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

Voicethread

A visual tool with audio, texts, and drawing functions used for discussions, presentations, exchanging and sharing of information. The slides can be private within a group or completely public.The free account is available for anyone who is above13 and has a valid email address. You can create up to 5 VoiceThreads, comment by microphone and text, and share your VoiceThreads via a share link.

Evaluation: A wonderful tool for language teachers to facilitate discussion outside of the classroom. VoiceThread can also be used as a presentation tool for students. Average IT skills required.
 
Cost: Free with registration + Paid premium plans

Website: https://voicethread.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Audio record/edit/share
  • Image sharing
  • Slide presenting
  • Video record/edit/share
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Individual work
  • One to many (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply
Language skills
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple to 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: English only
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Strong (one choses who to add to a group discussion)
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 (Users can contribute to the slides by typing texts or recording their voices)
Collaboration: High (Multiple users can work on the project at the same time)
Communication: High

Technical requirements

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