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

YouTube

An online video streaming site. Users can upload their own videos or view existing video material. Registration is not required, but registered users have more options (commenting, adding videos to favourites, follow channels etc.)

Evaluation: Perhaps the most widely used online tool by language teachers as a source of authentic material. Keep in mind that you are unlikely to find certain types of authentic material (e.g. people are unlikely to upload videos of unscripted conversations). YouTube can also be a collaborative tool where students create their own video projects, upload them on a class account on YouTube, and comment on each other’s videos. You can upload a video and make it visible only to those with a link to it. Minimal IT skills required to find videos; average to advanced to upload.
Why not find out more about YouTube HERE.
To see how other teachers use YouTube, check out our Moodle community HERE (registration is free).
 
Cost: Free without registration

Website: http://www.youtube.com/

Categories

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

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: Material available in numerous languages
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: No (you can add it to favourites)
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 (material is ready-made)

Interactivity

Engagement: High
Collaboration: Low
Communication: Middle

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows phone
Other tech requirements: Speakers
 
 
 

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

Pronouncing a poem
Youtube based task