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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

Anchor

Anchor is a totally free tool that allows you to create audio podcasts from your computer or mobile device. Alternatively, you may upload audio recordings made with other software. When you are ready to publish your podcast, with just a click of a button it will be distributed to the main podcast platforms, such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. Users located in the United States can earn money by choosing to include advertising (“sponsorships”) in their podcasts.

Evaluation: One big advantage of Anchor is that it is truly totally free. There is no trial period after which you need to pay to continue using the tool. There is also no premium version, which means that all users have access to all functionalities. But most importantly, Anchor is an extremely easy to use, all-in-one tool with lots of interesting features. For instance, you can make your podcasts sound professional by adding background music or sound effects from the Library. The “Record With Friends” option allows you to create a podcast with up to five remote guests on their mobile devices, which could be a great option for group speaking activities. For podcasts of less than 1 minute long, you can choose to have your recording converted into a transcribed video, which could be especially useful for lower levels. One slight disadvantage is that, although Anchor does have an editing tool, this is somewhat limited. If you are interested in doing more advanced editing, you might want to consider using audio editing software (e.g., Audacity) and then uploading the file again to Anchor for publishing.

Cost: free with registration

Website: https://anchor.fm/

           

Categories

Principal function(s)
  • Audio record/edit/share
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • Individual work
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply
Skill
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Vocabulary

Usability

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Interface language(s): English (Help pages available in English, German, Indonesian, Portuguese, and Spanish)
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: High, only the basic info for registration
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes
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) Tailorability (If so, how?) High

Interactivity

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatibility/Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android
Other tech requirements:
 
 

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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