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

Twitter

A microblogging tool and social networking website. Texts need to be within 160 characters.

Evaluation: The tool can be used effectively as a way to have students produce material in the target language on a daily basis. Tweets can be commented on by other users, which makes Twitter a good communication tool between teacher and students or also simply among students. 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.Very basic IT skills required for its use.
 
Cost: Free with registration

Website: https://twitter.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Blogging
  • Image sharing
  • Social networking
Type of interaction
  • 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 and intuitive
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 + 28 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 and real time updates)
Collaboration: Low (more individual than collaborative)
Communication: High (with comments)

Technical requirements

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

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

Twitter based task