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Mobento: a video learning platform

Mobento: a video learning platform | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Mobento is a video streaming and search service. Mobento focuses on the following three areas. 1) Storage: scalable storage that is secure and reliable, so institutions no longer need hardware and support staff. 2) Management: management System that makes it easy to manage video content, allowing content creators to focus on quality. 3) Access: Mobento has a video search solution that finds words spoken in a video and enables users to watch only the relevant points.

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Science Fun at Home and School

Science Fun at Home and School | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Scifun.org, written by a University of Wisconsin chemistry professor, features twenty-five fun and safe science experiments that can be performed with household items. The experiments introduce students to basic chemistry concepts through fun, hands-on activity. In addition to providing detailed directions for conducting each experiment, Science is Fun provides an explanation of the chemistry at work in each experiment. Complementing the experiments are easy-to-understand explanations of many chemicals and elements on the periodic table.

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A free Speech to Text App for Chrome

A free Speech to Text App for Chrome | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Online Dictation is a free site that will transcribe your speech for you. To use the site just visit it, click on the microphone icon, and start talking. If the transcription inserts the wrong word (for example it inserted “number” instead of “mumble” when I tried it) just click on that word to replace it. You can copy the transcript and paste it anywhere you like.

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Knowmia – Create and watch video lessons

Knowmia – Create and watch video lessons | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Knowmia is a website and an iPad app for creating, sharing, and viewing video lessons. The website portion of Knowmia is a collection of videos made by teachers for students. There are roughly 7,000 videos in the Knowmia collection right now. Many of the videos are pulled from YouTube while others are hosted on Knowmia. The videos are arranged by subject and topic. Registered teachers can upload and tag their own videos.

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WebKlipper: annotate web pages

WebKlipper: annotate web pages | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

WebKlipper allows you to easily annotate web pages with virtual post-it notes and a highlighter. Once you enter the page URL, WebKlipper will open the site with a menu bar displayed at the bottom. It then generates a unique URL that you can share with the rest of your team members. Once they open this URL, they will see the page with your annotations. When you’ve created your Klip, you’re also able to edit both its title and its unique URL. By selecting a piece of text and clicking ‘Highlight,’ it gives the selected text a yellow background. Once created, comments can be resized and repositioned. By clicking ‘Share,’ you can share the URL of the annotated page via e-mail or directly through Twitter and Facebook. In the menu bar is the link to Notifications, which are a quick and easy way of keeping track of updates on a Klip. Once you add yourself to the notification list for the selected Klip, you’ll start getting e-mails from the creator and modifiers of it. You are also able to view the original page and the different versions of the Klip for quick access to its version history. WebKlipper also allows you to annotate images and PDFs by uploading these to its website.

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Todaysmeet: create a room instantly

Todaysmeet: create a room instantly | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
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Creative Commons license chooser

Creative Commons license chooser | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Creative Commons licensing can be a good way to explicitly state the terms by which people can use and re-use your creative written, audio, and visual works. But selecting the license that is right for you can be confusing. The new interactive Creative Commons license chooser helps you select the right license for your work. To select the right license for your work just answer a few questions and a license will be recommended to you.

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Monosnap: screenshoting made easy

Monosnap: screenshoting made easy | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Monosnap is a new, free screen capture tool for Mac users. Monosnap is advertising that they will soon offer it for Windows, Android, and iOS too. To get started download Monosnap from the Mac store. Once installed you can use Monosnap to capture a portion or all of your screen. One neat option is to capture your screen after a ten second delay. After capturing your screen you can draw on your image, type on it, or highlight portions of the screen capture image. You can save your screen captures on your computer or upload them to a free Monosnap account.

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Use Sound Gecko to Listen to the Web

Use Sound Gecko to Listen to the Web | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Sound Gecko is a free service that turns text articles into MP3 files. Using Sound Gecko you can take an article from a website, paste its URL into Sound Gecko, and then listen to a reading of that article. The conversion isn’t instantaneous, but it is relatively quick. You do have to enter an email address in order to get the MP3 file. To remove the copy and paste part of the process you can install the Sound Gecko Chrome extension.

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Write Interactive Stories on Inkle Writer

Write Interactive Stories on Inkle Writer | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Inkle Writer provides a platform on which you can write “choose your own adventure” style stories. On Inkle Writer you write each paragraph (or less) as an independent piece that you can connect to other pieces of your story. You can take the story into many directions then piece them together from your menu of paragraphs. While trying Inkle Writer it struck me as being a bit like Playfic. The difference between the two is that Inkle Writer has a much more visual interface for constructing stories.

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WeVideo is a collaborative online video creation tool

WeVideo is a collaborative online video creation tool | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

WeVideo is a collaborative online video creation tool. In the video editor you can upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. The video editor provides tools for trimming the length of display and or sound of each element you add to your video project. What makes WeVideo collaborative is that you can invite other people to create and edit with you. The WeVideo Google Drive app allows you to save all of your video projects in your Google Drive account. WeVideo also offers an Android app that students can use to capture images and video footage to add to their projects.

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w3Schools

w3Schools | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

w3Schools has long been my go-to place for quick directions when working in HTML. If I get stuck while working on a project, a quick visit to w3Schools usually reveals the help I need to get past a stumbling block. If you’re brand new to writing HTML start with the introductory sections of w3Schools to learn the basics.

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Codecademy

Codecademy | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Codecademy is a place where anyone can learn how to write code. Codecademy offers lessons in basic HTML and CSS. Codecademy’s lessons in basic HTML start with the very basics of explaining what HTML is, what it does, and how to write the basics. There are seven progressively more difficult lessons that students can work through on their own.

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Szoter: capture and annotate screenshots

Szoter: capture and annotate screenshots | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Szoter is a free online tool for annotating images that are stored on your computer. You can also use Szoter to capture and annotate screenshots. You can use Szoter on the web or download the Adobe Air version of it to run on your desktop. Either way you can upload images, draw on those images, and type on those images. When you’re done annotating and drawing on your images you can save them to your local computer or share them online through your favorite social networks. Szoter can also be used to capture your screen and create annotated screen captures.

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Share Bunches of Links With LinkBunch

Share Bunches of Links With LinkBunch | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

LinkBunch is a free service that you can use to quickly send a group of links to your friends, colleagues, and students. To use the service just visit LinkBunch, enter the links that you want to share, and click “Bunch.” When you click on “Bunch” you will be given a URL to share with anyone you want to see the links in your bunch. When someone clicks on the URL for your Bunch he or she will be able to open the links you bunched together.

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A Cheat Sheet for Mac keyboard shortcuts

A Cheat Sheet for Mac keyboard shortcuts | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

There are so many keyboard shortcuts throughout Mac OS X and it’s myriad of third party apps that it’s easy to forget them or get lost trying to memorize the sea of keystrokes for each app. This is whereCheatSheet will make your life easier, it’s a tiny free application that sits in the background waiting to be summoned from any app to instantly show all keyboard shortcuts for that application.

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Screenleap: instant screen sharing

Screenleap: instant screen sharing | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Screenleap makes sharing your computer screen simple. Allow as many people as you like to see your computer screen, with no downloads, account setup, or cost. 1) One-Click Sharing: click the button above and start sharing your screen in under 5 seconds! (Java required to share); 2) hassle-Free Viewing: view from any PC, tablet, or smartphone with a web browser (no software to download or install); 3) no Setup: allow as many people as you like to see your computer screens at once without needing to set up an account.

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Wayback Machine: a unique search tool

Wayback Machine: a unique search tool | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Wayback Machine is a unique search tool that allows students to search the history of the internet. By searching a specific website or URL, students can view the changes over time and how the website has progress and changed. This tool is helpful with identifying the validity of a site in question. Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. To start surfing the Wayback, type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select from the archived dates available. The resulting pages point to other archived pages at as close a date as possible. Keyword searching is not currently supported.

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Infogr.am

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Infogr.am is an online tool for creating interactive charts and graphs. Soon you will be able to create interactive infographic posters on Infogr.am too. There are four basic chart types that you can create on Infogr.am; bar, pie, line, and matrix. Each chart type can be edited to use any spreadsheet information that you want to upload to your Infogr.am account. The information in that spreadsheet will be displayed in your customized chart. When you place your cursor over your completed chart the spreadsheet information will appear in small pop-up window. Your Infogr.am charts can be embedded into your blog, website, or wiki.

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ToDoIst: task management tool

ToDoIst: task management tool | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

ToDoIst and its sister service WeDoIst are task management tools. Today, ToDoIst and WeDoIst released an update that enables users to manage their task lists online and offline. Now users can manage their task lists even without an Internet connection and when they reconnect to the web their changes are synched to their accounts.

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Speek: a free conference call service

Speek: a free conference call service | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Speek is a free conference call service. When you sign-up for Speek you create a URL for your conference call. Then enter the email addresses of the people that you want to join your call. When the recipient clicks the link and enters his or her phone number, Speek calls them and connects them to you and the rest of the conference. For now Speek only works in the United States and works best with less than ten callers.

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Readcube Offers Research Organization Tutorials

Readcube Offers Research Organization Tutorials | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

Readcube is a desktop tool (available for Mac and Windows) that aims to help students and teachers search and organize their research more effectively. This week Readcube launched Readcube Boot Camp to help users use Readcube better. Right now the Boot Camp has four video tutorials offering tips for searching, annotating, and organizing.

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Collaboratively Create Animations on This Exquisite Forest

Collaboratively Create Animations on This Exquisite Forest | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

This Exquisite Forest is an online art project developed by Tate Modern and Google. This Exquisite Forest is a site for collaboratively creating animated stories. The stories are called trees and the story starters are called seeds. There are ten public trees that you can make contributions to. You can also create your own seeds and invite others to grow a tree with you. To create your own seeds you do have to contribute to an existing tree first.

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Save Your Gmail Attachments in Google Drive

Save Your Gmail Attachments in Google Drive | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it

If you’re looking for an easy way to save and organize the PDF, Word, and other file attachments you receive in Gmail, try Gmail to Drive. Gmail Attachments to Drive is a Chrome extension that you can use to have your attachments automatically saved in your Google Drive account.

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Thimble

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Thimble is a free Mozilla product designed to help users learn how to write HTML and CSS. Thimble features a split screen on which you can write code and see how it works at the same time. On the left side of the screen you write your code and on the right side of the screen you instantly see what that code renders. The latest version of Thimble gives you the option to start from scratch or to modify sample projects. The sample projects include directions for writing code. If you write the code correctly, you will know right away. Likewise, if you don’t write the code correctly, you will know right away. Some of the sample projects you can work with include webpages, games, and avatars.

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