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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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EclipseCrossword is a tool which generates crosswords from a list of words and clues. The only thing that the user needs to do is enter the words/clues. The software then creates a crossword which contains these. Once installed, the tool can be used for classwork (to revise vocabulary and lesson content), or for websites and newsletters. Teachers can make use of the tool for class assignments, while webmasters and editors of newsletters could add a crossword to their website or publication in order to make it more interactive and lively.

Evaluation: The tool has a simple interface, with clear instructions which are easy to follow.. It also has a comprehensive ‘Help’ link . Crosswords can be created quickly and easily and students can access them directly via their web browser.

Cost: Free

Website: http://www.eclipsecrossword.com/



Principal function(s)
  • Crossword puzzle creator
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Individual work
  • Reading
  • Vocabulary


User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Easy-to-understand
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: Medium
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Interface language(s): English
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: High
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes
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) Tailorability (If so, how?)


Technical requirements

Installation required? Yes
Compatibility/Operating System: Windows
Other tech requirements:

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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