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

CMap ☆

A mind map tool which needs to be downloaded before use. You can change font, size of letters, etc. Does not require setting up an account, free installation.

Evaluation: Very easy to use with a professional looking interface. Highly customisable. Can be operated without the Internet. A big advantage offered by CMap is the synchronous editing of maps, allowing for an effective and time-efficient group work outside the classroom. Convenient and practical for individual use by both students and teachers. Average IT skills required for the installation and use of CMap.
 
Cost: Free without registration

Website: http://cmap.ihmc.us/download/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
    Type of interaction
    • Group/pair work - outsiders
    • 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 and at least 15 other languages, Japanese, Basque, Greek included
    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

    Engagement: High
    Collaboration: With the “Synchronous Collaboration” function, users can edit a mind map together if they have Internet access.
    Communication: There is a chat box to communicate with other users while collaborating.

    Technical requirements

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

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

    Brainstorming and vocabulary expansion