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

Anki

A flashcard tool helping users memorise facts, words etc. It supports images, audio and video and can be synced with other devices (downloadable on smart phones). Can be installed on a PC or else used online through setting up an account.

Evaluation: A good tool for question and answer management. Teachers can create a set of flashcards and share it with students, to study individually at home or recreate a quiz show in the classroom. It is very useful for memorising facts, but as it supports video and audio, Anki can be used for enhancing language skills such as listening and pronunciation. Average IT skills are prerequisite for using Anki.
 
Cost: Free without registration

Website: http://ankisrs.net

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Flashcard
  • Question/answer management
Type of interaction
  • Individual work
Content
  • You supply
Language skills
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple, user-friendly, slightly old-fashioned
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: Medium (It may take some time to create a set of flashcards given that their content is supplied by the user)
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
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

Technical requirements

Installation required? Yes
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android
Other tech requirements: None