Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Elementary ESL apps

Technology changes faster than a newborn growing up.  You feel like you start to understand something, get into a routine, and boom, you learn something totally new.  I used to pride myself on being up-to-date on technology-- now I have to ask youngsters for help.  Here are a couple of programs and apps that I've used in the past year.  They are ones that I feel classroom and non-classroom teachers can use.  (As a reminder, I'm now a push-in ESL teacher but was a classroom teacher for years).   I hope you find something new here! 

Toontastic- I just found out that Toontastic was bought out by Google.  Wow!  Anyways, Toontastic is an app (I have only used it on ipads).  You can choose or draw your own setting and characters and then you act it out.  It is really fun to see the characters come to life!  Here are three ideas to get you started-- retell a story, act out a reader's theatre/ play, and use it for a pre-writing activity.  It is simple to use and very engaging! 

Epic- This is a FREE online e-book app or website.  This program keeps track of how much a kid has read and has audio options for most of the books.  We also use services like Capstone and PebbleGo but your school needs to have a paid account for these. 

Popplet- This is an online graphic organizer app (I have only used it on ipads).  We use it to create webs about what we have read or for vocabulary organizers.  Kids are really engaged in learning/ creating with this!

Bitsboard- This app is basically a flashcard app but it's pretty awesome.  

I am linking up with Second Grade Sizzle for #techtuesday. 


  1. Thanks so much for linking up!! I'm definitely going to check out Epic! Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Thanks for the visit! Stay and have a look around.