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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

CommonLit

Principal function(s): Autonomous learning

CommonLit is a free digital library that offers over 2000 literary reading passages such as poems, short stories or informational texts in English and Spanish. Teachers can plan their lessons, download PDF documents and assign questions. Texts are organised by topics or units. Using a filter option, teachers can find a suitable text for their classes. When picking a text, users can visualise different tools for teachers, including related media such as videos, pre-reading worksheets and other resources, paired texts according to topics, answer keys and a parent guide. Students can also use different features such as the read-aloud option, a translation tool that currently translates texts into 27 languages or highlighting options. Teachers can grade assignments, track students' performance and respond to their notes. CommonLit is fully integrated into Google Classroom. Evaluation: A valuable and useful reading tool for teachers and students of English and Spanish. It helps teachers find fitting readings for their students, easily organise their reading lessons, test their students’ reading comprehension abilities, and track their students’ progress. CommonLit offers different additional tools that can support classes and facilitate communication between teachers and students.

Cost: Free with registration for teachers, parents, and students

Website: https://www.commonlit.org/

  

Categories

Type Of Interaction

Skills

  • Reading

Content

  • Website/other users supply

Usability

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

Straightforward, intuitive

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

English, Spanish

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

Medium. It collects user information and shares some of it with third parties, although it does not allow third-party advertising. It allows users to opt-out of sharing certain information, among others. User data is processed in the United States. Commonlit’s privacy policy elaborates on security and explains the procedure followed in case of a data breach. It reminds teachers and educators that parental consent is required before asking students to create an account. It does not mention explicit compliance with the GDPR. See more here.

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

Yes, with an account.

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, according to content type, genre, grade, theme, language.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

No. Creating an account provides access to additional features

Compatibility/ Operating System

All operating systems

Other technical requirements


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Principal Functions
Type Of Interaction
Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
Individual work
Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)

Skills
Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
Vocabulary
Grammar
Pronunciation
Intercultural

Content
You supply
Website/other users supply

 


Latest addition to the ICT-REV inventory

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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