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Principal function(s): Mind mapping
Bubbl.us is a web-based tool that allows users to create, save, and share mind maps. Users can collaborate with others in real time, customise their mind maps, and export them. Bubbl.us can be used by individuals, teams, and educators for brainstorming, organising ideas, project planning, and studying. In its free version, it allows users to create up to three mind maps. Bubbl.us requires setting up an account but no installation is required. Bubbl.us is developed and maintained by Bubbl.us Inc.
Evaluation: Bubbl.us can be a useful and valuable tool since it offers visual support for language learning and teaching. For example, learners can place relevant vocabulary on a mind map and highlight relationships between concepts in an intuitive manner. This can foster creativity and critical thinking, as well as brainstorming when working in groups. Teachers can employ Bubbl.us to visually represent complex topics and facilitate discussions. Basic IT skills are required for its use.
Cost: Free with registration + paid premium plans
Brainstorming and vocabulary expansion. Try using it during a class discussion or prior to a free-speaking or reading activity.
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)
Medium. Users can create mind maps with their own content and edit them according to several editing features.
Compatibility/ Operating System
All operating systems.
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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