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): Citation managers
A tool to find, organise, read and annotate research articles, books, and more. Users can collaborate with one another and share research material. Data is automatically synced with all devices (computers, mobile devices) online. It has browser and application versions.
Evaluation: A useful way for teachers and students to organise research papers. It can be used primarily with advanced learners since it is suitable for research projects. The sharing feature may facilitate collaborative research. Substantial IT skills are required.
Cost: Free with registration + paid premium plans
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
English only. However, there are several citation styles in dozens of languages.
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
High. Elsevier, which owns Mendeley, collects personal data but claims to do so only to facilitate efficiency and productivity in research. The policy mentions that precautions are taken to safeguard personal information through technical and organizational measures. Users are informed that they can access and update their information directly through the service. Elsevier mentions users' rights to request access, correction, deletion, or data portability, providing some degree of user control. It does not explicitly mention compliance with the GDPR but yes EU legislation. See here.
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)
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Mac, Linux, 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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