Post links to helpful technology-related tools for teaching and learning languages here.

Creativity Tools

acapela-box-logo.jpg - Text-to-speech: type your text in the box, select from m/f native speaker voices in many languages (including LCTLs), adjust speech rate and voice shaping, then download your file

AheadLogo.jpg - Create dynamic, non-linear presentations (similar to Prezi) with this flash-based tool (allows you to organize using layers like Photoshop)

AnimotoLogo.jpg- Upload photos, select your music, and then it will turn them into videos

BeFunkyLogo.jpg - Photo effects

BigHugeLabsLogo.png - Create badges, billboards, CD covers, collages, cubes, jigsaw puzzles, magazine covers, mosaics, movie posters, trading cards, and more

BlabberizeLogo.jpg- Take any image, add a mouth to it, record something for it to say, and watch it become a moving conversationalist!

BookrLogo.jpg - Create free photobooks from copyright-safe Flickr images and a template

BubblejoyLogo.png - Record a short video w/ a webcam, select a card design, share via URL or Twitter

bubblePLY_logo.gif - "Write" on online videos by adding pop-up speech bubbles and effects, then save and play

Celly.pngThis another tool that allows you to set up text reminders and alerts for you classroom. This site is a little more complex than remind101 below but gives you access to more features such as getting input from RSS or Twitter and sending polls directly to phones by text without the need for a smartphone or a projector. This service can also be set up to send out text reminders from events on your google calandar. I'll include a tutorial here.- darcoza darcoza

ClassDojoLogo.png - Free, online course management system that allows teachers to create classes, track student information, etc.

CollaborizeClassroomLogo.jpg- Free, online learning management platform that allows teachers to engage students in discussions, polls, and projects. Also has reporting features.

Create Your Scenario - Generates simple playscripts - especially good for elementary

dabbleboard_logo.png- Collaborative whiteboard

DumprLogo.png - Make coloring books and other interesting things from photos, save as JPEGs and use as illustrations for assignments or worksheets

EdmodoLogo.jpg - Collaborative social community (a la Facebook) for students and teachers in

educational settings

FlashpaintLogo.jpg - Flash drawing editor

FotobabbleLogo.jpg- Upload photos, record a message, and share

Adolescents Americans vs. Adolescents Francais - Example in French comparing teenage life in the U.S. and France
Adopt-a-Pet for Spanish 101 - Example in Spanish
Chinese Oral - Example of an oral exam in Chinese
Chinese Picture Description - Example in Chinese of a student describing a photo from a play

Francais 95's fotobabble - Example in beginning French about a visit to an art museum
Japanese City/Town/Village - Description of a Japanese community
Japanese City Park - Description of a Japanese park
Meine familie - Example in beginning German describing family
Monkey King - Example in fluent Chinese of storytelling

Qual é o seu nome? - Example in Portuguese of two people introducing themselves

GliffyLogo.gif - Create diagrams, graphic organizers

GlogsterLogo.jpg- Free, multimedia poster-maker. Set up student accounts for educational use.
**All About Me Project (Spanish) Note that students can include their own voices!

GoAnimateLogo.gif- Create animated videos from stock characters, images, music, and effects, or upload your own and lay them in tracks. Students have to type text into Word and then copy and paste it in order to get diacritical marks.

GoogleDocsLogo.gif- Free, online, collaborative suite of office tools (forms, presentations, spreadsheets, word processing)
wave_logo_product.png- Collaborative software (games, playback, threaded conversations, whiteboard)

HootcourseLogo.jpg - An online community similar to Twitter, but designed for use in education

IFTT.jpg This is a web 2.0 tool that allows you to link online services to automate online tasks that you don't want to perform manually. The service can be used to do a large variety of things including automatically posting to facebook, downloading images of yourself others upload, sending automatic tweets, checking the weather, checking RSS feeds, and combining your google calandar with all kinds of stuff. It's a very powerful tool in general but can be used for classroom applications as well. Check it out.- darcoza darcoza

I've included a tutorial on how to use this to text homework reminders from your Google Calendar.

ImageChefLogo.gif- Dress up photos with interesting frames and your own captions, then save and share

IssuuLogo.jpg- Create your own, digital magazines

LetterpopLogo.jpg - Create newsletters with photos from templates and host up to 10 online for free at any given time - pull the audio from any youtube video here

MixbookLogo.jpg- Create and share photo scrapbooks online (you can also print them)

MotivatorPoster.jpg - Create motivational posters by adding your own photos and text

My Brochure Maker - Brochures

OurStoryLogo.jpg - Create collaborative timelines with text, photos, and videos. You can also choose a type of album, answer questions, and it will generate it for you

PenzuLogo.jpg - Online journaling that allows you to attach photos

PikistripsLogo.png - Create your own comic strips

PreziLogo.jpg - Create dynamic, non-linear presentations and concept maps

remind101.jpg - This is a tool that allows you to set up text reminders for your classroom. It is fairly simple to use requiring only an account and having students sign up by texting the classes keyword to a number. Also supports scheduling so that you can plan the texts to be sent out at a future date.- darcoza darcoza


SnapshirtsLogo.jpg - Type in text, it generates a tag cloud you can print on t-shirts

solvrlogo.png- Allows threaded brainstorming

StorybirdLogo.gif- Students can select illustrations from real children's picture book illustrators, then use them to illustrate their own, original stories. Diacritical marks must be cut and pasted in (via Word, for example)

stroome-masthead-logo.png - Collaborative video editing

SuperstickiesLogo.png- Put your own text on a Post-it note image

TagulLogo.png - Make tag (word) clouds in different shapes

TagxedoLogo.jpg - Upload your text (or the URL of your blog) to make tag clouds in all sorts of very detailed shapes

Teamviewr.jpg TeamViewer is a program that allows you to remote control another computer. This allows you to control your pc from a smart phone or tablet so that you can walk around the room during a presentation. It also allows you transfer files between computers or access files you forgot on your home or school computer from any other computer. Additionally it can be used as meeting software to allow you to video chat while showing your screen to up to 25 other computers which is good if you need to show the class how to do a new task or if you need to show someone how to do something from a distance. Its a very powerful free tool that you should play around with.- darcoza darcoza

ToufeeLogo.gif- Make flash movies for free (14-day free trial, then you have to pay)

TrakAxPcLogo.gif - Free audio/video editing software you can download and use to make mashups

VocarooLogo.gif- Click, record, share

VoicethreadLogo.jpg- Photo stories that allow audio voiceovers and audio comments

VokiLogo.jpg- Speaking avatars

Wallwisher - Collaboratively "graffiti" by posting "stickies" on this online "wall"

WeeblyLogo.gif - Free, online website creation

XtranormalLogo.png- Create mini, animated videos (or greeting cards) from stock elements
    • Camila y Gozo - Sample conversation between 2 roommates made in Xtranormal (in Spanish)

Webquest Generator

WikispacesLogo.pngWikispaces- Make your own wiki!

WixLogo.jpg - Create free flash websites

WordleLogo.png- Make your own tag (word) cloud (Why Wordle?)

ZooburstLogo.jpg- 3D, augmented reality pop-up books

50 Open Source Tools That Replace Popular Education Apps



ViewPureLogo.JPG - Copy and paste a YouTube link into the window. It allows you to view the video on a plain white or black screen without ads or suggested videos at the end.

PLN Tools

AcademiaEduLogo.jpg- An online community for similar to Facebook

FLTEACHLogo.gif - An online community comprised of both university professors and K-12 teachers

DeliciousLogo.jpg - Online social bookmarking (I prefer to bookmark in Diigo and retrieve through Delicious)

DiigoLogo.jpg- An online community that allows you to engage in discussions; annotate, highlight, and archive webpages; and save and share bookmarks with like-minded colleagues
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FacebookLogo.jpg - An online community that allows you to chat with colleagues, create events, hold discussions, post links/photos/resources/videos, and share information with different groups of people

FLTEACHLogo.gif - A professional listserv with a circulation of over 6,000 K-12 teachers, researchers, scholars, and university professors from around the world involved in world language education

LinkedInLogo.png - Linked In in Plain English video

NingLogo.jpg - Create your own online community

ThatCampLogo.gif - A series of "unconferences" for people interested in intersections between the humanities and technology

TweetDeckLogo.jpg- Tool you can use to manage Facebook and Twitter feeds

twitter_logo_header.png - A great tool for professional networking and keeping up with the latest developments in your chosen fieldin 140 characters or less! (WeFollowLogo.jpg - Use this search tool to find people to follow on Twitter)

People to follow:

Educational Technology

chrislehmann (Chris Lehmann - Administration)
courosa (Alec Courous - Canada)
dwarlick (David Warlick)
gsiemens (George Siemens)
hrheingold (Howard Rheingold - Digital Journalism)
irasocol (Ira Socol - Michigan, Assistive Tech)
kanter (Beth Kanter - Non-profits)
lesliedavison (Leslie Davison)
oldaily (Stephen Downes)
olliebray (Ollie Bray - Scotland)
timlauer (Tim Lauer)
wfryer (Wesley Fryer)
willrich45 (Will Richardson)
zephoria (Danah Boyd)


ben_fry (Ben Fry) - Computer Science, Design, Visualization
mashable (Pete Cashmere) - Social Media
Richard_Florida (Richard Florida) - Creativity
stanfordeng (Stanford Engineering) - Design, Engineering, & Innovation
yochaibenkler (Yochai Benkler) - Law, Social Media

World Language Education

bplindsey (Barbara Lindsey)
ckendall (Cindy Kendall - Michigan)
dlfulton (Lynn Fulton-Archer - South Carolina)
gaugler (Kevin Gaugler - New York)
icpjones (Isabelle Jones - England)
jannachiang (Janna Chiang - Kentucky)
jessmcculloch (Jess McCulloch - Australia)
lkolb (Liz Kolb - Michigan)
lrosen (Lauren Rosen)
paulinobrener (Paulino Brener)
skrashen (Stephen Krashen)
tmsaue1 (Thomas Sauer - Kentucky)
tonitheisen (Toni Theisen - Colorado)
ZJonesSpanish (Zachary Jones)

Social Networking Tools for Students

EdmodoLogo.jpg - Free, Facebook-like application for educational use

HootcourseLogo.jpg - Free Twitter-like application for educational use that allows cross-postings to your Twitter account

Productivity Tools

CutePDFLogo.jpg- Create PDFs for free (download the program, the select print, change the printer to CutePDF, and voila!)

DaveSeah.jpg - Printable CEO Series contains printable tracking sheets to improve productivity

DeliciousLogo.jpg- Save your bookmarks (a.k.a. "favorites") online & then access them from any computer

DiigoLogo.jpg- Same as Delicious, but on steroids (allows highlighting and archiving of webpages, social interaction, etc.)

DonorsChooseLogo.gif - Propose a classroom project. Donors can donate to your cause

doodleLogo.png - Lets you poll large groups of people so you can schedule meetings and events

EviteLogo.jpg- Design invitations and send them via e-mail. See who has RSVP'd

- Directory of RSS feeds to which you can subscribe

FirstgivingLogo.gif- Online fundraising . . . quickly create a webpage regarding the cause of your choice, send the link to associates, clients, family, and friends, and track your progress

FotoflexerLogo.jpg - Very robust, online photo editing site

FoxitLogo.gif- "Write" on the PDFs you save

FundableLogo.gif- Online fundraising: Solicit pledges, people pay via credit card or Paypal, but accounts are not charged until at least $1,000 is raised. Project does not have to be service-oriented

GoogleAlertsLogo.gif- Make information come to you. Set up the alert and it searches the web and delivers updates to you

GoogleDocsLogo.gif- Collaborate with other members of your department or school and easily share information without e-mail

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Language Tools

GoogleScholarLogo.gif- Search for only scholarly articles

JingLogo.gif- Free screencasting (requires free download)

MediaConvertLogo.png- - Free file conversion from one format to another

MeetingWizardLogo.jpg- Set up meetings, see a grid of people's availability

MyNoteItLogo.gif - Online notetaking application


OnlineStopwatchLogo.gif - Online Stopwatch - Use this to monitor group work, to count down how much "English Break Time" is left, etc.

PandoraLogo.jpg - You select the artist or genre and it generates a station that plays music similar to the style of the selected artist

PlaylistLogo.jpg - Search for songs, save them, and then make the playlist available to your students by giving them the direct link or embedding it into a wiki or website

PollEverywhereLogo.jpg - Quickly post a question and watch as the votes change while students text their answers to the poll. You can also download your poll as a PowerPoint slide to include in a presentation

PrioritizerLogo.jpg- Make a "to do" list, it helps you prioritize your tasks through a series of forced choices

RequallLogo.jpg - Leave yourself a 60-second message. It transcribes it and sends the text and audio file to your e-mail and to your online account

Rubistar.jpg- Edit existing rubrics or create your own

SAPLogo.gif- Great PowerPoint tools for soliciting feedback from your audience (including several that integrate with Twitter)

ScribdLogo.png - Upload documents to share with others

Send Tab URLs Firefox Extension
- Send Tab URLs - Send a list of links from open tabs to yourself or others in an e-mail message with this Firefox extension

SkypeLogo.png- Hold videoconferences with colleagues from around the world for free

SlideshareLogo.gif - Upload ppt presentations to share with others (Example: STARTALK: Developing Teacher Leaders)

SplashupLogo.jpg- - Similar to Photoshop, but free & online

StockXchngLogo.gif- Find copyright safe photos for free that you can use in student projects as well as published or web-based materials

SymbalooLogo.jpg - Create a customizable search page using icons

TestMozLogo.gif - Multiple choice test generator that scores the test and produces reports. Doesn't require login unless you want to save everything.


twitter_logo_header.png- A great tool for keeping up with the latest developments in your chosen fields

ViddlerLogo.jpg- Upload up to 500MB of video, then bookmark particular segments within it or allow others to comment on it

videolan-logo.png - Open source video player that will play almost anything

ViewPureLogo.JPG - Copy and paste a YouTube link into the window. It allows you to view the video on a plain white or black screen without ads or suggested videos at the end.

WikispacesLogo.pngWikispaces - Use a wiki to remove writer's block--allows you to make continual changes to your text, to move things around, and to keep a constant outline of the various sections of your writing in view via the navigation bar. If you cut a section, but think you might want to use it later? No problem--just make a "parts pile" page, paste the deleted section in, and find it later. Also removes the "Word crashed and I lost everything" phenomenon. Everything you type is captured in the history (as long as you save frequently), and you can always revert to a previous version of the paper if you change your mind midstream. GREAT for collaborative authoring as well.

YouSendItLogo.gif- Send large files to others using this service

YugmaLogo.gif- Free collaborative meeting software (requires download)
ZamzarLogo.jpg- Download and convert YouTube videos

Professional Development


AllConferencesLogo.gif- A database of current conferences from a variety of fields. Click here for Languages & Linguistics

ConferenceAlertsLogo.gif- Subscribe to alerts about upcoming conferences based on parameters you specify


January 10, 2012 - 12 p.m. PT, 3 p.m. EST - Getting Your District Ready for a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or 1 to 1 Computing Plan

January 24, 2012 - 2 p.m. EST - Communicating & Connecting with Social Media

Research Tools

DeliciousLogo.jpg- Save your bookmarks (a.k.a. "favorites") online & then access them from any computer

DiigoLogo.jpg- Same as Delicious, but on steroids (allows highlighting and archiving of webpages, social interaction, etc.)

GoogleAlertsLogo.gif- Make information come to you. Set up the alert and it searches the web and delivers updates to you

GoogleScholarLogo.gif- Search for only scholarly articles

ZoteroLogo.jpg- Maintain an annotated, sharable research library with searchable, printable notes and reports

Tech Terms

Other Tech Tools

  • Applian FLV Player
  • Audacity - Excellent, free audio recording & editing software
  • Broadcast Live - Searchable site containing links to broadcast media (newspapers, TV, etc.) from countries around the world
  • Buzzword - Free, online, collaborative word processing
  • Cmap - Free social concept mapping tools that allow you to collaborate, attach documents and images, etc. (requires registration)
  • Flock - Free social web browser
  • Google Earth - Free program that allows you to see 3-dimensional views of the earth, cities, etc.
  • Google Talk - Free chat program
  • iTunes - Free multimedia player
  • Mindomo - Free, collaborative concept-mapping
  • Ning - Social networking platform
  • Photofunia - Upload a photo, select from a comprehensive list of photo effects, then save, create an avatar, etc. Photos deleted every 2 hours
  • Second Life - Free virtual world software
  • - Set up an ad-free, "disposable" chat room in one click. No registration required.
  • 21st Century Technologies - Links to handouts, information, and tools for language teachers
  • Twitter- Microblogging
  • Vuvox - Allows you to create interactive panoramas, interesting visual effects for slideshows that you can build from RSS feeds or photo albums, etc.
  • - Convert documents to PDFs while maintaining hyperlinks

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