Teacher Feature: How do Tina La Rosa’s students use an online visual thesaurus?

Earlier this week, I visited Tina La Rosa’s classroom to watch her implement a Learning Situation with her students. Tina teaches three courses at Galileo Adult Centre, EMSB. Tina’s courses include: ENG P105-4 Stepping Out, ENG P106-4 Lifestyle Options, and ENG P107-4 Engagement and Involvement.

During my visit, I saw Tina’s students use a “visual thesaurus” from the The Free Dictionary website. More than just a thesaurus, this online tool helps students make connections between words by showing an interconnected map of related words. The best part? Tina leaves the tool up on her teacher computer + SMARTBoard so her students can use it anytime during group work. They can also use the tool on their own devices too.

I was so impressed with the way the students used the tech tool seamlessly throughout the class that I asked Tina if she would record an impromptu video (thanks Tina!) to show you all how it works:

Note: Like this tool? You may also want to check my previous blog post about Visuwords. It’s a visual thesaurus/dictionary tool that is similar in style and function.

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