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Principal function(s): Digital whiteboardsSlide presenting
A visual tool with audio, texts, and drawing functions that can be used for discussions, presentations, and the exchanging and sharing of information. The slides can be private within a group or completely public. Free accounts are available for anyone above 13 and with a valid email address. Users can create up to 5 VoiceThreads, comment by microphone and text, and share their VoiceThreads via a share link.
Evaluation: A wonderful tool for language teachers to facilitate discussion outside of the classroom. VoiceThread can also be used as a presentation tool for students. It can be highly engaging since it allows different users to contribute to the slides by typing texts or recording their voices and simultaneously work on the same project. Average IT skills required.
Cost: Free with registration + paid premium plans
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Simple to use
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?
High. VoiceThread collects two types of information: information provided by users (such as name, email address, telephone number, password, and profile photo when creating an account) and information collected automatically, which includes the frequency and duration of user visits, device-specific information, log information, and location information, but only when users explicitly opt-in. However, this data is collected with the sole purpose of optimising the service. VoiceThread does not sell or rent user information to third parties for advertising or marketing purposes. Information is shared with other users when content is shared on the platform, and with third-party integrations when users connect their VoiceThread accounts to third-party services. Aggregated and non-identifying information may be shared publicly. Regarding security, VoiceThread employs administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect user information, together with encryption technologies to secure data transmission. It acknowledges users’ rights to update, delete, or access their personal information through their account settings. Voicethread 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
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)
Compatibility/ Operating System
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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