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Dipity Interactive Timelines

"Dipity is a free digital timeline website. Our mission is to organize the web's content by date and time. Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps." Dipity is not specifically designed for language education, but could easily be used in a language class, especially those oriented towards historical and current events.  ... read more

Conjuguemos

Think of Conjuguemos as an online workbook for your Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Latin language students. The site stores a large amount of practice activities, with more exercises added during the year by our users. Teachers can also create their own activities. ... read more

Twitter and Microblogging for Language Learning

How to use Twitter in Language Lessons - Microblogging is an unusual form of expressing oneself, yet it is rapidly becoming a mainstream tool. Not only does its popularity make it relevant to language learners, its conversational and concise style offers opportunities to practice specific language skills. What is it? And how is it normally used? Twitter is a microblogging tool. It combines features of SMS text messages and blogs. It allows users to send very short messages (known as “tweets”) to each other that are also readable by the rest of the web (unless specifically made private as a Direct Message). Since the conversations are public, there can be a comfortable flow of text between various users, assuming that they all are following each other. Following is the twitter equivalent of subscribing to someone’s blog. It is not necessarily a reciprocal arrangement: just because I follow you (ie subscribe to your tweets), doesn’t mean that you are following me.... ... read more

Language Guide.org

Pictorial vocabulary by topic, grammar and conjugation, reading and comprehension exercises in 13 languages, and some dialects of a language (Spanish from Spain and Spanish from Mexico, for example). ... read more

Wallwisher in the Foreign Language Classroom

Wallwisher is a super easy to use notice board that is excellent as an online brainstorming tool. It allows you to create notes on a virtual wall simply by double clicking. It also allows video and image posting. Walls are saved in your free account and can be shared, embedded and viewed online and on mobile devices. ... read more

Languages Open Resources Online - LORO

LORO contains resources for language teaching available to download and reuse, including those used by the Department of Languages at the Open University, UK. Sign up for a free account and start publishing and sharing your own materials with other language teachers. ... read more

Memrise

Using mnemonics and fun activities, memrise helps users learn languages faster and also helps them enjoy the studying. There is also a forum to post questions and feedback to and from other users. ... read more

Zaption

"Teachers, trainers, and content publishers use Zaption’s intuitive web app to quickly add images, text, quizzes, and discussions to existing videos from YouTube, Vimeo and private video libraries. The result is an interactive learning tour that transforms video from a “lean back” experience to an engaging “lean forward” activity. With Zaption’s analytics, instructors get immediate feedback on how students interact with the content and understand key concepts." ... read more

Easel.ly

"Easel.ly is a website that features thousands of free infographic templates and design objects which users can customize to create and share their visual ideas online. Using the site is as easy as dragging and dropping design elements, and users can either choose a template from our extensive library, or they can upload their own background image and start from scratch. Over 300,000 users have already registered with Easel.ly, and thousands of infographics are produced using the site every month." ... read more

Using VoiceThread to Give Students a Voice Outside the Classroom

Give Students a Voice Outside the Classroom - Just like most educators, I view teaching as a process. After incorporating a new activity or giving a new course, I reflect upon the outcomes. What went well? What failed? Sometimes I know the modifications I would make the next time around, but other times I look to my student evaluations for guidance. This recently happened after teaching an introductory Spanish class online. While I felt that the class had gone well, a student’s simple observation led me to my latest modification: find a way for students interact with one another in an online setting. The online forum I employed enabled me to speak in an asynchronous fashion with my students, but it did not allow them to communicate with one another, leaving them isolated, alone in cyberspace to work on their assignments with no personal interaction. The comment sent me knocking on my friendly technology consultant’s door, and together we found a simple solution: VoiceThread. ... read more

Harry Potter in Translation: Making Language Learning Magical

This guide with 5-lesson plans shares ideas on how teachers can use Harry Potter in translation to teach languages. These lesson plans accompany the multilingual audio recordings available free through the University of Calgary's Language Research Centre, where native speakers have volunteered to read small snippets of Harry Potter in 70 languages. ... read more

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere. And because it works internationally with texting , web, or Twitter , its simplicity and flexibility are earning rave reviews . ... read more

Vocaroo - Audio Recording

You can record your audio in the vocaroo website. After recording you can play audio or re-record.  When you are satified with your recording, select save and you can share your audio with a web link, embedding in your blog or website, or via social media.  No more downloading or uploading audio files, everything is stored online.  ... read more

50 Languages

50languages.com contains 100 lessons that provide you with a basic vocabulary. This free app has 30 lessons. ... read more

StoryBird

"Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories." Storybird is not specifically a language learning application, but could be very easily adapted for language education.   ... read more

BlendSpace

With BlendSpace, you can quickly and easily organize and present digital content from the web for your classes.   ... read more

Chirp

Chirp is a way to share links, photos, and notes using encoded bits of sound.  While it is not specifically a language-learning application, it could be used to share with students in a classroom, or with anyone in audible range.  The app currently works on iOS and Android.   ... read more

Livemocha

In a world hungry for new language skills, and increasing broadband Internet access and VOIP adoption, our mission is to provide a more accessible, affordable, and engaging way to learn a language. Livemocha allows people around the world to help each other with language learning, and provides our community with opportunities to learn and practice new languages together. ... read more

Koohii: Japanese and Chinese

An amalgamation of different sources that help a person with any possible reference needed to learn the language. The forum/wiki is user based where members can discuss and contribute to the website. They can edit and share kanji stories with fellow learners, vote for the best stories, review with scheduled flashcards, and track your progress. ... read more

2012 Social Media Workshop Wiki

 Weeklong web 2.0 and language teaching workshop. Please check out the wiki to view the archives ... read more