FunWritr an Online Language and Literacy Playground
Justin Olmanson, Jaejin Lee, Cesar Navarrete, Angela Pan Wong, Alon Farchy, Patrick Day, University of Texas at Austin, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
As more online technology applications make their content available to developers, the opportunities to create both novel and supportive tools for creation, elaboration, and display of written text by English language learners in the middle elementary school grades and beyond expands greatly. This paper describes the features and process of development of the FunWritr application. FunWritr is an educational mashup that supports student language exploration and open-ended writing. By using existing natural language processing tools such as grammar parsers (NLTK), semantic ontology databases (WordNet), and image collections (Flickr) FunWritr affords users the opportunity to view visual representations of the words and phrases they write.
Olmanson, J., Lee, J., Navarrete, C., Wong, A.P., Farchy, A. & Day, P. (2010). FunWritr an Online Language and Literacy Playground. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3448-3452). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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