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Technology resources

iOS Apps
Digital Storytelling/Presentation
Curating and Collaboration Tools
Activity / Quiz Generators
Backchanneling/discussion Tools
Recording Tools

Interactive Whiteboard Tools

Gadget / Accessory Ideas

Technology Resources for Teachers

Workshops / Professional development - Find resources from previous workshops.

The networked teacher by Silvia Rosenthan Tolisano (Click for a larger image)
Twitter chats to follow: #langchat (WL teachers) / #21stedchat (Teachers&Tech) / #frimm (French teachers) #tlap (teach like a pirate) and many more!

Washington State K-12 Educational
Technology Learning Standards

International Society for
Technology in Education (ISTE) NETS Standards

United States Office of Educational Technology

Useful blogs and sites

Langwitches -  Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything - Kathy Schrock e-Tools for Language Teachers - Sylvia Duckworth

AATF Technology Commission Blog

World Language Classroom Resources - Josué Cabral Box of Tricks: Education and Technology - José Picardo

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Curating and Collaboration Tools 

Curating and collecting resources can be done by teachers and students. This process can be compared to gathering books and resources at the library for students to use. For new-to-Web-Resources people, these tools may be a stepping stone to building a blog or Web site. They require very basic skills and are easy to share through social media.

 On her blog, "Innovations in Education," Nancy White discusses the differences between curating and collecting and the pedagogical implications of these practices.


Social bookmark, clip, annotate, and share Web sites.

AATF's Diigo page


Bookmark and organize Web media in a visual matrix.

Catherine's Symbaloo


Collect and organize Web sites into thematic "pearls."

Don Doehla's Pearltree


Collect and organize media into virtual binders.

Classroom 2.0's LiveBinder

Publish topical online newspapers from
curated content sources.

Laura Franklin's

Create visual appealing online magazines
from online media sources.



Clip information, build notes, save media, and share notebooks.

MVHS French Vocabulary Notebook


Social media platform that connects
students and educators. Create online class
discussions, polls, and engaging apps.


Provide a safe and free space for class and
individual student blogs.


Create blogs through Google.

Mount Vernon French Blogger


Build engaging blogs or Web sites.

Tiffany Enders' WordPress


Paid blog building site

Andrea Henderson's Typepad

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Activity generators and interactive language sites

EdPuzzle - Example for French 3

EdPuzzle is a free app and Web-based tool that allows teachers to create UNLIMITED interactive assessments with videos and questions. This is a  great tool because teachers can upload videos directly to the site if YouTube/Vimeo are blocked.

PlayPosit (formerly EduCanon)

Use videos and questions to differentiate and engage learners at their own pace.

French example by Audrey Misiano
Mentimeter - Free and paid options. Most teachers can use the free option with great outcomes. This is a fantastic tool that can be accessed on any device. Create quizzes, collaborative word clouds, polls, open-ended questions, and several other activity types.


AATF Technology blog article on Socrative

Available through an iOS app, mobile device or computer browser. Socrative is similar to InfuseLearning, but does not yet have the "share with students" or drawing functions. These ideas are under consideration by the company.


Create slide presentations with interactive assessments and discussions. This Google-integrated tool is now connected with Google Classroom. Students can access from Internet-connected device.

Build shareable quizzes with embedded imagery and video that can be played on tablets, phones, and computers.

French example by Catherine Ousselin


 Create flashcards and review activities with audio. Flashcards can be downloaded on iOS devices through the A+Pro app. Quizlet is now connected to Google Classroom. Quizlet Live lets students play in collaborative groups against each other.


The AnswerPad

Interactive activities with drawing, multiple choice, short answer, and essay question options. Free and upgraded versions are available.  This tool is accessible on all Internet-connected devices, but works best on iPads and Chromebooks.

Google Forms with video and images

Use Google forms and various add-ons to easily assess reading and listening comprehension.


This subscription / free option site has been described by educators on various blogs

Teachers create media-rich presentations that include assessments.  Students interact at their own pace with the presentations on mobile devices or computers.  This tool is useful for a "flipped lesson" or "Genius Hour" classroom.  - Make your own quizzes, activities, and class pages when you join Browse pre-made activities and quizzes to add to your blog or website.

Hot Potatoes - Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any purpose or project you like. The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive activities.

LanguagesOnline - From Australia: Engaging activities for several languages.
Digital Dialects - Interactive activities for 60 languages.

 Hello-World - Educational site with activities in several languages.
  BrainPop en français / BrainPop Español
Animated, curricular content that engages students in different content areas.

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Backchanneling, #Hashtag feeds, and discussion sites

Backchanneling is real-time interaction using computers or mobile devices between participants and presenters. It allows for continuous feedback and discussion during a presentation.


Create an online and private room in which participants can ask questions and interact with the presenter.


Powerful collaboration tool that allows users to post links, upload documents, and customize a collaborative wall.


Online brainstorming space based on a question posed by the moderator.

AATF example


Tagboard uses hashtags to search for and collect public social media within seconds of being posted to networks like Twitter and Facebook.

Twitterfall is a Twitter client specialising in real-time tweet searches. New tweets fall into the page.
Poll Everywhere

Collect immediate feedback to a question through a text message and code. This is not as interactive as a chatroom or message wall, but provides quick feedback.

Tweetbeam - Free and paid versions

Enter a topic to see what people around the world are sharing about it on Twitter. Then press the full-screen button and the latest relevant Tweets will load and display one-by-one.

BackChannel Chat

Useful chatroom site for educators. The site provides profanity filters and the ability to track student interaction.

Let's Recap

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Interactive Whiteboard (SmartBoard / Promethean) Resources

You do not need an interactive board to use these resources. Use the mouse pad or a remote mouse to interact with the activities.
Catherine's Google Hangout on using Interactive Smartboards and workarounds. 

ClassFlow Resources (Formally Promethean Planet)

Search for activities by language.

Smart Exchange - Modern Foreign Languages

Search for lessons and activities shared by other teachers.

ABC Teach - SmartBoard for French

Shared Notebook files for French teachers.


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