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

PB Works

A wiki-based tool to create web pages, share files, manage projects and collaborate with other users. Accessible from any PC. Teachers generally use it for collaborative writing and classroom management. A free, basic account allows up to 100 students. Teachers can add students who do not have email accounts.

Evaluation: A collaborative tool that teachers can have students use, to work on projects. A time-saver tool for teachers when it comes to managing projects, assessing student performance, and communicating with students on one single platform. Advanced IT skills required.
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Cost: Free with registration + Paid premium plans

Website: http://pbworks.com/education

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Course management
  • File sharing/syncing
  • Wiki
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
Content
  • You supply
Language skills
  • Reading
  • Writing

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Apropriate for primary and secondary school students
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
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: High (with discussion forums, blogs, etc.)
Collaboration: High (students can access the site at the same time to co-construct the content)
Communication: High (comments)

Technical requirements

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

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

Wiki warm-up - training activity