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Principal function(s): Audio recordingSlide presenting
Movie editing tool for Mac and iOS. Pictures can be put together to create a slideshow as well. Various effects available for transitions, music, captions, etc.
Evaluation: A handy software program incorporated into Mac computers that easily allows the creation of professional-looking videos or photo slideshows. It may seem a little daunting at first for those who are acquainted with video-editing software since it offers a variety of functions and features, and it may take some time to grasp all the functions and ‘how-to’. However, it does not require any advanced IT knowledge. A good tutorial is all that is needed to get started.
Cost: Free but requires installation
A digital story – travelling
Learning abstract concepts
A day in the life of a student
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
A bit complex at first, with a lot of functions
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Medium (it takes some time to learn the tool's how-to)
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?
High. iMovie collects personal data mainly for internal use, although also for marketing purposes. It gathers cookies and data, but users have the option to restrict or delete them. The data collected is used to provide answers to queries and to gauge the effectiveness of communications. Personal data is not sold by the site. iMovie operates under strict compliance with the GDPR. See more here.
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)
Compatibility/ Operating System
Other technical requirements
Microphone, speakers, possibly camera
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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