Fluency21- Committed Sardine Blog got me thinking this week. Their post was titled “Smartphones in the classroom? Sure, with these top apps…”

Here’s what they posted…

Whether teachers like it or not, students are going to use cell phones in their classrooms. A University of New Hampshire studyrevealed that 65 percent of surveyed students said that they send 1-10 text messages in a typical class. Another 15 percent admitted to sending 11 or more per class on average. Some teachers remain steadfast in their efforts to snatch smartphones, but others have embraced the new technology.

News flash – Students want to be able to use their phones! If we can show them ways to use their phone to learn the language, they might even use it for that reason outside of our classes. So here are a few apps that my students and I would recommend – we feel they are worth the download!

1.) SpanishDict (FREE) 

Besides the obvious fact that this is a spanish-english dictionary that goes with them everywhere, I like that it sends a notification for a word of the day. It’s an easy way to pick up a little new vocab outside of class. Also, the word game on this app is fun to play and students can figure out the first few levels right away. It’s not just for beginners though. It goes up to level 15 – all for free!

2.) Spanish Numbers (FREE) 

Quick and easy way to practice numbers! No bingo necessary!

3.) TuneIn Radio (FREE)

This app rocks! It allows you to connect up and listen to REAL radio programs around the world. You can choose the genre of music or news and then search the map for any city you want! I love hearing the DJ’s chat between songs! It helps me see what is popular in different parts of the world!

4.) Salsa Language (FREE)

Salsa - app store

This cute little thing gives a bunch of jumbled magnetic words in Spanish and you have to put them together to match a phrase/sentence that is in English at the bottom. There are about 15 different topic categories to practice. Great for learning order differences in a new language!

5.) 4 Fotos Mas

4 fotos masThis is definitely better suited for upper level language learners because they need a bigger vocabulary. The English version app is really popular with students – now they can play in Spanish. It shows four different pictures that represent one word. You have to figure out the correct word using the letters on the bottom. It really makes you think! Can you figure these next ones out?

Well, there you have it! Sorry I couldn’t recommend any apps for other languages. Next, I’ll post a few apps for YOU (the teacher) to use in class, and then great apps for creating and producing both written and spoken language!

Now the best part… What are your favorite apps for your students??? I can’t wait to get some new ideas from you!