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 'Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning' (ICT-REV) project of the European Centre for Modern Languages project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with sound pedagogical criteria in mind. Read more

Visual Thesaurus

A visual dictionary. If you type in a word in the search box, its synonyms, antonyms, and related words will appear in the form of a mind map. If you click on a word that’s on the mind map, the map recreates itself to view words that are related to the chosen word. Registration needed for a 14-day free trial.

Evaluation: A useful tool for teachers, students, researchers and writers. For visual learners, this is a perfect dictionary tool. There is a tab called “education”, and you can find lesson plans using Visual Thesaurus, or find articles about teaching with technology. A great resource, but limited for free access to only 14 days. Very basic IT skills required for the use of the thesaurus.
 
Cost: Free trial + Paid premium plans

Website: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Type of interaction
  • Individual work
Content
  • Website/other users supply
Language skills
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple and intuitive
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Multilinguality: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Strong
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes (it is possible to save word maps)
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) Tailorability (If so, how?) Low

Interactivity

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatability/Operating System: Windows, Mac
Other tech requirements: None
 
 
 

Example(s) of how teachers/students use this tool

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