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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

Plectica

Principal function(s): Mind mapping

Plectica is a visual mapping and diagramming tool for organising ideas, concepts, and relationships. Users can create visual representations of their thoughts and concepts using various shapes, colours, and connections. Then they can share these mind maps or diagrams and work on them collaboratively. Plectica was co-founded by Adam Riggs, Plectica’s current CEO. It offers both free and paid versions. Signing up for an account is required to use Plectica. Evaluation: Plectica is a useful tool for brainstorming in a class or smaller groups, together with helping create a visual representation when working on more complex topics. It is user-friendly and versatile since information can be arranged in lists, columns or freely, and moved by simply. Relationships can be emphasised by relating several cards with an arrow. All changes get saved automatically. Average IT skills required.

Cost: Free with registration + premium plans available

Website: https://beta.plectica.com/

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Individual work

Skills

Content

  • You supply

Usability

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

Straightforward, intuitive

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

Medium

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

English

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

Medium/high. Frameable Inc., which owns Plectica, collects user information such as username, name, email, photo/avatar (optional), and account creation date. It does not share, rent, or sell user data to third parties, but collects cookies for running its services, and may use third-party tools for analytics, communications, and improving customer experience. Plectica mentions reasonable security measures. It does not state compliance with the GDPR. See more here.

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

Yes

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)

Yes. All mind maps are created by users.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No

Compatibility/ Operating System

All operating systems

Other technical requirements


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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. ... View details

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