50 Tech Tidbits from JALT CALL 2013

  1. Team Talk is a great way to chat with text or voice, on a LAN or the Internet
  2. kotobaminers.org is a community for learning Japanese and English through Minecraft
  3. Many teachers use the world-building game Minecraft to engage and educate.
  4. Memrise is a great way to learn something new every day
  5. Bubbl.us allows you to brainstorm and mind map online…
  6. likewise, Popplet is a great app for brainstorming on your iOS device…
  7. … and Padlet is paper for the web
  8. VoiceThread is a tool which enables conversations in the cloud
  9. Voki allows you to add voices (in over 25 languages) to customised avatars
  10. BYOD means “Bring Your Own Device”
  11.  Agoda is a great website for finding cheap hotels
  12. The Mixxer is a great place to find language exchanges via Skype
  13. LiveMocha provides drop-in, instructor-led conversation classes online
  14. MyLanguageExchange is also a good place to find language exchange partners
  15. Voice of America provides easy-to-understand news for English learners
  16. livesofteachers.com interviews famous names in the English-teaching community
  17. WeVideo is one of the leading online video creation platforms
  18. Notability is a great app for annotating PDFs
  19. WikiSpaces.com provides social writing workspaces for education
  20. Text-to-speech.imtranslator.net allows you to listen to the English language in multiple accents
  21. Popjisyo provides pop-up dictionary translations for English or Japanese vocabulary on any website
  22. Simpleenglishnews.com provides simple English news for English learners!
  23. BocaVideo is an app which turns your visuals and voice into attractive, engaging videos.
  24. PBworks is a good tool for online team collaboration
  25. Trace Effects is an immersive, free 3D video game for learning American English
  26. Linguamation is a studio specialising in video games for language learners
  27. The US Department of State has a website for learning American English
  28. MailChimp is a great way to easily manage newsletter mailing lists
  29. iTeacherBook records teachers’ schedules, student attendance, and grades, and more…
  30. …while iStudiez helps students manage their learning
  31. TeacherKit is an alternative (free) productivity tool for teachers, with many features
  32. iGrade is an app for grading students…
  33. … as is Paperless Teacher
  34. while Bento can help you manage your files and data Update: Bento has been discontinued
  35. Stick Pick is an app for randomising student names
  36. iTools is an alternative to iTunes for managing Apps, Music and Photos on your iOS device
  37. Infinote is a virtual pin-board for notes and tasks
  38. Notes Plus allows you to use less paper
  39. The Babel Program is developing advanced speech recognition technology
  40. Desktop Tidy allows you to keep your Mac desktop tidy
  41. You can upload videos direct to your Google Drive with the Google Drive app
  42. Similarly, you can upload videos direct to YouTube with the YouTube Capture App
  43. 8mm allows you to give that vintage 8mm look to your iOS device videos…
  44. … while VideoFX Live lets you create real time video effects…
  45. …and Video Star is great for becoming the star of your own music videos
  46. Weebly is a super simple way to create great looking websites
  47. MReader is Moodle Reader minus Moodle
  48. There is a hidden side to everything
  49. Elance is the best place to find freelancers
  50. The JALT CALL Conference is an amazing opportunity for learning how to use technology in English teaching!

If you found these tips useful, why not check out the new version of my book, which has been revised, updated and expanded for 2019: 50 Ways to Teach with Technology