These criteria have been developed by teachers for teachers and provide essential information so that you can select appropriate applications and use them with your learners. You can search the inventory through the use of filters or keywords. All evaluated tools are freeware or have a free version, and many of them are presented with specific examples, suggested and tested by teachers, on how you could use them in your classroom. More tools will be added, so make sure to check back regularly!
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
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?
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.
No. Creating an account provides access to additional features
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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