Apps for my free ESL classes for adults in NYC
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Apps for my free ESL classes for adults in NYC
These are applications that we use your use in my ESL classes or that I recommend my students gap. Most of them are free.
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The Quizlet iPhone App

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Have a few minutes on the bus or between classes? Now you can study Quizlet while on-the-go.
Andrew Bell's insight:

Quizlet is a great way to do assessment. It's essentially an online flash card service. Lots of teachers and students have already uploaded many quizlets already. Both teachers and students are able to upload new ones

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Sticky Brainstorming

Get Sticky Brainstorming on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
Andrew Bell's insight:

Sticky brainstorming is a strictly Mac and iOS app. There is no android or PC version. I like the concept so much but sometimes it's a little difficult to use. However it's such a great idea and I like the concept so much that I continue to use it and also recommend it to people. The iOS app for students is free. Basically this app allows the students to make virtual sticky notes from their iPhones which then appears via Wi-Fi (The students and teacher will need to share the same Wi-Fi network for this to work ) on the teacher's Mac which I project onto a screen. Since it is an iOS exclusive, the way I use it in class is to let the students who do have an iOS device to share with other students. My class right now has about 60% iOS devices and 40% android devices.

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MindMeister

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Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming - available for Web, iPhone, iPad and Android
Andrew Bell's insight:

Mind Meister is absolutely not free. In fact, it's probably the most expensive service I use in my class. But I find it so useful that I pay for it. The service allows the students, and for the students it's free for their apps, to collaborate in real-time and make joint mind maps.

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Poll Everywhere "Mac" App

Real-time polling from Apple Keynote or Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
Andrew Bell's insight:

This Mac app is actually for the teacher. I use this app with my poll everywhere account and then I give my students either a URL that they can go to to vote on or a code that they can text to vote on. I sometimes use this service poll everywhere, sometime Socrates, and sometimes we use Google forms. I use these services to give my student's quizzes, or to get feedback from them about what we've been doing in class.

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Pocket (Formerly Read It Later)

Get Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
Andrew Bell's insight:

Pocket is an excellent free way to access your content whether it be online articles, web sites, or videos. It becomes a centralized "bank" where you can collect all your material together. It is cross-platform, meaning that you can use it on a PC, Mac, android phone, or iOS device. And very importantly it allows you to read your articles off-line. That means that the articles that you saved to pocket you can later read for example on the subway when you do not have reception for your phone.

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Blogger

Get Blogger on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
Andrew Bell's insight:

This a a mobile app to do blogging. One way to use blogging in your classroom is to make a class blog. Each day you can assign one student to be the official notetaker for that day. It's a great way for the students to practice their paraphrasing and summarizing skills.

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Google Drive

Get Google Drive on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
Andrew Bell's insight:

Google drive is an important part of my classes. Every day different student doesn't oral presentation in front of the class using Google presentations. In addition the class uses Google spreadsheets to organize parties and activities and collaborate together to do this. This is indispensable for my class.

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Student Clicker - Socrative

Get Student Clicker - Socrative on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
Andrew Bell's insight:

Socarative is a great app to be used for assessment or quizzes for the students. It is currently free and I can save the quizzes online that I make to be reused again. What I don't like about Sarclet is that the questions need to be answered one by one and the students are not able to globally look at all the questions first. And so for that reason I sometimes make the quiz with Google forms. In that way the students can see all the questions at one time. This is useful for example if you want the students to look for or focus on those questions during a reading or a viewing.

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Zite personalized "aggregator "

Get Zite on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
Andrew Bell's insight:

This app is excellent free way to discover content that you're interested in. The more you use it, the better the recommendations are for you. Overtime the program gives you more and more relevant recommendations. It's great combined with another app, pocket. You can "export" your articles and content from site to save it in pocket.

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