Here is a list of Web 2.0 Tools that could be useful in the MFL classroom and that I will eventually incorporate into my schemes of work.

According to Wikipedia, Web 2.0 " refers to what was perceived as a second generation of web development and web design. It is characterised as facilitating communication, information sharing, interoperability, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. It has led to the development and evolution of web-based communities, hosted services, and web applications. Examples include social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs and folksonomies." See Section 2.1 of Module 1.5 at the ICT4LT website for a definition of Web 2.0 and a list of tools recommended by language teachers.

A list of indispensable ICT tools for teachers can be found here (at a website whose author cannot spell "indispensable"). However, the aim of the MFL list is to narrow down the focus to the teaching of a foreign language. Please add all tools in alphabetical order, and give a brief summary of how it can be used within the MFL classroom. Don't forget to add your name (in alphabetical order) to the list of contributors at the bottom.

Animoto - (and Animoto for Education) a website that allows you to make online videos from images. Pupils can make their own and add a voiceover for a presentation.

B - Create colourful mindmaps using, ideal for revision of vocabulary. Start with a topic area, e.g. En Casa, add words for rooms in the house, furniture, activities, opinions etc. Students can collaborate on a single mindmap or create their own.
Babbel is a 'platform where you can develop and improve your foreign language skills'. It allows you to learn at your own pace yet tries to provide you with questions and activities that will challenge you to learn more. You can connect to other users from around the world giving you the possibility for language exchanges. At the moment it is in beta and free.

Comic Creator - create a basic comic to practise role-play scenarios.
ClassroomTools - create your own educational games or mini-tools. The Random Name Picker is my favourite (type in pupils names, and it picks one randomly)

Delicious& Diigo- Bookmark your favourite websites (example here). Diigo allows you to annotate them too. Can create a list of useful sites for students as well (example here)

Edmodo - a private communciation platform for teachers and students. Useful to store and share files etc.
pick a video, add your magical touch and track your students' understanding.
Funnel Brain- create flashcards with videos, photos, audio and text. Can be a homework task to help with revision.

Google Maps - Read this blog post from Joe Dale about how to use Google maps to teach directions.
Glogster - Create a poster on a certain topic, e.g. Mis vacaciones. Add photos, text , and most importantly, audio, to talk about what you did, where you went etc. You can also add video.

Hot Potatoes - make your own multimedia activities. For fabulous examples in MFL have a look hereand here.





French and Spanish learning games, vocabulary builders, verb conjugation trainers and grammar resources

LangoLab - online videos with transcripts of songs in various languages. You can make flashcards of the videos.



Prezi - creating a presentation in Prezi allows you to zoom in and add multimedia. Can use it to teach a new topic (vocabulary etc) or pupils can make their own.

Quizlet - Create your own flashcards or use the many available flashcards within the site. You can create groups for students to work together and join in on their discussions with live chat. There are many modes including familiarising, learning and testing. Now: Quizlet LIVE, a team game version.



ToonDoo - create comic strips. HereAlice gives an example ppt of ordering food in a restaurant.
Twitter - microblogging site. Communicate only with your network of chosen people. Can be used to ask/answer questions in the target language, create a story etc. For ideas of how to use Twitter in the classroom click here.


Voicethread - annotate (with a voice or with audio) anything on the page (video, image etc). Here is a link to 12 interesting ways to use Voicethread in the classroom. MFL ideas include: Labelling a picture with correct vocabulary, describing what they see on the page (AS - stimulus cards?) and developing ideas from that. Here is another MFL example.
Voki - create your own website avatar (virtual character) and give it a voice by uploading audio/typing in text/adding your own voice. Tool to make your own classroom listenings (with a different character instead of you doing all the talking), or you could get pupils to make them and add their own voice (eg. a presentation).

Wordle- 23 ways to use Wordle in the MFL Classroom
Wikis, such as this one, can be used to create a class dictionary. As the students learn more vocabulary, they can update the dictionary. It then becomes a record of what they have learnt. An extension activity for more able pupils is to add the grammatical information, e.g. noun/verb/preposition, gender, plural etc.



Z Create games to revise any topic or grammar point. Teacher can create or learner.

Graham Davies