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Principal function(s): Autonomous learning
A free website-based tool designed for students and teachers to generate interesting essay topics. It displays up to 25 topics according to “Topic Keywords”, “Topic Types” and “Subject Areas”.
Evaluation: A helpful and handy tool to help teachers think of new essay topics. Users can just type in keywords, a topic, and a subject area and the software will provide more than 20 possible topics. It can also be helpful for students preparing for English language exams, as it provides interesting topics they may end up having to address.
Cost: A free website-based tool designed for students and teachers to generate interesting essay topics. It displays up to 25 topics according to “Topic Keywords”, “Topic Types” and “Subject Areas”.
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Straightforward, slightly old-fashioned.
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)
Users can choose keywords, topic types and subject areas.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Linux, MAC, iOS, Android.
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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