• A wiki is a platform where students ’s work, teachers’ s
ideas, materials and useful links can be stored as in a
virtual library which has the advantage that it can be
continuously enriched. Teachers and students can work
both synchronously and asynchronously, from school
or from home. It focuses on collaborative writing since
it allows a group of students to work together at a
given project and make a collage of their contributions.
Just like Moodle, it can be used for teachers’
continuous professional development, because the
content of the course can be posted on a wiki and the
participants can read it and solve their assignments
whenever they have time or a computer available.
• How to use wikis
• Wikis allow students or educators to collaborate for making a project or
portfolio in a group or to work alone.
• Students can create dictionaries of idioms, phrasal verbs, semantic fields.
• They can create a library of their best poems or compositions and add to it
whenever they have something new.
• A wiki can be used to supply additional materials, links, photos or videos
(from You Tube),which students can use for their projects. The class blog
can be read from the wiki.
• Teachers provide immediate feedback and students can improve their
work following the given suggestions.
• Teachers have their students’ work in one place which makes it easier for
them to correct it and have a record of their grades and progress.
• Blogs were initially designed for people to write
their opinions and impressions on different topics
and events and get a response to their posts.
They can be very well used as a useful means of
communication between teacher and students,
providing information on the important events,
giving them useful links to follow, posting
homework and having it corrected. Blogs keep a
record of all students’ activities and work and
everything can be illustrated with photos.
• How to use blogs
• Teachers post links of films, videos, useful sites which
students can study at home and then discuss them in class in
order to save time (Flipped Classroom).
• Teachers can post the links students are going to use in a
lesson to make their search easier.(MentorMob is a very
useful tool which uses playlists with all the sites that are
necessary in a lesson)
• Students can make their own blogs to post their work or they
can email it to the teacher who can embed it in the blog. Their
work may consist of Word documents or PowerPoint
presentations which are embedded as SlideShare
• Students are encouraged to post comments
on their peers’ work developing their critical
skills and acquiring more control over
• Teachers can embed HotPotatoes tests to
assess students’ knowledge on grammar or
• Storybird is a platform where collection of arts centered on the same
characters can be found and exploited for creative writing. Students can
choose one of these collections, select the most appropriate pictures and
draft a storyline that can match them. They can also think of a specific
literary text and try to adapt the story to the pictures, to recreate meaning
and give it another dimension.
• Storybird compositions can be used to revise tenses (present- to describe
one character's daily activities, past- to retell a story, future-to make
predictions about a character's future life)
• Certain topics, like friendship, jealousy, love, sadness, happiness, fear, can
be illustrated and students can write about the effects these feelings had
on their lives.
• More talented students can also create lyrics , not only narrative texts.
• The stories created by students can be printed and they can set up
exhibitions with their works or they could be used for reading activities at
• Students or teachers can use already created stories for reading
practice.Teachers can use this tool in the revision or assessment periods
when it can be turned into a motivating and pleasant activity.
• This is a tool which helps students improve their writing skills by creating
new stories and comic strips to support them or by writing summaries of
the texts they read or by illustrating a language matter they have studied.
In the last two cases they have to make a short plan of what they intend to
write and try to find the suitable characters and settings. Creating comic
strips can also be set as a homework task.
• MakeBeliefsComix is suitable for practicing writing summaries or reports
on texts pupils read during lessons or for illustrating understanding of a
• Students can write about different moments/chapters in a story, print
them and create a comic book. The printed pages can be stuck at random
on the blackboard and students should order them accordingly.
• Students can present their opinions on current events, on matters of
general interest., holidays, school, friends.
• Tell Your Life Story
• Travel to A Mysterious Place
• Making Wishes Come True
• A Day at Work
• A Day at School
• This tool utilizes audiovisual aspects to support a learner's digital text-
based product and allows a professional result that a learner can feel
proud of displaying, even if their writing skills are limited. Its enjoyable
format also helps enhance student’s motivation to learn languages by
using an active learning tool.
• Teaching/Learning ideas:
• Reflect on a particular life experience.
• Express opinion on certain topic.
• Illustrate a language problem.
• Gather vocabulary illustrating with examples.
• Talk about family, present hobbies, likes and dislikes.
• Draw attention to a local or national events, cultural life, social trends.
• Deal with a topic or problem given which might be personal or wider
• WordItOut can be used in the classroom as
additional activity to maintain students´
motivation and attention. As it helps practise
students´ writing skills and spelling, the teacher
may give individual students or small groups of
students a task to create a word cloud using
different groups of words, or even a story or an
article. Groups of words or an article can be
related to different topics worked on within the
• You can record radio programs, music and songs from
ITunes, podcasts, audio clips from the internet, authentic
interactions between native speakers and develop listening
• Audacity allows to digitalize tapes or CDs –you can share
them, edit them.
• Pronunciation activities.
• Using the editing and sound effects tools-copying, cutting,
pasting audio clips, changing the speed or pitch of a
recording- it becomes easy to create activities specific to
the pronunciation needs of students.
• Students can visualize, listen and compare all or specific
parts of their peers recorded productions.
• Export songs and audio files , mix sounds.
• With WebQuests, students create meaningful
projects that they share with others via oral
presentations, posting to the web.
• They are expected to take the information that
they interact with and transform it to create new
information that has meaning to them.
• The links students use are pre-selected by the
WebQuest writer. The focus is on using
information rather than looking for it.
• Adopt a WebQuest in its entirety for an area of study.
• Adapt a WebQuest to suit the theme of study, students or curriculum
• Gain ideas about a topic or theme
• Use the embedded ICT resources to become proficient in using ICT
techniques or programs (eg. Powerpoint, Hyperstudio, Excel etc.)
• Introduce a topic or unit of work. A stimulating way to get students
thinking about their new avenue of study.
• Use it as a focus throughout study of a unit of work or topic.
• Assess the knowledge of students at the end of a study unit.
• Engage in WebQuests for a short term and long term study.
• Conclude a unit of work. Students have the opportunity to clarify what
the have learned through their studies of a topic and apply their
knowledge and skills in activities that require critical thinking
• Develop and build the foundations for a debate.
• Beginners may take or create surveys on
hobbies, pets, daily routine.
• Intermediate level- jobs, use of media, future
of traditional family.
• Advanced- examination of intercultural
issues, political opinion polls, sensitive topics
students feel reluctant discussing in class.
• MentorMob is a tool that allows teachers to
organise their favourite posts or websites into a
playlist. It can be shared or embedded in a blog
or website. Teachers can organise
videos, pdfs, documents, websites, articles into
playlists and then assign them to their students in
the computer lab or as homework.
• games(Jeopardy, millionaire)
• Matching game
• Arrange things in the right order
• Integrate movies and pictures
• Worksheets that can be printed
• Create step by step tutorials on any topic with
photos, illustrations, narration, audio
• The Hot Potatoes software suite includes five
applications that can create exercises for the
World Wide Web. The applications are JCloze,
JCross, JMatch, JMix and JQuiz. There is also a
sixth application called The Masher, that will
compile all the Hot Potatoes exercises into
• Social bookmarking tools are a popular way to store, classify, share
and search links. Individuals or groups of people can work together
using social bookmarks for professional networking reasons and
compose a virtual database of relevant information.
• Track author, type of research, articles from the field of users
interests, book updates.
• Develop and realize classroom collaborative projects sharing
• Collaborate on projects with other schools.
• Create educator’s groups where teachers set up a shared social
bookmarking account where teachers can post research and
information bookmarks that they collect throughout the year.