The tools that facilitate the type of use described by this category allow users to communicate with each other by exchanging texts, images and files and/or by allowing them to talk with each other over the web. There is a clear distinction between the facilitation of synchronous and asynchronous communication. Tools that can do both are of greater value to teachers. Those that have communication as one of their main or as their main purpose of use offer both possibilities. Some examples of the learning activities that communication digital tools may facilitate are the following:

  • live video calls between the members of a digital classroom or a team of students that work on a project
  • exchange of comments (text, multimedia, files) in a communication channel between the members of a team of students working in a science project