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


A message board-like tool to record and post voice messages in groups for educational use. The teacher can post a topic/question that students can record and append their answers to. It can be used for oral presentations, conversation practice, collaboration projects, etc. Groups can be made public, restricted or entirely private. Feedback can be provided by comments. Registration needed.

Evaluation: A great tool for language teachers to use for distance learning and additional learning to classroom activities. Also being a social site, the tool allows students to connect with people from around the world, therefore enabling contacts with native speakers. Average IT knowledge required for its use, rather simple.
Cost: Free with registration



Principal functions(s)
  • Social networking
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • One to many (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply
Language skills
  • Listening
  • Speaking

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 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?) Low


Engagement: High (People from around the world are there speaking on various topics. Very fascinating.)
Collaboration: High (Within the talkgroup, students can collaborate to create a narrative, for example.)
Communication: High

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac
Other tech requirements: Microphone, speakers

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

Sherlock Holmes project