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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

Excalidraw

Principal function(s): Digital whiteboards

Excalidraw is a tool for creating diagrams and sketches to visually communicate ideas. It operates through a simple web-based interface where users can draw shapes, lines, and text to create diagrams. It supports real-time collaboration, allowing multiple users to work together on the same canvas simultaneously. Excalidraw was developed by Vjeux (Christopher Chedeau) and a team of contributors. Excalidraw is free and open-source, available on GitHub. Using Excalidraw does not require signing up or having an account. Users can access the tool directly through their web browser without any registration process. Evaluation: Excalidraw is a great tool to use in class as a virtual whiteboard. With its different functionalities, it can be used by anyone needing to create visual representations of ideas, concepts, or processes. It serves various purposes such as brainstorming, prototyping, or simply sketching. It does not specifically focus on linguistic skills but rather on visual communication. Its interface is intuitive and easy-to-use. It requires average IT skills.

Cost: Free without registration + premium versions available

Website: https://excalidraw.com/

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates

Skills

Content

  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply

Usability

Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface

Intuitive, easy-to-use

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

Dozens of languages, among which Norwegian, Occitan, Swedish, Kabylian, Arabic, Punjabi, or Indonesian.

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

Medium. Excalidraw collects personal data and shares it with third parties, including for purposes of advertising. However, users can opt out of targeted advertising cookies. Excalidraw’s privacy policy mentions consent as the basis for operating user data. It also mentions security measures. Excalidraw does not explicitly state compliance with the GDPR but yes with EU’s privacy laws. See more here.

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

Yes. Data can be saved and exported in different formats.

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. All changes are made by users.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No

Compatibility/ Operating System

All operating systems

Other technical requirements


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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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