Foreign Language

BookTrack Classroom

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BookTrack Classroom adds contextual tracks to text to enhance the reading experience both in pleasure and comprehension. Teachers can create classes on the site where students may upload their own writing and set it to music and sounds they feel match the content of their text. For all grade levels.

Select & Speak

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Select and Speak is a Chrome extension that is designed to allow users to select text to have it read aloud to them. The one additional set of features this extension has over other text to speech apps is that users may choose a language from a long list of languages to have text read accurately in the language that the text is written in. Also, users may modify the speed and voice that reads the text.

Flippity

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Flippity is a conversion tool that allows users to take Google Sheets and turn them into flashcards, a random name picker, a Jeopardy-like trivia quiz review, a progess tracker, and more. This tool would be great for students to collaborate on in pairs or teams and provides cool features like the ability to embed videos or insert images in the flashcards/quizzes.  For all grade levels. 

Duolingo

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Duolingo is a web-based program also available as an IOS app that teaches languages through mini-lessons designed to motivate students to grow through races and earning points for correct answers. What is nice about this program is that the base language can be changed from English to another such as Spanish to teach English. For all grade levels.

Babbel

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Babbel is a web-based language learning program that will assess your language level and then based on the results, take you through lessons to improve your understanding of a language, and it's free. The premium level provides more but the free version still serves as a good refresher or study guide. There are also apps for iPhones, iPads, and Androids. For all grade levels.

Airpano

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Have you ever wished you could take your students on a tour of some far away place? With Airpano, you can tour, drone style, 360-degree views of over 2,000 places all over the world for free. For all grade levels. 

Thinglink

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Thinglink is an interactive that lets you create interactive images to load on blogs, sites, forms, etc. Students can diagram cells, add locations to maps, define aspects of famous artifacts such as the Declaration of Independence. Teachers load the images and the students can complete it with more images, texts, audio or video files and share it. For all grade levels.

Quizlet

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Quizlet offers free online flashcards, games, and quizzes aimed to help students study. Students/teachers can make their own, share, or borrow what others have made all for free. You can add images like maps or audio recordings to enhance the cards/quizzes/games. Teachers can also track the progress of their students. For all grade levels.

Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

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The Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language provides links to resources specific to language classroom context, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and te Central States Conference on the Teaching fo Foreign Language. For all grade levels.

Educause Review

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Educause Review is a higher education online journal for IT applications in higher education. In this article, "Using Mobile Learning Resources in foreign Language Instruction", is data results showing teachers and students' interest in integrating technology in the language classroom environment. Also, there are useful digital resources suggested near the bottom of the article. For all grade levels.

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