Listed below are descriptions of sites and apps to use in the French classroom:
To promote writing in French:
Make Beliefs Comix: Can be used on a computer or mobile device. Great fun for beginning and intermediate levels. Your students are provided with backgrounds, props, talk and thought balloons, characters and more to create a comic strip from scratch and share it electronically with their classmates .
PicLits: Similar to Make Beliefs Comix, this site allows your students to use photographs from a virtual library and create stories. Great for all levels. Have your students choose the "free style" option to write in French.
Bubblr: Allows students to use pictures from Flickr and add text bubbles to create a comic strip.
Story Bird: Can also be used on a computer or mobile device. Your students are able to use art from international artists to create stories of their own. They can then share their creation with their classmates and friends. Great for all levels as well. Beginners can describe one picture while more advanced students can create a short story.
Picture Book Maker: More basic than Story Bird but great tool to create a picture book from a virtual library. Students access backgrounds and characters; rescale their characters and move them into actions before adding text. Great for beginners and intermediate levels.
Generator: Great website to create digital story boards from multi-media libraries. Students can access a virtual library or upload their own pictures, add voice, sound and special effects and share with their classmates and friends. Because of the voice component, this tool can also be used for verbal assignments.
Capzles: Similar to Generator, students can create multi-media stories from multiple production tools and share with the rest of the class. Great site to use for National French Week if your school enters the video contest.
Slidestory: Wonderful site to create audio slides and podcasts. Useful tool to incorporate both writing and speaking components in French assignments. Also great for teachers as a teaching tool.
To introduce and practice vocabulary:
To teach about food. (Merci, Virginia)
To learn more about using iPads in the classroom:
iPads4teaching: Everything you need to know about using iPads in the classroom. (Merci, Assane)
Google Slides: 102 Interesting Ways to use an iPad in the Classroom. (Merci, Assane)
To practice reading:
Les Fables de La Fontaine: Your students can listen to the narration of each fable. (Merci, Assane)