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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): 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. 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

Website: https://bubbl.us/


Best practice

Brainstorming and vocabulary expansion. Try using it during a class discussion or prior to a free-speaking or reading activity.


Type Of Interaction

  • Individual work
  • Individual work
  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)


  • Writing


  • You supply


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

Straightforward, intuitive

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 only

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

High. Bubbl.us collects only essential information required for account creation and communication and does not share it with third parties for any purpose. Its privacy policy is concise and transparent, and it states how users can exercise their rights such as data erasure. It also elaborates on data encryption. While Bubbl.us does not explicitly mention GDPR or other data protection laws, it outlines security measures and user rights that align with GDPR principles. 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)

Medium. Users can create mind maps with their own content and edit them according to several editing features.





Technical requirements

Installation required?


Compatibility/ Operating System

All operating systems.

Other technical requirements


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


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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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