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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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Hero Forge

Hero Forge is an online, user-friendly avatar creator. This tool allows teachers and learners to tap into their creativity by designing virtual characters or alter egos that can be used in learning activities. Thanks to Hero Forge's multiple features and 3D technology, learners will be able to choose the species and gender of their avatar, along with hair and eye colour and much more.

Evaluation: Hero Forge is a very interesting tool to make your classes more creative and engaging. Language learning activities can benefit from a tool like Hero Forge, as we can easily integrate the creation of our heroes within topics such as fighting climate change, ancient civilizations of the world and so on. Moreover, creating avatars with Hero Forge is totally free and the tool allows you to save your heroes and share them. For a fee, users can purchase a 3D plastic or even bronze version of their avatars, although this is a feature that most teachers and learners will not be interested in using.

Cost: Free (Premium options available)

Website: https://www.heroforge.com/

           

Categories

Principal function(s)
  • Games apps
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Individual work
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • Website/other users supply
Skill
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Vocabulary

Usability

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Interface language(s): English
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Medium. For more information visit: https://www.heroforge.com/Privacy/
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes, login required
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) Tailorability (If so, how?) Yes, create different heroes from scratch

Interactivity

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatibility/Operating System: All operating systems
Other tech requirements:
 
 

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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