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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


Principal function(s): Audio recordingStreaming/radio services

Anchor is a totally free tool that allows users to create audio podcasts from a computer or mobile device. Alternatively, users can upload audio recordings made with other software. Once the podcast is ready, it can be distributed to the main podcast platforms with a click of a button. Evaluation: One big advantage of Anchor is that it is totally free. There is no trial period after which one needs to pay to continue using the tool. There is also no premium version at all, 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, users can create professionally-sounding podcasts by adding background music or sound effects from the Library. The “Record With Friends” option permits creating 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, one can choose to have one's recording converted into a transcribed video, something that could be especially useful for lower levels. One slight disadvantage is that, although Anchor does have an editing tool, it is somewhat limited. If users are interested in doing more advanced editing, they might consider using audio editing software (e.g., Audacity) and then uploading the file again to Anchor for publishing. Anchor is owned by Spotify, so synchronisation is made easier. Similar privacy policies apply to both.

Cost: Free with registration

Website: https://anchor.fm/



Type Of Interaction

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


  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Vocabulary


  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply


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

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?

Medium. Only basic information is required for registration

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)






Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android

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


You supply
Website/other users supply


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