Free Tech Tools for ESL Educators

Claire Bradin Siskin
Software Tools
Web-based tools
Smartphone Apps
Tools that you
might already have
"Almost Free" Tools
Additional Resources

Software Tools

Download Site
Audacity PC, Mac, Linux software for recording and editing sounds
AVS Video Converter PC only YouTube to iPod converter
CoreFTP PC only file transfer protocol (ftp) program
Fetch Mac only file transfer protocol (ftp) program; free license for education
FileZilla PC only file transfer protocol (ftp) program
Handbrake PC, Mac, Linux DVD to MPRG-4 converter
Hot Potatoes PC, Mac tool for creating interactive language exercises
Irfanview PC only graphic viewer, editor, and converter
KompoZer PC, Mac, Linux html editor; use to create and publish web pages
OpenOffice PC, Mac, Linux office suite: word processing, graphics, spreadsheet, presention software
Photo Story Windows XP photo presentation program
Picasa PC , Linux software to edit, manage, and share photos
Praat PC, Mac, Linux software for acoustic analysis
PureVoice PC only simple audio recording software for PC
QlipBoard PC only create Qlippits (slide shows with media and voice annotation)
Skype PC, Mac talk to anyone over the Internet
Switch PC, Mac convert audio files from one format to another
VLC Media Player PC, Mac plays many multimedia formats

Web-based tools

ANVILL Web-based A National Virtual Language Labs
bibme Web-based create a bibliography according to MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formats
ClipGrab Web-based tool for downloading and converting online video
CuePrompter Web-based teleprompter/autocue service

Dopplr Web-based online service for frequent travellers; coordinate your future travel plans with colleagues
Gliffy Web-based online application that makes it easy for you to create, share, and collaborate with diagrams
Google Docs Web-based Create and share your work online (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation)
Podomatic Web-based Create and share podcasts
Tagul Web-based tool for creating very elaborate word clouds
Ustream.TV Web-based

live interactive video broadcast platform
Wordify Web-based website that simplifies language
Wordle Web-based

“a toy for creating word clouds”


Smartphone Apps

MALL for the 21st Century Resource page for mobile-assisted language learning
Freeappalert Paid iPhone apps that just became free
Ten Free Blackberry Apps that you Actually Want! useful apps for the Blackberry
 NokiaPower free apps for Nokia

Tools that you already have

iMovie Mac only captures and edits video comes with Macintoshes
MovieMaker PC only captures and edits video comes with PCs
Sound Recorder PC only records audio files comes with PCs

"Almost Free" Tools

Graphic Converter Mac only create, edit, and convert graphics files
QuickTime Pro Mac, PC record, edit, compress video files

Additional Resources

TESOL CALL-IS Electronic Village Online Sessions Web-based free online courses
Resources for YouTube Web-based Information about using YouTube in language classes
UVic's Language Teaching Clipart Library Web-based 3000 images designed for language instruction
Wikimedia Commons Web-based database of freely usable media files


Last modified: October 5, 2014

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