Category Archives: Communication without barriers

WhatsApp

DESCRIPTION

WhatsApp is a tools that lets you group message and send photos and videos via an easy-to-use interface–without having to pay texting fees to your carrier.

BENEFITS

  • Speedy setup and performance
  • Lets you keep your phone numbe
  • Clean interface
  • Can send multimedia
  • No international charges
  • Can blockunblock contacts

 

BEST PRACTICES

  • Everyone (teachers, studends, proffessionals, parents, etc)

 

PRECONDITIONS – FOR USING

  • Create a Whatsapp account(free)
  • Login with  Google or Facebook account
  • Download app
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Clilstore

DESCRIPTION

Clilstore is a service using Wordlink, a WWW based facility which links arbitrary webpages automatically, word by word with online dictionaries. And Wordlink in turn uses Multidict, a multiple dictionary lookup facility which makes use of freely available online dictionaries. Both Wordlink and Multidict were developed as part of the European funded POOLS-T project (2008-2010) and their development is continuing as part of the present TOOLS project.

BENEFITS

  • Content is automatically inter connected with wide range of dictionaries
  • Interactive tool which allows using video resources in language learning

BEST PRACTICES

  • Teachers and parents
  • Language learners

 

PRECONDITIONS – WHEN CREATING

  • Register on Clilstore as a teacher or student

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Audioboo

DESCRIPTION

The importance of listening in communication is huge. L2 learners often focus on speaking ability believing that good speaking equals good communication. Nevertheless, the ability to listen is equally important for successful communication.

Audioboo provides opportunity to share thoughts online but offers one more output – sharing them using your own voice. This means that users practice and need to make use of various language skills – speaking and listening – at once. It is clear that the more time a student can be immersed in the language the more they learn.

Audio format might be also seen as an alternative to traditional written assignments and written reflections.

BENEFITS

  • Connect with users all over the world sharing relevant tips
  • Express opinions about some gripping issue (fashion, lifestyle, culture, nature, environment, …)
  • Practice digital storytelling

BEST PRACTICES

  • All users

PRECONDITIONS – FOR USING

  • reliable and stable Internet connection (preferably broadband)
  • microphones or webcam

PRECONDITIONS – WHEN CREATING

  • Create an account

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Google Hangouts

DESCRIPTION

Google+ Hangouts is a free video chat service from Google that enables both one-on-one chats and group chats with up to ten people at a time.   While somewhat similar to Skype, FaceTimeand Facebook Video Chat, Google Hangouts focuses more on “face-to-face-to-face” group interaction as opposed to one-on-one video chats, and utilizes sophisticated technology to seamlessly switch the focus to the person currently chatting.

It is an instant messaging and video chat platform developed by Google, which launched on May 15, 2013 during the keynote of its I/O development conference. It replaces three messaging products that Google had implemented concurrently within its services, including Talk, Google+ Messenger, and Hangouts, a video chat system present within Google+. Google has also stated that Hangouts is designed to be “the future” of its telephony product, Google Voice, and integrated some of the capabilities of Google Voice into Hangouts.

Google Hangouts can be accessed via laptop and desktop computers as well as with Android mobile devices (Android “Gingerbread” v2.3 and later) and, in the near future, iOS-powered mobile devices.  In addition to video chatting, Google Hangouts users can share documents, scratchpads, images and YouTubevideos with other users.   Google+ Hangouts also offers a “Hangouts on Air” feature for broadcasting live video conversations that are accessible to anyone with a web browser.

BENEFITS

  • Google Hangouts look very familiar to users of other mainstream messaging apps.
  • Google Hangouts are very user- friendly.

BEST PRACTICES

  • All users.

PRECONDITIONS – FOR USING

  •  [Best] Register on Google+

PRECONDITIONS – WHEN CREATING

  • Download Hangouts for computer.
  • Download the new iOS app for Apps or Android.

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