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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


Principal function(s): Autonomous learningVirtual Exchange

YouTube is an online video-sharing platform where users can view, comment, share, and upload videos. Users can search for all kinds of multimedia content, create channels, and interact with other users through likes, comments, and subscriptions. YouTube is free to use with advertisements. Users do not need an account to visualise videos, but are required to sign up to upload videos and gain access to functionalities such as commenting, adding videos to favourites, following channels, and more. It is available for all kinds of devices in browser and app versions. YouTube was developed by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim and was launched in 2005. In 2006, it was acquired by Google. Evaluation: YouTube is a practical and extremely versatile tool for finding authentic material in a target language. Teachers can find tutorials, explanations, and examples of real-life speech, or even create their own video blog for students. YouTube can also be a collaborative tool where students create their own video projects, upload them on a class channel on YouTube, and comment on each other’s videos. Importantly, videos on a channel can be made visible only to those with a link to them. YouTube provides some editing tools when uploading a video, which require some IT skills.

Cost: Free without registration + premium plan available

Website: https://www.youtube.com


Best practice

Pronouncing a poem
Youtube based task


Type Of Interaction

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


  • Listening
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation
  • Intercultural


  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply


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

Intuitive, straightforward.

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

Dozens of languages.

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

Medium/low. Youtube is owned by Google, which is well known for using user data for behavioural advertising and marketing purposes. However, it offers a high degree of security for data. Youtube collects viewer data to customise its services, such as providing recommendations, personalising search results, and displaying behaviourally tailored ads. Youtube has had multiple copyright issues in the past, as well as occasionally breaching children’s privacy laws. It does not explicitly 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 save work for future use when uploading and editing a video. They can also save videos to watch later.

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)





Technical requirements

Installation required?

Compatibility/ Operating System

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)


You supply
Website/other users supply


Latest addition to the ICT-REV inventory

TaskCards (Virtual pinboard for content creation/sharing and for collaborative working)

TaskCards is a GDPR-compliant digital platform which was specifically created for educational purposes. It helps create and manage virtual pinboards, i.e. canvases where content can be uploaded and shared. Users can create and customise their pinboards by attaching text, images, videos, links and files, together with changing their background and much more. The privacy settings of these pinboards - or parts of a pinboard - can later be modified. TaskCards offers a free limited version that allows users to have up to 2 pin boards. While teachers have to register to create pinboards, learners can access them directly via link or QR code. TaskCards is developed by the German firm dSign Systems GmbH.... View details

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