Answers.com is a fabulous site for rewarding students for good question formation as well as question planning!
Ask500People is a free visual poll taking and making site. Is is great for activities based on the syntax asking and answering questions. Issues discussions with more advanced classes can be enhanced using this tool. Please be aware that some of the polls may not be appropriate for all students. TRY the LESSONS: Take A Poll , Make a Poll
Students can create motivational or de-motivational posters quickly at this site. Students choose concept, picture, create text and colour/color. The results can be posted on a class wiki or printed! TRY the LESSON
At last a cartoon tool kit that is intuitive and easy to use. The publishing options allow for privacy and if desired an international audience! The final product can be put on a a blog, web page or even printed! TRY the LESSON
Blogger is a common tool used to encourage writing, expression and interaction with your students. Blogs can be motivational since the Internet provides an authentic audience.
Bubbl us is a fantastic online graphical organizer for brainstorming, organizing, preparing for writing, and categorizing.
ClickNLearn.net is a project by Aurora Gil and Helen Massingham circa. 1996. Their intentions were to create a web resource that harnessed the best of technologies over a decade ago to create independent and fun learning activities for different languages. A tool designed no to replace the general program of the subject, but to complement and enrich it. It is a fun tool that a language teacher might use as a targeted activity (there are many activities at the site) or as a reward for quick students in a computer lab situation. I want to go to the English activities menu.
Devolver movie maker lets students make movies or scenarios with a variety of unsophisticated tools. This is a fun activity in which the students create a series of interactions with guaranteed success.
Dictionary.com is a standard tool for looking up definitions for an active learning activity for students. It also has a translator, encyclopedia and a thesaurus.
English Attack Photo Vocabs is a resource targeted at French speakers that are learning English vocabulary. There are plenty of subjects to be explored with a word list, spelling, sample pronunciation and an image. It is made more realistic because the word lists are supplied by the community.
ESL Listening Lab has been online since 1998. Randall offers a variety of listening activities and blogs.
Stories or poems that can be generated from student input text. The program generates a sequence of images drawn from the millions pictures at the Flickr web resource. This interesting and engaging generates lot of discussion.
Forvo pronunciation, Listen, learn and pronounce in over 220 languages! Vocabulary and terms are also sorted by categories for ESP purposes. Regional accents are also cited as well students can upload their pronunciation clips for consideration.
Funnel Brain lets teachers create FREE Flashcards, quizzes and study teams complete with text, video, pictures and voice recordings. Invite your classmates from Facebook and work on a set of free flashcards together. Its learning tools will automatically monitor student progress and keep them on pace to ace the test!
Glogster – education
Students can create visually exciting posters to express any mood or topic. These posters can be embedded in many social networking sites.
Templates for different graphic organizers are available here. Click on one of the many graphic organizers and it downloads a template that you print and use with your students.
How Stuff Works
A Discovery Channel offering that provides answers to many questions. The community is invited to contribute also. Video and images are well represented around the site as are quizzes and polls.
One small part of the Learn English online resource, from the British Council, is a set of 40 (at this time) grammar videos. Hosted on YouTube, in the BritishCouncilLE’s channel, these videos will add an additional tool in you teaching kit when introducing or reviewing grammar points. The British Council site also has a myriad of with games, stories, listening activities and grammar exercises.
So cool in look, feel and function. Input a word (term) and see the related nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, fuzzynymns, synonyms and antonyms. This is a great way to let the students discover relationships between words!
A very important resource that provides a library of audio boos as well as the contributions of the community to read chapters or whole books into the library for others to use.
Merriam Visual Dictionary
This dictionary allows students the ability to get on line and find definitions for terms and instantly gain comprehension through imagery.
PimPamPum Labs work on concepts, designs and development of interactive projects and university teaching. there are many Interactive opportunities to be discovered by you and your students at this site.
Got Clicker fever? At the conferences this year – clickers to respond to polls were quite the rage. This resource displays the data it collects in real time as the participants can submit their responses using a website, Twitter or an SMS message. As most students already own cell phones they already own the hardware that can make interactive polling a reality in your classroom.
PurposeGames has hundred of interactive, language-learning games and activities. It takes some time to sort through them but one or two may be used as an ice breaker when introducing a specific idiom set or grammar point. This site may also function as a reward for good performance or behavior.
A chain story can be fun – especially without the saw! Quibblo offers a means of creating group and chain stories through their free web resource. There is a playground feel at this site of activities that ESL instructors can either led or let students go and explore.
A quick resource where students can use basic sketching tools to create visuals and have the ability to share these work with others.
Slide – visual collage
Slide is a great tool to create a digital visual capstone project that involves digital picture assignments.
An online speed reading resource. Teachers can paste appropriate text and set the expected speed. Students are exposed to text in chunks of words. The size of the chunks can be varied as the teacher or student require.
This is a free spelling tool that can help you make teaching spelling more exciting. With online spelling games, spelling reviews, and spelling quizzes, your students can memorize those weekly spelling words and you will have a new tool in your box for teaching spelling.
Sounds Familiar is not a site for EFL/ESL learners and having a more socio-cultural aim, but it may be a very interesting site to browse and maybe expose more advanced students to different accents.
A video and audio messaging system.
Practice typing or race fellow students on line.
It may seem a bit difficult at first, but this site adjusts its level of difficulty based on student responses until equilibrium is reached. From this point the students can enhance their vocabulary at their own pace. A very user-friendly interface with well thought out feedback mechanisms and prompts helps the student to progress through the limitless terms. There are over 40,000 questions in the database. This might be used as a staple activity or as a reward for completing another task or as a warm up activity. It will keep the students engaged while in the CALL room.
Voki is an multimedia (headshot) avatar creator. This resource enables students to create their own Avatar! Although they are short, the teachers will find that there is a lot of preparation involved in creating audio/visual media. Upon completion, students will have their own multimedia avatar to email, post on a website, blog or a wiki. TRY the LESSON
A audio format forum resource. One can record your audio via a small java applet on the web site. Audio files are uploaded after recording and they are organized similar to a forum thread.
This is a collaborative writing project to build a how-to manual. With community contributions, this resource that helps students and teachers by offering solutions to the problems of everyday life. WikiHow currently contains 60,213 articles — written, edited, and maintained primarily by volunteers.
The world’s first and largest community built encyclopedia.
Wordle is a word cloud generator. It accepts words that are entered into a text box and generates a variety of word clouds based on orientation, font, size, color, character shape, word limit, and background. Students can be creative with their current vocabulary lists or brainstormed lists of terms. Try the LESSONS Create a word cloud, Create a poster, Top ten lists, Complex Word Clouds, Word frequency
Wordnik is an on line community that is pushing the definition of a “dictionary” to its limits! There are several options that make it a progressive and unique search resource for student activities.