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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): Crossword puzzle creators

EclipseCrossword is a software tool for creating crossword puzzles. It allows users to input words and clues, then generates a crossword puzzle grid automatically. EclipseCrossword was developed by Green Eclipse Software and is available for free. It requires installing to create them but not setting up an account. Evaluation: EclipseCrossword tool is an easy-to-use tool with clear instructions and a simple interface. It also has a comprehensive ‘Help’ link. Crosswords can be created quickly and easily and students can access them directly via web browser. It can be used for educational or recreational purposes, enhancing linguistic skills such as vocabulary and problem-solving. It is only available for Microsoft. Basic IT skills required.

Cost: Free with installation

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



Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates


  • Vocabulary


  • You supply


Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface

Easy-to-use, simple

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?

Medium/high. EclipseCrossword collects and stores data shared by guests. It also employs cookies to operate the service, but only for necessary purposes, such as remembering users’ settings, or learning how people use the service so as to improve it. It does not use cookies to track users outside of their services. EclipseCrossoword does not share personal information with anyone, unless required by law. User data is not used to train any AI models. Users can ask to delete their user data. EclipseCrossword is operated by Green Eclipse in the State of Washington, United States, so regional laws apply. EclipseCrossword 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)

Limited, it only allows creating crosswords.





Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

Microsoft only.

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Type Of Interaction
Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
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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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