Learning Tools for the Lower Levels
In the 1:1 Classroom
Smore is a website that lets you create digital flyers for free. These flyers can include videos, links, pictures, and text. You can divide these flyers by putting different titles throughout the page.
Padlet is a website and an app that enables students to create in their target language and to collaborate
- Pros: flexible, easy-to-use
- Cons: occasional glitches; not completely private
“PicCollage is THE coolest collage-maker in town!” These collages can include pictures and text. You can save these collages to your camera roll and export them to whatever other program you want to use them in.
- Pros: Very user friendly; very maneuverable
- Cons: Defaults to portrait when landscape is the ideal format; accent marks in certain fonts don’t work
30hands Mobile is a fun storytelling app that allows students, teachers and anyone with creativity to easily create stories or presentations based on photos, images or slides using a smartphone or tablet.
- Pros: It’s simple & very kid & teacher friendly; it’s possible to create professional looking videos
- Cons: Make sure you use PicCollage creations in landscape orientation, not portrait; it doesn’t include background music
Harness the power of iPhone and iPad with a moviemaking app that’s just as powerful. iMovie lets you create movies and Hollywood-style trailers that are simple to make and simply spectacular. When you’re done, you can watch the final cut anywhere with iMovie Theater. Download iMovie for iOS free at the App Store.
- Pros: It’s possible to create professional looking videos; allows you to include background music
- Cons: iMovie sometimes cuts off the text/pictures, or the text/pictures scroll by way too fast; background music is often too loud and students often don’t record their voices loud enough to be heard over the music;students will often use PicCollage creations that are in portrait orientation and therefore very difficult to read
Conjuguemos is a subscription online practice site where students can build target language skills through a variety of exercises and activities
- Pros: self-paced, auto-grades, multiple, multiple turns at bat, variety; copy or create activities
- Cons: website not always reliable
- Pros: Free! Don’t need an app. Teachers can make their own or copy others’ activities. Fast moving, encourages student engagement; they care about getting the answers right; access through multiple devices; accountability - if you want to you can print out an excel results page
- Cons: Fast moving - some students get easily discouraged; can’t play if WIFI goes down! Don’t use every day - students can get burned out on it.
Socrative empowers you to engage and assess your students as learning happens. Through the use of real-time questioning, result aggregation, and visualization, you have instant insight into levels of understanding so you can use class time to better collaborate and grow as a community of learners.
- Pros: teachers can create activities or share activities among teachers; student navigation; randomization; auto-grades; download as PDF;students can download an ap to play or access through internet
- Cons: wifi issues; limited answer choices
Quizlet is an online study tool and possible assessment tool. At its basic level Quizlet users create online flashcards to study for upcoming tests.
- Pros: teachers can create activities, share activities among other teachers, or have students create their own; APP or Website!!; there is also a Quizlet live version in which students love to compete
- Cons: shared activities often have errors- proofread!