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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

PB Works

Principal function(s): File sharing/syncingWebsite/app creators

A wiki-based tool to create web pages, share files, manage projects and collaborate with other users. Teachers can use it for classroom management and teamwork. Teachers can add students without email accounts. A free, basic account allows up to 100 students to use it. Evaluation: A collaborative tool that can foster students’ teamwork. It also can be a time-saving tool for teachers when it comes to managing projects, assessing student performance, and communicating with students on one single platform. Advanced IT skills are required for its use.

Cost: Free with registration+ paid premium plans

Website: http://pbworks.com/

  

Best practice

Wiki warm-up - training activity
Business trip to a foreign country
Seedcorn storytelling
Writing letters to pen pals

Categories

Type Of Interaction

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

Skills

Content

  • You supply

Usability

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

Straightforward, slightly old-fashioned

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

Medium, high learning curve

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?

Medium. PB Works gathers personal information such as email addresses, full names, and billing information. It also collects cookies and displays third-party advertisements on its website. Users on PB Works can decide to set their virtual space as private. Its policy mentions that it has implemented reasonable security measures to protect user data. The policy indicates that users can modify or delete their Personal Data through their profiles on the site, which provides a level of user control. Users can also get to know by filling a form, although this functionality seems to be disabled as of 08/10/2023. PB Works states 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

Other technical requirements

None


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

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Listening
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Vocabulary
Grammar
Pronunciation
Intercultural

Content
You supply
Website/other users supply

 


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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