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

Google Docs

Google Docs is a free web-based office software that allows users to create, utilise and share their text documents through any web browser. Google Docs can be accessed under the Drive tab on any Google page. Users can collaborate on a single document in real time. Google account required.

Evaluation: One of the best features of Google Docs is the possibility users have, to work simultaneously on the same document. With its simple and intuitive interface and being completely free, Google Docs is a useful collaborative tool. ‘Revision history’ option may be useful for teachers as they are able to see who and in what amount contributed to a document, making a collaborative task more transparent and more easily assessed.
 
Cost: Free with registration

Website: https://www.google.com/intl/en/docs/about/

Categories

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

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple and intuitive
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 + many other 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: 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

Technical requirements

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

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

Sherlock Holmes project