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

Blogger

A simple, free, blogging, Google-based platform with a high level of flexibility in customisation (from backgrounds and images to text fonts and text colours). It involves various features of other Google tools, so it may seem a little complicated at first. It is easy to attach files of any type. A Google account is required.

For finding out more about blogs, click HERE.

To see how other teachers use blogs, check out our Moodle community HERE (registration is free).

Evaluation: Blogger is one of the most widely used and popular blogging and publishing platforms available. Pedagogy-wise, it is an excellent tool for encouraging the promotion of your pupils’ writing skills and opinion sharing. May be used by both teachers and students. As with any blogging tool, interaction is possible through the commenting function, which makes it perfect for an asynchronised group work. Keep in mind that, as with any blogging tool, the final product is visible to all Internet users, which may be a privacy concern with underage students. Average IT skills are prerequisite for using Blogger.
 
Cost: Free with registration

Website: http://www.blogger.com/home

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Blogging
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • One to many (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply
Language skills
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple, user-friendly
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 and at least 50 other languages
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Low
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: Depends on how much you include videos and pictures.
Collaboration: The comment function should serve for a collaborative task
Communication: Same as above

Technical requirements

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

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

Writing prompts