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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): Crossword puzzle creatorsGame apps

Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generator for teachers and students. With this tool, users can create and print word searches, criss-cross, maths puzzles, and many more. It is very quick and easy to use. Personalised lists of words can be added to then let Puzzlemaker generate the selected puzzle type. Evaluation: Puzzlemaker is a very simple, yet effective puzzle generator. It offers a variety of puzzles to create, allowing teachers and students to make puzzles for a fun activity. Users can select to make an easier or harder puzzle. There is no need to register with the site. The only drawback would be having to immediately download the created puzzles so as not to lose them.

Cost: Free

Website: https://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/



Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work


  • Vocabulary


  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply


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?

Medium. Puzzlemaker can be used without setting up an account and thus without providing user information. However, it collects various types of cookies and shares this information with third parties for operational purposes. Puzzlemaker does not sell data to third parties. It also displays advertisements on its website, although this does not seem to be targeted. Puzzlemaker mentions reasonable security measures. It does not state compliance with the GDPR. See more 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)

Yes, you create any puzzle you want from scratch





Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

All operating systems

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 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. ... View details

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