– Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TESOL stands for teaching English to speakers of other languages. Teachers in this discipline can benefit from using iPad apps to assist in the teaching process. The iPad is a type of portable, flat touch screen tablet computer made by Apple Inc. that is in between the size of a laptop computer and a smartphone. Apps, or application, are software programs that run on mobile devices like the iPad.
The iPad is operated using a touch screen interface but also a stylus and an onscreen virtual keyboard. This device also accesses the Internet wirelessly. It can also use a USB cable to connect to other computers.
Dropbox is one app that can be useful for TESOL teachers. It is intended to make file storage easier by eliminating the need for physical storage devices like flash drives.
Things is a task manager app for keeping track of appointments, which can be useful for a busy teacher’s schedule.
3. QuickVoice Recorder
Another app that can be used by TESOL teachers is QuickVoice Recorder. This is a recording tool that can be applied to recording class sessions and soliciting feedback on those sessions, as well as later self-examination.
Evernote is a note-taking app that is meant to eliminate the need for notebooks or loose paper for jotting down quick information such as changes to lesson plans. Notes can be recorded using this app in both text and voice format.
TESOL teachers also need access to information fast as part of a dynamic classroom environment, and Discover can be an app useful in the information-retrieval process.
Goodreader is an app for accessing files such as homework assignments in various formats such as documents, spreadsheets, audio and video using a USB cable or a wireless network.
Pages can be useful for typing out documents in various different formats. TESOL teachers need to report to school administrations, and using different document formats may be necessary in doing so.
An app that can be useful for a teacher’s spreadsheet needs is called Numbers. This app works with Excel spreadsheets. Spreadsheets can be useful as a teacher’s class scheduling aid.
WritePad can be a useful app if a TESOL teacher prefers to write rather than type, since this app converts handwriting into readable text. It is possible to write on an iPad using a stylus or even a finger.
10. Mobile Air Mouse
Mobile Air Mouse is an app meant to help with conducting lectures with a whiteboard that is interactive and also with hosting a teacher’s presentations. This app can turn an iPad into a remote control that operates a presentation or an interactive whiteboard without needing a mouse or a portable keyboard.