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

bubbl.us

A tool for creating mind maps. Requires setting up an account. It allows creating, saving and sharing up to three maps for free. No installation required.

Evaluation: A useful, online mind mapping tool. It is a great visual support helping to bring out relevant vocabulary and highlight relationships between concepts in an appealing manner. Very user-friendly. It enables saving work for future use, as well as editing by different users. A drawback, in comparison to CMap, is that it does not enable synchronous editing. Very basic IT skills required for its use.
Why not try using it during a class discussion or prior to a free-speaking or reading activity?
 
Cost: Free with registration + Paid premium plans

Website: https://bubbl.us/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
    Type of interaction
    • Individual work
    • 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 and intuitive use
    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

    Interactivity

    Technical requirements

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

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

    Brainstorming and vocabulary expansion