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

Zotero

A tool to collect, organise, cite, and share articles, papers or websites on one platform. It accepts a wider variety of forms of information (websites, papers, news articles, videos, audios, etc.) to store and organise. It is also linked to the search engine of your internet browser so that the storing process is very easy and fast. It needs to be installed for use and can be viewed without having Internet access.

Evaluation: A useful tool for researching information on the Internet, storing and organising the results. A time-saver for teachers to organise teaching materials, and for students to organise materials for projects.The sharing feature may facilitate collaborative research. Useful for researchers as a citation tool. A good tutorial or introduction needed before use. Advanced IT skills required.
 
Cost: Free with registration + Paid premium plans

Website: http://www.zotero.org/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
    Type of interaction
    • Individual work
    Content
    • You supply
    Language skills
    • Reading
    • Writing

    Pedagogical Criteria

    User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Not too complex, but may take a while to get familiar with all the functions
    Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High (once one gets the hang of it)
    The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Multilinguality: English only (except for the documentation page where how-to guides are established in multiple languages by users in the form of wiki)
    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

    Interactivity

    Engagement: Low
    Collaboration: High (Group account can be created to share folders on Zotero)
    Communication: Middle (Discussion threads can be made within a group)

    Technical requirements

    Installation required? Yes
    Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux
    Other tech requirements: None