Free Tech Tools for Language Educators

Software Tools
Web-based tools
Tools that you
might already have
"Almost Free" Tools

Software Tools

Name
Platform
Description
Download Site
Audacity PC, Mac, Linux software for recording and editing sounds http://audacity.sourceforge.net
Audio Recorder Mac only simple audio recorder http://versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/17392%20
AVS Video Converter PC only YouTube to iPod converter http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/
CoreFTP PC only file transfer protocol (ftp) program http://www.coreftp.com/
Fetch Mac only file transfer protocol (ftp) program; free license for education http://fetchsoftworks.com/
FileZilla PC only file transfer protocol (ftp) program http://fetchsoftworks.com
Handbrake PC, Mac, Linux DVD to MPRG-4 converter http://handbrake.fr
Hot Potatoes PC, Mac tool for creating interactive language exercises http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/hotpot/index.htm
Irfanview PC only graphic viewer, editor, and converter http://www.irfanview.com/
KompoZer PC, Mac, Linux html editor; use to create and publish web pages http://www.kompozer.net/
OpenOffice PC, Mac, Linux office suite: word processing, graphics, spreadsheet, presention software http://www.openoffice.org/
Picasa PC , Linux software to edit, manage, and share photos http://picasa.google.com/
Praat PC, Mac, Linux software for acoustic analysis http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/
PureVoice PC only simple audio recording software for PC http://www.tucows.com/preview/205198
QlipBoard PC only create Qlippits (files with media and voice annotation) http://www.qlipmedia.com/
Skype PC, Mac talk to anyone over the Internet http://www.skype.com
Switch PC, Mac convert audio files from one format to another http://www.nch.com.au/switch/
VLC Media Player PC, Mac plays many multimedia formats http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Web-based tools

bibme Web-based create a bibliography according to MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formats http://www.bibme.org/
BubblePly Web-based add an annotation or "bubble" to an online video http://www.bubbleply.com
CuePrompter Web-based teleprompter/autocue service

http://cueprompter.com/

Dopplr Web-based online service for frequent travellers; coordinate your future travel plans with colleagues http://www.dopplr.com
Gliffy Web-based online application that makes it easy for you to create, share, and collaborate with diagrams http://www.gliffy.com/
Google Reader Web-based checks news sites and blogs; share with others http://www.google.com/reader/
Google Docs Web-based Create and share your work online (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation) http://documents.google.com
Protopage Web-based free Web 2.0 personal start pages http://www.protopage.com/
SplashCast Web-based Create your own streaming media channel http://www.splashcastmedia.com/
VoiceThread Web-based online media album that permits voice, text, audio, video annotations http://www.voicethread.com
Ustream.TV Web-based

live interactive video broadcast platform

http://www.ustream.tv/

Tools that you already have

iMovie Mac only captures and edits video comes with Macintoshes
MovieMaker PC only captures and edits video comes with PCs
Sound Recorder PC only records audio files comes with PCs

"Almost Free" Tools

Graphic Converter Mac only create, edit, and convert graphics files http://www.lemkesoft.com/
QuickTime Pro Mac, PC record, edit, compress video files http://www.apple.com/quicktime/pro/

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Last modified: December 9, 2008