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 Sites

A tool to create a website. A variety of designs are available and very flexible in terms of customisation of the interface (font size, font style, layout, background, headings, etc.) A Google account is required.

Evaluation: A simple and basic tool to create a website very easily for any purpose. Depending on your customisation, the site can look very unique and be tailored to the needs of specific readers. Bear in mind that the final product is visible to all Internet users, which may be a privacy concern with underage students. Average IT skills required for its use.
 
Cost: Free with registration

Website: https://sites.google.com/

Categories

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

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: Numerous languages
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Medium
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?) High

Interactivity

Engagement: Depending on what you put into the content (videos, images, texts, etc.), the site can be very engaging.
Collaboration: Very High (If you make students the “collaborators” giving them permission to edit)
Communication: The comment box would be a useful way to communicate on the site.

Technical requirements

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