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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


Principal function(s): Bookmarking

ThingLink is a digital tool for annotating images and videos with content such as text, images, videos, or links. It functions by allowing individuals to upload an image or video and then annotate it with interactive hotspots. These hotspots can contain multimedia content, providing viewers with contextual information or additional resources related to specific parts of the image or video. Annotated videos or images are then hosted on Thinglink and can be shared and embedded on other websites. ThingLinks offers a limited free version. Users are required to sign up for an account to create interactive content, but that is not required for visualising content alone. ThingLink was developed by Ulla-Maaria Engeström and Jyri Engeström, and it was launched in 2011. Evaluation: The teacher interface is simple and easy to use. The free account is limited to tagging images only. The tool offers a relatively easy way of adding at least some interactivity to an otherwise static image. Students can get involved by, e.g., tagging an image with a Google Form (where students need to provide an answer), as well as tagging images and sharing with the rest of the class. The limitation is that only one student can work on an image at a time.

Cost: Free with registration + paid plans available

Website: https://www.thinglink.com/



Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)



  • You supply


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?


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)






Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

Mac/ Windows / iOS

Other technical requirements

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Principal Functions
Type Of Interaction
Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
Individual work
Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)


You supply
Website/other users supply


Latest addition to the ICT-REV inventory

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 different languages. 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 in English, French, Japanese, Italian, German, and Spanish. Playphrase is free to use and does not require setting up an account for use. ... View details

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