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): Autonomous learning
Future Learn is an Open Online Course (MOOC) platform based in the UK. It is owned by The Open University and offers a variety of free online short courses and degrees taught by universities all around the world. Future Learn offers courses from many fields of knowledge such as coding, foreign languages, health, mathematics, psychology and creative arts.
Evaluation: Future Learn’s courses cover practically all disciplines and all content is open and free. Each course has a comments section where it is possible to ask questions and interact with other people taking the same course. Although learners have to complete classes and tasks within a deadline, they can watch the video-classes whenever they want and do the exercises at their own pace. At the end of the course, they can also obtain an official certificate from internationally renowned universities from all over the world under payment.
Cost: Free for the duration of the course and 14 extra days + paid unlimited version available / official certificate obtention on payment
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?
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)
User must follow the courses and complete the tasks before the deadline, yet there is no restriction of at what specific time you take the course.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Linux, Windows, 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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