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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

Crossword Labs

Principal function(s): Crossword puzzle creators

Crossword Labs is a free online tool to build, print, share and solve crossword puzzles. Users input the words and clues for a crossword, and the platform automatically generates a grid. These can be created in any language. Ready-made crossword puzzles on different subjects are available on the platform. Crossword puzzles can be created in any language and made public, accessible through URL, or completely private. Crossword Labs was developed by Matt Johnson and is freely accessible online. It does not require signing up or having an account to use. Evaluation: Crossword Labs is a straightforward and effective tool to create all kinds of crosswords. It can be helpful to test vocabulary knowledge on specific topics. The interface is very simple and easy to use, so it does not require any IT skills.

Cost: Free without registration

Website: https://crosswordlabs.com/

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work

Skills

  • 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

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

Medium/High. Crossword Labs collects user data relevant to providing its crossword creation and solving services. It works with third parties but prevents unauthorised access or misuse of data, does not run ads, and does not share user data for marketing purposes. Data is stored in the United States. While the policy mentions precautions to prevent unauthorized access and the use of security protocols for credit card data, it does not provide extensive details about them. CrosswordLabs explicitly states that individuals under 13 years of age are not authorized to register on the site. It does not mention compliance with the GDPR. See more here.

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

Yes, password needed

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, users can create crosswords from scratch and in any language

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No

Compatibility/ Operating System

All operating systems

Other technical requirements


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Content
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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