There are so many online tools nowadays. Apps, tools, generators, makers, storage etc ... etc.... A list, a full list, would be so extensive.
So what's a teacher to do? How to decide? Especially if you are a newer teacher, it isn't easy.
Here's some advice.
1. Don't just start using something because it feels/looks cool or someone liked it on Facebook. It should meet your educational objectives and other criteria (see below). It also needs to be trialed and tested over time and through student use. Often, tools look great but once students get using them, all sorts of unforeseen problems appear.
2. Think about the tool/app with the long term in mind. Recently, many teachers got royally burned when Posterous and Xtranormal folded. All their students' content just disappeared. Other sites will be completely free and then without warning close the doors demanding big $. While we know online services need to make money, there should be a consideration for educators / students. Think about who is backing the tool. Are they genuinely dedicated teachers who will be around for a long time or if a large service, are they backed with investors there for the long term and not just to cash out?
3. Look at genuine influencers and experienced teachers. What are they using day in and day out? I bet you they don't try everything under the sun and are more faithful to tried and true stuff. Remember, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Look at the tools / sites that have stood the test of time and come through with colors because they get the job done. Don't be fooled by a lot of hype and even early adopters. There is a lot of crash and burn in the educational app world.
This said - here are some links to tried and true tools here on EFL Classroom. Further, see this teacher created list and add your own if it isn't there!
1. Best sites for language teaching - Teach / Learn.
2. Our Website bookmarks/links.
4. This blog's website reviews.
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