The following web sites have very interesting applications both in and outside class for language learners.
• Lingro – a very easy to use interactive multilingual dictionary with a twist. Have a look and see.
• Storybird – let’s everybody get involved in storytelling online. Select from their images to add to the story.
• Free Online Library – Project Gutenberg library has thousands of eBooks for free. Read online or download. A good option when you want the class to read a story and want to save on paper or books.
• Flashcard sites: These are all great for vocabulary building. Take a list of suggested vocabulary for your units, and let students practice and internalize.
• Flashcardexchange – Many users, also easy to use, easy to browse sets
• Ediscio – Flashcards that track performance and can use images.
• Quizlet – Flashcards that also track performance and the site is easy to use.
• Voicethread – Students comment on an image or video. Students can record voice, type, or even take video. Wonderful for after school class participation, and allows users to easily record and re-record if they don’t like their first attempt.
• Fowlwords – Vocabulary activation tool. Great for competitions and class warmup if lab or projector available. Also, students can play at home on their PC. Free game download, or play on the internet.
• Glogster – Student expression tool. Tie in vocabulary and themes with graphics.
• Mystudiyo – Quiz maker with great graphics and graphic options (video or image upload)
• Piclits – Great for vocabulary practice and student expression.
• Animoto – Professional style video presentations. Easy to upload pictures, choose a music track, and finish. Nice for showcasing events or themes in a video.
• Facebook – Social networking with many options for student participation. Easy to start groups and get students involved. Set up a page/group for your class and let the discussions begin!
• Wikispaces – Easy to set up wiki that anyone can edit and build. Group manages.
• Wordle – Generate wordmaps for creative writing exercises. Preview reading – students anticipate content before reading. Summarize chapter vocabulary.