Here you can find apps, tools and teaching ideas for using technology in the real or virtual classroom.
Web Apps & Tools
This is a fabulous tool for conversation classes or one on one lessons. As a warmer or filler just pull up this app and it will give you a completely random conversation question from a deck of more than 500. If it’s not the right question, just hit ‘Next’.
Great for filling gaps and taking a break from proceedings. Pop up a completely random topic to talk about. I like to hand over control to a student who can talk about something related to the topic, ask their classmates questions, or select another topic if the current one doesn’t inspire them.
Give your students a creative push with these story cards. Eight are selected randomly and from these your students must try to come up with a tale using as many elements as possible. It’s a great group-work activity and also works well as a writing assignment.
Make your own online scrambled sentence puzzle. Just enter the sentence you want to scramble and you will be given a shareable URL to your puzzle.
The Short news article finder allows you to search a wide variety of news sites and blogs to find texts which are the perfect length to use in class.
Want to play the fortune-telling game without cutting up all those bits of paper? Then use this web app with your phone or tablet. Students tell the fortunes of their classmates by casting runes. This app was designed to practice using the going to form of the future.
This simple web app is based on the UK game show Countdown. Students choose ten letters and the team who can make the longest word wins.
Use this web app for practising describing a situation and predicting what will happen next. Students watch the short clip and describe what the situation is, then try to guess what happens next.
Students are served up a picture which they must describe to their classmates, however, sometimes instead of a picture the student will see a simple written scene description and must use their imagination to convince the class that they are describing a real picture. See Describe the (Imaginary) Picture for instructions on how to play the non-tech version.
Get students familiar with phrasal verbs with Phrasal Verb Match Up. Students are presented with random combinations of verbs and prepositions and must decide whether they are actual phrasal verbs. More on how to play in this article.
Displays a random item from a list of commonly used verbs.
Now you can play Picture Taboo online with your phone or tablet. Students pass around the phone/tablet and describe the object they are looking at. Only works with phones or tablets.
Play Snap! to practise forms of to be. First to five is the winner. A game for two students, if the answer matches the question, the first to tap on their side gets a point, if they’re wrong they lose a point.
These are picture slideshows which can be used to illustrate and elicit particular vocabulary or grammar points.
Picture taboo is a describing game where students pass around a tablet or smartphone and describe the object displayed for the others to guess.
A very generous teacher has made available her powerpoint lessons to us. These slideshows were designed to be used for 60 minute lessons and work well with larger classes.
A pairwork activity using video clips to practise the present continuous.
On this page, I am assembling a collection of light-hearted comedy clips which can be used in an English class.
A guessing game where students see photos of each other’s rooms and have to discuss who they belong to.