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Tech Tips

Here are some neat sites with great audio and video for class.

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The fall conference yielded some great tech ideas to use right away.  Thanks to Catherine Ousselin for some great sites.  Here are a few that really excited workshop goers.

Unknown-1 Kahoot is a free game based response system that allows students to play with any device that has a web browser. It is easy to use, motivating, and fun. getkahoot.com


Blubbr.tv allows you to create trivia embedded into videos or search the numerous “trivs” that have already been created.

Unknown-1 Infuselearning.com allows you to create various activities and assessments to track student progress on any device.


Wheeldecide.com is a fun site that allows you to create your own wheel for games, review and more.  Use it for speaking prompts or vocabulary and grammar review.

Summer is a great time to play around with all those fun Apps you’ve been dying to try.  Here are some great ones to use in class this fall:

  • Looking for a different way to do speaking inside and outside of the classroom or spice up those nightly homework assignments?  Try these great Apps and websites.

Google Voice gives you a telephone number that isn’t attached to your personal number so that students may call and leave messages.  Create prompts based on the daily lesson and students will love the practice they get as they leave you messages.

Using Lingt Classroom allows you to create assignments that incorporate audio, video, written, and oral prompts.  Students may access these from home and easily email responses when finished.

Croak it is a free website/App that allows users to record 30 seconds of audio.  Students may then email the audio or copy and embed the link to another site.  Croak it describes the App as easy as “Push, speak, and share”.

  30 Hands is a great storytelling App that allows students to create stories and presentations using photos, drawings, and videos.  They may add images and slides, record audio, and save to their camera roll or send via email.

Students love Tellagami.  Using this free App, students create a virtual self and record audio.  Create a prompt or have the students tell you a story.  They will love watching their virtual self do the talking.

  Students choose a photo and may record up to 10 sounds per photo using the Talking Pictures App.  Students easily draw a circle around the area of the picture they would like to activate with sound and when finished recording they send their work via email.

Here are some neat Apps that were shared at the recent NECTFL conference.  Enjoy!

Have you ever worried that your students would be tempted to wander from the lesson as they work on their iPads?  Nearpod to the rescue! Nearpod enables teachers to use their iPads to manage content on students’ iPads, iPhones, or iPods.  Nearpod combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one program.

Class Dojo is a behavior management system that will help you capture valuable data to share with students and parents.  The App allows you to give positive feedback seamlessly throughout the lesson.

Looking for a paperless way to assign, collect, review and provide feedback?  It is effortless with Showbie.


Voicethread allows you to connect and communicate around digital media.  Share snapshots, diagrams, audio, documents, and videos with this App.  Students can talk, type, or draw on the screen.  You can access Voicethread from iPad, iPhone, a PC or Mac.

Have you ever used Pinterest in the classroom? It is a great tool to help discover and share ideas.  Check out Adina’s Technology Corner in the MaFLA Winter Newsletter for more useful tips on how to use  Pinterest in your classroom.


Have you seen the free ACTFL Unit and Lesson Planner App? Blank unit templates help make planning easy and are ready to fill with learner outcomes, essential questions, and assessments.  References provided include Common Core Standards, language functions, and essential questions.  This App has been designed based on The Keys to Planning for Learning: Effective Curriculum, Unit, and Lesson Design (Clementi and Terrill, ACTFL).  Get it now!

Looking for an easy way to collect student work to show student growth during the year?  Check out Three Ring.  It allows you to capture photos, videos, audio, and notes of student work and file each artifact under one or multiple students.  Usernames and passwords are provided to also allow students to login and upload work.   It makes sharing work with parents and submitting evidence to administrators easy.  Three Ring can be accessed through their App or through www.threering.com