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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, principal 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 specific criteria in mind. Read more

Skype

An audio-conferencing tool. Skype allows a two-way simultaneous conversation in real time. Group video calling is free with up to 25 people. Skype also has an instant messaging feature. It requires downloading and installation. You can choose who to add to your Skype list.

Evaluation: A great tool for practising conversation. It allows your learners to come into contact with native speakers of the language they are learning. Very easy and intuitive to use once you have done the installation procedure. Make sure microphones and cameras work properly and that there is a fast Internet connection in the classroom if your students want to use both video and audio.
To find out more about Skype and audio-conferencing tools, click HERE.

 
Cost: Free with registration+ Paid premium features

Website: https://www.skype.com/

Categories

Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • You supply
Skill
  • Listening
  • Speaking

Usability

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple and intuitive
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 Interface language(s): English + 38 other languages
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Strong (you can choose who to add to your friend list)
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: No
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?) Low

Interactivity

Technical requirements

Installation required? Yes
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows phone
Other tech requirements: Microphone, speakers
 
 
 
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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Example(s) of how teachers/students use this tool

Native speaker - lecture