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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

Jitsi

Principal function(s): Video conferencing

Jitsi is an open-source web-conferencing tool that allows users to hold virtual meetings and conferences. Users can start a call through a web browser or by downloading the Jitsi Meet mobile app by just generating a unique meeting link or room name, which they can then share with participants. Once in the meeting, participants can engage in video and audio communication, share their screens, chat with other participants, and stream and record meetings. Another useful feature is the possibility of raising the hand to indicate the willingness to speak. Jitsi is free and open-source, meaning its source code is freely available for modification and distribution. Jitsi does not require signing up or having an account to join a meeting as a participant. However, users can create an account to access additional features, such as hosting meetings with more participants or securing meetings with passwords. Jitsi is developed by 8x8. Evaluation: Jitsi is a valuable and easy-to-use web-conferencing tool especially suitable for users with strong privacy concerns. Due to its extremely easy setup, it is fitting for those who create a meeting on the spot. Overall, it is an excellent alternative to other more well-known videoconferencing tools such as Zoom or Skype. A disadvantage is that a virtual room can be accessed by entering its name, so users might want to assign them long or slightly complicated names to avoid random users joining, which is the downside of Jitsi not requiring registration. Average IT skills required.

Cost: Free.

Website: https://meet.jit.si

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates

Skills

Content

  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply

Usability

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

Straightforward, user-friendly.

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.

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

Very high. 8x8, which operates Jitsi, does not ask for or retain any personal data. When it collects data, it uses it to identify and troubleshoot problems and to improve the service. Therefore, Jitsi is one of the most privacy-friendly videoconferencing tools. Its privacy section is written in a straightforward, informative way. Jitsi has an entire website elaborating on the complexities of its security measures, more so given that it is an open-source platform. Jitsi does not mention compliance with the GDPR. See more here and 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 later use.

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 use several functionalities for their meetings.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

Compatibility/ Operating System

Other technical requirements


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

Skills
Listening
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Reading
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Vocabulary
Grammar
Pronunciation
Intercultural

Content
You supply
Website/other users supply

 


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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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