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Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

This website presents a web inventory of online, interactive materials with a search engine filtering tools according to language skills, type of interaction, pedagogical functions, etc. In addition, a MOODLE workspace for learning more about using online tools in the classroom is available. 

Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Welcome to the inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning developed by the ICT-REV project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with sound pedagogical criteria in mind. Read more

Facebook

A platform where users engage in social activities through chatting and status-updates, sharing of information and photographs, and creating of profiles. A place for establishing communities and groups. You can add a poll on the wall of a group to ask for their opinions.

Evaluation: One of the most dominant social media tools among adolescents, adults, professionals etc. Useful to facilitate language use between students through authentic social activities. Private groups can be created to avoid blurring the lines between pedagogical and personal use. Teachers can share subject-specific material and ideas by creating topic-related groups. They can also use it as a fast way to distribute materials and tasks to students who check their Facebook accounts on a frequent basis. Facebook is a high-profile social networking site, and privacy may be a concern especially for underage students. Users need to be familiar with privacy settings before posting any content. Basic IT skills required for its use.
 
Cost: Free with registration

Website: https://www.facebook.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Image sharing
  • Social networking
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply
Skill
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple, user-friendly
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Multilinguality: English + numerous other languages
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Medium (Privacy settings are often changed and sometimes complicated)
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes (Timeline is chronologically scrollable)
Possibility of the tool to be used for a  range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool) Tailorability (If so, how?) Medium

Interactivity

Engagement: High
Collaboration: Medium (no synchronous communication possible, other than using the chat box).
Communication: High

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android
Other tech requirements: None
 
 
 
This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission

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