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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

Pixton

Principal function(s): Story creators

Pixton is a web-based tool for creating comics, graphic novels, and storyboards. They can also customise characters, backgrounds, and props through a simple drag-and-drop interface. For example, they can add speech bubbles and change characters’ facial expressions, poses and outfits. Pixton offers both free and paid versions. Signing up for an account either as an educator or a student is required to use Pixton. Pixton was developed by Pixton Comics Inc. Evaluation: Pixton is a useful tool for educators and teachers. A possible assignment using Pixton could involve having students create their comics and thereby improve their writing and storytelling skills. Creating a comic or storyboard on Pixton takes some time but could be a motivating task for students. In “Educator” mode, Pixton proposes worthwhile class activities. Average IT skills required.

Cost: Free with registration + premium plans available

Website: https://www.pixton.com/

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work

Skills

  • Writing

Content

  • You supply

Usability

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

Straightforward

Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task

Medium

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

English, Spanish, and French

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

High. Pixton gathers data from educators and their schools, together with individual users. However, students are not required to provide any personal information as they can access Pixton by entering a code provided by teachers. Pixton does not sell or share user data to third parties for marketing purposes or allows third parties to collect it. Also, it does not display personalised advertising. Pixton mentions reasonable security measures. It states consistency with the GDPR. See more here and here.

Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction

Yes, login required.

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, Pixton can choose the content of their comics.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No

Compatibility/ Operating System

All operating systems

Other technical requirements


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You supply
Website/other users supply

 


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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 different languages. 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 in English, French, Japanese, Italian, German, and Spanish. Playphrase is free to use and does not require setting up an account for use. ... View details

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