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): Bookmarking
Symbaloo is an online based platform that allows users to organize, categorize and store their preferred or most visited websites on one page. Similar to a browser’s homepage, it enables saving often visited websites or pages with content one wishes to check later.
Evaluation: Unlike a regular homepage of a browser, Symbaloo allows one to categorize and create pages with bookmarked websites, according to their content. For instance, one can list all your “News” websites on one side of the screen and on the other all your preferred “Shopping” websites. Symbaloo is quick and easy to use and its layout is more easily searchable than a regular browser homepage.
Cost: Free with registration + paid premium options
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
English, Spanish and Dutch
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)
High. Users can bookmark any website into Symbaloo
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Linux, MAC, 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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