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Principal function(s): Game apps
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 can 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 classes more creative and engaging. Language learning activities can benefit from a tool like Hero Forge, as they can easily integrate the creation of 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 permits saving heroes and sharing 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
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?
Medium. Hero Forge collects personal information like name, postal address, email address, telephone number, IP address, and more. This is done for the purposes of providing services, marketing, and legal compliance. The policy states that measures have been implemented to secure personal information, including the use of firewalls. It provides options for users to manage tracking technologies (cookies) by adjusting browser settings. It also allows users to correct and delete their data, and grants them the “right to be forgotten”. Hero Forge complies with the GDPR See more here and here.
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
Yes, login required
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, create different heroes from scratch
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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