Category Archives: Foreign Language

Free iPad Apps for Foreign Language, Productivity & TeachersThe

The following presents free iPad apps for Middle School Foreign Language and Productivity. It also includes free and useful apps for teachers to use in the management and organization of their classroom. It was presented to middle school Special Education teachers at the Orville Todd Middle School on April 8, 2014.

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App of the Week: Markup

MarkupMarkupCost: $1.99
Developer: ShowMe
Platform: iPad
Content Area: All

Description: This app will help teachers who want to embrace a paperless classroom! Teachers can have students send papers and assignments to a special sync email account that you set up when you purchase the app. The documents go directly to the Markup app on your iPad. Many different file types including .doc, .pdf, .rtf, .jpg, .png, .ppt, .cvs, .xls and more are supported. In the app you can use your finger or a stylus to write comments directly onto the document in either black, gray, red, blue or orange. When you are finished grading the paper simply hit send to email it back to the student. You can also open documents on your iPad using the “Open in app” feature found in apps like Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

This app was funded through Kickstarter and was recently released. They are working on collecting feedback from educators on other features to add to the app. Give it a try and send them your feedback!

Advertising: None
Ease of Use: Easy
Multi-user: N/A

App of the Week: Duolingo

Duolingo app iconDuolingo
Cost: Free
Developer: Duolingo, Inc.
Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Content Area: Foreign Language

Duolingo is an app and website for learning Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese and Italian. A recent article, How effective is Duolingo? shared information on an eight week independently conducted study to determine how effective it was as a language learning tool. The results showed that an average of 34 hours of study with Duolingo was equivalent to a one semester (11 weeks) college course in Spanish. Since the use of Duolingo’s website and apps is free this is a very impressive statistic! A short video explains how it all works. Once you sign up for an account Duolingo automatically syncs your progress between the website and the apps. The format has a game-like interface that is motivational. It is a great way to learn a language and practice skills learned in a foreign language or ELL classroom.

Ease of Use: Very easy
Assessment/Summary Data? Your progress is synced between devices.