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

Dropbox

A cloud-based tool for storing files on the Internet so that it is accessible from any PC, tablet or mobile device. Files can be shared with others. Free storage space is limited and can be increased by inviting other users or by paying a fee.

Evaluation: A very useful online storage space because you can access your files from any device with an Internet connection. If you have Dropbox installed on your computer, your files will be accessible both on the hard disk and online. Very simple; no special IT skills are required for its use.
 
Cost: Free with registration

Website: https://www.dropbox.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • File sharing/syncing
Type of interaction
  • Individual work
  • One to many (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • You supply

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 + 17 other languages, Chinese, Japanese and Thai included.
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?) Low

Interactivity

Collaboration: Same files/data can be accessed by others.
Communication: No direct communication functions.

Technical requirements

Installation required? Yes + stored in the Cloud
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android
Other tech requirements: None