Activities and Assessments
Read Matt Miller's post and NWEA's post that compares several of these formative tools. My list is not exhaustive, but in the spirit of offering tools that I have used with my students, I have organized this overview.
Trivia/Multiple Choice Games
Games can motivate students, but take care not to "overuse" these tools. On the SAMR ladder of technology use, several of them provide only a "Substitution" level of interaction (Paper quiz > Electronic quiz). Mix and match with Digital Storytelling and Interpretive Listening tools to encourage student creation and imagination.
Use pictures and text to create an engaging game. This is currently the most popular at MVHS! French example
Basic multiple choice questions with pictures. French examples
Quizlet | Quizlet Live - Free & Paid
Variety of activity types for individual review and Quizlet Live group competition. French example
Not as engaging as other game sites, but a solid option with a variety of question types.
Socrative - Free & Paid
An early front-runner of edtech game tools. Create quizzes with T/F, multiple choice, and short answer. The "Space Race" game is classic fun.
Quia - Free & Paid
This site has been active since 1998. Users can create quizzes and a variety of games. Surprisingly engaging!
Interpretive Listening Activities
Use YouTube and other videos to create formative or summative activities by embedding questions into the videos.
A powerful and easy-to-use interpretive listening tool. Track student progress and connect through Google Classroom.
Playposit- Free & Paid
Previously "EduCanon," this site allows users to use videos in a variety of interpretive listening tasks.
TeachVid - Free. Multiple languages and activity types available. "Create language learning content with interactive text reconstruction activities and quizzes based on short videos."
Interactive Lesson | Formative Assessment Platforms
Create content slides with pictures, videos, questions, quizzes, and drawings that students interact with synchronously or asynchronously. Both platforms integrate with Google Drive and other LMS platforms.
Powerful presentational tool for creating interactive lessons with video, pictures, and questions.
Import Google Slides, PDFs, PowerPoints, and other media to create interactive lessons.
Game sites for Language Learners
While there are many sites and apps for language learners, these are my favorite and they are free!
Free & Paid
Animated clips with questions for different subject matters.
Languages Online- Free
Engaging activities for nine languages.
Gamified language learning via app or Web. Duolingo is connected to several textbook curricula or choose your own topics.
Memrise - Free & Paid
Much like Duolingo, but with more focus on "logical" phrases and words.
Digital Dialects- Free
Vocabulary games on a wide variety of topics for more than 10 languages.
FluentKey - Free/Paid
FluentKey helps language teachers make listening fun and meaningful by turning real-life videos into an interactive game. We have hundreds of authentic videos in the world’s most popular languages.