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

Google Alerts

Allows users to monitor contents of interest from Google. Users are informed via email. All you need to do is to make queries and set alerts, and Google will send you relevant information. Alerts can be set up by frequency of delivery and can be filtered by language and country of origin. A Google account is required.

Evaluation: An efficient data collecting tool, which allows users to stay up-to-date with topics of interest. Very simple to use, with very basic IT skills required for the use of Google Alerts. Why don’t you have your students set up an alert on a topic that they feel passionate about and that they can create a project on?
 
Cost: Free with registration

Website: http://www.google.com/alerts

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • News aggregator
Type of interaction
  • Individual work
Content
  • Website/other users supply
Language skills
  • Listening
  • Reading

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: Numerous 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 (you receive an e-mail for each alert)
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? No
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac, Android
Other tech requirements: None