On this page you will find general apps and software that you can use in language and history lessons as well as useful software and apps that are specifically for Latin and Greek.

  • YouTube

Videos are an excellent way of starting new topics or lessons. They are often irrelevant but frequently lead to a discussion and are motivating.

YouTube is a huge collection of videos that can also be used for teaching classical languages and history and include documentaries, film clips and tutorials.

Here are a several examples:

  • Google Drive
Google Drive can be described as a hard drive that you access through the internet which not only lets you save files like the hard drive on your computer, but also lets you open and edit them online. You can share the files (documents, forms and spreadsheets) with your students and also edit them. This keeps unnecessary print-outs of class work and other assignments to a minimum. Your students will also be able to work together on assignments. Google Drive can also be linked to an electronic school platform.

  • Dropbox
An alternative to Google Drive is www.dropbox.com which lets your students virtually upload classwork/exercises, but this app has limited storage space.

  • Socrative
Socrative is an online application that can be used on both the iPad and the PC for testing knowledge online. Furthermore, data is immediately assessed and you can view the results in an Excel document. You can see how simple it is in this demo video.

  • Quizlet
Quizlet is free software for creating tests. You can use it, for instance, to create flash cards. Flash cards are cards that help with the learning and remembering of new material, such as Latin words. The advantage that digital flash cards have over paper cards is that they allow students to see their progress. This is because the site remembers which words you never get wrong and the ones that you sometimes get wrong. As a teacher, you can create a word list that can then be used by your students. Or you can let students make their own word lists. Students can put the Quizlet app on their laptop, smart phone or tablet.

  • Nearpod
Nearpod is a fantastic tool for making interactive presentations. It is a traditional presentation (PowerPoint, Keynote) that is full of interactive elements such as quizzes and drawing tasks that can be streamed directly your students’ devices. Furthermore, Nearpod is free.

  • QR-codes
QR codes are the perfect way to make extra information or additional assignments appear in a course. Students scan in the codes using their iPad, tablet or smartphone and then the extra information or assignment will appear.

  • Prezi
Prezi is a dynamic online presentation tool based on mind maps. Prezi breaks free from the succession slides that you know from PowerPoint. It gives you total freedom to design your presentations through the use of new, graphical and very attractive techniques. Furthermore, if you use Prezi, students will not lose their concentration either.

  • Morfo
Is an app that allows you to quickly change a photo of a person (for instance, a classical head of Caesar, Plato, Socrates, etc.) into a talking, 3D character. For an interview with Cicero, see http://youtu.be/RaG34sOqaKk

  • iMovie
(for IoS) You can use this to create trailers, film clips or photo presentations in a simple manner. Windows Movie Maker is the alternative for the PC.

  • Tellagami
Tellagami is a mobile app (for iPhone and iPad) that lets you make a virtual person talk about a certain subject.

  • Explain Everything
You can use the Explain Everything app to very simply create an instructional film with your iPad. This is convenient when you want to use the “flip the classroom” principle in your teaching, where the lesson material is provided through a film that pupils watch at home. This lets you as a teacher create more space in the classroom for exercises and remedial work. It is very easy to export the film you have created to the Photo Roll, YouTube, Dropbox, etc. You can then share the link with your students.

  • Random.org
Random.org lets you divide your students into random groups. You only need to enter a list of names and with a click of a button they are placed in random groups. It is ideal for group work.

  • Nodictionaries.com
Latin dictionaries are no longer needed with www.nodictionaries.com This website lets you read the Latin texts of well-known authors without providing adaptable lexical and grammatical explanations between the lines. An alternative is www.collatinus.org which you can also get to chant Latin poetry.

  • Google Earth
Google Earth, one of the best known products from Google, offers you a virtual globe where you can visit places all over the world. Furthermore, Google Earth also has 3D images. This means that you can call up the Colosseum in Rome or the Acropolis in Athens in 3D.

  • Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a learning environment with a large number of instructional films and articles where you can also find many exercises and quizzes. Teachers can follow how students are progressing with their learning. You can also find a lot of material here about the Romans and Greeks, for instance, see https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ancient-art-civilizations/roman

  • TED
In addition to TED talks with lectures by influential speakers and experts, there is also TED Education. This is an online platform where you can find many lessons on ancient times. You can use them as they are, but you can also adapt them with a film from YouTube and other questions. Dit is een grappig voorbeeld

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