My 60 favorite online tools for teaching adults

These are the free online tools I recently shared as my favorites at a teacher training seminar. What I like about them is that they are simple to use, very effective for special purpose, and you can share the links to the files your students and you produce easily by email or class wiki/ning/blog.

Next to each one I have included a link as well as some comments and links to tutorials or samples I found particularly valuable.


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Comment by Marisa Constantinides on January 30, 2012 at 5:36pm

Lovely chart, Anne! Thanks for sharing! 

Comment by Graham Davies on December 10, 2011 at 2:16pm

You are so right, Anne! There are so many apps freely available that it is difficult to make a choice. I think the DOTS course that I mentioned in my last posting focuses on what I would consider the most useful apps. I get most of my information from language teachers' blogs and wikis. These are the ones that I look at regularly:

Section 12.2.2 of Module 1.5 at the ICT4LT site
Useful blogs created by and for language teachers

There is also a group known as the "MFL Twitterati" on Twitter. It's a useful source of information. Check the #mfltwitterati hashtag.

Comment by Anne Hodgson on December 10, 2011 at 3:47am

Hi Graham, thanks for your wonderful links. The quantity can be quite overwhelming, though. Just starting small, e.g. with Tagxedo and Just The Word, can open up a whole new world of teaching.

Comment by Graham Davies on December 9, 2011 at 6:52pm

I have created a categorised list of Web 2.0 tools in Module 1.5, Section 2.1.3, at the ICT4LT site:

Examples of Web 2.0 appications

My personal favourites (in many different languages) are listed on my Favourite Websites page:

See also DOTS (Developing Online Teaching Skills), a free online course in ICT for language teachers, the result of a project funded by the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML). The course is delivered in English and in German via Moodle and covers Audacity, Audioconferencing, Blogs, Forums, Moodle, Podcasting, Quizzes, SurveyMonkey, Wikis, and YouTube:

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