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

Dipity

A tool for the creation of timelines by aggregating various data from social media, traditional search services, and RSS such as YouTube, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Pandora, Flickr, and Blogspot. It allows users to collaborate on creating a timeline of various contents. With a free account, multiple timelines can be created, stored and shared. Its mission is “to organise the web's content by date and time”.

Evaluation: A great tool for teachers to have students collaborate and engage in a project. Very suitable for cultural learning. May enhance writing and reading skills as well, as students themselves are often required to insert descriptions of timeline elements. Visually and graphically very appealing. Many detailed and interesting timelines are shared publicly on Dipity, which can be incorporated as a ready-to-use class material. Average IT skills required for its use.
 
Cost: Free with registration + Paid premium plans

Website: http://www.dipity.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Timeline creator
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • One to many (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply
Language skills
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple, user-friendly
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 adjust your privacy settings and choose who you share files 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: Very engaging with visuals (Youtube videos, photos, etc.).
Collaboration: High
Communication: No direct communication on Dipity itself (no chat/comment function).

Technical requirements

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

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

Tense timeline