Tools and Games

Tools

Online Readiness Assessment

Welcome to the world of online learning. Before you enroll in an online course, take some time to think about yourself as a learner and see whether your characteristics would help you be a successful online learner. Your answers to these questions can help you decide whether or not to take an online course. You…

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English Vocabulary Exercises

What is the Academic Word List? The AWL is a list of words which appear with high frequency in English-language academic texts. The list was compiled by Averil Coxhead at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The list contains 570 word families and is divided into 10 sublists. Sublist 1 consists of the 60…

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Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com provides millions of definitions, synonyms, audio pronunciations, example sentences, translations and spelling help through their dictionary reference and thesaurus. You can also play the daily crosswords and puzzles, and learn from the “Word of the Day”. Link to Resource

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ipl2: Newspapers & Magazines

Find newspapers from different States and Countries.  The ipl2: Newspapers and Magazines website provides an index directly linking to newspaper and magazine sites in every US state and many countries.  This is an excellent library for searching for current articles in particular cities or regions. Link to Resource

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Dartmouth-Academic Skills Center

The Dartmouth website explores study habits and learning skills. It offers resources through learning links, videos and handouts. Link to Resource

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OneLook Dictionary Search

The One Look Dictionary Search website provides a type of search engine for words and phrases, by searching many existing notable dictionary sites and returning a list of links to the definitions on the various sites.  On the right side of the results page, the site provides a quick definition in case you do not need more than that. Using…

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The Virtual Reference Desk

The Virtual Reference Desk is primarily providing a rich source of information that helps academic researchers on a variety of topics: General References, Government Documents, and Government Agencies. This site is produced by Christopher C. Brown, Reference and Government Documents Librarian at the University of Denver, Colorado, USA. You can find more details of these…

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Essay Map

Essay Map provides students with step-by-step guidance in the construction of an essay in a digital graphic. At first, simply create “Your Name” and “Your Topic” to get started.  Also, you can use this graphic organizer to develop an outline for an essay that includes an introductory statement, main ideas, supporting details, and a conclusion. When your map…

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Visuwords

Find the meaning of words and their association with other words.  Visuwords is a free online graphical dictionary and thesaurus. Enter a word into the search box and see a visual diagram display of the word meanings. To learn more about any word on the diagram just double click on it and new bubbles will appear. To…

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Merriam Webster dictionary website provides a free search of English word definitions and medical word definitions. You can also use the thesaurus tab for finding synonyms and antonyms. It is useful as a reference for English reading, writing, and spelling.  You can also find word solutions for scrabble, play word games, crossword puzzles, or take…

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. …

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WOIS: The Career Information System

The WOIS Career Information System provides detailed information on many careers and educational programs broadly available. There are also several assessments you can take to learn more about your personal work interests, skills, and values. For more specifically local career information and educational options  at Tacoma Community College, take a look at Career Coach.   Link…

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Career Coach

The Career Coach site provides the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training you can obtain at Tacoma Community College to pursue your career dreams.  You can also take a short or long assessment to evaluate your personality strengths and what career fields and jobs match with your…

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Symbolab Math Solver – Step by Step Calculator

Find step-by-step solutions to simple and advanced math problems.  Symbolab Math Solver provides equation solving, including limits, derivatives and more. The best feature is that it doesn’t just spit out a result, but walks you through the steps required to get to the result! A great math tool. Link to resource  

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Popplet

Create mind-maps to brainstorm or organize ideas for projects or essays.  Popplet provides a quick and easy platform for creating a digital mind-map.  Simply click “try it out” to get started.  You can export your work as a .pdf or .jpg to save it or you can print it out immediately. You only have to sign…

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Calculator Edge

Calculator Edge is a free online tool of Engineering Calculators for engineers and students.  The site provides several few hundred calculators for solving complex equations and formulas in the fields of Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, Electronics, Civil, Metallurgy, Oil & Gas, Optical, Plastics, Ceramics, Physics, Maths and more.   Link to resource  

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Ptable

A Periodic Table with interactive visualizations, properties, orbitals, isotopes, and compound mixing.  Ptable.com provides more information and interactive tools for more advanced chemistry needs than the minute labs periodic table provides.  Ptable includes a visually informative table including each element’s wikipedia page & related photos/videos, properties, orbitals, isotopes, and compounds. When you are on the…

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Desmos Calculator

Desmos is a free online graphing calculator that provides fast and accurate results. The calculator can instantly plot any equation, from lines and parabolas up through derivatives and Fourier series. Data tables open up a world of curve-fitting and modeling. Sliders make it a breeze to demonstrate function transformations. As browser-based html5 technology, the graphing…

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Pixlr

Pixlr is like a free Adobe Photoshop alternative! This is a really amazing tool for detailed creative editing and also for quick simple photo enhancing.  You can upload your photo directly from your computer and when you finish editing, you can save it back onto your computer immediately.  Very great free online tool for creative…

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TCC uPortal / MyTCC

Education tool for Tacoma Community College information, enrollment, email access, canvas access, campus resource access, etc.  Tacoma Community College uses uPortal for students to access all campus information, enroll for classes, and access necessary computer programs for communication, coursework, etc.  The portal asks for your student or staff authentication username and password which then gives…

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TCC Canvas

Type: n/a Use: Education tool for Tacoma Community College online coursework Description: Canvas is used by Tacoma Community College for students to access class materials and content digitally.  Every teacher uses this education tool differently for the structure of their particular course, but Canvas provides an easy online platform to engage with content the instructor assigns to students…

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DLL (Digital Learning Library) of Tacoma Community College

Find handouts created by TCC instructors and staff, find research articles, and other information related to the subject of your search. Tacoma Community College’s Digital Learning Library was created to house digital files of handouts and articles created by TCC faculty and staff.  There are many topics covered and useful freely available content for students to…

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Writing and Speaking Guidelines

  Type: Informational – Interactive Use: Learn about presentation and writing with guides, sample works, and practice exercises Description:  Penn State University’s writing and speaking guidelines are designed to help engineering and science students communicate their technical work. The site provides advice, models, and exercises for writing assignments in engineering and science. The guidelines for…

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Minute Labs Periodic Table

Learn about the elements of the Periodic Table with an interactive table and videos about each element.  Minute Labs’ Periodic Table site provides a periodic table where you can scroll over the element and it will give you all its data in the lower right hand corner of the screen.  Then, if you click on the…

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Youtube: TCC LearnDot Channel

Find educational videos related to your TCC course or subject field. The TCC LearnDot channel of Youtube provides educational videos categorized by subject area and course that are appropriate for TCC students.  By using this channel, you can browse relevant videos available in your subject or course of study without having to search the whole of Youtube for a specific title.  …

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Vocaroo: Online Voice Recorder

Vocaroo is a simple, quick, and free online voice recording tool.  Once you finish your recording, the site will ask you “Happy with this recording?” and tell you to “Click here to save>>”.  Once you click to save, it will give you a url address that you can copy and paste as a link to your audio recording,…

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Goodwill Community Foundation Learn Free

Learn basic computer skills, basic reading, or basic math with interactive videos, exercises, and more. GCF Learn Free has video tutorials, interactive activities, & quizzes introducing all kinds of basic skills from using a computer to baking a cake. After finding the topic of interest, you can watch a basic tutorial video explaining the topic, then…

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Games

Touch Typing Study

Touch Typing Study is a free, user-friendly learning website that is designed to help you learn, practice and improve your typing speed and accuracy. Once you can touch type you will not need to look at the keyboard to find the letters you want to type and you will also be able to type at…

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Lateral Thinking and Logic Puzzles

The Lateral Thinking and Logic Puzzles site provides many word puzzles at various levels from very easy to very difficult.  For the Lateral Thinking Puzzles, there are several categories including: Preconceptions, Fact, Fanciful, and Semantics.  Each puzzle has a button to give a hint and shot the solution.  This is a fun site to work…

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Pimsleur Approach – Spanish Learning Games

Practice beginner Spanish vocabulary while playing games.  Pimsleur’s Spanish Games site provides four great interactive and visually appealing games for practicing beginner Spanish vocabulary.   Link to resource  

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Free Typing Games

Free Typing Games provides a collection of games for practicing your typing skills. The graphics are not quite as good as the games on Fun-to-Type, but will help improve typing nonetheless. Link to resource  

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Windows to the Universe

The Windows to the Universe site provides a great simple explanations about planets, stars, space, and scientific concepts within astronomy.  Under the “Just Fun” tab, there are games and other activities that you can enjoy while learning a scientific process or information! This site has all sorts of useful and interesting information on it from…

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Fun To Type

Fun-To-Type provides a great collection of free typing games.  Each game has a different theme and a little different way to play. Most the games let you choose which keys you want to focus on and the level of difficulty you want.  The games are good at getting harder as you progress so that you improve your…

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Slip Slide Collide

Slip Slide Collide is a fun informational game for learning about the layers of the Earth and its tectonic plates.  Though this is game-like, it is really just an engaging way to read information and practice what you learn. The Earth visual timeline was the most challenging as it was very difficult to tell the…

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Semicolon Wars on Punctuation Island

Though Mr.Nussbaum’s website was created primarily for kids, there are some fun educational games that can definitely help you practice certain important and difficult content in English, Math, and other subjects.  The Semicolon Wars of Punctuation Island is a really fun game to practice the use of semicolons, periods, comas, and colons. Even as a college…

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Spelling Bee

Games to Learn English’s Spelling Bee game is great for practicing spelling.  The game first lets you select a general vocabulary topic area.  Then it speaks words to you from that vocabulary set and you have to type them using the keyboard on the screen.  It shows you a picture of the word as well…

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Learn Genetics

Learn about scientific processes of the human body through interactive games and information in the fields of genetics, biology, ecology, health, and other science & math.  Learn.Genetics from the Genetic Science Learning Center of The University of Utah, is an awesome collection of interactive learning modules for many science topics from understanding DNA to the affects…

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Minute Labs

Learn science concepts explained through various engaging media. MinuteLabs.io is an extension of what MinutePhysics and MinuteEarth do (explain science concepts with fun & informative videos), but instead of YouTube videos, MinuteLabs is a grab bag of text, images, audio, video, interactive simulations, games, and more! It is a blog style, so new interesting short science ‘labs’ are added once or twice per month! You…

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Z-Type

Practice typing while playing a game. Z-type is a typing game where word bombs or ships drop from the top of the screen toward your ship at the bottom of the screen.  You have to type the word attached to each bomb or ship in order to shoot and destroy it before it reaches you. Watch…

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Geosense: An Online World Geography Game

Practice your world geography knowledge while playing a game. The Geosense site provides an interactive game where you are given a country and city name and you have to click your cursor as close to that city on the world map as you can. You can enter the site as a visitor just to play, or you…

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Digital Dialects: Language Learning Games

Learn foreign language vocabulary by topic with interactive-audio exercises. Digital Dialects provides interactive exercises to learn vocabulary in many different languages. Most the languages have content topics including alphabet, greetings, colors, animals, numbers, clothing, food, calendar, verbs, and other various basic topics. The ‘games’ include audio-visual identification for the most part, but are engaging and repetitive which…

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Code Combat

Learn how to program by writing javascript code in a game. Code Combat is an open source programming game where you learn to code in order to move the character through this game and fight the enemy.  The game is well designed to start simply and guide you through while learning different aspects of writing code as…

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Anatomy Arcade

Games to learn and study anatomy. Anatomy arcade provides various games to help learn the anatomy of the body system. It is well categorized and has some very effective programs for memorizing in an interactive and more entertaining way.   Link to resource  

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Zombie Typocalypse

 Game to practice keyboarding/typing.  Zombie Typocalypse game sends zombies toward you with a word above their head. You have to type the word correctly and then your guns will automatically shoot them down. The vocabulary is more limited and the timing wasn’t as good as Qwerty Warriors, which made it a tad less fun. Also the gun sound…

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Grammar Ninja

Practice recognizing parts of speech in basic to advanced English sentences. Grammar Ninja game tests the player on identifying parts of speech (noun, verb, adverb, article, conjunction, preposition & pronoun) in a sentence. It has beginning, intermediate and advanced challenges.  This is a fun game to practice and learn with.   Link to resource

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Games to Learn English

 Practice basic (ESL) English Vocabulary using games. Games to Learn English provides two game models you can choose from to practice a variety of English words.  Before the game begins, you are prompted to choose the topic of vocabulary you would like to use for the game.  Choices includes everything from colors to hospital vocab or…

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Qwerty Warriors 2

Game to practice keyboarding/typing. The Qwerty Warriors game sends war machines toward you with words attached to them. You have to type the word before the machine gets close enough to you to shoot. If they get close enough to shoot, then you have to get rid of them before your health runs out. The game…

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