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Principal function(s): File sharing/syncingWebsite/app creators
A wiki-based tool to create web pages, share files, manage projects and collaborate with other users. Teachers can use it for classroom management and teamwork. Teachers can add students without email accounts. A free, basic account allows up to 100 students to use it.
Evaluation: A collaborative tool that can foster students’ teamwork. It also can be a time-saving tool for teachers when it comes to managing projects, assessing student performance, and communicating with students on one single platform. Advanced IT skills are required for its use.
Cost: Free with registration+ paid premium plans
Wiki warm-up - training activity
Business trip to a foreign country
Writing letters to pen pals
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
Medium, high learning curve
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. PB Works gathers personal information such as email addresses, full names, and billing information. It also collects cookies and displays third-party advertisements on its website. Users on PB Works can decide to set their virtual space as private. Its policy mentions that it has implemented reasonable security measures to protect user data. The policy indicates that users can modify or delete their Personal Data through their profiles on the site, which provides a level of user control. Users can also get to know by filling a form, although this functionality seems to be disabled as of 08/10/2023. PB Works states compliance with the GDPR. See more 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
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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