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Recordable: easy screen recording on Android, no root required | recordable.mobi

Recordable: easy screen recording on Android, no root required | recordable.mobi | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Share your finest moments! Recordable is the easy way to create high quality screen recordings on your Android device.

  •     Simple to install and easy to use
  •     Records your audio and gestures
  •     Supports almost all tablets and phones
  •     Root not required



Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a useful tool if you need to record video tutorials for Android devices. It's not free, but reasonably priced at £3.50.


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MirrorOp

This looks like a useful tool for mirroring your Android device. Not free but reasonable at about $10

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a useful tool for mirroring your Android device. Not free but reasonable at about $10

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Classgap - Teach Online

Classgap - Teach Online | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

In our online learning space you'll be able to chat, use video and: upload and edit online documents, draw, correct exams and even share your screen. Once the lesson is over, you'll be able to download the edited documents. It's perfect to practise languages, do readings, writings, do exams, homework.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a useful platform if you want to set yourself up as a freelance teacher.

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Juan Fernández's curator insight, August 1, 1:46 PM

"This looks like a useful platform if you want to set yourself up as a freelance teacher."

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Screenmailer for Mac - Screen Recording and Screencasting made easy

Screenmailer for Mac - Screen Recording and Screencasting made easy | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

In a nutshell, Screenmailer is a great solution for sharing ideas with your peers, co-workers or friends. The app makes it really easy to record your screen, upload the screencasts to a safe server and share it with anyone. On top of this, the service is free.

Nik Peachey's insight:

A useful looking screencast recorder for MAC. Subscriptions start at $19 per month

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Teacher's Business Portal

Teacher's Business Portal | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

A professional webpage where you can send your
students and potential clients. Receive payments via credit or debit card through your Lingos profile and withdraw it directly to your bank account or PayPal.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a great tool for any freelance language teachers. There is a free account to set up a profile, but to get the best from it you would need a pro account, but the price for a year is very reasonable.

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Online Brainstorming and Planning. Add a sticky note and post it online with dot voting.

Online Brainstorming and Planning. Add a sticky note and post it online with dot voting. | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Stormboard is an online brainstorming and collaboration platform. The name comes from a combination of brainstorm and whiteboard.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a nice tool for getting students to think things out and collect ideas before class. You can use it for free with up to 5 users, but with more than that you need a license.

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Voxy - Learn a language from life

Voxy - Learn a language from life | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

We don’t believe learning should be based on static content, memorizing verb charts, grammar rules, or learning vocabulary words out of context. That’s why we create engaging exercises with authentic language used by native speakers. We don't write lessons for you, we curate real-world discourse and turn it into lessons adapted to your language level.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Voxy looks like a really great all round product to get students listening, reading and speaking. You can access it through any device, but the mobile app looks really great and it's one of the first I've seen that really seems to be drawing on the multimedia capabilities of mobile and tablet devices for language learning.

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Quick Idioms's curator insight, February 9, 2:08 PM
creating engaging exercises with authentic language
Aguilar Dominique's curator insight, February 26, 1:24 PM

Pour améliorer la compétence  LANGUE , anglais.

Juan Fernández's curator insight, August 1, 1:53 PM
Nik Peachey's insight: 

Voxy looks like a really great all round product to get students listening, reading and speaking. You can access it through any device, but the mobile app looks really great and it's one of the first I've seen that really seems to be drawing on the multimedia capabilities of mobile and tablet devices for language learning.

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Vocabulary Notebook | Your words, in your smartphone!

Vocabulary Notebook | Your words, in your smartphone! | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Forget about your messy paper notebook! Vocabulary Notebook is a revolutionary solution to study your vocabulary by means of a web and mobile application.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a complete LMS solution to help schools and teachers develop their students' vocabulary. It's not free, but the pricing is modest and affordable as a cross school solution.

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Digital Learning: Exploring Evolving Ecosystems of Technology-Enhanced Education

Digital Learning: Exploring Evolving Ecosystems of Technology-Enhanced Education | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Mark Anderson explores the exciting and often bewildering world of digital learning. His inquiries revolve around a core appreciation for the role of dialogue in effective learning, and the importance of designing technology-enhanced teaching initiatives in accordance with sound pedagogical principles. This book inspires teachers, tutors, trainers and academics to successfully meet the changing expectations of learners by nurturing professional digital strategies.

Nik Peachey's insight:

A really useful text for anyone interested at looking more deeply at the theories and practices which support successful digital instruction. Good to see a reasonably priced text on this subject.

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Catherine Pascal's curator insight, January 26, 7:00 AM

 Important sur rôle  du dialogue et du design dans le digital learning.

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Environmental Science Buddy

Environmental Science Buddy is not only an app for learning Environmental Science, but also a app for teachers. The features of this app makes studying extremely convenient.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This app is packed full of learning content and would be a great source of content for CLIL lessons. Very reasonably priced at $1.99.

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MS Earth Science Buddy

For students these types of applications can be very useful. The student who cannot focus on one type of learning at a time can flip back and fourth through the app to stay focused. The student who is an extremely visual learner will be attracted to the devices colorful screen of pictures in the lesson. The student who has trouble writing notes or preparing them self for a test can simply open up previous lessons and practice on the interactive quizzes of the apps. The student who is a auditory learner can listen to nature sounds while reviewing topics or watch videos related to each topic.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a great app for students and teachers and at $1.99 you can go far wrong.

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Build HTML5, iPhone and Android apps online for schools and education

Build HTML5, iPhone and Android apps online for schools and education | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

AppShed Academy delivers key organisational tools that enable teachers to turn app development into a compelling teaching methodology. Anchor students’ creativity into the heart of your lessons and manage and channel their aspirations with confidence.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a good platform for building educational apps and getting students started building apps. There is a free account for both teachers and students and if you pay for a yearly account there are some classroom management tools and premium services.

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Ryer Banta's curator insight, November 23, 2013 10:16 PM

Looks like this company has delivered on the great idea of making the creation of apps accessible to all. They have an education focus. I look forward to sitting down and doing some serious testing with this.  Great implications for project based teaching and engagement. In library, learning commons and across campus.

Al Post's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:21 PM

Looks interesting. I wonder how it compares to AppInventor from MIT. http://www.appinventor.org/ ;

ElizabethHS's curator insight, December 5, 2013 9:36 AM

From Nik Peachey's "Commercial Software and Apps for Learning" -- but this one is free for students and teachers.

I'm interested in how many apps there now are to help students program their own content into games. Another step toward gamification. Also, most of these apps are cross-platform, iWorld and Android.

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QuizBean | Quickly Create Online Quizzes For Free

QuizBean | Quickly Create Online Quizzes For Free | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
QuizBean is the easiest way to create and share online quizzes with your friends. It's totally free, so what are you waiting for? Make your first quiz!
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a nice way to create quizzes and manage students' results. there is a free account which allows you create up to 6 quizzes, but if you want more you can pay $5 a month for up to 26 quizzes and 101 registered students or $10 a month for unlimited use.

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JoAnn Salvisberg-Smith's curator insight, November 5, 2013 2:28 AM

Another tool to quickly evaluate student progress.

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SchoolKeep

SchoolKeep | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
SchoolKeep enables educators to build, brand and manage their online schools. Sign up to start creating courses today.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like an elegant platform for anyone wanting to start teaching online. It's free until November, then there is a per student head cost. It does look reasonably priced though, so this could be a good platform for anyone wanting to start their own online school or to build a blended learning course for their face-to-face school.

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Steady Camera - Stabilization & Slo-Mo Video

Steady Camera - Stabilization & Slo-Mo Video | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Shoot while walking, running, riding a bike... Steady will turn your handheld footage into cinematic videos.

Steady sets a new standard for video stabilization, reframing your shots in real-time to produce smooth camera movements.

Add to that slo-mo recording, even on iPhone 5 or 5C, and you get award-winning documentary shots right from your phone.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a useful app if you are doing creative video projects with your students. It's not free, but at $1.99 it is a cheap way to make the students' end product look more professional.

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Sentence Builder App

Sentence Builder App | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

A fun new sentence builder app is designed to learn about words, sentences, pronunciation, grammar, and punctuation.

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A useful app for lower level students. ($4.99)

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Sounds IELTS

Sounds IELTS | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Get Sounds IELTS on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
Nik Peachey's insight:

A reasonably priced (69p) app for anyone interested in developing their skills for IELTS

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Flipgrid for video Q&A

Flipgrid for video Q&A | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Flipgrid is simple: Teachers create grids of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Flipgrid boosts community and social presence in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a great tool to get students interacting through video discussions. Sadly there is no free license, but it is reasonable cheap.

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Paper | FiftyThree

Paper | FiftyThree | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Paper is where ideas begin. It’s the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web. Try it free—buy additional tools from the in-App Store.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a great app for the iPad and a great paper replacement for those who like to sketch out ideas  that way. The initial app is free, but if you want to download more complex tools then you need to pay for them.

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Intel® XDK

Intel® XDK | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

On September, 10, 2013, we released the Intel® XDK NEW, our initial release of a new version of the Intel® XDK. I want to let you know why we did this. As you probably know, Intel acquired the appMobi* HTML5 development tools last February, which included the then appMobi* XDK and Dev Center (the build service.) We re-launched it as the Intel® XDK shortly thereafter.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a very cool free tool for developing your own croosplatform mobile apps. Not sure yet how tricky it is to learn, but could be worth investing some time in. The apps it develops are based on HTML5 and other cross platform technologies rather than being native to one particular platform.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 21, 1:19 PM

This looks like a very cool free tool for developing your own croosplatform mobile apps. Not sure yet how tricky it is to learn, but could be worth investing some time in. The apps it develops are based on HTML5 and other cross platform technologies rather than being native to one particular platform.

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MS Life Science Buddy

This app would be ideal for classrooms with iPads because it has the resources to prepare for a middle school life science or to present a lesson. All the buddy apps are available on the app store and have been helping teachers and students since their release.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a great low cost app for CLIL teachers. A great tool for combining learning English with content based instruction for only $1.99.

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Class Charts - seating plans and behavior management software

Class Charts - seating plans and behavior management software | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Seating charts are an essential part of any good teacher’s tool kit. They help organise students into appropriate learning groups and minimise behaviour issues – the class teacher asserts their authority before the lesson even begins. We take seating charts a step further. You can optionally include and display key data (eg SEN, reading age) about each pupil which is used to intelligently position pupils in the classroom to maximise learning.

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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, January 10, 7:06 AM

As I  expect positive behaviour and engagement from my students,  I find it pretty useless. However,  it may be greatly interesting for keeping records on, for instance,  learning to learn sklills or procedures; for mastering processes.....etc.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, January 12, 3:17 AM

This could be another good tool for Class Administration

Raul Alanis Jr's curator insight, February 6, 4:11 PM

So easy to create seating charts by using this tool straight from Edmodo

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Are iPads and tablets bad for young children?

Are iPads and tablets bad for young children? | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Flewitt thinks that to deny children access to tablets is to "risk having one section of society that is growing up with skills and one section that is growing up without. You might think that it doesn't matter because they will develop those skills later. But it's not the same. They won't identify with it. It's not part of who they are … Children have been born into a world where these things exist," she says, "like we were born into a world where there were televisions, cars on the streets and packaging on food."

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Interesting article here with lots of links to research.

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Simplebooklet

Simplebooklet | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Code free web brochures. Publish, post, pin, tweet, embed, email, print and share everywhere.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is an attractive looking tool for publishing and sharing student work. There bis a teacher account with LMS functions for a class of up to 30 students for $10 a year.

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, December 30, 2013 3:14 AM

Seems to be an attractive tool. Let us give it a chance

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Fun Songs App for iPad

Fun Songs App for iPad | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Children can interact in several different ways. After learning the song, they then recycle and practise what they have learnt with fun language games. Correct answers win a prize which the young learner then uses in the app's original drawing and artwork feature.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a nicely designed app with fun language learning activities to get young kids learning English through song. The app costs £2.49 0r $3.99. So for the price of a cup of coffee you can get your kids enjoying music and learning English.

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Charles Goodger's curator insight, November 11, 2013 2:55 AM

If you know anyone who might our first FunSongs app fun and useful let them know! Please let them know!