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): Slide presenting
Lumen5 automatically creates slideshow videos based on text. Users can write their own pieces, starting from scratch, or you can make the tool capture text directly from a URL. If they decide to use the suggestions from the tool, the artificial intelligence will “read” the text and offer matching images to compose a video.
Evaluation: Lumen5 can be useful to promote writing and vocabulary learning in activities that require presentations, for instance. It allows users to quickly create professional-looking videos that can be shared online or shown in class.
Cost: Free with registration + paid 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
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Medium. Lume5 collects personal data when signing up and employs cookies, although the latter can be to some extent controlled. This is done for purposes of account management, customer support, advertising, analytics, security, and compliance with legal requirements. Lumen5 emphasizes its commitment to safeguarding the confidentiality of personal information. It also states 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)
Yes. The tool suggest an automated solution for your video, yet you can edit it as you like, adding your prefered pictures or chunks of text, or editing
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Linux, MAC
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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