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Technology resources for the World Language Classroom

Catherine Ousselin - Technology Consultant for World Language / French Teacher

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

Philadelphia: Chestnut Hill College Workshop: August 2014

Auburn SD Workshop: 27 August 2014

CLTASB 2014 Wiki

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
Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom - Joe Dale e-Tools for Language Teachers - Sylvia Duckworth

World Language Laboratory - University of Chicago

World Language Classroom Resources - Josué Open Thinking Wiki - Dr. Alec Couros

Box of Tricks: Education and Technology - José Picardo

Cool Tools for Schools - Levna Shearing The World in Your Pocket - Melinda Larson-Horne

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything - Kathy Schrock

Tammy's Technology Tips for Teachers - Tammy Worcester AATF Technology Commission Blog

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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.


Collaborative social  bookmarking site organized through tags.

Catherine's Delicious site


Bookmark and organize Web media in a visual matrix.

Catherine's Symbaloo


Collect and organize Web sites into thematic "pearls."

Don Doehla's Pearltree


Bookmark, clip, annotate, and share Web sites.

Cristy Vogel's Diigo


Collect and organize media into virtual binders.

Classroom 2.0's LiveBinder

Create visual appealing online magazines
from online media sources.


Publish topical online newspapers from
curated content sources.

Laura Franklin's


Create stories through curated media from social networks.


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.


Create class wikis (collaborative site) to share
work, ideas, media with students or colleagues.

Toni Theisen's Wikispace


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


Add images, text, discussions, and questions to existing videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and other video sites. 

French example by Nicole Naditz


Create "trivs" (quizzes) with exisiting videos and your own questions.

French example by Cara Kuhl

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

French example by Audrey Misiano


AATF Technology blog article on Infuse Learning

Create online assessments for tablets and computers through various activity types: multiple choice, short text, drawing, true/false and several others. Track student responses and growth.

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

French example by Catherine Ousselin


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.

Nearpod - 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.


Quizlet - Create flashcards and review activities with audio. Flashcards can be downloaded on iOS devices through the A+Pro app. 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.  - Make your own quizzes, activities, and class pages when you join Browse pre-made activities and quizzes to add to your blog or website.

CLEAR - Center for Language Education and Research
Register for a free account and access to the Rich Internet Applications with easy-to-produce audio/visual enhanced activities.
BrainPop en français / BrainPop Español
Animated, curricular content that engages students in different content areas. 

Digital Dialects - Interactive activities for 60 languages.

LanguagesOnline - From Australia: Engaging activities for several languages. Hello-World - Educational site with activities in several languages.

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Backchanneling 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


Connect with students or participants in a private chatroom. Free access for most rooms, with premium rooms for a moderate price.

BackChannel Chat

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

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.

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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.

Promethean Planet Resources
Search for activities by language.

Smart Exchange - Modern Foreign Languages
Search for lessons and activities shared by other teachers.

The Whiteboard Blog
20 interactive WB resources for teachers.

Smart Board Revolution Ning
Explore Notebook files created by WL teachers.
ABC Teach - SmartBoard for French
Shared Notebook files for French teachers.


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