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Principal function(s): Collaborative writingMind mapping
A tool to create and edit mind maps. Users can change the font, size of letters, and many more. It does not require setting up an account, but it requires downloading for its use.
Evaluation: CMap ☆ is easy to use and has a professional-looking interface. It is highly customisable and can be operated offline. It can be convenient and practical for individual use by both students and teachers. It allows for synchronous map editing, facilitating effective and time-efficient group work outside the classroom. Average IT skills are required for the installation and use of CMap.
Cost: Free without registration
Brainstorming and vocabulary expansion
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
English and at least 15 other languages, Japanese, Basque, Greek included
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
High. CMap collects users’ data but does not share it with third parties for purposes of advertising or marketing. This aligns with the principle of data minimisation. Its data policy mentions users’ ability to withdraw permission for data processing. The policy mentions that data is processed by staff in the UK and that data hosting and maintenance may occur outside the European Economic Area (EEA). CMap complies with the GDPR. See 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)
Medium. Users can create mind maps with any content they desire and edit them according to CMap’s editing features.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Mac, OS X, iPad, 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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