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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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Mixxer

Principal function(s): Social networking

A free educational website for language exchanges via Skype. Users can find language partners and talk via Skype. Users can make blog entries in their target languages and receive feedback from other users/native speakers. The idea is to connect language learners from around the world and to help each other learn languages.

Evaluation: Mixxer can be useful for teachers as they can create a group for their classes, and invite native speakers from other communities to join the group, thus enabling their students to communicate in their target language. MIxxer is a good way to expose students to authentic language use and communication. To make a group, you need to verify that you are a teacher, which provides some level of security.

Cost: Free with registration

Website: https://www.language-exchanges.org/

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Group/pair work - outsiders

Skills

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Content

  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply

Usability

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

Simple

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

Language of the interface is available in 9 languages

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

Medium

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

No

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

High (language exchange with real people around the world)

Collaboration

Low (rather suitable for autonomous learning)

Communication

High (via Skype and blog posts)

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, ...

Other technical requirements

Microphone, speakers


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


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Principal function(s)
Audio record/ edit/ share
Blogging
Bookmarking
Citation manager
Course management
Story creation
File sharing/syncing
Flashcard
Game app
Graphic organizer
Image sharing
Marking software
Mind mapping
News aggregator
Note taking
Podcast aggregator
Polling
Poster creator
Question/answer management
Quiz maker
Screen capture
Slide presenting
Social networking
Storytelling
Thesaurus
Timeline Creator
Translation tool
Url shortener
Video Conferencing
Video record/ edit/ share
Virtual pinboard
Virtual worlds
Crossword puzzle creator
Website creator
Wiki
Word cloud creator
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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