Top 5 apps & programs for the Primary French Immersion Classroom

It can sometimes feel difficult to find quality digital resources for Primary French Immersion students. There are several options available out there. Today I will explore my top five choices.

Draw & Tell

This app features a set of drawing and creative tools, including stickers, pencil, and paint. These simple tools allow for a lot of opportunities for students to express themselves. Students can use these tools to tell stories, represent their mathematical understanding, explain scientific concepts and more. The highlight of this app is the record feature. Students can record their thinking orally to go along with their picture.

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Sock Puppets

This app sounds a bit silly but is a fun way to have students practice their oral French. Students pick out their sock puppet characters and setting, then they can record themselves talking as the characters. When their video is played back their voices are changed to sound more “sock puppet-esque”.  This works well with or without a partner and allows for a great opportunity to practice conversational French at any level.

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Little Story Creator

Students can use this app to create eBooks and stories. They can use pictures in their camera roll, stickers, drawing tools and text boxes to write stories. When they are done writing and illustrating their books, they can record their voices reading their story out loud. This app can also be used to explain math thinking, demonstrate scientific knowledge or narrate a science experiment.

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Boukili

This app is also available to use online through their website. It is a resource bank of leveled French books that students can choose to have read to them, read independently, or record themselves reading. Teachers do need to create their account in advance and set up their class. During set up teachers will be able to follow the steps provided to level their students so the program directs them to the correct reading level for them.

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Lalilo

Lalilo is a new, web-based program that is based on phonics and reading for Primary French Immersion students. Teachers create their account in advance and set up their student profiles. The teacher will receive a school code that their students will require in order to log in. Teachers can assign specific lessons to different students as needed. All lessons are language based and focus on different phonetic sounds and combinations, as well as independent reading.

Looking for more ideas? Check out this resource for Leveraging Digital in FSL.

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