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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


ShakeSpeak is a voting tool that can be used during lectures to interact with your students. After downloading the software, the teacher adds questions to a Powerpoint slide. During the actual presentation, the audience is invited to respond using their mobile phones or laptops. They can ‘vote’ on multiple choice questions or type in answers to open questions. Responses are received (anonymously or not) via SMS or internet, and are published in real time on the presenter's screen. Results can be downloaded after the presentation. Free for an audience up to 20 people.

Evaluation: Shakespeak is accessed via the PowerPoint toolbar, where users can select the option to add a vote or message slide. The questions and answers are created in PowerPoint and inserted as slides into the PowerPoint deck. The audience can respond to a question by either texting a number, tweeting with a specified hashtag, or by submitting an answer on the Shakespeak website using a code. Responses are recorded via the online Shakespeak platform, and automatically fed back to the presenter, who, depending on the type of question slide, can select which responses to publish, or reveal the results as a poll. Users must be connected to the internet to work with Shakespeak, and it is recommended that presenters have a second monitor set up to manage responses.

Cost: Free without registration + Paid premium plan

Website: https://www.shakespeak.com/



Principal function(s)
  • Question/answer management
  • Quiz maker
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply


User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Interface language(s): n/a
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Strong
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes
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) Tailorability (If so, how?) High


Engagement: High
Collaboration: High
Communication: High

Technical requirements

Installation required? Yes
Compatibility/Operating System: Windows
Other tech requirements: Office 2007 or higher, Excel

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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