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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
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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.
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Demo
  • Go to rewordify.com:
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Demo
  • In the top box, type this:This site is replete with ways to improve your lexical knowledge.
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Demo
  • Then, press “Rewordify Text.”
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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:
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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

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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.”
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Teacher tools demo
  • The text is instantly rewordified.
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Teacher tools demo
  • Scroll down and click on “View Teacher Tools.”
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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!