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 collect, organise, cite, and share articles, papers or websites on one platform. It accepts a wider variety of forms of information (websites, papers, news articles, videos, audio, etc.) to store and sort out. It is also linked to the search engine of internet browsers, rendering the storing process easy and fast. It needs to be installed for use. It can be viewed without having Internet access.
Evaluation: A useful tool for researching information on the Internet, storing and organising the results. A time-saver for teachers to sort out teaching materials, and for students to organise materials for projects. The sharing feature may facilitate collaborative research. Useful for researchers as a citation tool. A good tutorial or introduction is needed before use. Advanced IT skills are required.
Cost: Free with registration + paid premium plans
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Not too complex yet it may take a while to get familiar with all the functions
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
High (once users get the hang of it)
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
English only (except for the documentation page where how-to guides are established in multiple languages by users in the form of wiki)
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)
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Mac, Linux
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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