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

Tumblr

A microblogging platform and social networking website. It contains about 250 million blogs. Stories, photos, mp3s, videos can be uploaded easily. Does not have commentary function by default (but you can install Disqus for that purpose). Registration needed.

Evaluation: A great way for teachers and primarily adult students to interactively share image, audio, video and text files. Keep in mind that, as with any blogging tool, the final product is visible to all Internet users, which may be a privacy concern with underage students. Tumblr does have a password-protected blog option, however this is not allowed by default, one has to have a public blog first in order to be able to create a private one. Very basic IT skills required for its use.
 
Cost: Free with registration

Website: https://www.tumblr.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Image sharing
  • Social networking
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
Content
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply
Language skills
  • Reading
  • Writing

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple
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 + 8 other languages
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Low
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 the use of images, audio, videos)
Collaboration: High (multiple users can construct the website together)
Communication: Middle

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows phone
Other tech requirements: None