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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
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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


Principal function(s): Word cloud creators

WordClouds is an online tool for generating word clouds from text. Users can input text or upload a document into the interface, customise various aspects of the word cloud such as fonts, colours, shape and size, and create visually appealing word cloud images. WordClouds can also generate clickable word clouds with links, or image maps, that can later be saved as images and shared online. WordClouds is free to use and does not require users to sign up for an account. WordClouds is developed by Zygomatic, which also operates Tony Tool. Evaluation: WordClouds is a useful and easy-to-use tool to visualise text or highlight keywords and phrases. It can help analysing text and identifying important words, being useful for vocabulary acquisition. Teachers can also employ WordClouds to create visually appealing content for presentations or blog entries, or underline the most relevant words of a text, poem, or a song and use it to spark a classroom discussion. WordClouds is also quite versatile since it supports different languages, shapes, colours, and fonts
Why not use it for highlighting the most important words of a text, poem or a song or use it as a prompt for a classroom discussion?

Cost: Free without registration

Website: https://www.wordclouds.com/



Type Of Interaction

  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)


  • Vocabulary


  • You supply


Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface

Straightforward, slightly old-fashioned.

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, French, German, Spanish, and Dutch.

Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?

Medium. Zygomatic, WordClouds developer, collects data such as IP addresses, internet browser and device information. The purpose of this data collection is primarily to ensure the functioning and security of the website and other legitimate purposes. Zygomatic allows advertising and shares data with third parties who may use this data to displays personalised ads. For that, however, users have to accept cookies. In case they do not, users are shown non-targeted ads. Zygomatic mentions taking appropriate security measures to protect personal data, and retains personal data for as long as users are registered or visit the site, or for a maximum of 26 months. It acknowledges users’ right to access, modify or delete their data, as well as request data exports. Wordclouds does not explicitly state compliance with the GDPR. See more here.

Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction

Yes, users can save and share word clouds.

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)






Technical requirements

Installation required?

Compatibility/ Operating System

Other technical requirements

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Principal Functions
Type Of Interaction
Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
Individual work
Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)


You supply
Website/other users supply


Latest addition to the ICT-REV inventory

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 different languages. 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 in English, French, Japanese, Italian, German, and Spanish. Playphrase is free to use and does not require setting up an account for use. ... View details

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