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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): Image banks

Pixabay is a platform that provides over 4 million free stock photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and videos for personal and commercial use. Users can search for and download high-quality images and other visual content without worrying about copyright restrictions. Users can search for specific images or browse through categories. Once they find the desired image, they can download it in various sizes and formats for their projects. Pixabay images can be used for different purposes under different licenses and are available immediately without having to ask for author permission. Pixabay is free to use and does not require signing up or having an account to download images, but creating an account allows users to contribute to the platform by uploading their own content. Pixabay was developed by Hans Braxmeier and Simon Steinberger. Evaluation: Pixabay is a useful tool for finding suitable pictures, illustrations, graphics and videos for different purposes. Pictures can be accessed and downloaded immediately free of copyright, so it is a very handy resource. Basic IT skills required for navigation.

Cost: Free without registration

Website: https://pixabay.com/



Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work



  • Website/other users 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


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

Medium. Pixabay gathers personal information necessary for the operation of the service, including data voluntarily provided by users. It also collects cookies, some for targeted advertising, which can yet be opted out of. While its privacy policy mentions the storage and processing of data in various countries, it does not provide specific details about security measures in place to protect user data. Pixabay’s privacy policy references obtaining consent when necessary, such as for direct marketing purposes, and informs about the right to opt out of marketing communications. It also acknowledges users' rights to access, rectify, delete, or restrict data processing. Pixabay does not state compliance with the GDPR. See more here.

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

Yes, images can be saved in a profile.

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)

Yes, with over 4 million free stock images, users can find content about virtually anything.





Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

All operating systems

Other technical requirements

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Principal Functions
Type Of Interaction
Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
Individual work
Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)


You supply
Website/other users supply


Latest addition to the ICT-REV inventory

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. ... View details

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