educational math videos which are helpful in explaining various math concepts to students. The videos include mostly middle school math, Algebra I & II, and geometry.

The videos are clear, concise examples and are especially helpful for students to review independently. The site is free!

Wednesday Website: Dad’s Worksheets

This week’s website was shared by Elementary Teacher Associate Kate Duffy. She shared the site “Dad’s Worksheets,” which has dozens and dozens of worksheets related to various math topics. They have lots of worksheets for varying instructional levels. For example, there are worksheets for Algebra to addition.

If your students do not like worksheets, you could still use the resources from the website and upload them to Classkick, Nearpod or any other classroom tool.