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Principal function(s): Poll and survey creatorsQuiz/exercise makers
Socrative is a free student response system. Teachers can set up quizzes or team quiz "races" and students can submit responses instantly on their phones or computers. Results can be displayed named or anonymously and may also be published as Google spreadsheets. It is free for a class with up to 50 students.
Evaluation: Socrative is a product that gives teachers the ability to ask questions and get feedback from each student almost immediately. Questions such as T/F, multiple choice, and others give teachers the opportunity to quickly assess progress during a lesson and check for understanding at the end of it. The product is cloud-based and free, which means students can access it using any device. The company provides a database of existing quizzes and questions and a venue where teachers can share created resources in their "garden" of homemade quizzes. The results of the teacher's query can be displayed live in the classroom to facilitate student discussion. Results can also be displayed in an Excel file.
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
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
Web and iOS/Android apps
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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