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Will those tools make this lesson better?

More engaging?

Will it save me  or students time and/or energy if it is used with this lesson?

What kind of technology should I use for what?

Some examples:                                        

A totally web-based application that allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation.

What is VoiceThread?

Free for


Place a picture of a famous work of art and have kids comment on their feelings toward the painting/

sculpture using emotions studied in class

Use it for a cultural project where kids comment on famous people speakers of your language

is a full-featured recording app with a streamlined and intuitive user interface.

What is iTalk?


Use it to record readings, compositions

An Internet based service that allows you to give everyone one phone number and forward it to multiple phones.

What is Google Voice?


Best use for a quick oral assessments

A Creative Learning app for the iPad that empowers kids to draw, animate, and narrate their own cartoons and share them with friends & family around the world.

What is Toontastic?

Free with basic features

Let students build part of their story and have others finish it.

Take a story and delete part of it and have students complete it

A web-based word processor designed for schools that allows pupils and teachers to work together in real-time.

What is Dropbox?


Great to store pictures and multimedia files

that you don’t want to convert into Google files

A free web-based office suite that allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users

What is Google Drive?


Great for kids to share and collaborate with teacher and among themselves. Files don’t take you space if you convert them to Google files otherwise be careful with your storage space.

For this game, they are use as portable cameras

What are iPads?

Cost of iPad

Scatter pictures of vocabulary to review or assess give students some questions which answers are the words in question and have them take a picture of the visual representation of the word in the order the questions are being asked. Students go on a scavenger hunt throughout the school.

A smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

What is Socrative?


Great for quick assessment of the class on a given topic or grammar point. Through a space race, students are engaged in an activity that can give you specific feedback in an excel chart

lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.

What is Sock Puppets?


Really cute, very fun and engaging. best for short dialogues that practice a given expression.

award winning photo comic creation software, has been redesigned for iOS. It’s the funnest, easiest and fastest way ever to create photo comics on a mobile device.

What is Comic Life?


Awesome to visually and in written form to for instance assess  grammar topics

an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations.

What is

Explain Everything?


Awesome to have kids show their understanding of concepts. If they know how to explain it, it is a warranty that they know it and understand it.

a creative learning app for kids to learn by doing. With this app, simple stop motion animation brings toys and classrooms to life.

What is MyCreate?


Great to review thematic vocabulary but also to create sequential stories

a program developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in coordination with the Lifelong Kindergarden Group. A visual, block-based, computer programming language editor.

What is Scratch?


A fun resource to review vocabulary while practicing their logical-

mathematical skills through animation. program used in science and engineering programs. Has recording capability

 is an easy-to-use voice recognition application that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or messages.

What is

Dragon Dictation?


Great to practice pronunciation. Kids are given a text that they read and compare that the writing of the outcome is the same of the one you gave them. It is a way to self assess pronunciation and and to be able to re record as needed at their own pace.

a tool for making dynamic, interactive ebooks which allows even non-developers to create multitouch-capable textbooks for the iPad/iTouch.

What is iBooks Author?


Great for teachers to create a go to resource for students to practice a given vocab lesson or grammar topic. If content is chose not to be interactive, it can be downloaded as a PDF too. If not saving as PDF it will appear as an online book.

a simple and fun new way to create beautiful presentations on the iPad.

What is Haikku Deck?


Create quick presentations. Works even with the youngest ones.

all-in-one solution for the synchronized use of iPads, iPods and iPhones in the classroom.

What is NearPod?


Great for working in partners and sharing projects. But also a way to have all students focussed only in the teacher’s screen. It works too for those times when connections are a little “glitchy”

a web mapping service application and technology, not only to be able to see and create maps but also tours and track weather

What is Google Maps?


An awesome app for weather with Google Earth, building online tours with narration and writing, great to practice directions.

an educational tool that allows users to create their very own talking character

What is Voki?


Cute way to get kids talking, have them do it at the beginning of the year to introduce themselves and use it through the year for expressing their likes and dislikes and opinions.

 a dynamic, user-centric learning management solution that adapts to any educational environment. It’s versatility derives from three key components: learning management, enhanced communication, and third-party integration.

What is Schoology?


A course management program with capability to synchronize with Google Apps and other sharing platforms. Another cool feature is the folder “resources” in which you can store things to use year after year. In continuous evolution.

most widely used mobile barcode reader

What is I-nigma?


Create a story in which they have to answer clues by going to different websites to get the information. Web sites are turned into QR Codes that are read with this application. It keeps students on task

the next generation video communication service which brings people together through group video chats over the Internet using PCs, Macs, iPhones and smart phones and tablets.


What is ooVoo?


Group communication system. I have used it in groups of three. One gives directions while another is moving according to directions given and the third person is trying to guess where the second one is heading to by observing where he/she is going.

a killer way to learn interesting facts about all the countries in the world.

What is

Stack the Countries?


A very fun way to review South and Central American countries and learn facts about them.

is a free and open platform that empowers consumers and businesses to discover, shoot and share 360-degree panoramic images via computers, smartphones and tablets.

What is TourWrist?


Use it for description and comparatives and also for prepositions, what do you have at your right. etc.

powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes your way

What is Notability?


Teach kids to take notes and have everything organized.