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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
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This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission

Google Earth

Principal function(s): Autonomous learning

Google Earth is a virtual globe and mapping software that allows users to explore the Earth's surface using satellite imagery, aerial photography, and 3D terrain data. Users can navigate and explore various locations on Earth by zooming in and out, tilting the view, and panning across the map. They can also use features like Street View to explore ground-level imagery and historical imagery to view past satellite images of specific locations. Google Earth is free to use and does not require having an account to access its basic features. It is available in both browser and desktop versions. Evaluation: Google Earth can be a valuable tool for classroom usage since it lends itself to several uses, among which following travel itineraries already available on the platform. Users can browse them by category (Nature, Culture, History, and more) and embark on virtual travels. Therefore, teachers can prepare a class around one of those topics and then use Google Earth to visit different places. This can help engage students with a topic and immerse themselves in the desired space. Moreover, users can create new maps themselves. In this regard, another possibility would be to ask students to create a map on some topic of interest and deliver a presentation. Finally, Google Earth also offers the option to randomly select a destination, which can be a fun way to explore new places and foster intercultural skills through virtual voyages.

Cost: Free without registration.

Website: https://earth.google.com/web/



Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Individual work


  • Intercultural


  • Website/other users supply


Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface

Easy-to-navigate, immersive.

Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task


Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to

All of Google’s languages, i.e over 100 languages.

Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?

Low. Google is well known for using user data for advertising and marketing purposes, but it does offer a high degree of security for data. In fact, Google Earth’s introduction raised a lot of privacy concerns since it displays people’s houses and even faces, sometimes without blurring, and without explicitly asking for consent. Google Earth’s privacy policy does not state compliance with the GDPR. See more here.

Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction

Yes, users with an account can create their own maps, among others.

Tailorability (If so, how?) 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)

Yes, users can create their own digital itineraries for different purposes.





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Installation required?

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Type Of Interaction
Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
Individual work
Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)


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Website/other users supply


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Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies )

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