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Rewordify.com. Information for teachers. The basics. Rewordify.com is a web site that acts like an “app” or a program you install Point browser to rewordify.com Works in any browser and on any device. What does Rewordify.com do?. Mode 1: Simplify, Highlight, and Teach

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Rewordify com

Rewordify.com

Information for teachers


The basics
The basics

  • Rewordify.com is a web site that acts like an “app” or a program you install

  • Point browser to rewordify.com

  • Works in any browserand on any device


What does rewordify com do
What does Rewordify.com do?

Mode 1: Simplify, Highlight, and Teach

  • Simplifies harder English by replacing hard words and phrases with easier ones

  • Highlights the replaced words, showing the original ones upon mouse-hover/click/tap


What does rewordify com do1
What does Rewordify.com do?

Mode 2: Highlight and Teach

  • Identifies all the hard words and phrases in a passage and highlights them

  • Shows easy definitions of the harder ones upon mouse-hover/click/tap


Identifying difficult words
Identifying “difficult words”

  • 34,300 difficult words and phrases

  • Hand-picked by experienced educators

  • Word length doesn’t matter

  • Difficult: ken, orb, diva

  • Not difficult: ridiculousness, unbelievably


What s the point
What’s the point?

  • Makes hard English more accessible

  • Fosters independent learning

  • Offers an alternative to dictionaries

  • Assists visual learners


Target student population
Target student population

Rewordify.com can help:

  • Ages: high school through adult

  • Reading skill: approx. 5th grade and up


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Target student population

Rewordify.com is not intended for:

  • Ages: children younger than 10

  • Reading skill: below about 5th grade level


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Rewordify.com

An alternative to dictionaries


Problems with a dictionary
Problems with a dictionary

  • Words definedin terms ofthemselves

  • Definitions have difficult words

dictionary.com

google.com

merriam-webster.com


Problems with a dictionary1
Problems with a dictionary

  • Requires a multi-step lookup process

    • Locate an unknown word

    • Look it up

    • Scan the definitions and analyze them

    • Pick the definition that is most relevant

    • Go back to original text

    • Apply the definition within the context of the sentence


Problem 1 addressed
Problem #1 addressed

  • Words defined in terms of themselvesRewordify.com never uses any form of an unknown word in its definition


Problem 2 addressed
Problem #2 addressed

  • Difficult words in definitionsRewordify.com never uses difficult words in definitions:


Rewordify com knows context
Rewordify.com knows context

  • Looks at how words are used in a sentence

  • Comes up with a “smart” definition based on context

  • Examples:“enchilada” is left alone, but“whole enchilada” is reworded to “whole thing.”


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Rewordify.com knows context

  • “Art is beautiful.” is left alone“Art thou kind?” is reworded to “Are you kind?”

  • “He has a lot of spirit.” is left alone“He is my kindred spirit.” is reworded to: “He is my good friend.”



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Rewordify.com

How to use the site


How to use
How to use

  • Type or paste in text

  • Enter a web URLExamples of web URLs: www.example.com website.edu hardwebpage.com/hardpage/text.htm


Not a search engine
Not a search engine

  • Sees words -> rewordifies the words

  • Sees a URL -> rewordifies the web page

  • Different from Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.


Demo

  • Go to rewordify.com:


Demo

  • In the top box, type this:This site is replete with ways to improve your lexical knowledge.


Demo

  • Then, press “Rewordify Text.”


Demo

  • You’ll see this:

The phrase “replete with” was replaced with “full of.”

The word “lexical” was replaced with “word-based.”


Smart highlighting
Smart Highlighting

  • Notice the highlighting over the replaced words:


Smart highlighting1
Smart Highlighting

  • Hover your mouse over the highlighting:

The original word appears under your mouse cursor. If you’re on a tablet, just tap the highlighted word.

lexical


Flexible learning
Flexible Learning

  • At the top of any page, click “Settings.”


Smart highlighting2
Smart Highlighting

  • Examine the options


Smart highlighting3
Smart Highlighting

  • Examine the options (continued)


Smart highlighting4
Smart Highlighting

  • Scroll down and click “Save settings.”


Smart highlighting5
Smart Highlighting

  • Click the link to go back


Smart highlighting6
Smart Highlighting

  • Refresh/reload the page to see the settings change

word-based


School printer friendly
School-printer friendly

  • Printing any screen looks good on ablack-and-white printer


Works on web pages
Works on web pages

  • Click the “R” to clear the screen

word-based


Works on web pages1
Works on web pages

  • Enter a web site, like www.nytimes.com


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Works on web pages

  • The whole web site is rewordified


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Rewordify.com

Teacher Tools


Teacher tools demo
Teacher tools demo

  • First, find an article online, or a document on your computer.

  • Select and copy all or part of the article:


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Teacher tools demo

  • Paste the text into Rewordify.com and click “Rewordify Text.”


Teacher tools demo2
Teacher tools demo

  • The text is instantly rewordified.


Teacher tools demo3
Teacher tools demo

  • Scroll down and click on “View Teacher Tools.”


Teacher tools demo4
Teacher tools demo

  • You’ll see a list of the hard words, and sixprintablehandoutoptions:


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Teacher tools demo

  • Vocab list with definitions

  • Vocab list with blanks

  • Matching exercise (with/without key)

  • Quiz version #1 (with/without key)

  • Quiz version #2(with/without key)


Wrap up
Wrap-up

Advantages:

  • Completely free

  • No ads (ads on rewordified web pages will show)

  • No personal information collected

  • No username/password needed

  • Faster understanding

  • Clear understanding of what hard words mean


Help available
Help available

  • Home page demos

  • “Details” link – from any page

  • “Contact” link – from any page

  • YouTube channel – instructional videos

  • Blog: rewordify.blogspot.com


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Rewordify.com

Thank you!