In celebration of the 500th link added to our list of Web Tools for Language Learning & Teaching, my co-curator and I invite you to use and contribute to the site!
- Betsy Lavolette, PhD candidate, Second Language Studies, Michigan State University
- Susan Pennestri, Instructional Technologist at the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship, Georgetown University
What was that tool that made animations with text-to-speech? Which word cloud maker lets you click the word to get a definition? Is there a tool which enables students to create a collaborative presentation? Our Diigo social bookmarking group will help you find the answers to these questions!
New web tools are appearing every day, and you can’t possibly explore or remember them all yourself. That’s why we are curating a Diigo group that not only lists apps that may be useful for language learning, but also tags them in a way that makes it easy to find ones that meet specific learning goals.
This evolving resource for web tools for language learning and teaching includes a list of over 400 free tools that can be easily searched and browsed by skill, type of collaboration possible, and cognitive level (based on Bloom’s taxonomy). The limitations of each tool are listed in the comments. The resource is freely accessible without creating a Diigo account. However, if you do create a free Diigo account, you can join the group and both add new resources and edit existing resources by adding comments and tags.
A limitation of the list is that so far, few teachers have left comments about their experiences using any of the tools in the classroom. We invite users to comment on their experiences, both positive and negative, so that others can learn from them. Whether you are a teacher, student, or instructional designer, we encourage you to join the Web Tools for Language Learning and Teaching Diigo group and contribute to the knowledge base.