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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

Audacity ☆

Principal function(s): Audio recording

A tool for recording and editing sound files. It is free and open source. Among others, Audacity allows the editing of multi-track audio. Evaluation: A valuable tool for numerous audio-based tasks. It features many functions and may seem slightly complex at first. However, once the ‘how-to’ is mastered, using the software becomes relatively easy. Audacity lends itself to many engaging pedagogical and didactic usages. Educators can for example ask their pupils or students to create a recording about a topic of their liking and thus compel them to improve their speaking and pronunciation skills while working on a topic they are passionate about.

Cost: Free without registration. Requires installation for its use.

Website: https://www.audacityteam.org/

  

Best practice

Photostory/Photoalbum and audio comment
Creating a novel-based ‘movie trailer’
Audacity-based task
Task based on a song in French as the target language
A digital story – travelling
Biography

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work

Skills

  • Speaking

Content

  • You supply

Usability

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

Complex at first, relatively easy to use afterwards.

Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task

Low at the beginning, high once the principles of working with Audacity are mastered.

Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to

English + 33 additional languages supported + tutorial files in several different languages

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

Very high. IP addressed in anonymised, personal information is neither stored nor shared. Data collection is restrained to the necessary only, Audacity’s privacy policy shows an understanding of data security, and there is an emphasis on user content and control. Audacity complies with GDPR. See here.

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

Yes

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)

High. Users can mix, edit and tailor any kind of audio to their liking with the help of Audacity's features.

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

Yes

Compatibility/ Operating System

Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux

Other technical requirements

Microphone, speakers


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

Skills
Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
Vocabulary
Grammar
Pronunciation
Intercultural

Content
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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