Activities can be completed by students on an independent basis. Points are awarded for correct responses. The same activity can be attempted multiple times (with the exception of Vid Quiz). If a student does better on a subsequent occasion, their points are increased. However, if they do worse, points do not decrease.
Assignments can only be created by users logged in to a teacher account. Once created, they must be assigned to a specific class. Only members of the specified class can submit the assignment. Assignments can be customized by the teacher, deleted, disabled, etc. Once completed, submissions can be ranked, downloaded or deleted.
Tools can be used by teachers or students. They consist of both learning activities and text analysis software. They do not award points and progress cannot be tracked, although sometimes output can be saved or submitted (e.g. Manga Maker).
Paul Raine (MA TEFL/TESL, University of Birmingham 2012) is an award-winning teacher, presenter, author, and developer. His books include the best-selling 50 Ways to Teach with Technology and the innovative multi-path graded reader Journey to Mars. He has also developed his own website for teachers and learners of EFL (www.apps4efl.com). He has published numerous research articles on the teaching and learning of English as a second language, and is particularly interested in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). He currently teaches at two universities in the Tokyo area.