Todays Meet is a free micro-blogging site without logins. It allows teachers to easily create a virtual chat room where students can speak up. Its interface is very easy to use and like Twitter, it uses a 140-character limit. The information discussed can be saved.
PollEverywhere is an online service that lets your audience interact with your live presentation using their web browsers, or mobile phones. You can also insert the polls into your PowerPoint presentations or web pages. The poll that is embedded there will be update in real time.
Dropbox is a free file hosting service that helps you keep your files safe, synced and accessible from anywhere. According to Dropbox, “ Dropbox is a home for all your photos, docs, videos and files. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website – so you can access your stuff from anywhere.” After you have placed files in Dropbox, you can easily share your files with other people, and the files will be backed up and kept safe. The following image best illustrate how you can access files in Dropbox:
Wikis are an effective collaboration and organizational tool to archive student and instructor coursework, lessons, videos and other instructional materials. Wikispaces is a free and easy to use wiki resource currently used by faculty members, instructional technologists and students in a variety of fields.
WordPress is a free program that allows you to create and edit your own blog where you can post custom content, audio, video and approved user comments.
Voxopop is an asynchronous voice tool that can be used for conversations or storytelling.
PhotoStory3 is an easy-to-use free download that allows you to create photo slideshows with movie effects, music, and narration. You can edit the photos and audio right in the program, and output the video for use on the web.
Skype is a FREE VoIP technology (Voice over Internet Protocol) which can be used to make audio and video phone calls via Internet.
Flip video cameras are a useful tool in language classes as they are extremely easy to use and fairly inexpensive. With a class set of flip cameras, students can interview each other, perform skits in the target language, create their own “commercials” or music videos and much more. In order to produce a “professional” video, students will work on their project from storyboarding to rehearsal and finally to filming.