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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

Voicethread

Principal function(s): Digital whiteboardsSlide presenting

A visual tool with audio, texts, and drawing functions that can be used for discussions, presentations, and the exchanging and sharing of information. The slides can be private within a group or completely public. Free accounts are available for anyone above 13 and with a valid email address. Users can create up to 5 VoiceThreads, comment by microphone and text, and share their VoiceThreads via a share link. Evaluation: A wonderful tool for language teachers to facilitate discussion outside of the classroom. VoiceThread can also be used as a presentation tool for students. It can be highly engaging since it allows different users to contribute to the slides by typing texts or recording their voices and simultaneously work on the same project. Average IT skills required.

Cost: Free with registration + paid premium plans

Website: https://voicethread.com/

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Individual work
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)

Skills

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing

Content

  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply

Usability

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

Simple to use

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

High

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

English only

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

High. VoiceThread collects two types of information: information provided by users (such as name, email address, telephone number, password, and profile photo when creating an account) and information collected automatically, which includes the frequency and duration of user visits, device-specific information, log information, and location information, but only when users explicitly opt-in. However, this data is collected with the sole purpose of optimising the service. VoiceThread does not sell or rent user information to third parties for advertising or marketing purposes. Information is shared with other users when content is shared on the platform, and with third-party integrations when users connect their VoiceThread accounts to third-party services. Aggregated and non-identifying information may be shared publicly. Regarding security, VoiceThread employs administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect user information, together with encryption technologies to secure data transmission. It acknowledges users’ rights to update, delete, or access their personal information through their account settings. Voicethread 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

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)

Medium

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, iOS.

Other technical requirements


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

Skills
Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
Vocabulary
Grammar
Pronunciation
Intercultural

Content
You supply
Website/other users supply

 


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