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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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Anchor

Principal function(s): Audio record/ edit/ share

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

Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Group/pair work - outsiders
  • Individual work
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)

Skills

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Vocabulary

Content

  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply

Usability

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

Simple

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

High

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

English (Help pages available in English, German, Indonesian, Portuguese, and Spanish)

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

High, only the basic info for registration

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

Yes

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

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android

Other technical requirements


 
This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission


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Write & Improve (Tool to improve your writing in English)

Write & Improve is a free online tool developed by the University of Cambridge to help English language learners improve their writing skills. Students choose their level and then receive a selection of writing tasks that match that level. Once the task has been submitted, the tool automatically assigns an appropriate grade and also gives feedback on the writing, which students can incorporate into the original text. Students can also create their own writing assignments.... View details

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Principal function(s)
Audio record/ edit/ share
Blogging
Bookmarking
Citation manager
Course management
Story creation
File sharing/syncing
Flashcard
Game app
Graphic organizer
Image sharing
Marking software
Mind mapping
News aggregator
Note taking
Podcast aggregator
Polling
Poster creator
Question/answer management
Quiz maker
Screen capture
Slide presenting
Social networking
Storytelling
Thesaurus
Timeline Creator
Translation tool
Url shortener
Video Conferencing
Video record/ edit/ share
Virtual pinboard
Virtual worlds
Crossword puzzle creator
Website creator
Wiki
Word cloud creator
Type Of Interaction
Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
Individual work
Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)

Skills
Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
Vocabulary
Grammar
Pronunciation
Intercultural

Content
You supply
Website/other users supply

 

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