Hi there. It’s Alex here. Over the years I’ve been collecting bookmarks of useful sites which I plan to share with fellow teachers on this blog. This first set are those sites which not only aim to help you connect with your students beyond the classroom, but to help save you (in-class) time as well as extra (often unpaid) correction-work. Here’s how:
Clouds can be time-savers and encourage students to go and check up for extras which you can leave there as resources. There you can post things like answer-keys. One’s I use are:
They allow you to deposit content in a folder that you share (I suggest using viewable-only option, but they are also printable). It is “useful” for absentees and basically saves you having to make sure they receive those hard-copies of your hand-outs (and answer-keys) which you already brought into class, [and won’t need to lug in a second time].
Text correction for your students to put by this site before they send it to you for further correction, minimising your (often unpaid) correction-work time.
and http://www.phraseup.com/ to help them find collocations and to complete sentences they need to produce for written assignments. (Students will find a way to cheat, so why not give them good resources—and discourage them from using Google translate!)
More than just a dictionary: https://www.wordnik.com/
This new page will analyse up to 500 words of text students paste into the field and produces useful stats by ALTE level, which let’s them know if their text is up to the level they are expected to write at. (Try it out for yourselves first). One can also register for more options. Support link: http://textinspector.com/help
Share notes simply:
Colloborative writing?
http://typewith.me – work on the same document with multiple people.
Looking for photo images for sparking conversation?  http://flickriver.com/
Not sure which is the better word?  http://phras.in/
(I will be adding to this in the coming weeks, so stay tuned–or post your own in the comments below).