Notes
1. The first version of this page 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.
2. 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). Available: http://www.tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej57/int.pdf
3. 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. (Last updated: 12 June 2017)




Online Tools for Language Teaching

1. Learning/Content Management Systems

 

Blackboard

http://www.blackboard.com/

Commercial 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

http://www.tokbox.com/

Video chats

Zoom

https://zoom.us/

Cloud-based video communications

Jabberwacky

http://www.jabberwacky.com/

Chatbot

Verbot

http://www.verbots.com/

Chatbot

MyBB

http://www.mybboard.net/

Forum

phpBB

http://www.phpbb.com/

Forum

Tangler

http://www.tangler.com/

Forum

Voxopop

http://voxopop.com/

Audio discussions

3. Live and Virtual Worlds

 

Elluminate

http://www.elluminate.com/

Live e-learning

Livestream

http://www.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

http://www.twiddla.com/

Team WhiteBoarding

Ustream

http://www.ustream.tv/

Live broadcast

Wimba Classroom

http://www.wimba.com/

Live e-teaching

WiZiQ

http://www.wiziq.com/

Virtual classroom

4. Social Networking and Bookmarking

 

Delicious

http://delicious.com/

Social bookmarking

Diigo

http://www.diigo.com/

Social bookmarking

Elgg

http://elgg.org/

Social networking

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/

Social networking

Grouply

http://www.grouply.com/

Social networking

MySpace

http://www.myspace.com/

Social networking

Ning

http://www.ning.com/

Social networking

SocialGo

http://www.socialgo.com/

Social networking

LinkedIn

http://www.linkedin.com/

Professional network

Twitter

http://twitter.com/

Information network

italki

http://www.italki.com/

Language learning community

Lang-8

http://lang-8.com/

Language learning community

Livemocha

http://www.livemocha.com/

Language learning community

5. Blogs and Wikis

 

Blogger

https://www.blogger.com/

Blog

Edmodo

http://www.edmodo.com/

Blog & wiki

Edublogs

http://edublogs.org/

Blog

LiveJournal

http://www.livejournal.com/

Blog & journal

WordPress.com

http://wordpress.com/

Blog

PBworks

http://pbworks.com/

Wiki

Wikispaces

http://www.wikispaces.com/

Wiki

Penzu

http://www.penzu.com/

Personal journal

6. Presentation

 

Animoto

http://animoto.com/

Video slideshows

Canva

https://www.canva.com/

Graphic design

Prezi

http://prezi.com/

Presentation editor

Projeqt

http://projeqt.com/

Dynamic presentations

SlideRocket

http://www.sliderocket.com/

Creating and sharing

Zoho Show

http://show.zoho.com/

Creating and sharing

7. Resource Sharing

 

Google Docs

http://docs.google.com/

Documents

TitanPad

http://titanpad.com/

Documents

Zoho Writer

http://writer.zoho.com/

Documents

Box.net

http://www.box.net/

Files

Dropbox

http://www.dropbox.com/

Files

VoiceThread

http://voicethread.com/

Group conversations

Xtranormal

http://www.xtranormal.com/

Movies

Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/

Photos

Picasa

http://picasa.google.com/

Photos

MyPodcast

http://www.mypodcast.com/

Podcasts

PodOmatic

http://www.podomatic.com/

Podcasts

Glogster

http://www.glogster.com/

Posters

Screenr

http://screenr.com/

Screencasts

Slideshare

http://www.slideshare.net/

Slides

PhotoPeach

http://photopeach.com/

Slideshows

OurStory

http://www.ourstory.com/

Timelines and stories

Jing

http://www.techsmith.com/jing/

Visuals

SchoolTube

http://www.schooltube.com/

Videos

TeacherTube

http://www.teachertube.com/

Videos

VideoPress

http://videopress.com/

Videos

Vimeo

http://vimeo.com/

Videos

WatchKnow

http://www.watchknow.org/

Videos

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/

Videos

8. Website Creation

 

Google Sites

http://sites.google.com/

Pre-built templates

Jimdo

http://www.jimdo.com/

Website editor

KompoZer

http://kompozer.net/

Web authoring

Mahara

http://mahara.org/

E-portfolio system

Movable Type

http://www.movabletype.org/

Weblog management

SnapPages

http://www.snappages.com/

Drag-and-drop

Weebly

http://www.weebly.com/

Drag-and-drop

Webnode

http://www.webnode.com/

Website builder

Webs

http://www.webs.com/

Website builder

Wix

http://www.wix.com/

Flash Website

9. Web Exercise Creation

 

ContentGenerator

http://www.contentgenerator.net/

Flash-based

SMILE

http://clear.msu.edu/teaching/online/mimea/smile/

Flash-based

ESL Video

http://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

http://www.quia.com/

JavaScript authoring

Lingt

http://lingtlanguage.com/

Spoken exercises

Listen and Write

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

Dictation exercises

Zaption

https://www.zaption.com/

Interactive videos

Gnowledge

http://www.gnowledge.com/

Creating and taking tests/exercises for free

Online Quiz Creator

http://www.onlinequizcreator.com/

Playing or making quizzes for free

Quizlet

http://quizlet.com/

Creating free flashcards, games or quizzes

QuizStar

http://quizstar.4teachers.org/

Creating online quizzes for free

10. Web Search Engines

 

Ask.com

http://www.ask.com/

Ask Jeeves

Bing

http://www.bing.com/

Decision engine

Google

http://www.google.com/

PageRank

Yahoo! Search

http://search.yahoo.com/

Yahoo! Slurp

11. Dictionaries and Concordancers

 

Dictionary.com

http://www.dictionary.com/

Free online

Merriam-Webster Online

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

Free online

YourDictionary.com

http://www.yourdictionary.com/

Free online

Compleat Lexical Tutor

http://www.lextutor.ca/conc/

English and French

Forvo

http://www.forvo.com/

Pronunciation dictionary

Howjsay

http://www.howjsay.com/

English pronunciation

Memrise

http://www.memrise.com/

Vocabulary learning

Visuwords

http://www.visuwords.com/

Graphical dictionary

OneLook Dictionary Search

http://www.onelook.com/

Dictionary search

VLC Web Concordancer

http://vlc.polyu.edu.hk/concordance/

Server-based

12. Utilities

 

Airtable

https://airtable.com/

Creating cloud spreadsheet-databases

CalculateMe

http://www.calculateme.com/

Conversion utility

ClassMarker

http://www.classmarker.com/

Web-based test maker

Doodle

http://doodle.com/

Easy scheduling

ClustrMaps

http://www.clustrmaps.com/

Hit counter map

Currency Converter

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

Currency calculator

Dvolver Moviemaker

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

Animated cartoons

Google Earth

http://earth.google.com/

Virtual globe

Lesson Writer

http://www.lessonwriter.com/

Lesson plans

Storybird

http://storybird.com/

Collaborative storytelling

Cacoo

http://cacoo.com/

Collaborative diagramming

Mindmeister

http://www.mindmeister.com/

Mind mapping

Mindomo

http://www.mindomo.com/

Mind mapping

Online converter

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

Converting media free

Padlet

https://padlet.com/

Virtual wall

Remember the milk

http://www.rememberthemilk.com/

Task management

Remind101

https://www.remind101.com/

Text message reminders

SurveyMonkey

http://www.surveymonkey.com/

Online survey

SurveyAnyplace

https://surveyanyplace.com/

Mobile survey

Tackk

https://tackk.com/

Online posters

Voki

http://www.voki.com/

Speaking avatar

Tiki-Toki

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

Interactive timelines

Time and Date

http://www.timeanddate.com/

Time zones

TinyURL.com

http://tinyurl.com/

URL shortening

W3C Link Checker

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

Links and anchors

Wallwisher

http://www.wallwisher.com/

Sticky noticeboard

Wayback Machine

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

Internet archive

Tagxedo

http://www.tagxedo.com/

Word clouds

Wordle

http://www.wordle.net/

Word clouds