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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): File sharing/syncing

Dropbox is a cloud-based file storage and sharing platform. Users upload files to their Dropbox account, which can then be accessed from any device with an internet connection. It can be used by educators to store, organise, and share files securely. It was developed by Dropbox, Inc., and it offers both free and paid subscription plans. The free version has limited storage space. Signing up for an account is required to use Dropbox. Evaluation: Dropbox is a useful online storage platform as it provides access to files from any device. It can be useful for teachers with different classes to have their unit and be able to share it with different students. Personal files are accessible both on the hard disk and the cloud if Dropbox is installed on a computer. Basic IT skills required for use.

Cost: Free with registration + paid plans

Website: https://www.dropbox.com/



Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Individual work
  • Individual work



  • You supply


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


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

English + 17 other languages, Chinese, Japanese and Thai included.

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

Medium. Dropbox collects various types of data such as account information (name, email, payment info), user-generated content (files, documents, photos), contacts, usage information, device information, and data from cookies and similar technologies. It does so to provide and enhance services, protect users, and for legitimate business needs. Dropbox may use the information for marketing purposes but provides an option to opt out. It shares data with trusted third parties for business purposes, and with other Dropbox companies. Dropbox is committed to data security and employs measures like two-factor authentication, encryption, and abuse detection. Importantly, users have control over their data, including deletion and access, which is aligned with the spirit of the GDPR. However, although compliance with different legal frameworks is mentioned, the GDPR is not. 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)

Yes, users can upload on the cloud and share any type of file.





Technical requirements

Installation required?

No, but signing up is required.

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android

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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 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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