iKnow - English Learning Community Website
At JALT2007 this weekend I came across a new website called iKnow: a free English learning application with social networking features, designed exclusively for Japanese learners. Once logged in, learners can use a variety of applications designed to build their English skills, including vocab and phrase lessons, dictation, podcasts, games, etc. iKnow keeps track of individual learner progress and will create customized lessons each time the application is launched.
Here’s the good part: teachers can create groups of their students and track student progress throughout the semester, allowing iKnow to become an integral part of the curriculum.
And here’s the best part: iKnow is accessible via mobile phones, so users can study on the go, and teachers don’t need to have access to a computer lab, meaning that iKnow can be incorporated into the activities of a normal face-to-face classroom.
According to its creators, iKnow has gained about 10,000 registered members since its September 2007 launch. If you teach in Japan, this is definitely an application you want to check out.