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By Alexandra Coutlée 
Coordinator of Pedagogical Services
@coutleea

TypeLit.io 

In order to improve speed and accuracy, the following website proposes to combine the practice of reading and typing by transcribing works of literature. It does not, however, instruct on typing methods. You can keep track of and record your progress if you create an account. The possibility to import your own texts is included in the premium version.

Prodigy English 

Prodigy English is an engaging new game to play that provides teachers and parents with a fun way to support English learning in the classroom and at home. It allows students to build their own online worlds by collecting supplies and exploring an interactive environment—all while learning curriculum-aligned English skills. The game covers a wide range of core skills, including reading, rhyming, phonetics, and spelling for grades 1-5, with future expansion up to grade 8 and more skills planned.

Quillbot 

Quillbot uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to rewrite and improve content. Available online or as a Google Chrome, Microsoft Word or Google Docs add-on, its free version allows you to rewrite a paragraph or whole text (up to 125 words), summarize and check for grammatical errors. Its citation generator is also very useful. Premium paid features allow you to scan for plagiarism as well as use the tool with longer texts. This is a very multipurpose tool if you have to write content for a website, a school paper or even just to summarize longer articles.

No Signup Tools 

Want to use something quickly without having to create an account or remember the password? There are lots of tools out there that allow you to quickly get into 

creation mode without the hassle. No sign up tools is a list of free web-based tools that you can explore. Filter your search by category to find tools to help you draw online, modify images, check your spelling, quickly create surveys, and much more!  

Mauril 

Mauril is a free digital platform that provides a wide range of stimulating and entertaining content from CBC/Radio-Canada to help users learn French and English. Financed and endorsed by the Government of Canada, this new tool is designed and deployed by CBC/Radio-Canada, in collaboration with a committee of pedagogical experts. It’s meant to help improve oral comprehension and integrate language knowledge in everyday life.

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