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  • Lynnea Elsasser

Apps and Software for ELT Teachers

Updated: Aug 27, 2021



This is kind of like the part 2 to my Online Resources for Teachers of Young Learners. Instead of websites though, I am offering you apps and software. These apps and software I have either used in my classroom, or are technology tools I have vetted to having the potential for being quite useful in the language classroom. Some of these you may already know, but hopefully there are a few here that are also new for you.


 

My Software and Apps List:

  1. Zoom- While there are many platforms for synchronous learning, I have really enjoyed using Zoom with my students. Additionally, I have found functions like shared screen, breakout rooms, and annotations (which lets you to write on your screen) allows me to do activities that were not even possible in traditional classrooms. Also, recently app integration (like Mentimeter and Kahoot) has been added to Zoom which is a huge plus.

  2. Quizizz - Quizizz tests learners' understanding by questions in formats like multiple-choice, long answer, polls, and fill-in-the-blanks. While Quizizz is similar to a lot of other programs like Kahoot, I personally love Quizizz because it emulates a game with items like power-ups and points. It is a great way to refresh students knowledge of vocabulary and also an excellent way to assess students.

  3. Ed Puzzle- Make your own video or from platforms like Youtube or TED more interactive by inputting your own narration or questions throughout the video. It is great for a flipped classroom, homework or asynchronous learning. It can be also helpful for making sure students actually completed the assignment, as it tracks every student's progress.

  4. Audacity- This is a tool that can used by both the teacher and student. It allows you to record and edit your own audio and is completely free! Audacity also has more complex features than some recording programs like overlaying tracks and exporting it as multiple file types. This can be useful for making listening tracks, editing audio or even creating podcasts.

  5. Padlet- A virtual bulletin board that can be exploited in multiple ways. It allows for students to interact with one another and post with text, gifs, videos and photos. The only downside is that with their basic package, you can only create 3 padlets.

  6. Book Creator- Let students take ownership over their work by having them create their own multimedia book! You can use videos, images and audio to make any story, report, or portfolio come alive. It also has a read aloud and Auto Pen feature. With a free subscription, a teacher can have 40 books in her library.

  7. Mentimeter- The answer to make your online lessons more interactive. With Mentimeter you can create live polls, word clouds, Q&As, and collect feedback on surveys along with a lot of other features. It is also an integrated app with Zoom so you can use both seamlessly. Sadly, there is limited features with free membership.

  8. Flipgrid- A video discussion tool that is ideal for the flipped classroom or remote learning. Teachers can post topics which are videos along with some text. Then, students can respond with their own edited videos. Also, it is amazingly, free!

  9. Class Dojo- A simplified LMS that includes motivating and helpful classroom management tools. You can set up multiple classes, connect parents, create homework assignments (and view submissions online), create announcements and share files as well as give points to those hard-working students, all in one place! It also allows use and set-up in multiple languages, which can be helpful for learners and their parents.

  10. Canva- I honestly don't know where I would be without Canva. Canva gives you, the creator, full control to create whatever you want whether that is a poster, a worksheet, a ppt, or anything else you want. I have also seen my students use Canva for various projects. I usually do not pay for apps, but this is the one that I think is worth it. There is still a lot available even with a free membership.

  11. Seesaw - I am a big believer of portfolios and Seesaw does just that and so much more. What I love about Seesaw is that for teachers, there is a lot of ideas or pre-made activities that they can immediately use with their learners. I also like how the activities can have an interactive element.



 

What are your favorite apps and software for language learning? I would love to hear what they are. If you would like to share, comment them down below!


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