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Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

This website presents a web inventory of online, interactive materials with a search engine filtering tools according to language skills, type of interaction, principal functions, etc. In addition, a MOODLE workspace for learning more about using online tools in the classroom is available. 

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

Visual Thesaurus

A visual dictionary. If you type in a word in the search box, its synonyms, antonyms, and related words will appear in the form of a mind map. If you click on a word that’s on the mind map, the map recreates itself to view words that are related to the chosen word. Registration needed for a 14-day free trial.

Evaluation: A useful tool for teachers, students, researchers and writers. For visual learners, this is a perfect dictionary tool. There is a tab called “education”, and you can find lesson plans using Visual Thesaurus, or find articles about teaching with technology. A great resource, but limited for free access to only 14 days. Very basic IT skills required for the use of the thesaurus.
 
Cost: Free trial + Paid premium plans

Website: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Type of interaction
  • Individual work
Content
  • Website/other users supply
Skill
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation

Usability

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 Interface language(s): English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish
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 (it is possible to save word maps)
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?) Low

Interactivity

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac
Other tech requirements: None
 
 
 
This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission

Latest addition

Popplet (Collaborative mind mapping tool)

With this user-friendly tool your students will be able to collaborate and to easily organize and connect their ideas through mind maps. You can include images and videos and to export your work to Fa... view details

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

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