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HISD Tech Resources for the ELL Classroom

The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them)

Movies and television shows can be an effective tool for teaching and learning English (or, for that matter, any academic subject) if used strategically and not as a “babysitting” device.

Inspirational Movie Clips

In the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster, hope is still alive. This is the true story of two officers, who were among the last survivors extracted from Ground Zero and the rescuers who never gave up.

Inspire My Kids | Inspirational Stories, Videos and Quotes for Children

Inspiration for kids: Inspirational videos, quotes, stories, role models and activities to motivate and activate children to be their best and change the world

Puppet Pals HD

Spring/Summer SALE 20% off "Purchase Entire Catalog"!

Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time!

Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.

This app is as fun as your own creativity. Act out a story of Pirates on the high seas, fight as scary monsters, or play the part of a Wild West bandit on the loose. You can even combine any characters however you want!

Your creations are only limited by your imagination (and voice acting skills in my case).

FEATURES

  • Create an actor from a photo
  • Use a photo as a backdrop for your storytelling
  • zoom and rotate your characters using two fingers
  • flip them around with a double tap
  • a wide variety of creative characters to download (including famous talk show hosts and politicians)
  • limitless possibilities of story creations
  • buy the director's pass and receive ALL current and FUTURE content!
Play online, learn online and feed the hungry | Freerice.com

For every correct answer you choose, 10 grains of rice are raised to help end world hunger through the World Food Programme.

Learn a language for free

Duolingo is the world's most popular way to learn a language. It's 100% free, fun and science-based. Practice online on duolingo.com or on the apps!

Memrise - Unlock your language learning superpowers!

Learn a new language with games, humorous chatbots and over 30,000 native speaker videos.

Fun and games

Have fun in English with jokes, games and tongue twisters

World Book Online Reference Center | Online Reference Book| Online Encyclopedia

The World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides. World Book is publisher of the World Book Encyclopedia.

Newsela | Instructional Content Platform

Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that supercharges reading engagement and learning in every subject.

Breaking News English - Easier News Lessons

Breaking News English Lessons - 2,425 FREE Easy News English lesson plans. EFL/ESL graded news lessons, news in 7 levels, current events.

Storybird - Read, write, discover, and share the books you'll always remember.

Discover an endless library of free books, picture books, & poetry or use simple tools to create books in minutes. Storybird is a creative community where readers & writers celebrate storytelling.

Google Translate

Google's free service instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages.