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Principal function(s): Autonomous learningFlashcard creators
Anki is a flashcard tool that can help learners learn and memorise words, expressions, facts, and more through repetition. Users can create their own flashcard decks or download pre-made ones from the AnkiWeb platform. Anki supports text, audio, image and video. While an account is not required to use the tool, syncing across devices does require creating an account. Anki can be downloaded on computers, laptops and smartphones. Anki was developed by Damien Elmes and is free and open-source.
Evaluation: Anki is a valuable tool for memorising facts and words, thus being potentially useful for any subject or language. Pupils and students can use it to record and save unknown words in their target language and later test their knowledge, while teachers can share flashcards with students to study individually at home or recreate a quiz in the classroom by creating a flashcard deck with specific questions. Downloading suitable flashcard decks made and shared by other users can save lots of time and is a remarkable way to benefit from an unselfish community of language learners and enthusiasts. Since Anki also supports video and audio, it can be used for enhancing pronunciation, although it is mainly designed for language acquisition. Basic IT skills are a prerequisite for using Anki.
Cost: Free to use without registration on all operating systems except for iOS, where there is a one-time fee of $24.99.
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Simple, slightly old-fashioned
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Medium/high. It takes time to create a flashcard deck given that the content is created by the user. However, decks created by other users can be easily accessed and downloaded.
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
More than 40 languages.
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
High(?). Anki collects cookies but refrains from using Google Analytics and other similar services. Also, it does not employ personal data for advertising or marketing purposes. Data is stored in data centres in the EU and the USA. Overall, Anki’s privacy section demonstrates a strong commitment to transparency, data minimisation, and user data protection, although it could be more extensive. It does not mention whether it complies with 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)
High. Learners can create Flashcards on any topic they desire and add also add audio, images and more, making Anki highly tailorable.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android
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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