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21 Good iPad Apps for Middle School Teachers to Try This Summer Gr 6- 8 - iPad Apps for School

21 Good iPad Apps for Middle School Teachers to Try This Summer  Gr 6- 8 - iPad Apps for School | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

"The summer is a great time to explore new-to-you iPad apps that you might want to add to the iPads that you have in your classroom. Each day this week I’m going to share a selection of apps appropriate for four ranges of pre-K-12 grades. On Monday I shared 21 apps for Pre-K through 2nd grade. Yesterday, I shared apps 3rd through 5th grade students. Today’s list features apps for grades six through eight. "


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Jackie Lerch's curator insight, June 7, 2014 8:51 PM

Middle schoolers !!!

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Web Design: Page Layout for Course Redesign

Web Design: Page Layout for Course Redesign | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 28, 1:23 PM

Short, simple, and on-target advice for laying out your online course pages. Follow these guidelines to demonstrate an understanding of web design, UDL, and Accessibility. 

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 29, 11:09 AM

Good suggestions.Less is more.

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Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Despite cautionary tales of teens and social networks, students have a lot to gain from incorporating what they learn in their personal digital space to the classroom.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 25, 10:22 AM

Interesting article.

junewall's curator insight, March 28, 12:50 AM

David Price talked about these "Do it's" recently in relation to the whole concept of open learning. Perhaps use them as a check-list to see what you currently include in your teaching?

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Best Apps and Websites for the Flipped Classroom

Best Apps and Websites for the Flipped Classroom | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Be less of a teacher and more of a mentor by turning traditional lecture-based instruction on its head. This list of resources -- everything from interactive practice sets to instructional videos to whiteboard tools -- help students learn new things at home, freeing up classroom time for...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 23, 2:13 PM

I'm a huge fan of Common Sense and this page is yet another great tool to share with your teachers interested in flipping their classrooms. Not all are free but this is a good list that will get you started.

ClaireM's curator insight, March 24, 1:28 PM

This site provides a list of apps that are helpful for students of all ages. Since most students today, no matter how old, have smart phones these apps can be useful for them in learning their materials for any class.

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Ripped Apart - An iPad App About the Civil War - iPad Apps for School

Ripped Apart - An iPad App About the Civil War - iPad Apps for School | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Ripped Apart is a free iPad app from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The app is a game in which students play the role of a Smithsonian intern tasked with examining documents and photographs in order to determine where they came from and what they say about the Civil War. Through the game students will learn learn about significant people in the Antebellum and Civil War eras. Students will learn about leading abolitionists, secessionists, and officers on both sides of the Civil War. As they move through the game students will add notes in the app. Those notes should help them solve the mysteries in the game.

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The shocking differences in basic body language around the world

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The body speaks volumes. But what it says depends on the culture you're in.

 

Tags: culture, infographic, worldwide.


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 25, 12:17 PM

unit 3

Norka McAlister's curator insight, March 25, 9:14 PM

People say that actions speak louder than words. However, as far as body language is concerned, actions can possess different meanings in other parts of the world. As a result, some things are better expressed through annunciation than action. It is interesting to consider the many ways body language is interpreted in different countries.  For example, for business purposes, people need to be well versed in the culture of the country and their current business practices. Otherwise, there could be harmful consequences in regards to the economy. In some countries, body language means different things in different regions. This is why it is important for people to be conscious about the culture and appropriate etiquette in different countries.

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, Today, 6:43 AM

Thanks, non verbal comunication is always interesting.

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12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations

12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations Presentations have an important place in the corporate world. Whether presenting product releases or quarterly year reports, a nicely designed presentation captivates the audience. It increases the audience's interaction and interest. A well weaved narration of information in form of a presentation, can instill life to a plain and boring topic as well.

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Aaron Oo Chun Yi's curator insight, March 24, 4:27 AM

Sweet!

donhornsby's curator insight, March 26, 8:39 AM

I was aware of (and used) Prezi - but I haven't heard of the others on this list. 

 

 

(From the article): Presentations have an important place in the corporate world. Whether presenting product releases or quarterly year reports, a nicely designed presentation captivates the audience. It increases the audience’s interaction and interest.  A well weaved narration of information in form of a presentation, can instill life to a plain and boring topic as well.

Apart from the corporate world, presentations are used in education as well. Teachers use presentations to deliver information that is successfully incorporated with videos and pictures, thus grabbing the attention of the students and enriching the learning process along the way.

While its hard to replace professional presentation designers, here is a list of some powerful tools that would help you to create interactive presentations in case of the absence of professional help.

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50 Resources For Teaching With iPads - Te@chThought

50 Resources For Teaching With iPads - Te@chThought | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
So we thought we’d start an ongoing collection–that is, one that is updated to reflect trends and changes–of the best resources for teaching with the iPad.

This will include resources from all of the best sources, from Apple’s own stuff to TeachThought to edutopia to MindShift to DMLCentral to Jackie Gerstein and more. We can update it, or make it a wiki to crowdsource the process, or you can add suggestions in the comments below. Based on the activity of the comments, and the sharing of the post, we’ll decide how to handle it moving forward.

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adartshaw's curator insight, October 15, 2014 7:46 AM

Lots of good articles!

Brian Romero Smith's curator insight, October 15, 2014 2:27 PM

Great resource for a 1:1 iPad classroom/school. However, this is a great model for any 1:1 setup. You truly need to consider the Teacher/Student/Parent paradigm when deciding on applications that enhance the learning environment. Where there is not workflow vision the people will perish. 

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 9, 2:40 AM

Je crois toujours que les tablets sont le futur pour l'enseignement supérieur. Un des problèmes sont de trouver les outils qui servent vos objectifs pédagogiques. Cette article peut aider.

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Where Edtech Can Help: 10 Most Powerful Uses of Technology for Learning - InformED

Where Edtech Can Help: 10 Most Powerful Uses of Technology for Learning - InformED | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

"Regardless of whether you think every infant needs an iPad, I think we can all agree that technology has changed education for the better. Today’s learners now enjoy easier, more efficient access to information; opportunities for extended and mobile learning; the ability to give and receive immediate feedback; and greater motivation to learn and engage.

We now have programs and platforms that can transform learners into globally active citizens, opening up countless avenues for communication and impact. Thousands of educational apps have been designed to enhance interest and participation. Course management systems and learning analytics have streamlined the education process and allowed for quality online delivery.

But if we had to pick the top ten, most influential ways technology has transformed education, what would the list look like? The following things have been identified by educational researchers and teachers alike as the most powerful uses of technology for learning. Take a look."


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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, March 3, 9:00 AM

I think they should be able to do both discuss their learning  and learn to choose the best app from their digital tool kits to get the job done.

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36 Visual Content Creation Tools the Pros Can't Live Without

36 Visual Content Creation Tools the Pros Can't Live Without | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
We asked 19 Social Media Pros to share their Top Visual Content Creation Tools. Here are 36 of their top tools and a handy cheat sheet for the Top 5.

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Xavier Lambert's curator insight, February 23, 10:03 PM

#Canva Superstar :-)

ruthschapira's curator insight, February 27, 7:49 AM

Best  list culled from experts

connie butcher's curator insight, March 4, 11:38 AM

Great "Scoops" on your sheet!!!!

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How To Put A YouTube Video In PowerPoint

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This is your SUPER GUIDE for putting YouTube videos into PowerPoint! Follow the links below to find the tutorial for your version of PowerPoint...OR...slowly scroll down the page to learn some adva...

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Kristie's curator insight, March 8, 12:06 PM

Tips on how to embed a YouTube video into a PowerPoint presentation along with a trouble shooting guide.

Nedko Aldev's curator insight, March 16, 9:08 AM

 

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David Bravo Ortiz's curator insight, March 23, 3:02 PM

Really useful!

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Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader

Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

If you own an e-reader you often can only buy e-books from the bookstore that is bundled on your device. Many of the budget e-readers out there don’t even have a bookstore that is accessible by users and many people are left to fend for themselves to load content on it.

Here is a comprehensive free e-book resource catalog online. All of these books are hardware agnostic, which means they are not locked by DRM (Digital Rights Management). All you have to do is simply download a title and load in via the USB cable from your computer to your e-reader. Many of these sites also provide the books in more than one format, so they will work with your Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony e-reader and hundreds of others.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 17, 9:55 AM

Great resource, and it's free!

Paul Mendelsohn's curator insight, February 18, 11:52 AM

Here is a cool one for all my Kindle toting friends - a comprehensive list of sources for free e-books.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, February 19, 11:20 AM

Great resource for BYOD schools who want to create a level playing field for all students with all devices.

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Stuck? Four Fab Ways To Find Your Story

Stuck? Four Fab Ways To Find Your Story | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
In the beginning, finding good stories is difficult. If only because your brain keeps saying, “I can’t tell stories.” or “I’m not a storyteller.” Trust me; if you are breathing you tell stories. Th...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 16, 1:51 PM

Colleague Annette Simmons, author of several ground breaking books on business storytelling, has written this terrific post helping anyone get unstuck about their stories.


This article goes hand-in-hand with another post I curated last week from colleague Shawn Callahan on spotting stories.


What I love about this post is how Simmons starts off -- with the hidden fear we all have about storytelling. She then gives clear directions for finding your stories that will get you over that hump.


Hey, even I freeze up when someone out of the blue asks, "So tell me one of your stories". I like all of Simmon's 4 buckets and use them to break up that frozen place I sometimes find myself in.


Enjoy this post and get story-ing!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it


A.K.Andrew's curator insight, February 18, 11:22 AM

Always good to have new ways to jumpstart your work

 

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, February 20, 10:12 AM

Like it...

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5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson.

As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Skype

 


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Jen Pollard's curator insight, March 15, 4:40 PM

Skype is a great tool to use in learning as it provides real time engagement with experts. This a great article with ideas about thinking outside of the box when integrating Skype. 

Phil Hobrla's curator insight, March 16, 8:04 PM

Microsoft recently showcased a new Skype feature that allows for real-time, two-way, voice translation! This feature will make the Skype Cultural Exchange even more extensible and will allow those who use Skype for non-native language acquisition to have in-depth conversations, in their own languages, about their progress and issues in their learning. 

Henry Lee's curator insight, March 16, 9:25 PM

Rescooped from Sarah Kozlowski. This make distance learning possible for virtual classrooms. While this setup up isn't ideal for a lot of virtual classroom setups, it can work as a low-tech solution.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Two New Apps That Are Great for Recording Audio Interviews

Free Technology for Teachers: Two New Apps That Are Great for Recording Audio Interviews | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
This week I tested two new apps for recording audio interviews. Both of these apps can be used by students without creating any kind of new online accounts. Neither one is entirely perfect, but they're both quite good.

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10 Good iPad Apps for Doodling, Drawing and Sketching - EdTech & MLearning

10 Good iPad Apps for Doodling, Drawing and Sketching - EdTech & MLearning | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

"Do you like doodling? How about some iPad apps to help you create beautiful doodles? The collection below features some interesting applications you can use on your iOS devices to help you carry out a variety of things that include: doodling using different colours, text and fonts, drawing using simple and powerful tools, sketching out your ideas, and sharing your productions in real time."


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Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, March 26, 12:49 PM

añada su visión ...

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3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tutorial - Create a Flipped Video Lesson with TedEd - YouTube

This entry in the "3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip" video series shows how easy it is to 'flip' any YouTube video with the structured tool set provided at ed.ted.com. These lessons can be public or private, and the easy to use tools let teachers add associated content, a brief quiz, and online discussions associate with the video that is the focus point of the lesson. TedEd is totally free, and teachers get summary feedback on lesson views, quiz results, discussions, etc.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 11:59 AM

Learn how to build a video lesson in just three minutes. Good ideas don't have to be complex. Take advantage of TedEd features to keep your flipping classroom rolling! 8-)

Sacra Jáimez's curator insight, March 30, 3:49 AM

Tutoria de sólo 3 minutos para elaborar una clase o varias a partir de vídeos. Nosotros ponemos el enfoque metodológico y los objetivos didácticos, TeEd pone la aplicación en la que encajar todo ¡Magnífica!

Maria Sara de Lasa's curator insight, March 30, 10:59 AM

how to exploit TEd ed wit youTube videos

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Boy Oh Boy, Christmas Has Come Early For Teachers With The New StoryCorps Mobile App! - @LarryFerlazzo

Boy Oh Boy, Christmas Has Come Early For Teachers With The New StoryCorps Mobile App! - @LarryFerlazzo | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Anyone who’s every listened to NPR is probably familiar with StoryCorps, and I’ve published several posts sharing their resources.

 

They just unveiled a new free mobile app at the TED Conference that allows anyone to record an interview with anyone and upload it their new site, StoryCorps.me. They have both iPhone and Android versions, and they’re great!


The app provides multiple suggestions for questions, depending on who you are interviewing (you can also add your own). It’s a perfect tool for having students interview their parents, grandparents or other older family members (which also makes it easy to ensure students have parental consent — by the way, their policy states users must be over 13). It’s super-simple to use. Of course, classmates could also interview others, as long as teachers had parental permission."


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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, March 20, 3:46 AM

Record interviews about people's lives and pass wisdom from one generation to the next

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Online PDF tools for PDF lovers

Online PDF tools for PDF lovers | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
iLovePDF is an online service to work with PDF files completely free and easy to use. Merge PDF, split PDF, compress PDF, office to PDF, PDF to JPG and more!

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Classroom Resources - The iPad in Higher Education

Classroom Resources - The iPad in Higher Education | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
This site addresses the utility and potential of iPads for higher education faculty and administration who seek practical resources for effective use in the classroom. The site focuses on tools and strategies that can be adapted for use in the more highly-specialized university classroom, while still maximizing the usefulness of the iPad as a creative tool for those whose computer skills cover a wide range of levels.

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Jimena Acebes Sevilla's curator insight, March 6, 11:10 PM

Recursos para usar el iPad en educación.

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FREE iBook: Using QR Codes to Energize Lessons & Differentiate Instruction - ClassTechTips.com

FREE iBook: Using QR Codes to Energize Lessons & Differentiate Instruction - ClassTechTips.com | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
I’m so excited to announce that today my iBook Using QR Codes to Energize Lessons & Differentiate Instruction: Actionable Tips for Your Classroom & Beyond is now absolutely free!

This iBook includes multimedia content that will help you get started using powerful scannable technology in your classroom!

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John Evans's comment, March 12, 3:50 PM
mrsjgarcia - It says it is free when you follow the link but in iTunes mine says $9.99 (Canadian)
mrsjgarcia's comment, March 12, 4:41 PM
Thanks John, It may be free in the US store. I am in El Salvador and I know that in the past there are big differences between the stores in Canada, the USA and here. Thanks for the feedback..
Sample Student's comment, March 12, 5:52 PM
Disappointing to find it is $10.99 in the Australian store.
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StockSnap.io - Beautiful Free Stock Photos

StockSnap.io - Beautiful Free Stock Photos | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
The #1 source for beautiful free stock photos. High quality and high resolution images free from all copyright restrictions - no attribution required.

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Sharrock's curator insight, March 3, 1:50 PM

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Great collection of images for materials or students' projects. All CC and free even for commercial use.

Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, March 12, 11:55 PM

Pour trouver de belles photos libres de droits et gratuites.

Lee Hall's curator insight, March 13, 3:02 PM

The first place to look for stock photos for projects.

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Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro

Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Moovly is an online tool that allows you to create animated videos, tutorials, explainers, presentations, infographics, video clips, display ads or e-cards.

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, March 2, 5:57 AM

Wonderful online tool.

Gust MEES's curator insight, March 18, 12:59 PM

Moovly is an online tool that allows you to create animated videos, tutorials, explainers, presentations, infographics, video clips, display ads or e-cards.


Filomena Gomes's curator insight, March 20, 10:26 PM
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a really useful tool. It's run on a freemium model. The free version allows for the unlimited creation of videos up to 10mins long at 480p.

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Global storytelling with a green screen and iPads

Global storytelling with a green screen and iPads | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Send your students around the world to tell their stories These 6th graders found a way to do some digital global storytelling with a green screen and their iPads.

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Julie Lindsay's curator insight, February 25, 3:13 PM

Interesting applications for cross-school & global sharing

Scott Besterman's curator insight, February 27, 8:42 AM

The use of green screens is a fun and effective way of "visually" bringing the outside world into your video stories.

Pauline denis's curator insight, March 23, 11:31 AM

It's a new way to show a presentation and also "why not" to do a virtual travel all around the world!

 

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Wideo - Make animated online videos free

Wideo - Make animated online videos free | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Make a video online with wideo! Create professional marketing videos. Try out our video templates. Create explainer videos.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 17, 1:43 AM
Make a video online with wideo! Create professional marketing videos. Try out our video templates. Create explainer videos.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-tools-for-teaching-people-and-learners/?tag=animation


Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, February 17, 4:26 PM

One example of online video creation.

Alison Rostetter's curator insight, February 21, 12:54 PM

I'm always on the lookout for a good, easy-to-use video/animation maker as 'home-made' videos often inject some life into grammar and, when you learn something with pictures, I think it makes the learning more memorable.

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Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader

Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.

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Trent Online's curator insight, February 18, 4:00 PM

An excellent grammar-checking and grammar-advice tool

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 18, 9:10 PM

I'll have to try this new service. 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, February 25, 3:11 AM

..always handy when writing :)