These criteria have been developed by teachers for teachers and provide essential information so that you can select appropriate applications and use them with your learners. You can search the inventory through the use of filters or keywords. All evaluated tools are freeware or have a free version, and many of them are presented with specific examples, suggested and tested by teachers, on how you could use them in your classroom. More tools will be added, so make sure to check back regularly!
Principal function(s): Virtual Exchange
This tool allows teachers to create digital lessons by putting together different resources such as texts, videos, images, and presentations. Teachers can make use of their own documents, browse YouTube, Google, or other platforms and websites for suitable resources and incorporate them into the lesson. They can also search for suitable free and paid-for materials within Tes Teach Blendspace. Teachers can assess students' participation using quizzes and online discussions and students can state their preferences with a ‘like’ button.
Evaluation: TES teach has an intuitive interface, which is user-friendly and makes it easier to create interesting and appealing lessons than with other more complete course management platforms, like for example Moodle.
Cost: Free with registration + paid features
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Medium. TES Global Limited collects personal information that users provide directly, such as when registering for a TES ID user account, posting content on their Sites and others. It also automatically collects information like IP addresses, browsing patterns, and demographic data using cookies for various purposes, including analytics and advertising. Also, TES may share personal information with third-party vendors and data processors to provide various services. Critical third-party vendors include companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, and others. They take responsibility for the usage and security of user data when shared with these parties. TES mentions appropriate security measures to safeguard user data. It acknowledges users’ rights to access, modify and erase their data and to restrict processing. TES implicitly states compliance with the GDPR since it identifies itself as the “Data Controller”. See more here.
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
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)
High. Materials can be arranged in different ways and combined with different resources that support all four language learning skills.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows / iOS
Other technical requirements
Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies
Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in.
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