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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

Blogger

Principal function(s): Blogging

Blogger is a web-based blogging platform. It allows users to publish and share their thoughts, opinions, and content online through personalised blog websites. Users can create posts, upload media, customise the design and layout of their blogs, and interact with their audience through comments and others. Blogger was developed by Pyra Labs and later acquired by Google. It is a free platform, and users can sign up for an account using their Google credentials or create a new account specifically for Blogger. Evaluation: Blogger is a valuable and versatile tool for learners and teachers as it provides a platform for creating and sharing educational content in various formats. It can bolster the writing and argumentation skills of learners and provide them with a medium to communicate with one another. As with any other blogging tool, interaction is possible through the commenting function, which makes it fitting for asynchronised group work and discussions. Access to a Blogger channel or post can be configured from public to private or unlisted (accessible only through a URL). Basic IT skills are a prerequisite for using Blogger.

Cost: Free with registration

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

  

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Categories

Type Of Interaction

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

Skills

  • Writing

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 and dozens of other languages

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

Low/Medium. Like other Google-owned tools, Blogger collects cookies, user data, and tracks users' activities and location for several purposes, among which advertising and marketing. It does not explicitly state compliance with the GDPR. Users can review and control activity data. Blogger’s privacy policy would benefit from clearer phrasing and formatting. 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. Respecting community guidelines, users can post about any kind of content and can edit their texts according to many features.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, Linux

Other technical requirements

None


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Principal Functions
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

 


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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