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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 Docs

Principal function(s): Collaborative writing

An easy-to-use and practical collaborative writing tool by Google with plenty of features with which to modify documents. Evaluation: A straightforward, practical and intuitive collaborative writing tool. It is arguably the most popular text editor tool for many reasons: it is easy to use and share and has plenty of helpful features. Moreover, Google Docs automatically saves the work done in a document and allows several users to work simultaneously. Users in editor mode can visualise who and when altered a document and see modifications in real time. They can also add comments or suggestions to a text. A Google Docs document can be shared through a URL or an e-mail, as well as downloaded as a .docx or a .pdf document, among others. Word documents can also be uploaded to Google Docs and edited from there.

Cost: Free + premium options available for more storage capacity and other features

Website: https://docs.google.com/



Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Individual work


  • Writing


  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply


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

Modern, intuitive, easy-to-use

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

Any of Google’s languages

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

Medium. Google is well known for using user data for behavioural advertising and marketing purposes, but it does offer a high degree of security for data. This video explains this in depth. More privacy-friendly options for the same function would be Yopad here. or Cryptpad. See more here.

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

Yes, it automatically saves the work done on a Google Docs document. Users in editor mode can see who and when modified the document.

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)

Users introduce the content, which can later be changed according to several features. It is similar to OpenOffice and other text editors in this regard.





Technical requirements

Installation required?

No installation is required. Users need a Google account to create a document but not one to access one owned by some other user.

Compatibility/ Operating System

No installation is required. Users need a Google account to create a document but not one to access one owned by some other user.

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Latest addition to the ICT-REV inventory

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

Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in. ... View details

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