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): News aggregators
Flipboard allows teachers and students to create their own online magazines by gathering news, stories, and different social media content. After signing in, the tool displays different images on the home page depending on the topics of interest the user has subscribed to. Moreover, one may browse and find content in different languages and share this content, as well as create shared magazines.
Evaluation: Flipboard is a user-friendly tool, with an easy interface and a simple design. It is useful for helping the teacher find interesting texts to read, and in addition to sharing these with students, the tool can also be used for collaborative work, with students creating magazines they can then share with the rest of the class.
Cost: Free with registration
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?
Low. Flipboard collects user data such as online identifiers (IP address, cookie IDs, and device ID) and shares it with or sells it to third parties for targeted advertising on and off Flipboard. Users are allowed to opt out of this policy of data selling. Flipboard mentions the use of standard security measures. It does not explicitly state compliance with the GPDR, but it mentions user rights specific to the EU’s legal framework. 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)
Not for the browser version, it is required just for the app version
Compatibility/ Operating System
Mac / Windows / Android / 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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