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to maximizing the use of social networking and personal learning networks. Helpful teaching resources aim to create a collaborative environment for helping teachers engage students. At Technology Tidbits David Kapuler reviews and recommends tons of online tools and sites for educational use!
Tripping was made by an English teacher for English teachers and schools.
Trending Words feature lets data guide teachers in 21st century vocabulary instruction.
Teach'n Go is a new (beta) site for managing online courses for educators. This is a nice way to create a course, charge what they want, schedule, and communicate w/ parents and students in a safe collaborative environment. Also, Teach'n Go is web based and works on any browser based device making it ideal for mobile learning.
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A collection of utilities you can use without unlocking your iOS device, such as a calculator, calendar, currency converter, etc.
Transfer files easily between backup services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, or even FTP and WebDav.
Audio recordings stored here are automatically tagged and transcribed, making them easy to search later.
Like a Wikipedia of annotations, any student or educator can publicly annotate classic literature or academic journals.
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Slated.me is the translating keyboard that can replace your keyboard in other apps, letting you converse another language. You and a friend can both type in a foreign language, even if it's foreign to you both!
Convert any PDF file, MS Word document, and e-book to spoken words.
Curated by consultant and educator Polly-Alida Farrington.
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A excellent iPad for viewing America's history. Also, there are interactive educational games to reinforce student learning.
Is one of the most popular sites around for creating interactive timelines. These timelines can contain all kinds of media (images, video, etc) as well as be embedded into a site/blog.
A fun site for creating embeddable interactive timelines that include images and videos.
A terrific iPad app for viewing timelines from the creation of the universe to current events. This app contains over 700 images and 1300 events that can be searched through.
A great site/iOS app for creating interactive timelines w/ educational portal. Also, has the ability to embed Google Maps.
A neat site w/ templates for creating timelines through text.
A cool site for creating layered interactive timelines. These timelines can be set to public or private and even be embedded into a site or blog.
Based on their website's (ReadWriteThink) timeline creator, RWT is one of my favorite iPad apps (free) for creating stunning timelines. Also, the app allows for multiple users which is ideal for those schools that share devices.
A wonderful site for creating beautiful looking 3D timelines w/ images and videos. A paid account lets users embed them on a site and collaborate on them w/ multiple users.
A great site for creating interactive timelines w/ educational portal.
One of my favorite sites around for creating interactive timelines that can be embedded into a site. Also, a user can generate a legend/key to help navigate their timeline.
A robust iPad app for creating timelines w/ the ability to generate reports.
A wonderful site for viewing timelines in 5 different historical categories.
A nice iPad app for creating timelines w/ images, that allows a user to email them or print off as a PDF.
A wonderful site for creating a timeline that can be embedded into a site or blog. Best of all, a user can choose to view their timeline in standard mode or in text view only.
An innovative app for creating stunning 3 Dimensional timelines w/ images and videos. Also, Timeline 3D can be exported into PPT or Keynote for other options.
A excellent iPad app for creating beautiful timelines w/ images and lots of themes to choose from.
A popular iPad app for creating timelines by stacking up tiles or events.
A simple site similar to RWT, that allows users to create a timeline through text/template.
A great user-friendly site for creating embeddable timelines.
30hands Learning is an excellent company for creating an innovative LMS (Learning Management System) as well as a free iOS app that is ideal for digital storytelling. The 30hands community is a perfect cloud based solution that allows educators to: manage/track students, hand in/out assignments, schedule events, and more. This free iOS app uses an easy drag-n-drop interface to allow users to take or upload/draw images. Once the images are uploaded they can then be dragged into any order. Finally, a user can then record their audio to narrate a story. It can then be saved to the users' device or shared into the 30hands Learning community. This is an excellent free tool to integrate technology into the classroom that can be used by any subject.
30hands Pro is the new paid iOS app from 30hands Learning. This is a great purchase as it unlocks all the features in the free 30hands app such as: importing video clips, photos w/ audio recordings to create stunning presentations, Dropbox/Google Drive integration, and Hi-Res video exporting. 30hands is amazingly simple to use app w/ drag-n-drop interface that allows users to sync up 30hand online educational community. This can be used for digital storytelling, Project Based Learning, or even to "Flip" a lesson. Also the exporting features allows the video to be saved to the mobile device's camera roll or uploaded.
TiltShiftMaker can miniaturize your photos and add effects quickly.
Tocomail is a site/app I recently covered that is ideal for having kids email in a safe environment. Not only does this site have a built in filter for catching inappropriate words, but it just recently updated their app w/ a bully-filter which looks for patterns of bullying and then quarantines them for parents to look at. This is just another safety feature for parents like controlling the contact list, as well as viewing all emails that are quarantined.
Tackk is a excellent site that reminds me a lot of Glogster or Smore for creating stunning presentations. This is a very user-friendly site that allows users to create a static page for free by simply just typing and adding types of content (video, audio, images, links, etc.) I recommend registering as a user otherwise a "Tackk" will delete after 7 days. Best of all, a finished project can be shared via a unique URL or embedded into a site/blog. Here are some educational examples of Tackk in use... http://tackk.com/board/Educationhttp://tackk.com/board/Education
RWT Timeline is a wonderful free iPad app (by Read Write Think) for creating timelines. This is all done through an easy drag-n-drop interface and allows users to add linkable images to text to create a beautiful looking timeline. Also, a user can create their own profile for saving purposes and share via email or print out via a PDF. [Written by dkapuler on Jan 18, 2014].
TED-Ed Clubs is a new idea/program that I heard about first from Sue Gorman on FB and then later in more detail from Larry Ferlazzo's great blog. Basically, this program helps ignite a student's creativity and share their ideas in a global way. This is a program designed for students 8-18 yrs old and must be facilitated by an educator. [Written by dkapuler on Jan 15, 2014].
Tell About This is an innovative iPad app that has beginning to make some buzz among the social networks (Thanks Naomi). This is a fantastic app for responding or creating a writing prompt. A teacher can use it as a writing prompt for students to tell a story. Best of all, a student can use the app to record their response right into the app. Also, a student/teacher can use it to create their own prompt or even use it for digital storytelling. It can also be used to "flip" a classroom. [Written by dkapuler on Jan 08, 2014].
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EFL learners especially need more explicit teaching, as implicit learning from context is much too slow. Many Tools on V Page of our www.CALLL4ALL.US World CALL Directory.
Tools 4 Students is an excellent iPad app designed to help students wtih their Writing/Comprehension. The way this works is T4S supplies 25 graphic organizers that focus on such skills as: cause/effect, main idea, KWL, etc, and can be edited/saved/shared to help students organize their thoughts and strengthen their skills. [Written by dkapuler on Dec 30, 2013].
Super Teacher Worksheets is one of the best sites around for finding educational resources such as worksheets, printables, puzzles, and more. This is a great place where educators can browse by subject and even find generators to create their very own worksheets, puzzles, crosswords, etc. Also, many of STW resources are aligned to Common Core Standards. [Written by dkapuler on Jan 30, 2014 ].
Easiest and fastest way to increase parent contact, refer, AND document all in one place?
Ignite your students' creativity with photo prompts + open-ended questions in this iPad app. Record their stories as videos they can share.
Publish beautifully-formatted essays, poems, novels, notes, and other literary work with this mobile and web app.
From TEFL Reflections
Curious about edtech tools made by fellow educators? Here is a collection I put together. Please let me know if I'm missing anything!
How about an EdTech tool created by Teach For America alumni? Here is a collection curated by TFA.
Wow! The British Library has just uploaded one million public domain images online. You can read all about it at Boing Boing. See more at The Best Online Sources For Images.
Into the Book always was a great site, but now it's even better! They just announced a big update: "We've rebuilt all the Flash interactives in HTML, losing scarcely any interactivity in the process. Now students can use the website on iPads and other tablets as well as on traditional computers. We also developed new games and interactives to give students even more ways to explore and practice these strategies."
Haiku Deck has been an excellent slideshow creating tool for the iPad, and is on The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users list. They recently unveiled a web version (you can read about it at Richard Byrne's blog), though you still have to sign-up for an invitation to try it out. I'm still adding it to The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows. Creating and Using Video is by Edublogs' Sue Waters, and is one of the most useful posts I've seen this year about helping students create online content. See more at A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.
DiskAid is an iPhone file transfer software available for PC and Mac in 10 languages that gives access to the iOS file system using a USB connection or via Wi-Fi. DiskAid transfers music and video from any iPhone, iPod or iPad right back to the iTunes library or any location on the computer. DiskAid also transfers text messages (SMS), contacts, notes, voicemail, call history and voice memos to computer. It enables to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as an external mass storagedevice and with an iPhone file browser like FileAppinstalled, files/documents can easily beingaccessed on the device. iPhone, iPad, iPod Music & File Transfer for PC/Mac.
Well, here it is my favorite and most popular post of the year, my Top 100 Sites/Apps of the year! Continuing w/ the trend from last year, readers are going to find more and more apps on the list and less sites, as the flux in mobile learning and BYOD (bring your own devices) continues to rise. Also, you'll notice that there are a lot of learning tools for Digital Storytelling & Math. I believe the reason for this is because storytelling is a learning tool that can be used by a wide range of educators for any subject, and Math is a very popular subject w/ lots of diverse ways to go about teaching it. W/ that I hope you enjoy this list and as always thanks again for reading! [by Dave Kapuler] **As always any site/app that was listed on a previous year's list will not be listed on this one. [Most are iOS apps.]
This Google Doodle would be a great video to show English Language Learners and have them describe what happens in it. More at The Best Sites To Learn & Teach About Thanksgiving.
Super Teacher Worksheets is an excellent educational resource for educators. This is a fantastic site for finding not only worksheets, but printables, puzzle generators, common core aligned items, and more. Also, they have a wide variety of resources for Christmas and seasonal activities. [Thanks to David Kapuler].
Add hotspots to an image that can pop open audio, video, and other rich media. Let a picture tell a million words.
Manage the "backchannel" of your classroom by inviting your students to a private chat room for questions, comments, and help.
Taught It is a nice free file sharing site for educators. This is a nice simply way for teachers to share files, images, documents, videos, etc. It's easy to use and a user has a nice dashboard that manages resources and contacts.
Quest is a innovative site/Windows app for creating text based adventure games (i.e, Zork). This is a very useful way to teach programming/coding to students as it has a button which will hide/show scripting/programming language (i.e., Dreamweaver). Also, a user can add images and video to really "spice" up their game.
LearnBIG is a new curation site that reminds me of a cross between MentorMob and Edshelf. This is a excellent site to find 1000's of educational resources on a wide variety of subjects (sites, apps, etc) reviewed by fellow: parents, educators, students. Best of all a person can save, tag, and curate their favorites into a list.
Here is info straight from their press release...
1. The site is community-reviewed by parents, teachers and learners.
2. The format provides an easy way to search, filter and compare results.
3. LearnBIG offers thousands of resources collected from websites and apps including games, courses, videos, and textbooks for all ages from Pre-k, K-12 and continuing learners.
Animoby is an excellent iPad app from Edshelf. This is a great app to create stunning presentations by simply tapping on the screen and using one of the many tools such as: draw, paint, type, images, etc. Also, a user can add a narration by recording their voice and then share their project via email.
Jukeboxlessons is a new site for online learning/tutoring. The way this works is a educator can sign up to teach any subject/lesson and charge what they want. Students then can browse and find what they want to learn from educators around the world. This is all done either through Skype or Google Hangouts.
Shake-a-Phrase is a fun/educational iOS app for Writing. This app is ideal for educators as it works on different skills such as parts of speech and Vocab. Also, SAP is great for Writing as teachers can use it to create writing prompts. Best of all there is a quiz feature which allows students to test their knowledge on: adjectives, verbs, nouns, etc.
Little Monkeys is the iOS app based off the popular kids nursery rhyme. This app is ideal for the youngsters, ideally PreK-KDG. Monkeys is an interactive nursery rhyme that helps kids learn word recognition and counting as they listen and engage in the song. I love this app as my 4 yr old knew the song from Preschool and my 2 yr old had a blast watching as he sang along and touched the monkeys on the screen as the rhyme played.
Super Teacher Worksheets is a must have resource for educators especially for those starting out the school year. STW is a wonderful site that has printable worksheets on almost any topic. Also, a teacher can find worksheet generators for puzzles, Math, and more. Finally, many of the printables on STW are aligned to Common Core.
TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION, HISTORY OF
Technology has changed every facet of education, how will you shape the classroom of tomorrow?
is from TEFL Reflections. It doesn't exactly fit, but I'm adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Use The Dictogloss Strategy With English Language Learners.
TeqTeq is a new site designed to offer online professional development to K-12 educators. Includes over 30 educators who specialize in offering best practices and integrating technology in a wide variety of areas, such as: digital whiteboards, web 2.0, Google Apps, etc etc. (For a complete list click here). Best of all Teq will develop a customized professional development plan for any school or organization. [Written by dkapuler on Dec 19, 2013. Thanks to Technology & Learning for the tip!]
Taplingua is a free iPad app for adults for learning the Spanish language. Unlike other apps that teach you specific words by associating it w/ an object (ala flashcard style) Taplingua uses real-life situations and conversations to teach the language. The way this works is quite innovative as a user first listens to a conversation between two native speakers and then watch a video where a tutor guides a person through the conversation pointing out hints, cues, etc (Guided Learning). After that there is a pop-up note section to help strengthen and reinforce learning before taking exercise to gage one's success. [Written by dkapuler on May 24, 2013].
ClassDojo TrendSpotter is a new tool for teachers that helps them assess and share student data in a visual way. TEACHER TOOL TO TRACK STUDENT TRENDS EASILY! What's new: Easily see your students improve; Simply track behaviors by hour, day, or week; and Get amazing insights about your classes!
Tech for Teachers
Timelines.tv is a nice little site that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers. This is a nice site for History teachers that has 5 wonderful interactive timelines (Britain's history, Small Pox, etc) to explore through. These timelines contain images, text, and video and a person can view them by chapter as well. [Written by dkapuler on Feb 09, 2013].
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Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Published on the web 4 February 2013, Effects of Column Stiffness Irregularity on the Seismic Response of Bridges
ASCE publishes 33 journals-more than 7,000 papers per year of civil engineeringresearch and practice.
A publication of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering (Formerly known as Frontiers of Architecture; hydraulic engineering; geotechnical engineering; and bridge engineering. The journal aims to promote rapid communication and exchanges.
Damage Analysis of Bridges Affected by Tsunami due to Great East Japan Earthquake
Kenji Kosa; Development of Tsunami Design Criteria for Oregon
Through a weekly interactive Webcast hosted by EdTechTalk, New York City Writing Project teachers bring together other teachers from across the country and the globe to discuss issues of classroom practice with new digital technology and to think through shared curriculum projects.
TPACK attempts to capture some of the essential qualities of knowledge required by teachers to integrate technology in their teaching, while addressing the complex, multifaceted, and situated nature of teacher knowledge.
The American Federation of Teachers has unveiled a new site where educators can upload lessons to share (and, of course, download them, too). It's called Share A Lesson, and you can read more about it in the New York Times article, Teachers' Union to Open Lesson-Sharing Web Site
The New Class Dojo has just been released. To check out this sleek new look as well as new features, first login, then goto this URL... http://teach.classdojo.com/newux.
The new features include: easier navigation, mass PDF download, share a students report w/ more than one parent, and more... Also, I like how easy it is to print out student logins as well as view a student video and use a mobile device.
TEACHERS; NETWORKING PROGRAMS:
Tioki is a professional network for educators that reminds me of a cross between a Ning network and Linkedin. This is a great place for educators to create a profile, display their skills, and find/collaborate w/ other educators. What makes Tioki nice are the innovative features such as: interactive whiteboard, the ability to demo a lesson, or the ability to create a event. For Kapuler's Pinterest board on Social Networks for Education click here.
Tackk is a site I just learned about from one of my favorite blogs, The Educational Technology Guy. This site reminds me a bit of Glogster as it is a place to create a page w/ multi-media content. A person can add text, images, embed items and more. Once a board is finished then can then share it via a URL. These boards do get erased over time but if a person creates a free account then can then save it.
Top 10 Educational Wikis List and Quick Links- Hi all, this Dave Kapuler's bi-annual post to remind people they can find all his top 10 lists and more from one location. He says "I hope you enjoy looking through them as much as I did creating them!"
50 Sites in 60 Seconds V.3; Top 10 Sites for Educational Apps; Top 20 Sites for Creating Charts/Graphs
ThinkBinder is a great site for creating study groups. Not only can a user create a study group but they can create a live video/text chat to share and collaborate.
TEACHER EDUCATION AND TEACHER HELPS FOR LANGUAGE EDUCATION
The Teacher Experience Exchange is a social network designed by HP for educators. This is a nice site for finding educational resources such as web 2.0 tools and lesson plans, and of course collaborating w/ others. Also, this is a good site for professional development and articles are rated on a 5 star scale which helps for deciding on what is relevant material. For Kapuler's top 20 social networks for education click here.
Teaching Channel is a great site to see teachers "in action". This is a great way to learn effective teaching techniques and strategies while being inspiring as well. A teacher can join their online community to share and collaborate w/ other educators and share lesson plans as well.
Teacher-created tips, ideas, and resources on things from assessment to substitutes and everything in-between!
AccuTeach is an educational community for educators to communicate and share resources w/ other educators. Also, this is a place where parents can connect w/ teachers and collaborate w/ other community members.
TeachBook is a nice social network for educators where teachers can create/share resources such as lesson plans (called planbooks), videos, etc. For Kapuler's top 20 social networks for education click here.
Open Educational Resources is a great site for educational resources for educators to post and find lesson plans in all different content areas. There is also a nice bookmark button that allows users to browse on a site then add it to OER by the use of that button. For top 10 sites for educational resources, click here.
Teacher View is an excellent site for teachers to find abundant resources. Educators can find everything from lesson plans, to worksheets and charts. For Kapuler's top 10 educational resources click here.
Teachers' Domain is an excellent free resource for educators. These are all digital media type resources that contain tons of video, lessons, and material for teachers. All videos can be searched by subject and streamed online. Registered users can share, save, and download videos too. (Written by dkapuler on Dec 20, 2011 12:02 pm)
Teachers w/ Apps is a nice site for educators to read up on the latest apps for education. This is done in a nice blog style format that has well written reviews w/ screen shots of the actual app. This is a really nice site that has lots of useful information.
Slideshow on motivations for teaching
Teamie is a site that reminds me a bit of Moodle. This is a site that allows users to create a social network for online classrooms populated w/ teachers and students. For educators this is a great place to create online quizzes and have them automatically graded. Students then can view their online gradebook. Also, this is a great place for teachers to collaborate w/ parents via the cloud.
Tech Issues Resolved is an interesting social network that is designed to answer questions and FAQ's around technical issues. It does have some nice collaboration among popular educational devices such as: smart phones and hardware issues. [Written by dkapuler on Feb 19, 2012]
Tizmos.com puts front pages of websites in one place - good for listing EFL learning sites for students, etc.
Self-explanatory English Exercises for students and teachers
Has free stuff but also commercial
Good for students
ESL Activities for both students and teachers
Kien Lam quit his job and spent a year traveling around the world, shooting time-lapse videos in 17 countries. Time Is Nothing is his five-minute compilation of these moments. EFL students may be asked to describe people, places and countries they see.
TRANSLATION PROGRAMS THAT WORK FAST ONLINE
Duolingo is a wonderful new (private beta) for learning a foreign language. This is done by having users translate the web/text at their learning place. Sentences are given to users at their own learning pace and if they don't know a word DL helps by supplying correct words w/ images. For another great foreign language learning site using more multimedia materials, check out Study Stream.
It can translate between 9 Languages:English - Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.
Does English - Japanese Translations.
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Free online text to speech programs (tts) that are absolutely free to use can be found everywhere on the Internet.
There are many free text to speech software available in the market. Most of these software work almost the same way
If you fall into this category, Ultra Hal Text-to-Speech Reader offers a simple program to help users select text and have it read aloud.
Text to Speech - TTS SDK - Speech Recognition (ASR)
iSpeech free text to speech (TTS) and speech recognition (ASR) software converts text to natural sounding voice recognition online.
ReadPlease 2003 for Windows has been discontinued (text-to-speech software).
Convert text documents to speech for reading text aloud as voice or convert doc to mp3 to listen to later.
This is a model with five levels of tech integration and five characteristics of meaningful learning; includes overviews, lessons, and videos for various content areas
Translate Pages & Text, Spell Checker, Online Dictionary, Currency Converter
Keybr is a great site to practice and improve your keyboard skills. This is a very easy site to use, and once finished a user can view nice charts/graphs on their progress/speed/accuracy.
Type Racer is a fun site to help students practice and improve their typing skills. What makes this so much fun is the ability to challenge your friends and race in a private room, or one can just race other random people online. Finally, an educator can sign up for a classroom account which adds additional educational features.
TypingWeb is a nice free site for people who want to learn how to type. Also, there are some nice features for teachers such as student tracking and grading. A teacher can even track student usage to make sure they are practicing their typing skills.
TEFL.net is an independent resource site for teachers of English worldwide. Offers a large TEFL course database and ESL job ads to an online help desk, lesson plans and admin tools. TEFL.net will help you in your career helping others learn English.
A superb collection of online resources. Search for educational web sites using: Content Areas; Subject Area; Grade Level.
Good Intro & Overview Of New Web 2.0 Tools
David Kapuler's blog on Educational/Instructional Technology (ET/IT) has a nice introduction and overview of new web 2.0 tools here.
Teacher Wall is a new site that allows teachers to upload a video/text on anything they want to share/educational topic. Mostly teachers state what their greatest success as a teacher has been. Also, a teacher can browse through videos by most popular or videos in your area.
Thoora is a tool to create a daily personalized virtual newspaper, and you can read more about it at a TechCrunch post. The interface is clear and clean, and easy to use. Others are at The Best Sites For Creating Personalized "Newspapers" Online.
TutPup is a new (beta) site for educational games for kids. This site is for kids ages 5-14 and focuses on math, spelling, etc. Best of all, this site is COPPA compliant and is safe for kids to use.
Tar Heel Reader has two great features: 1) It has 1,000 simple books with TTS audio support for the text immediately accessible to Beginning English Language Learners, and 2) It makes it as simple as you can get for students to create their own "talking" books using images from Flickr. Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces (i.e. switches, alternative keyboards, touch screens, and dedicated AAC devices). The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format. Anybody can read the books on the site. However, in order to have your students create talking books using their "easy as pie" (and free) process, you need to register and have to have a code. Just write for one at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collaborative Timelines can be great family or class life- and language-learning projects.
Tikatok a site that is a real find for English Language Learners (and lots of other students). Users can create online books that they write and illustrate. They can also use lots of images available on the site. It has a number of features that really make it stand-out. You can make a book from scratch, or you can use one of their many story frames that contain "prompts" to help the story-writer along. In addition, you can invite others to collaborate online with you to develop the book. Once the book is done you can email the link to a friend, teacher, or yourself for posting on a blog, website, or online journal and the site is available on Titatok for others to read. You can create the online version for free, but have to pay if you want them to print a hard-copy version.
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WhoTeaches is a wonderful new (beta) social network like Wiziq. This is a network designed to facilitate communication between teachers, students, parents, and even offer high level education to other people (a la Wiziq). Plus, w/ a very user friendly interface and excellent search ability by subject or area, What I really like about WhoTeaches is how easy it is to use and how nice and polished it looks. It allows a user to upload their resume, teaching experience, videos, etc. Educators from every subject area can be found on this site. Another great feature is the ability to create groups sharing and collaborating on documents, files, media, etc.
Technology and Media Literacy Training Videos
Russell Stannard, a lecturer at the University of Westminster (UK), has created a ton of training videos for many of the common educational technology tools. He covers Moodle, Twitter, Audacity, Wordpress, Jing, podcasting, and many more useful tools.
90+ Videos for Technology and Media Literacy by Alec Couros, a faculty member at the University of Regina. He collected over 90 "interesting Internet videos that would be appropriate for lessons and presentations, or personal research, related to technological and media literacy."Plan to spend time here!
At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all. Pranav Mistry is the inventor of SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data.
TED: Ideas worth spreading
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading -- through TED.com, our annual ... Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world. Watch brand-new talks from TED2010 - TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a U.S private nonprofit foundation best known for its conferences, now held in Europe and Asia as well as the U.S.
TeacherTube.com aims to provide an online community for sharing instructional teacher videos. Upload your lesson plan videos or watch student video lessons!
-New languages for calling in Gmail; lower rates
You can now call phones from Gmail in 38 languages. Calls to the United States and Canada are $0.01/minute, and international calling rates have been reduced for over 150 destinations. To make calls, click "Call phone" at the top of your chat roster.
-New languages for Gmail on iPhone and Android
Now you can point your phone's browser to gmail.com and get Gmail in 44 languages, complete with label support, an outbox for messages composed while offline, the ability to mute messages, and more. Watch the video or learn more.
-New in Labs: Message translation
Turn on "Message translation" from the Labs tab under Settings, and whenever you receive an email in a language other than your own, Gmail will automatically translate it into a language you can understand with just one click.
Tsoni.com is about the best quick Translator into many languages! Tsoni is another nice re-packaging of the Google Translate program very similar to Tradukka.
Translate instantly between languages, including foreign Emails!
Google Translate Toolbar, also found on The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners - 2008 list, has just gotten better by adding a text-to-speech ability. Unfortunately, though, it doesn't seem to function for lengthy passages. Read more about their improvements at Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers blog. To learn more view http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/11/google-translate-adds-speech-and.html . Google Translate now offers you the opportunity to hear translations read to you. The translation service now translates text as you type it rather than waiting for you to finish typing. If you want to translate an entire website, Google Translate now lets you do that by simply typing the url of the site you wish to translate into the translation text box. Click translate, and the entire site will be shown in the language of your choice. Google Translate has now made it easier to handle non-Roman texts.
Idiom Practice Game called "Turn-O-Phrase" Is A Fun Word Game For ELLs
"Turn-O-Phrase" is a fun new game where you are shown images that give hints to common English phrases, and you need to identify that words that would go along with them. You can also get hints. You can play without registration, or you can log-in to keep track of your "points." The site says that they are working on a feature that lets users create their own "phrase games," which will really be an asset. See more at The Best Learning Games For Intermediate English Language Learners (Figures of Speech)
Top 10 Timelines, Top 10 Tips PD, Top 10 Digital Music, Top 10 Slide Shows, Top 10 Brainstorming, Top 10 Backchannel, Top 10 Digital Storytelling
iLearn Technology is an Edublog about integrating technology into the classroom.
By Online Degrees (Written by dkapuler)
Online Degrees a new site has just published their top 100 educational blogs.
What it is: Big Huge Thesaurus is a must add to your classroom publishing center. The tag line of Big Huge Thesaurus says it all: "synonyms, antonyms, and rhymes". Big Huge Thesaurus goes beyond other online thesauruses by giving students a wealth of synonyms (for each part of speech), words that sound like the original word, and rhyming words. When students find a word that they are curious about, they can click the link and it will send that word through the Big Huge Thesaurus. How to integrate Big Huge Thesaurus into classroom: If you have classroom computers, set up a writing/publishing center where students have all the resources they need to write including Big Huge Thesaurus. Students can visit the writing center to add richness and interest to their stories, poems, and other writing. This Thesaurus does an excellent job of breaking down words. Use Big Huge Thesaurus on an interactive whiteboard or projector when learning new vocabulary. Type in a vocabulary word and have students construct its meaning using the synonyms that are generated.
Time Maps is a wonderful site highlighted by Free Technology 4 Teachers. This is a great site for history teachers/students and is a cross between a time line, encyclopedia, atlas, and tag cloud.
Here is a nifty interactive from the British Library that lets you explore items from its collection using text, video and images. It's very engaging. You can save favorites, but only to a PDF that you can then print-out. There doesn't appear to be any way to save it online.
"Tripline" Is Going To Become a Student & Teacher Favorite. Tripline just opened for business, and it's a great map-making application. You just list the various places you want to go in a journey, or a famous trip that has happened in history or literature, or a class field trip itinerary, and an embeddable map is created showing the trip where you can add written descriptions and photos. You can use your own photos or just search through Flickr. Plus, you can pick a soundtrack to go with it as it automatically plays through the travels. It's super-easy to use, and the only tricky part is that you can't add photos until after you create your trip and save it. See Tripline at The Best Sites Where Students Can Plan Virtual Trips, The Best Map-Making Sites On The Web and The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An "Authentic Audience." Here are examples of the ride of Paul Revere and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
"Science Of Everyday Life" is a neat interactive timeline of inventions, and comes from Discovery Education. See more at The Best Sites Where Students Can Learn About Inventions.
CanTeach is an excellent site that provides 100's of resources for educators such as lesson plans, links, etc. for elementary schools. Check it out by clicking here!
TEFL Videos has over 100 short videos of actual lessons in the classroom with English Language Learners. You have to pay $95 for a year subscription to it, however they also have ten you can see for free. Because of these ten videos, see the site added to The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom.
Have Any Ideas On How "Tizmos" Can Work Better For Teachers and Students?
Tizmos is one of my favorite Web 2.0 applications. It's a super-easy way for users to save thumbnail images (and links) of their favorite websites on one page. It's on both The Best Personal Home Page Creators list and The Best Social Bookmarking Applications For English Language Learners & Other Students list. They have an online form to respond to, and they're looking at things like "a Tizmos virtual classroom, a way to monitor students, educational mini games, or homework assignments through Tizmos."
(Powered by Google Translation Engine)
Over 50 languages including Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese and Spanish available for free online translation.
Oddcast has a talking character male or female which will translate any text you paste in the text box and let you hear the translated text! The free version allow 250 characters for "Latin" languages and only 50 for Asian languages. Could be a great add-on in an educational setting.
Cactus offers weekend and weekend and online TEFL courses: Learn the basics of teaching English as a foreign language in a weekend, extend your knowledge through related online TEFL components.
TOEFL iBT Sample Test
o Free TOEFLģ iBT test that covers parts of all 4 components - Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. o A glance at real test materials and software interface. o Provided scoring for Reading and Listening. In the Sample Test, Speaking and Writing are not scored.
The Best Sites Where Students Can Plan Virtual Trips
A nice geography lesson is to have students plan a trip to some location (or locations). There are several web tools that make doing this pretty easy - it's just a matter of identifying where you want to go, looking through the sites to see in those places, and then "dragging-and-dropping" them onto a list that you can subsequently post on a student or teacher website/blog. Most of these sites also allow you to write a description of your trip (and why you chose the places you did), but students can do the same on their own site, too. Even better, most of these sites also let users comment on places they have visited, which make them an excellent place for students to write for an authentic audience about locations they have really visited (which can include local spots). Here are sites most accessible to English Language Learners that let them plan these kinds of virtual trips: Tripwolf; Nile Guide; Go Planit; Ruba; Planet Eye; Tripcart; Tripwiser; Discover America; Travel DK; and Yahoo Travel. See also The Best Resources For Finding And Creating Virtual Field Trips.
for adult learning and literacy
CyberChase from PBS has a great online talking calculator.
It's a perfect way for English Language Learners to do their math and, through listening skills, developing their language abilities.
Nice Translator is the newest addition to The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners ó 2008.
One way it stands out is by translating into your chosen language as you write it. Most other similar sites require you to input everything and click ďenterĒ before it begins to translate.
Shahi Dictionary is a dictionary that combines simple definitions with quite a few Flickr photos. The combination of the two makes it pretty accessible to English Language Learners.
A new and innovative online project collaboration platform. TEAMNESS's main features include task management, messages, file sharing, whiteboard, search engine, RSS and notifications. The service is completely web based free to use.
TOP TEACHER RESOURCE WEBSITES
Alphabetized A-Z Links Page (from Larry Ferlazzo)
(from Larry Ferlazzo)
from the British Council
Includes practical lesson plans, articles, books, downloads, etc. to keep your teaching fresh.
Network with over 10,000 teachers via this English Language Teaching Contacts Scheme (ELTeCS).
Hornby Educational Trust runs regional workshops to benefit language teachersí development.
Use this powerful search engine to help build up your links with others in the CALL and Language Teaching Community worldwide.
4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use.
ENGLISH LESSON PLANS
Educator's Reference Desk users may wish to search ERIC* at the U.S. Department of Education's ERIC website: http://www.eric.ed.gov. *The Educators Reference Desk is not affiliated with or funded by the ERIC program or the United States Department of Education. All questions concerning ERIC should be addressed directly to the ERIC program at 1-800-LET-ERIC.
US Dept of Edís ERIC Ė the worldís largest digital library of educational literature.
ERIC at the U.S. Department of Education's ERIC website. All questions concerning ERIC should be addressed directly to the ERIC program at 1-800-LET-ERIC.
Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) provides quick and easy access to over 40,000 educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit and commercial Internet sites. Enter a word or words that describe the information you are looking for in the search box on the right side of the GEM page.
(maintained by The Internet TESL Journal)
Maybe not all of the very best, but definitely some of the best places to start.
From The Internet TESL Journal
From The Internet TESL Journal
For Teachers of English as a Second Language
Articles, Research Papers, Lessons Plans, Classroom Handouts, Teaching Ideas & Links
Some people call them scavenger hunts. (from The Internet TESL Journal's Activities for ESL Students)
SYSTEMATIC SLVA (SECOND LANGUAGE VOCABULARY ACQUISITION) STRATEGY
(Tom Cobbís Excellent Approach)
Use these linked vocabulary level lists to start!
All these lists are connected by simple mouse-clicks to both a speech engine and a large corpus of natural English. So each word can be heard and met in a variety of contexts. Use these lists systematically and your English 1k, 2k, AWL/UWL vocabulary learning will be well under way. You will more readily recognize these words each time you meet them again and learn even more.
Test how well you know the 2000, 3,000, 5,000, 10,000 and UWL lists. Then fill in any gaps you find to build the strong vocabulary you need to be a good English reader.
Survey and Test-Maker; Web-Polls, Mini-Surveys, etc.
A site with all types of digital storytelling resources including how-to's, tips and tricks, tools, and scoring guides.
Tafiti.com is probably the most versatile Search Engine yet designed. This great new search service - Tafiti (built with Silverlight) is built by Microsoft. Use it to quickly search not only the Web but also Halo Blogs, News, Photo Images, RSS Feeds. Then filter, save or share them with anyone, anywhere! Truly amazing! It loads quickly and adds great additional functionality/ interactivity to sites. After a few minutes with Tafiti - saving and tagging searches - all sorts of ideas/options/uses come to mind. Clicking on the tree view gives a visual representation of key areas...and the user can drag the slide bar to "seedling" or "full tree" size.
English information about the Tokyo Subway System is available here.
TESOL TEACHERS' PERSONAL HOMEPAGES AND RECOMMENDED LINKS
Aims to be a Clearinghouse of all available Online Dictionaries, Language Learning Links and CALL Organization World-wide.
CALL4ALL.US is John Paul Loucky's Homepage for the Website you are currently using.
Markís ESL lists top links for English teachers & students.
TEACHERSí LINKS INCLUDE: Banner Ads Wall; Bonus Links Directory; ESL China Room; ESL Black/ White Lists Area; Discipline and Management Room; Flash Card Room; ESL Articles Library; Korean Language Room; Lesson Plan Room; Link Search Center; Mark's ESL World Gazette; Photo Gallery; TESOL Room; Teachers' Resources Center; Teachers' Services Center; Teachers' Educational Center; Teaching Tips and Ideas Room; "Teaching In ..." Area; Teaching English in Vietnam Room; Unusual ESL Links Area. View The Career Center to find jobs in all areas, The ESL Job Sites Area; General Teaching Jobs Area. Visit the Lounge to explore most popular areas of the Internet.
Associate Professor in English School of Law, Waseda University
Links to English language research - EFL and communication.
NEW SITE FOR EXTENSIVE READING HEADQUARTERS! Extensive Searchable Research Reference List with Abstracts
TASK-BASED LANGUAGE TEACHING
Designing Online Reading & Writing Courses & Tasks to Maximize L2 Learning (John Paul Loucky)
Designing Online Tasks to Maximize L2 Learning
Designing Online Reading & Writing Courses & Tasks to Maximize L2 Learning
Formerly known as The Human-Languages Page but now called I Love Languages, this is a comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources. The over 2000 links in its database have been hand-reviewed to bring you the best language links the Web has to offer. Whether you're looking for online language lessons, translating dictionaries, native literature, translation services, software, language schools, or just a little information on a language you've heard about, I Love Languages probably has something to suit your needs (to paraphrase their words). With 218 Languages carefully catalogued, it has a highly readable, clear and crisp presentation that is most user-friendly for either language student or teacher.
Its 11 Language Categories include 11 Sub-Categories well-organized for easy searching: By Language - Language Lessons - Collections of Links - Linguistics - Conferences - Organizations - Dictionaries - Teaching Resources - Free Translation - Web Logs (Blogs) - Language Identification
List of valuable ESL resources & practice sites - abundant ESL information for teachers and students.
ESOL 4 All has many good free resources for teaching and learning English.
ESL Monkeys have some great links and resources.
Tools for Teachers, Parents & Students.
Awesome Library organizes the web with 26,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5% in education.
Hot Topics Include - American flag, current events, religion and politics, tsunamis, presidential race, iraq, biographies, education, environment, medical care, obesity, fitness, holidays, middle east conflict, multicultural, terrorism, bullying, world peace, and encyclopedias.
You can Browse in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Dutch, Malay, Arabic, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, or Japanese!
Information on the school, including free English lessons and English teaching material.
Collection of over 2,500 free lesson plans for pre-K12.
Free esl flash card English games that you can make, play and print. On Teaching Fish it is free to make, play and print ELS flash cards. These highly interactive multi-media flash cards use animation, sound, and user interaction to make the esl practice experience as fun as possible. You can choose from numerous sets of pre-made cards or you can make your own... it is up to you. Teach or learn English vocabulary | Teach or learn English verbs | Give or take short practice quizzes | Learn about or teach common English expressions | Expand your knowledge of English grammar | Make games for your friends or students to play | Practice all sorts of English skills for free.
MES-English ESL/EFL Resources for Teachers - ESL/EFL resources for Teachers of Young Learners - 900+ FREE flash cards, phonics cards, game cards and activities all ready for download and use this afternoon.
Free educational resources for teachers in Christian, public, private, and home schools.
Links to (and descriptions of) ideas for teaching foreign languages.
Links related to teaching.
Favorite Links, Photo Album, Word Games, Jokes & Hoaxes, Letter & Picture Card Page, Free Speaking Fun, Roleplays, Fun Things, Ways of Remembering, Fun Drilling, Playing Cards, Free Speaking Fun, Moving Students, Classroom Management, Creative Thinking, Present Perfect, Sentence-Level Games.
Online Education and Interactive Learning worldwide to over 150 countries.
For GRE & SAT Practice, history, science, and people.
Syvum's translation Services.
(Teaching English as a Second Language or Foreign Language)
Internationally-recognized source of ESL and EFL information for people in scores of countries.
A monthly web journal for teachers of English as a second language (articles, research papers, lessons plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas, links, etc.).
TESL / TEFL / TESOL / ESL / EFL / ESOL links of interest to students & teachers of English as a second language.
The Web Portal for Educators - lots of links with lots of resources
teaching and revision resources (Britain)
Secondary English teaching resources, lesson plans and schemes of work for teachers of English language and literature (Britain)
educational web sites, lesson plans, free worksheets, e-books
lesson plans, downloadable worksheets, tutorials, forum, e-lesson warehouse, related websites, TEFL jobs, etc. (Britain)
weekly lessons on topical themes
monthly lessons on cultural topics including festivals and celebrations
the website of the University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) with full information on all of the Cambridge ESOL examinations and tests, as well as the latest news from Cambridge.
TESOL.net has provided Funland Linguistic TESL Resources for teachers and for English Teachers and students of ESL/EFL since 1994.
a collaborative project that aims to make available extensive free resources for learning languages.
A searchable, on-line library of 100's of printable, photocopiable English lessons. Elementary to advanced. Each lesson comes complete with teachers' notes and answer keys, news articles, pre-reading activities, reading comprehension and grammar exercises, games, role plays or discussions.
Free, ready-to-use ESL lesson plans for English language teachers based on current news stories and lyrics of popular songs.
education resources list for colleges, online learning, online course, early childhood, home schooling, education subjects, etc.
educational resources and materials for teachers of ESL/EFL to young learners.
Information on extensive reading with an emphasis on its application to Second or Foreign Language Learning.
Elementary school English games, songs and ideas.
Ideas for activities and games in the foreign language classroom.
Programs to create educational materials, especially exercises and tests, in the form of web pages.
Easy vocabulary quizzes, puzzles, and games with pictures and images.
(also known as Brett's Games)
Quizzes, songs, games, stories, etc. for students and teachers of English as a Foreign Language.
ESL's most up-to-date News English resource. Daily, still-hot Current Affairs lessons & FREE. 100% copiable. Over 20 communicative ideas per lesson. Saves planning. Energizes classrooms, and teachers. As the news breaks, teach it.
An international site for students and teachers of English as a foreign language with exercises, worksheets, useful links and resources, reading, fun, games, etc.
a New Zealand site for English teachers with fully resourced teaching units, links to sites, an internet tutorial, projects for students and a discussion forum
free ESL lesson materials for teachers: grammar, worksheets, song lyrics, board
games, pronunciation and more (all free and printable)
A unique website for students, teachers and schools learning English. The English Maze contains hundreds of dynamic Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing & Grammar activities. Plus Chat, E-pals, Discussion boards, lesson plans + many other free resources.
resources for ESL students and teachers (English grammar, listening, vocabulary,
quizzes, tests, books, CDs, tapes)
free, non-commercial educational web services for educators and students
online activities, projects, free worksheets, teacher resources and ideas
English teaching resources + online exercises (with Hot Potatoes)
education resources on the internet.
Also links to these 8 resources: BBC Language Sites, On-Line Grammars, e-Free Translation.com, yourDictionary.com, free Online Language Courses (for 50 languages!), Foreign Language for Travelers, Language Box Online Lessons, Word2Word Language Resources (formerly Rivendel.com).
English and Spanish teaching resources
great lesson plan ideas!
(16 Types) for Developing Teachers to try. Sample language exercises using Schackne Online.
Schackneís excellent language pages include:
ESL-EFL Resources, Curricula, ESL-EFL Home Pages, Technology, CALL, Organizations, Media, Publications, Other Languages, Language Schools, Search Engines, Other Schackne Online Pages.
Over 40 major language teaching and translation organizations at ILoveLanguages.com.
TESOL / EFL / ESL LINKS
A monthly web journal including articles & research papers, lessons & lesson plans and teaching techniques as well as links of interest to teachers of English as a second language.
About 15,000 Links of Interest to Teachers and Students of English as a Second Language (Site Map of iteslj.org - Kelly Brotherís TESOL Links Library)
Activities for ESL students - quizzes, crossword puzzles, treasure hunts and more.
TEFL Networks for English Teachers. Resources to teach English as a foreign or second language, including TEFL course database, TEFL jobs centre, TEFL help desk, ESL lesson plans and teacher forums.
A large number of interactive quizzes, sorted by level, for learners of English, plus a database of annotated links for English learners, searchable by category, and links to current news stories. The site has been created by students at the College of Foreign Languages in Czestochowa, Poland.
- web resources for English language teaching (ELT) worldwide.
A 100 million word collection of samples of written and spoken language from a wide range of sources, designed to represent a wide cross-section of current British English, both spoken and written.
Lots of resources, including reference materials, study aids, and quizzes, for teachers and learners of English.
all kinds of learning and teaching material, interactive exercises, printable worksheets, etc.
An international site for students and teachers of English as a foreign language with exercises, worksheets, useful links and resources, reading, fun, games, etc.
English language learning online - resources for learning the English language for ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP students and teachers
Lessons, grammar info, and interactive exercises (which give meaningful responses, rather than just right/wrong). The authors also publish an online Internet Journal written by and for ESL students.
"Where learning English is Fun!". A friendly website for students and teachers of ESL, with language resources and online chat rooms.
This website is dedicated to Information and Communications Technology for Language Teachers. A total of 16 training modules have been completed and are being continually updated.
Interactive listening comprehension exercises using RealAudio clips recorded from American radio stations.
A site full of resources for English learners studying for the Cambridge First Certificate in English, including past papers, online tests with detailed feedback, suggestions for further study, analyses of learning styles, and multimedia exercises. A useful resource.
Lots of English listening quizzes using audio and video materials. Each quiz has Pre-listening, Listening, and Chat Centre.
Interactive English listening exercises, including logic puzzles, treasure hunts, telephone messages, and crosswords.
A co-production between the BBC and the British Council. Wicked stuff for English learners. Interactive multimedia activities, most of which require browser plug-ins (Shockwave, RealAudio).
The principal aim of the WELL Project (Web Enhanced Language Learning) was to promote wider awareness and more effective use of the World Wide Web for Modern Languages teaching across Higher Education (HE) in the United Kingdom (UK).
the web portal for students and teachers of English (ESL/EFL)
a wide variety of interactive English grammar, listening and reading exercises.
learn English and have fun
ESL go provides free online English grammar and vocabulary classes based on Harry Potter, the stock market, music, and other interesting topics. There are also English practice message boards. The Resources for ESL and EFL teachers include business English, speaking activities, and lesson plans.
free English language teaching videos online.
an award winning English language teaching website offers quizzes, grammar activities on weekly basis. The site aims to improve your everyday, business, workplace, and exam English.
Learn English every day.
English as a foreign or second language; interactive quizzes, readings, games for students learning English providing multi-feedback, instant correction and diagnostic tests
Free lessons written by teachers / professional writers, audio lessons, 50 articles, list of international ESL schools (1,090), ESL Java games / quizzes, ESL discussion forum, etc. Free access to over 2,500 ESL job offers worldwide, 2,200 ESL resumes.
created at the English Centre, University of Hong Kong to help university students improve English skills necessary to communicate in a professional setting (business letters, e-mail, telephoning, reporting, interviewing, presentation, etc.)
interactive quiz centre, discussion forum, links
an on-line English grammar and punctuation reference guide including exercises with answers
free interactive and print-out exercises to learn English, including grammar, idioms, phrasal verbs, slang and typical mistakes
exercises, grammar, vocabulary, etc.
English-behind-the-scenes.com offers ready-made exercises based on the latest
films, together with teacher's notes and table of contents.
Children ESL textbooks for ages 8 - 12.
Easy-going, friendly English teaching aid. Conversation, songs, quiz, literature. Suitable for teachers and students alike.
a great number of worksheets, flashcards, reading and question topics, board and card games for the English classroom.
a website for ESL/EFL learners and teachers of English with dynamic speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and pronunciation activities, chat rooms, discussion boards, e-pal database, e-cards, lesson plans and more.
free materials to learn or teach English for ESL/EFL learners and teachers (grammar,
exercises, courses, interactive pages)
Hot Potatoes Games and Quizzes - interactive exercises and games.
content based lessons designed to provide students and teachers with clear instructions on how to write and present research papers. Students are evaluated for the process as well as for the final product.
INTERLINK's ESL Resource Center provides free English lessons, exercises, games and links for learners and teachers of English.
English Club's list of EFL / ESL / TEFL / TESL links
a list of various ESL sites with lots of interesting things (quizzes, lesson plans, reading, writing, listening, etc.)
CALL AUTHORING PROGRAMS
Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning
Created by the Center for Language Education And Research at Michigan State University.
Online programs for recording, uploading, mixing, and interacting. Free!
Europeís leading broad band network.
TEXT TO SPEECH ENGINES
There is a new site called Scribd that allows you to type a document on your computer, easily upload it to Scribd in seconds, and then the site immediately posts your document on the Internet with audio speaking the text. This is an extraordinary site for English Language Learners. They can easily post what they write and listen to how it sounds. They can use pictures and text or just plain text. You can also see student examples there and see this link under Student Talking Stories at http://www.bayworld.net/ferlazzo/Student%20Work.html#talkingstories.
A free TTS or Text-to-Speech Engine. Developer of award-winning text-to-speech software for Windowsģ based operating systems. Reads any text you see on your screen - all purpose text-to-speech software.
ReadingBar 2 for Internet Explorer reads any web page, makes mp3/wav files, zooms any page, text-only version web pages, translates and much more!
Explains ReadingBar Supported Control Codes for Volume, Speed, Pronunciation, Spelling, Silence and Choice of Voices.
Download Microsoft Reader software here. Microsoft Reader 2.0 is the new standard for electronic publishing and reading on screen.
TTS Voice engine that converts text into lifelike spoken audio in a variety of languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Russian. Get best quality voice and pronunciation; practice your speaking and listening skills; see real-time spoken text selection; realistic speaking characters personalize your language experience; and use voice player functions to replay text.
Softsea.comís TTS Download; Also called ProTecSoft VoiceMate or Verbose TTS.
This software provides Text-to-Voice conversion from any Windows application. CoolSpeech With this, you can listen to online news from any URL, Email messages or any other text.
Multi-Lingual Online Translator with Sound and Avatar!
TESOL TEACHER TRAINING
a Wheaton College site that links to good articles, some from CETC, the Christian TESOL caucus. SLA Resources.
Links to all sorts of resources, ESL articles, language and outreach tools for working with different ethno-linguistic groups. These include Language Resources and Bible tools in Arabic, Aramaic, Chinese, Japanese-English, Greek/Latin versions, Indonesian, Iranian, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Urdu, and Songs in various languages.
May well be the best overall translation site, as it has many translation engines available for free use. It can also even guess which language you are typing in, using 3 such programs:
1) MLTT Language Identifier (which can guess 47 languages), 2) Stochastic Language Identifier (13 langauges, and 3) TextCat Demo (a walking Rosetta Stone that can guess 77 languages accurately!). Just try to compete with that.
high quality and affordable translation services from and to almost all languages of the world.
Free simultaneous access to over 265 dictionaries for 73 languages!
TRANSLATION ENGINES AND DICTIONARIES
Online Translation Marketplace for translation service buyers and professional translators. Free online translation. Find a translator or sell your translations directly online, a great place if you have a large translation to be completed.
Translation Town Dictionary
Online Dictionary from Word 2 Word Language Resources - Breaking the barriers of language through learning. Dictionaries, language courses, language chat, automatic translation available across a very wide range of languages.
French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish online dictionaries with online translation facility.
Online Dictionaries and Translation Engines
Tradukka is a simple translation site. Itís just a re-packaging of Google Translate, but itís a very nice re-packaging. The interface is more attractive and accessible.
TOURS AND TUTORIALS ONLINE
TEACHING ENGLISH ABROAD
to get you teaching English anywhere in the world. Our courses are open to everyone, no experience or qualifications needed.
Take weekend or online tefl courses from anywhere in the world. You could be following your dream job in your dream location by teaching English.
devoted to the training and placement of skilled English teachers all over the SE Asia region.
MACHINE TRANSLATION SOFTWARE ENGINES OVERVIEW CHARTS
These translation programs are intended for giving a general gist of meaning, not as a substitute for human translation. However, this is the best quick view of Machine Translation options online, covering 13 online translation engines.
TRAVEL TIPS AND LINKS
Fly.com is "a streamlined way to compare flights...featuring an extremely simple-looking interface to compare flight options from multiple services." It simultaneously searches hundreds of airline sites, including JetBlue, United, Virgin America, Qantas, British Airways and most others, as well as popular online travel agencies like Travelocity and Vayama. With just a click, users go directly to the airline or online agency to finish booking..
London based translation agency offering high-quality translation.
Evoluz.com is a translation company providing translation, transcription and interpreting services in a broad range of fields and languages.
Great Travel Tips and Links from Jim Becker.
With TravelPod you can easily:
Your blog will never expire, so neither will your memories. Start your own travel blog today, or head to www.travelpod.com to find out more about how you can:
Create your FREE travel blog to share your photos and stories!
TRAVEL AND TOURISM LINKS
The UK's international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations.
Free Maps to discuss traveling in 262 Countries!
Use this great free online mapping service for US and international map searches.
Mystery or imaginary postcards may be sent between teacher and students, in which various places are described. Just tell students what to include in their ďDream Vacation Mystery PostcardsĒ!
Your Holiday Disaster and Your Questions, Our Experts pages from The Independent Newspaperís Travel Section. Use to get students to Brainstorm about: Transport, what to pack, where to visit and what to do, where to stay, people and cultures to observe. Creative Focus: Compare your best and worst vacations.
Dream holiday planning. Talk about and plan your ďDream Vacation!Ē
Dream holiday planning. Talk about and plan your ďDream Vacation!Ē
London holiday tour. Search Yahoo.com for data on any other city youíd like to visit.
Compare Times around the world. Quick and easy to work with.
with links to all major means of travel in the UK.
Vietnam tours operator, Vietnam hotels reservation, Vietnam ticket booking, Vietnam car rental.
BRITISH TV GUIDES
AMERICAN TV GUIDES
View TV Listing Sections to discuss any interesting or favorite programs. Use TV online schedules for your country or for any English-speaking country to discuss what kind of programs are showing and when to watch them.
ONLINE TV SERVICES
MyStrands released a personalized online video service called MyStrands.TV. You can type in an artist or tag and it creates a customized "channel" for you. MyStrands.TV is powered by MyStrands APIs and the music videos come from YouTube. Some music data is provided by Muze, Inc. Itís an easy way to organize or personalize Music Videos. MyStrands.TV adds an easier, richer and more fun personalization layer on top of YouTube's data. MyStrands is a music discovery and social networking site, which in June 2007 raised $25 Million to lead the social recommendation industry".
Take TV Mobile Device enables you to transfer video from PC to TV anywhere!
Free open-source TV/video platform.
Many interesting links to such topics as art, business, books, computers, educational resources, entertainment, fun and games, history, language arts, math, museums & libraries, music, nature, online safety, places, schools, science, sports and for teens .
Ask for advice about typical teenage problems. Advanced and sensitive issues, so best to check these out first teachers!
TOOLBARS USEFUL FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING
Many features including Dictionary, Translation, Biographies, IM Buddies, etc.
ETNI Rag is the English Teachersí Network in Israel. Feel free to contribute.
Over 132,000 Open Source projects making it the the world's largest destination for Open Source.
TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION
(also see IT and E-Learning)
The International Society for Technology in Education.
When it comes time to explore technology that educators can use for testing and assessing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in an online environment, consider OWL Testing Software.
This free program can help you create and keep track of classes, coursework, track it and assess it online.
LANGUAGE TESTING STUDY GROUPS AND PROGRAMS
European Association for Language Testing and Assessment
Beginnerís Magazine with Writing Help
FREE ENGLISH GAMES AND TESTS
offers free TOEFL, TOEIC and English Grammar and Vocabulary Practice Tests.
has lots of free and cheap practice downloads or CDs of offer.
has fun games to try.
TESTING WORD LIST / VOCABULARY KNOWLEDGE ONLINE
Online Vocabulary Game
Includes 4 Receptive/Recognition and 3 Interactive Productive Vocabulary Tests (at 5 levels); a Word Association Test (both print and interactive); and a Yes-No Real vs. Not Real Word Test (both print and interactive) with the same test in French.
TECHNOLOGY NETWORK BLOGS
Other Weblogs Inc. Network blogs you might be interested in:
Telepresence, Video Conferencing Everyone Is Talking About Mobile Social Networking e-Marketer forecasts that mobile social networking will grow from 82 million users in 2007 to over 800 million worldwide by 2012.
Childrenís Christmas story retold by Angela Elwell Hunt
Free Online Dictionary, Translation and Reference Services. Your guide to free online dictionary and translation services. With definitions in most languages, thesaurus, word of the day & encyclopedia links.
for creating online tests. Free lesson construction software to build a teaching website; includes crosswords, gap-fills, cloze tests, matching, multiple choice and jumbled exercises.
Evaluate your English proficiency level using British Councilís Learn English Site. Test or Assess your English level in four areas with these free tests:
Merit-Bay helps recruiters to assess skills of candidates in various IT topics. Individuals are encouraged to measure their skill levels. Email alerts, Issuing Certificates, Forum Options, Answer Reports for each test, Graphical report for comparing the candidate's performance are the special features of Merit-Bay.
PlasmaLink Web Services provides the Glossary of Instructional Strategies as a resource for all educators
TBLT includes teaching approaches using communicative and interactive tasks as the central units for the planning and delivery of instruction. Such an active and authentic approach to language education is said to provide an effective basis for language learning. When designing language education websites with Task-Based Learning and Teaching goals in mind, three major parameters of subjective enjoyment and objective effectiveness as well as technological efficiency should all be considered.
A video site which provides educators with a place to view and upload videos that "address specific learning objectives and/or provide professional development for educators."
Nellieís English Projects: Educational Portal for life long learning.
Distance Learning and Tele-Communications.
Elluminate pays attention to how people communicate, educate, and collaborate in the real world. You'll see this reflected in their commitment to developing the enabling technology that advances these activities in the virtual world. Built on their unique No User Left Behindô technology, Elluminate Live!ģ 7.0 delivers enhanced accessibility, functionality, and usability that facilitates small group collaboration, enables blended online/onsite learning, creates dynamic online communities that foster social networking, and much more.
Great free Collaboration Tool!
(Japanese and English)
Both free and commercial listed here for download.
Collection of many online tools for teaching and learning.
Online Tools for Teaching and Learning. Recommended Sites for Teachers. Collaborating, Social Networking Sites.
Learn Tagalog Now offers Tagalog and Filipino Language courses including Idioms and Slang. Downloadable, Sleep Learning and MP3. Free Philippines Smart Phone, Pocket Pc Themes and a downloadable Philippines yearly calendar of Holidays and Events.
The Internet TESL Journal is an electronic journal filled with practical articles on ideas for the classroom and is a good place for teachers to learn from their peers. This online journal typically comes out once a month. Back issues are kept online as well.
Total Immersion Enterprises offer Total Immersion Plus, a new methodology for the acquisition and/or tutoring of any language. Says ďstudents can become fluent in just 200 hours,Ē and if you believe you can do that, then maybe you are a genius or maybe not. TIE specializes in Scottish Gaelic.
An accredited online distance education course aimed at teachers, lecturers, trainers, content developers who wish to transfer their existing skills to an online environment. LeTTOL stands for Learning To Teach Online and it has been delivered since 1997 to in excess of 2000 learners. It helps participants gain the skills needed to develop and deliver online courses of all kinds. It can help you make the Internet a powerful, flexible and accessible way to learn.
This site includes information, processes, and best practice videos to help teachers enhance their knowledge base of how to best infuse technology into teaching and learning.
Information Technology and Website Evaluation.
Currently tracking 86.1 million blogs and over 250 million pieces of tagged social media. Technorati is the recognized authority on what's happening on the World Live Web, right now. The Live Web is the dynamic and always-updating portion of the Web. They search, surface, and organize blogs and the other forms of independent, user-generated content (photos, videos, voting, etc.) increasingly referred to as ďcitizen media.Ē These include videos, music, movies, games, DVDs and News clips and stories.
Top 100 Ed Blogs, etc.
TCEA 2007 Handouts
Probably the largest and one of the most contemporary, warm and inviting international churches in Tokyo, Japan. Members from over 40 nations.
Instantly add buttons to your Toolbar.
Tuziís Fusion of Language and Technology Homepage.
Tianji.com is the first Chinese social networks on OpenSocial. Tianji.com is another social network, the first Chinese partner of OpenSocial.
Review of Skehanís 'A Cognitive Approach to Learning Language', 1998, OUP
Online Games: Buzz-off Save the Bees, etc.
Flash-based, interactive, keyboarding practice page that allows the user to print out a chart of statistics.
Class assessment and rubrics ideas from Kathy Schrock.
Ideas and overall tips for successful parent-teacher conferences.
Sinorama magazine (recently renamed as Taiwan Panorama) for Online Reading practice.
The Sinorama articles are mainly about issues in Taiwan in such areas as politics, economics, arts, society, culture, and ecology. An electronic corpus consisting of 10,000+ texts!
Twinfluence and Twitter Grade: Create groups with your Twitter friends and start posting messages.
Call any US landline phone number for free.
Instant message with people through this USB portable client.
via YellowPages.Travel (Search all travel sites at once!)
Online Magazine for Learners of English
TOPICS offers learners of English an opportunity to express and publish their ideas in English to an online audience.
by Prof. Yoshiko Aizawa in his new book on BASIC, published in Japan in 2007.
TV LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES
Wisetranslations is one of the leading providers of professional human language translation and proofreading services for websites and documents at a reasonable cost. Our customers enjoy first class 24/7 customer support and live chat features.
Translation agency that provides high quality professional Translation services to business clients based in the UK or abroad. Our wide range of translation services includes legal translations, financial translations, medical translations and marketing translations.
TEFL Teaching options in Japan and Korea, as well as cultural, living, and travel info. Free manual for TEFL methodology and an English game database that uses category tags, such as 'high school games', 'speaking games', etc. for easy searching.
TinkrBox allows for easy collections of thumbnail images of images and websites. Use them to help students develop higher-order thinking skills, including categorization. It's called TinkrBox. After registration, you're able to easily just paste the url address of an image and website into a box, and then its image appears. You can write a "tag" for the box or boxes, and the url address of your collection can be made public and accessible by others if you want. It's worth a look. See more of The Best Social Bookmarking Applications For English Language Learners & Other Students.
If you want an agency providing translation, localisation and conference-interpreting services, Today Translations can do them all. It comes from their passion for languages and dedication to international business. It comes from their fast turnaround, made possible with a database of over 2,600 linguists!
Evoluz.com is a translation company providing translation, transcription and interpreting services in a broad range of fields and languages.
Over 7,000 websites created by students around the world who have participated.
ThinkQuest — New York City acts as a more local competition. Clicking on that link will lead you to many accessible websites created by students, including: * The New Seven Wonders Of The World; * The Buzz On Bees; and * Great Wonders Of The World.
The National Parks Service has put together a really exceptional interactive on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. See others at The Best Resources About President's Day.
FREE Text-To-Speech Programs (TTS)
Programs for converting text into speech that you can use for free online:
Questions & Answers: "What are the best free text to speech programs online?"
Here you'll find a few questions and answers about free text to speech programs that are online.
Use this list to help you find more of the best language translation tools that are online.
Is there a free text to speech program to meet my need?
I know of an online program that will take any text and play it back for you as speech, plus this text to speech tool gives you a link to embed your spoken text into a web page. This is the best of all the FREE programs I have tested:
with this online text to speech program, you can convert text into speech. This online text translation program differs from others in such that it will convert your text into speech and then create an mp3 file out of it. This text to speech tool is 100% free to use and they even have a bunch of options for webmasters to display the tool on their website.
Convert text to speech with this free online tool. Just enter your text, select one of the voices and download the resulting mp3 file to your computer. This service is free and you are allowed to use the speech files for any purpose, including commercial uses. This online text to speech program is amazingly simple....5 stars!
Program to convert your text into a movie for free.
TEXT TO SPEECH PROGRAM TRANSLATION TOOLS
This is a list of websites and blogs on the Internet where you'll be able to uncover information about many other text to speech programs and language translation tools. Some of these links will take you to other free text to speech programs and some will take you to web pages where others are talking about the tools listed on this page.
I use this free online language translator to quickly convert any text to text or text to speech. It's completely free to use and your translated text 'instantly' appears on the screen.
This is actually an audio editor program but it has the ability to convert text to speech. After your text to speech translation tasks are complete, you can clean them up!
This blog is authored by someone who uses a speech to text software program called Dragon Naturally Speaking and finishes a blog post every single day despite the fact that he is a quadriplegia.
Looking for a free text to speech software program that will read your text out loud? If so, you'll want to check this one out because it reads the text from various sources out loud. The program will also read the text of web pages and read it back to you (spoken speech).
Here's a question on LiveJournal that asks if anyone knows any text to speech programs that will convert the speech into a file format like mp3. There is one text to speech program that will even play your text back as speech using an animated character.
If you're one of the people who is searching the Internet for the best free online text to speech programs, then your search is almost over. This page will provide some information about my all-time favorite online text to speech program that is absolutely
To use TTS Voice, simply copy some text from anywhere online or out of any document and then paste it into the text box. Alternatively, you can type directly into the text box for text to speech conversion. Next, select the language you want for your text to speech conversion and then click the 'Say It' button which will open up a new window and play your converted text in addition to a few other interesting little features that are a part of TTS Voice.
Free online text-to-speech application. No account needed. Include different modes such as speak while you're typing. The first word may have some delay as the voice is loading at the first start-up.
Expressivo is a computer program that reads texts in a human voice. It's excellent during play, learning, relaxation or at work! You can listen to your favorite books, emails or anything found online.
This online text to speech program is great. High-quality voices that clearly say your text out loud. Type in your text and download the converted file as an mp3. It's free!
Over at readthewords.com you can easily convert text to speech or web pages to speech. It's free and really easy to use so check it out if you are looking for a simple online text to speech program.
This text to speech program is for anyone running a blog that would like to add text to speech capabilities to that blog. All you have to do is type in your blog's RSS address and iSpeech says they will turn your blog into a talking blog. FREE of course.
Ready for another well-made text to speech tool that is 100 % free? Check out YakiToMe because it's supposed to be the one of the world’s best TTS software programs.
Here is a simple text-to-speech program that is free. It's called Speakonia and it has the ability to read text with a single mouse click. Speakonia can also read web pages and emails flawlessly. Save the text that is read to you as a .WAV file.
Class Parrot is a site designed for educators. This site allows teachers to text students to their mobile phones for free. Best of all, CP keeps everything private and allows parents to sign up to view a unique text code. This is a great way for teachers to keep students/parents up to do date on news, homework assignments, etc.
Best Sites to Learn about
Features of Technology-Rich Schools.
How teachers can affect people's lives like the kids in this video, now concerned for Sierra Leone.
Teachersí Internet Classroom Assistant
Simple Technology Guides are simple, double-sided ďcheat sheetsĒ that can be printed out for many software applications. Custom Guides are added to The Best Places To Learn Computer Basics & How To Fix Tech Problems list.
Collect websites, enter them into TrackStar, add annotations for your students, and you have an interactive, online lesson called a Track. Create your own Track or use one of the hundreds of thousands already made by other educators. Search the database by subject, grade, or theme and standard for a quick and easy activity.
Technology Video Tutorials: Hundreds of no-cost technology video tutorials dealing with both hardware and software; great for quickly learning a new skill (the site is ad-based).
Send money abroad, the new way. Top trusted online money service.
RoomRecess is one of my all time favorite sites for finding a wide variety of educational online games. This is a great place for finding games in subjects such as: Math, Reading, Keyboarding, and more. These games are designed for students K-5 and are easy to play w/ high replay value. Educators can find lots of useful free games that will help reinforce skills (i.e. Typing, Spelling, Basic Math Skills).
Effects of required and optional exchange tasks in online language learning environments
Klaus Brandl (2012).
Issue 01, January 2012 pp 85-107
Internet-based, interactive audio-visual English learning center with instructions in 21 languages.
Free Demo and great online Business Opportunity!
Click on a flag to choose a language.
Free ESL Lesson Materials for teachers. Grammar, worksheets, song lyrics, board games, pronunciation and more. All free and printable.
Nellies English Projects is an educational website for students and teachers whose aim is to motivate students for lifelong learning. It provides resources for teachers on how to integrate technology into the classroom by means of project based and experiential learning using WebQuests. The site provides many educational resources, articles, lesson plans, evaluation rubrics, reading practice and collaborative writing ideas.
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Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
ESL Student & Teaching Links
Great Reading, Speaking & Vocabulary Activities
Free Test of your vocabulary in English, Chinese, German, Japanese, Spanish or Turkish. Test Preparation free for GRE, SAT, TOEFL Tests. Speed-Reading Practice and Word Games.
Click on the V to check how many words you know in English.
Take this free Vocabulary Size Test!