Notes
1. Please cite as: Son, J.-B. (2010). Online tools for language teaching. Retrieved from http://drjbson.com/projects/tools/
2. The first version of this site was originally presented at GLoCALL 2010:
Son, J.-B. (2010, December). Online tools for language teaching: 5W1H. Plenary speech at the Globalization and Localization in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (GLoCALL) 2010 Conference, Le Meridien Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
3. An abridged version of the above plenary address appears in TESL-EJ, 15(1) published in June 2011:
Son, J.-B. (2011). Online tools for language teaching. TESL-EJ, 15(1). Retrieved from http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume15/ej57/ej57int/ (pdf)

Online Tools for Language Teaching (OTLT)


The Online Tools for Language Teaching (OTLT) list below is not exhaustive and can be modified and updated in line with changes to existing tools and developments of new tools. Also, there are tools that can be listed in more than one category due to their integrated features.
-- All web addresses are subject to change. Please use a search engine to locate it if you cannot find any particular website at the address given.
(First created on 16 November 2010; Last updated on 25 November 2017)




Online Tools for Language Teaching

1. Learning/Content Management Systems

 

Blackboard

http://www.blackboard.com/

Commercial LMS

Canvas

https://www.canvaslms.com/

Open source LMS

Drupal

http://drupal.org/

Open source CMS

Joomla

http://www.joomla.org/

Open source CMS

Moodle

http://moodle.org/

Open source LMS

Sakai

http://sakaiproject.org/

Open source LMS

2. Communication

 

Gmail

https://mail.google.com/

E-mail

Skype

http://www.skype.com/

Chats

Yahoo! Messenger

http://messenger.yahoo.com/

Chats

ooVoo

http://www.oovoo.com/

Video chats

TokBox

https://tokbox.com/

Video chats

Zoom

https://zoom.us/

Cloud-based video communication

Cleverbot

https://www.cleverbot.com/

Chatbot

MyBB

https://mybb.com/

Forum

phpBB

http://www.phpbb.com/

Forum

3. Live and Virtual Worlds

 

Livestream

https://livestream.com/

Streaming video

OpenSimulator

http://opensimulator.org/

3D application server

ActiveWorlds

http://www.activeworlds.com/

3D virtual world

Second Life

http://secondlife.com/

3D virtual world

Twiddla

https://www.twiddla.com/

Virtual whiteboard

Ustream

http://www.ustream.tv/

Live broadcast

WizIQ

https://www.wiziq.com/

Virtual classroom

4. Social Networking and Bookmarking

 

Diigo

https://www.diigo.com/

Social bookmarking

Elgg

https://elgg.org/

Social networking

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/

Social networking

Google+

https://plus.google.com/

Social networking

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/

Social networking

MySpace

https://myspace.com/

Social networking

Ning

https://www.ning.com/

Social networking

LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/

Professional network

Twitter

https://twitter.com/

Information network

italki

https://www.italki.com/

Language learning community

Lang-8

http://lang-8.com/

Language learning community

5. Blogs and Wikis

 

Blogger

https://www.blogger.com/

Blog

Edmodo

https://www.edmodo.com/

Blog & wiki

Edublogs

https://edublogs.org/

Blog

LiveJournal

https://www.livejournal.com/

Blog & journal

WordPress.com

https://wordpress.com/

Blog

PBworks

http://www.pbworks.com/wikis.html

Wiki

Wikispaces

http://www.wikispaces.com/

Wiki

Penzu

https://penzu.com/

Personal journal

6. Presentation

 

Animoto

https://animoto.com/

Video slideshows

Canva

https://www.canva.com/

Graphic design

Dvolver Moviemaker

http://www.dvolver.com/moviemaker/

Animated cartoons

PhotoPeach

https://photopeach.com/

Slideshows

Pixton

https://www.pixton.com/

Comic and storyboard creator

Prezi

https://prezi.com/

Presentation editor

Renderforest

https://www.renderforest.com/

Animations and videos

Zoho Show

https://show.zoho.com/

Creating and sharing

7. Resource Sharing

 

Google Docs

https://docs.google.com/

Documents

Zoho Writer

https://www.zoho.com/writer/

Documents

Box

https://www.box.com/

Files

Dropbox

https://www.dropbox.com/

Files

Google Drive

https://www.google.com/drive/

Files

VoiceThread

https://voicethread.com/

Group conversations

Xtranormal

http://www.xtranormal.com/

Movies

Flickr

https://www.flickr.com/

Photos

Google Photos

http://photos.google.com/

Photos

PodOmatic

https://www.podomatic.com/

Podcasts

Glogster

http://www.glogster.com/

Posters

Slideshare

https://www.slideshare.net/

Slides

OurStory

http://www.ourstory.com/

Timelines and stories

SchoolTube

http://www.schooltube.com/

Videos

TeacherTube

http://www.teachertube.com/

Videos

VideoPress

https://videopress.com/

Videos

Vimeo

https://vimeo.com/

Videos

WatchKnowLearn

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/

Videos

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/

Videos

8. Website Creation

 

Google Sites

https://sites.google.com/

Pre-built templates

Jimdo

https://www.jimdo.com/

Website editor

KompoZer

http://kompozer.net/

Web authoring

Mahara

https://mahara.org/

E-portfolio system

Movable Type

https://movabletype.org/

Weblog management

SnapPages

https://snappages.com/

Drag-and-drop

Weebly

https://www.weebly.com/

Drag-and-drop

Webnode

https://www.webnode.com/

Website builder

Webs

http://www.webs.com/

Website builder

Wix

https://www.wix.com/

Flash Website

9. Web Exercise Creation

 

ClassMarker

https://www.classmarker.com/

Web-based test maker

ContentGenerator

http://www.contentgenerator.net/

Flash-based

ESLVideo.com

https://eslvideo.com/

ESL video quizzes

JClic

http://clic.xtec.cat/en/jclic/

Java platform

Hot Potatoes

http://hotpot.uvic.ca/

JavaScript authoring

Kahoot!

https://kahoot.com/

Game-based classroom response system

Quia

https://www.quia.com/

JavaScript authoring

Lingt

https://www.lingt.com/

Spoken exercises

Listen and Write

http://www.listen-and-write.com/

Dictation exercises

Gnowledge

http://www.gnowledge.com/

Creating and taking tests/exercises for free

Online Quiz Creator

https://www.onlinequizcreator.com/

Playing or making quizzes for free

Quizlet

https://quizlet.com/

Creating free flashcards, games or quizzes

QuizStar

http://quizstar.4teachers.org/

Creating online quizzes for free

10. Web Search Engines

 

Ask.com

https://www.ask.com/

Ask Jeeves

Bing

https://www.bing.com/

Decision engine

DuckDuckGo

https://duckduckgo.com/

No tracking its users

Google

https://www.google.com/

PageRank

Yahoo! Search

https://search.yahoo.com/

Yahoo! Slurp

11. Dictionaries and Concordancers

 

Dictionary.com

http://www.dictionary.com/

Free online

Merriam-Webster Online

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

Free online

YourDictionary.com

http://www.yourdictionary.com/

Free online

Forvo

https://forvo.com/

Pronunciation dictionary

Howjsay

http://www.howjsay.com/

English pronunciation

Memrise

https://www.memrise.com/

Vocabulary learning

Visuwords

https://visuwords.com/

Graphical dictionary

OneLook Dictionary Search

https://www.onelook.com/

Dictionary search

British National Corpus

http://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/

English

Compleat Lexical Tutor

https://www.lextutor.ca/conc/

English and French

12. Utilities

 

Airtable

https://airtable.com/

Creating cloud spreadsheet-databases

CalculateMe

https://www.calculateme.com/

Conversion utility

Doodle

https://doodle.com/

Easy scheduling

ClustrMaps

http://clustrmaps.com/

Hit counter map

Currency Converter

https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/

Currency calculator

Online converter

https://www.online-convert.com/

Converting media free

Google Earth

https://www.google.com/earth/

Virtual globe

Lesson Writer

http://www.lessonwriter.com/

Lesson plans

Storybird

http://storybird.com/

Collaborative storytelling

Cacoo

https://cacoo.com/

Collaborative diagramming

Mindmeister

https://www.mindmeister.com/

Mind mapping

Mindomo

https://www.mindomo.com/

Mind mapping

Padlet

https://padlet.com/

Virtual wall

Remember the milk

https://www.rememberthemilk.com/

Task management

Remind

https://www.remind.com/

Text message reminders

SurveyMonkey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/

Online survey

SurveyAnyplace

https://surveyanyplace.com/

Mobile survey

Voki

http://www.voki.com/

Speaking avatar

Tiki-Toki

https://www.tiki-toki.com/

Interactive timelines

Time and Date

https://www.timeanddate.com/

Time zones

TinyURL.com

http://tinyurl.com/

URL shortening

W3C Link Checker

http://validator.w3.org/checklink/

Links and anchors

Wayback Machine

http://archive.org/web/web.php

Internet archive

Tagxedo

http://www.tagxedo.com/

Word clouds

Wordle

http://www.wordle.net/

Word clouds