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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 ICT-REV project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with specific criteria in mind. Read more
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This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission


Principal function(s): Video conferencing

Zoom is a web-conferencing tool that can be used for synchronous online collaboration. The free version allows for groups of up to 100 people in a group call with a time limit of 40 minutes. Users can join a meeting with a URL or code. In a meeting, the host can share their entire desktop screen with their audience, an active window in their browser, or a whiteboard with illustrations and diagrams. Members of the meeting can also split off from the main meeting into breakout rooms of up to 50 people. There, they can discuss ideas and also ask the host for assistance if they need to. Another feature of the software is that it allows users to record their virtual meetings in MP4 and M4A video formats which makes it easy to track the coverage of a meeting, class, etc. The chat allows users to instantly share text, images, audio, or video files. Evaluation: The software is useful for people seeking options for online meetings, online courses and classes with several participants. Its whiteboard option makes classes run much more smoothly. It is perhaps the most well-known videoconferencing tool, and it is simple and intuitive to use.

Cost: Free with registration + premium plans available

Website: https://zoom.us/



Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)


  • Listening
  • Speaking


  • You supply


Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface

Simple, user-friendly

Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task

High. It is easy to set up a virtual classroom and get started.

Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to

Over 15 languages.

Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?

Medium. Zoom collects a wide range of personal data, including account information, profile details, contact information, device information, content from meetings and webinars, usage information, and more. The collection serves various purposes, such as providing and customising Zoom services but also marketing and advertising. Zoom shares user data with several third parties for the purpose of supporting and improving its services but also based on commercial grounds. Also, it uses cookies and similar tracking technologies to collect information about website interactions, which can be managed through the settings. Zoom uses security measures to protect user data, including encryption, access controls, and compliance with industry standards. Data is stored in secure data centers, and Zoom follows best practices for data protection. It acknowledges users’ rights to access, modify or erase their data, having direct to certain data settings on their account.Zoom states compliance with the GDPR. See more here. Interestingly, Zoom’s privacy policy has raised concerns in the recent past since it asked users permission to use their data in order to train AI models. However, the company has rolled back on this policy change. Other more privacy-friendly options would be Jitsi or BigBlueButton.

Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction

Yes, recordings can be saved by session hosts

Tailorability (If so, how?) 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)






Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android

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Type Of Interaction
Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
Individual work
Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)


You supply
Website/other users supply


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