I am in the process of moving these links to separate pages as there are now too many on a single page!
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I have located many of these tools through Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers blog. You might like to subscribe to Richard's RSS feed or his email list.




Vocab skills

Photo sites

Video editing

Working collaboratively

Mind mapping tools

Presentation tools

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Teacher tools

Photo sites


Locate photos from places all around the world.

Compfight - A Flickr Search tool

Find Creative Commons photos.

Box of Tricks

A useful blog article about using photographs in the languages classroom.


Match beautiful images with carefully selected words in order to inspire others. Click on "Freestyle" to key your own words using the target language.


Edit your own photo or a sample image, add photo effects, graphics, speech balloons and text.



Animoto lets you take your photos and video clips, add text and a music track and turn it all into a video. You can emphasise certain photos or allow the program to do it randomly. Share your video by email, embed it in a wiki/blog or upload it to uTube. Sign up for an educators account. Check out this blog post:
Using Animoto to promote speaking in the foreign language.

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.


Cloud based video editing that enables students to work collaboratively (and remotely) in one of two modes. The "storyboard" mode features a collection of video themes and is designed for beginners who don't have any experience editing videos. The "timeline" mode is for users who have some experience editing video and would like to have a little more control over the timing and transitions in their videos. The "Lite" version is free but has limitations that the monthly plans don't have.

Working collaboratively


Sign up for the educational version.

Wikispaces projects

Support for educators in setting up teams of students within their classroom wiki.

PB Works

The educational version of PB Works.



Once you have set up an Edublogs account you might like to limit access so that it can be viewed only by children and their parent. Click here to learn how to do this. You will need to scroll down to the section that relates to Edublogs.


Sign up with your Google account.



EtherPad is a web-based word processor that allows people to to collaborate on text documents in real-time. When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone's screen. Edits are highlighted in the author's colours so that people quickly know who contributed what to the document.


Stixy enables you to create and share Stixyboards containing photos, documents, to do lists, notes and calendars.


Evernote enables teachers and students to capture notes, save research, collaborate on projects, snap photos of whiteboards, record audio and more. Everything you add to your account is automatically synced and made available on all the computers, phones and tablets you use. Check out this YouTube video for suggestions for using Evernote with your classes.


Share your screen with as many people as you like. Simply click on the share button and email the generated link to the people with whom you wish to share.


Creative collaboration for teachers globally.

ePals Global Community

Choose a project, find a classroom and collaborate. Click here for an article that outlines how one school is using ePals.


Twitter is an online social networking/microblogging service that enables users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters. If you do a google search "twitter in the languages classroom" you will find lots of examples of using twitter in education such as this link. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano has developed a useful classroom policy and rationale on the use of Twitter. See also Silvia's Guide to Twitter in the k-8 classroom.


Today’sMeet is a free online tool that allows you to backchannel during presentations. Backchanneling is having real time online conversations alongside live presentations. Today'sMeet is a closed backchannel which means that only people with the URL can participate. It lets participants ask questions, discuss what is being presented, share links and reflect on their learning. Backchanneling could be described as “virtual whispering or note passing” during lessons, presentation or activities.


ThinkBinderis a web application that lets you have group discussions, share notes and provides you with real-time interactions. Once you’ve created an account and are logged in to ThinkBinder you will be able to add members, upload files, create events, chat and share ideas on a whiteboard in real time. Have a look at Richard Byrne’s YouTube clip which explains how ThinkBinder works.

Mind mapping tools


This software was a finalist for the 2009 Community Choice Award in the category "Most likely to change the way you do everything"!


MindMeister is an web-based, collaborative mind-mapping tool.


Bubbl.us is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online. Create colorful mind maps online, share and work with friends, embed your mind map in your blog or website etc.


A simple to use graphic organizing tool. It lets children organize ideas by drawing, writing, or importing imagery. It lets students collaborate on the same organizer at the same time and share their work with others.
In addition to Popplet, Richard Byrne has outlined a further nine mind mapping tools. Check out his blog post.

Presentation tools


Create fantastic presentations with Prezi, an online presentation tool with zooming presentation editor. Click here for a YouTube demonstration of the basics of Prezi.


Present.me is a handy service for recording video and or audio to accompany your slides. It allows you to sync your recorded audio and video to your slides then publish everything as one complete package. Present.me allows you to have three presentations for free before you have to either delete an old presentation or upgrade your account.

Presentation Tube

This is a service that teachers and students can use to record, share, and watch presentations. Presentation Tube provides a free desktop tool (Windows only) that you can use to record a video of yourself talking over and drawing on slides. The Presentation Tube recorder automatically synchronizes your PowerPoint slides with your voice. The free recording tool allows you to record for up to 15 minutes. Your completed recording can be uploaded directly to Presentation Tube.
Meograph is a free tool for creating and sharing four dimensional digital stories/presentations. Using Meograph you can create a presentation that uses a timeline, a Google Map, images, videos, and your narration (20 seconds per moment: i.e. each image or video clip).


Dipity is another presentation tool based on a timeline. Users can incorporate text, images, and videos into each entry on their timeline. Dipity enables you to collaborate with others and has multiple options for sharing your timelines publicly or privately. Each entry to a Dipity timeline can include multiple types of media which allows users to add more detail and information than can be included in a traditional timeline. If you want to import Tweets and other social media messages, you can do that too on Dipity. Dipity will work on your iPad.

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Glogster Edu

Glogster Edu enables users to create and share glogs - online interactive posters that can be made up of text, images, music, and video and links to external websites. Glogs are great for combining a number of resources in the one place. More information about the range of things you can do with a glog can be found at this link.
Note: Glogster Edu is hosted separately from the commercial version of Glogster thereby preventing student access to Glogs created by other people that contain questionable content.

Ten tried and Tested Internet Tools for Teachers

Some of the tools are described elsewhere on this page. All of the tools are great in a languages classroom.

Cool Tools for Schools

A series of links grouped according to tool type. Not developed specifically for languages teachers but many of these tools could be readily used in a languages classroom.

E-learning and web2.0 tools for schools

A series of links grouped thematically. Click on the plus sign alongside each heading to unpack it and see the links.This web site was created using mindomo - a useful tool in itself!

Web 2.0 tools for teachers

A wall for post-it notes of links and tips.


An index of online tools and applications.

Top 100 tools for learning 2009

The name says it all!

10 tools for 2010

The 10 most popular tools so far.

Teacher tools


Any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones, iPad and the Dropbox website.The file sharing option allows you to publish to the web any file that is in your Dropbox account. To publish files to the web from your Dropbox account simply click "get link" next to your file's name and a URL for your file will be generated. Give that URL to anyone you want to view your file. Publishing isn't limited to just one file at a time, you can publish an entire folder from your Dropbox account with one link. Dropbox eliminates the need for flashdrives/ USB drives and eliminates the need to send email attachments in order to share files.That makes it a great place to collect your students' work without flooding your email inbox.


Vizaroo is a web based instant feedback generator. Students and their teacher access it from any device that connects to the internet. Feedback collected from students can be displayed in one of three ways: a web format of connected ideas, a Venn diagram format, or in a simple "yes or no" two column format. Use Vizaroo to give all students opportunities to contribute to class discussions rather than one at a time as is the case in traditional classrooms.


Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as "Tweets".
The videos in this playlist outline some of Twitter's features and give a few ideas of the possibilities for teaching and learning.


Looking for a fast, efficient way to share a list of links? Stich.It can help! It’s a simple tool which allows you to “stich” links together and turn them into a single slideshow to share with others.Your slideshow can include web pages, images, videos, music, photos and documents. If you can link it, you can stich it. You can also give your show a title and annotate each link.


This is a similar tool to Stich.it but it generates a shorter URL which is better if you want to share links via Twitter or SMS


Edmodo is an easy to use, communication / educational tool /site to use with classes. It's set up much like Facebook so the format is familiar and appealing to students. Some of the things you can do are: set up class communications, upload assignments, send reminders, collect work online, mark work online, connect with other teachers world wide, (this has lots of potential especially for connecting across schools for moderation requirements under the Australian national curriculum), access the libraries of work that other teachers with whom you have connected have created, give others access to your own library of resources, communicate with students during and outside lesson times ...
Check out this Voicethread/PowerPoint presentation outlining some of the features of Edmodo.Edmodo and Common Sense Media have recently collaborated to produce a free digital citizen guide.
Metta enables teachers and students to create Multimedia Presentations & Quizzes in Edmodo by combining videos from YouTube, pictures from the web or from their desktop, text, and voice recordings. Users can also pull content in from Pinterest and Twitter to use in their final product.


Triptico is a free downloadable application that runs on Adobe Air, making it compatible with both Macs and PCs. It can be used with any make and model of interactive whiteboard to engage students and foster classroom participation. Once you have installed and launched the application, you can explore the different activities available by scrolling from left to right in the main screen or simply by clicking on favourites. From there you can easily navigate to any of the different interactive activity makers and you can then customise your own activities to suit your subject and lesson. At the foot of the Triptico home page you can read a review of the available resources that make up this tool or watch a video overview of the features.

Class dojo

Class dojo is free software that enables teachers to manage the classroom behaviour of their students.This link uses Glogster to explain how class dojo works. Click on the different elements in the glog.

Burn Note

This is a free service for sending messages that self-destruct after they are read by their recipients. To use Burn Note just visit their homepage and start typing your note. When your note is complete a unique URL is generated for you to share. Once that URL has been used by someone else, it no longer works. If you have to recover passwords and send them to students , using Burn Note ensures that they won't accidentally forward that password or otherwise share it with people that shouldn't see it.


Claco is an online service that allows you to find, build and share resources with teachers around the world. Claco allows you to store, and easily access, all of your websites, videos, files & more all in one place. Once your resources are on Claco, it takes just a click to share them with students, other teachers and parents. Say goodbye to sending large email attachments or uploading files every time you want to share with others.


Eventbrite enables teachers to publish an online professional event registration page.


Learnist is similar to Pininterest but developed for educators. It assists them to collect resources, share notes and explanations, and order or reorder web assets in a way that helps students, other educators etc make sense of it all. Check out this link to the developer's site for an outline of the web2.0 tool or this Edutopia article written by a teacher user. Without needing to register with Learnist yourself you can locate boards developed by other teachers - search the Learnist site for specific languages boards.


Blubbr is an interactive quiz creation tool that uses YouTube clips. Your quizzes can be about anything you like. Viewers watch a short clip then answer a multiple choice question about the clip. Look at this Japanese exampleto give you an idea of how it works.
To create your own quiz on Blubbr start by entering a topic for your quiz. Next search for a video about that topic. Blubbr will generate a list of YouTube videos that you can select from to use in your quiz. When you find a video that works for you, trim the clip to a length that you like then write out your question and answer choices. Repeat the process for as many video clips as you like. Students can take quizzes on Blubbr without signing into the service. For you to create a new quiz you do have to use your Twitter or Facebook credentials.


Portfoliogen is a free online service for teachers to create their own customized portfolio webpage. In addition to displaying videos of their work teachers can write "about me" pages, highlight their certifications, upload documents, and link to other examples of their work. Teachers receive their own URL web address allowing them to share their credentials with prospective employers, principals and peers.

Qurify QR Generator

There are a lot of advantages to using a free QR code generator like Qurify to generate your own QR codes for your students: you can take students directly to a website you have chosen, thus eliminating the frustration and time spent typing in long web addresses.Check out this article for an outline of why one educator uses QR codes in the classroom.


This free service enables your audience to see your slide presentation on their laptops, iPads, etc and watch them change when you advance your slides. Presentation.io includes a backchannel that allows your audience to comment on and ask questions about your slides. 
To use Presentation.io upload a PPT or PDF to your account. Presentation.io then gives you a URL to distribute to your audience. At the end of your presentation just click "stop presenting" and the synchronization stops. 

Presentation.io's free service allows you to share your presentations for 4 hours. After then you'll have to upload them again.


Doodle is a free tool for scheduling group meetings with a group of people. Simply create a meeting title, select a series of dates and times for a possible meeting, then invite people to choose the dates and times that work best for them. As the meeting scheduler you set the final meeting time based on the most commonly selected date and time. Click here to check out other free online scheduling tools.


ExamTime provides free study tools for students and teachers. It enables them to create Mind Maps, Flashcards, Notes and Quizzes. The intuitive and easy to use tools in ExamTime allow users to create, discover and share study resources. ExamTime enables teachers to easily form learning groups to share resources and conduct discussions.


Shareor is a free social networking platform designed exclusively for teachers. Shareor enables educators to share, collaborate, and connect within the teacher community.


Use ForAllRubrics to find or create rubrics in your web browser. You can complete them on your iPad by going to ForAllRubrics.com in Safari. Safari can store and sync rubrics for use offline. You can print rubrics or save them as a PDF or spreadsheet. Students are also able to log in to view their rubrics.

Permission Click

Use your existing school process to create a permission slip that can then be uploaded to Permission Click, or select one of their templates instead. Parents simply click a link that takes them directly to the digital permission slip. Teachers can readily check how many slips have been signed, by whom, and for which students.