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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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Blogger

Principal function(s): Blogging

A simple, free, blogging, Google-based platform with a high level of flexibility in customisation (from backgrounds and images to text fonts and text colours). It involves various features of other Google tools, so it may seem a little complicated at first. It is easy to attach files of any type. A Google account is required.

For finding out more about blogs, click HERE.

Evaluation: Blogger is one of the most widely used and popular blogging and publishing platforms available. Pedagogy-wise, it is an excellent tool for encouraging the promotion of your pupils’ writing skills and opinion sharing. May be used by both teachers and students. As with any blogging tool, interaction is possible through the commenting function, which makes it perfect for an asynchronised group work. Keep in mind that, as with any blogging tool, the final product is visible to all Internet users, which may be a privacy concern with underage students. Average IT skills are prerequisite for using Blogger.

Cost: Free with registration

Website: http://www.blogger.com/home

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

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

Skills

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary

Content

  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply

Usability

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

Simple, 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 and at least 50 other languages

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

Low

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

Depends on how much you include videos and pictures.

Collaboration

The comment function should serve for a collaborative task

Communication

Same as above

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, Linux

Other technical requirements

None


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


Latest addition

Write & Improve (Tool to improve your writing in English)

Write & Improve is a free online tool developed by the University of Cambridge to help English language learners improve their writing skills. Students choose their level and then receive a selection of writing tasks that match that level. Once the task has been submitted, the tool automatically assigns an appropriate grade and also gives feedback on the writing, which students can incorporate into the original text. Students can also create their own writing assignments.... View details

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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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