These criteria have been developed by teachers for teachers and provide essential information so that you can select appropriate applications and use them with your learners. You can search the inventory through the use of filters or keywords. All evaluated tools are freeware or have a free version, and many of them are presented with specific examples, suggested and tested by teachers, on how you could use them in your classroom. More tools will be added, so make sure to check back regularly!
Principal function(s): Word cloud creators
WordArt is a word cloud creator that makes it possible to create unique and fun word clouds. It is user-friendly and customisable. Users can experiment with different shapes, colours and designs. The first word one types in the word input list becomes the biggest word in the cloud, then the second one the second biggest, and so on. Unlike other similar tools to be found within this repository, word size is determined by the order of entry and not by the frequency of their use.
Evaluation: A useful tool for collecting words on a certain topic or getting your students to work with vocabulary in this way. Users determine which words will be the biggest by the order they type them. WordArt provides control over the outlook of the output but is not a suitable tool to visualise the frequency of used words word. There is a premium version for downloading professional-quality images from WordArt, but that is not quite needed for regular classroom use.
Cost: Free with registration + premium options available
Type Of Interaction
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?
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)
Yes, users create their own word clouds
Compatibility/ Operating System
All operating systems
Other technical requirements
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.
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