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 'Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning' (ICT-REV) project of the European Centre for Modern Languages project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with sound pedagogical criteria in mind. Read more

diigo

A widely used social bookmarking site. You can create your own group/community to share your bookmarked links with. Other members can comment on the links very easily. Allows highlighting and annotation of sites. Free teacher/student premium account.

Evaluation: Highly useful for teachers and users since it allows annotation. Users can highlight interesting parts of a website and pin post-its, which makes Diigo suited for an engaged reading. Users (teachers or students) can create groups, invite other users and share sites. Basic skills required for the use of Diigo.
 
Cost: Free with registration + Paid premium plans

Website: https://www.diigo.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Bookmarking
  • Social networking
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • Individual work
  • One to many (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • You supply
Language skills
  • Reading
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple and intuitive use
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 Multilinguality: English only
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Strong (you can choose who to share your bookmarks with)
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

Engagement: The commenting functions can be used to enhance engagement.
Collaboration: Can be promoted within a group.
Communication: Users can communicate through commenting on each others’ articles.

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, iOS, Android
Other tech requirements: None
 
 
 

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

Diigo based task