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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

G Suite (AKA Google Apps)

The G Suite tools, also known as Google Apps, help their users complete their tasks with a variety of different features. Users can create a Gmail account through which they can exchange emails with their colleagues or students. This account can then be used to create and edit texts, spreadsheets or presentations in Docs, Sheets and Slides. With the app Forms users can create forms, quizzes or surveys. The app Sites helps users create their own sites with an easy-to-use web builder. One of the best features of this tool is, however, the cloud-based service Drive through which stores the files created in the other apps and allows the user access them from any device.

Evaluation: This tool provides a great platform for students to collaborate on projects, especially as it allows for multiple people to work on a document at the same time. Once students have produced a draft, teachers can easily give students feedback by adding comments in the margin. Another great feature which could be useful for classes is that you can track changes and also undo them. All of the previous versions of the document are saved therefore no content is lost.

Cost: Free with registration and possible premium options

Website: https://gsuite.google.com/

           

Categories

Principal function(s)
  • File sharing/syncing
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • Individual work
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply
Skill
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

Usability

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple and intuitive
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Interface language(s): English + many other languages
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Strong
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes
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) Tailorability (If so, how?) Medium

Interactivity

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatibility/Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android
Other tech requirements: None
 
 

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Example(s) of how teachers/students use this tool

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