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

Wikispaces

A wiki-based tool to create web pages, share files, manage projects and collaborate with other users; largely aimed at the educational sector. Teachers can create a wiki for each class, and invite students to the page to work on projects. Communication between/among teacher and students is enhanced by news feeds, comments, discussion forums etc. A useful collaborative tool for distance learning.

Evaluation: A collaborative tool that teachers can have students use to work on projects. A time-saver tool for teachers when it comes to classroom management, assessing student performance, and communicating with students on one platform. Advanced IT skills required.
Why not find out more about wikis? Click HERE.
To see how other teachers use wikis and wiki-based tools, check out our Moodle community HERE (registration is free).
 
Cost: Free with registration for educators + Paid

Website: https://www.wikispaces.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Wiki
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • One to many (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • You supply
Language skills
  • Reading
  • Writing

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple and straightforward
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+ several other languages
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Strong (creator of the wiki chooses who to add to his/her wikispace)
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
Collaboration: High
Communication: High

Technical requirements

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

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

Wiki warm-up - training activity