Commercial Software and Apps for Learning
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Commercial Software and Apps for Learning
This site is a collection of short reviews and links to commercially available apps and software which can be used to support learning.
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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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 3:17 AM

This could be another good tool for Class Administration

Raul Alanis Jr's curator insight, February 6, 2014 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

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, September 5, 2014 11:11 PM

Simplebooklet is a wonderful tool for creating small, visual booklets or presenting them in an online slider format. Excellent tool. Highest recommendation 10/10

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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!

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LessonCast | Next Generation Teacher Preparation

LessonCast | Next Generation Teacher Preparation | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Our tools guide the process of clearly, concisely and concretely explaining an instructional idea. It facilitates the interaction between course participants and course instructors from customizing assignments, creating lessoncasts, giving feedback and evaluating for classroom preparedness.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This isn't a free service, but it does look like an interesting approach to teacher development.

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Shindig - Unleashing the power of video chat

Shindig - Unleashing the power of video chat | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Shindig is building a patent-pending software architecture for online engagement based around video chat. Everyone hates video chat. We figured out why and fixed it!
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like an innovative new video conferencing platform. No sign yet of how much it will cost, but it has great potential

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SlideTalk - turn your presentations into engaging talking videos

SlideTalk - turn your presentations into engaging talking videos | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Share your powerpoint presentations, eLearning content, business presentations and tutorials as engaging talking videos, by using high-quality and multilingual text-to-speech technology, with no need for expensive and time-consuming voice recordings.

How? Just import your presentation and type a comment for each slide. You immediately get a high-quality talking video, ready to be shared.

Nik Peachey's insight:

There is a free subscription which allows upto 6 presentations, but to create more and longer presentations you need to sign up for a premium service. See prices here: http://slidetalk.net/Home/Prices

 

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Randy Rebman's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:06 AM

This could be a more engaging way to adapt presentations for flipping the classroom. 

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Sparkol VideoScribe - What's your story?

Sparkol VideoScribe - What's your story? | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Sparkol VideoScribe - What's your story? Create engaging scribe videos easily
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a really nice tool for creating videos containing animation. Unfortunately it's limited to a 7 day free trail. After that it's £16 0r $25 a month. Worth it if you are planning to create a lot of instructional videos though.

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Shakr Yahya Ismael's curator insight, March 30, 2014 4:03 AM

i intend to build my company , but i need a online team to build my project i hava intend to achieve it . my city have gerat opprtunity to build application for companies and schools and  Government departments.

 

we will share our profit with a team on each project i get

shakrderishki@gmial.com

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Free online video editor. Make a video using Shotclip.

Free online video editor. Make a video using Shotclip. | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Easy and free online video editor. Edit videos and photos to make great home movies.
Nik Peachey's insight:

There is a free offer, but premium offers start at $3.99 per month. These allow for more storage and better export quality and also remove branding. See http://www.shotclip.com/pricing for more information.

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BookChook's curator insight, October 15, 2013 9:01 PM
Free version = 15 mins per month.
KB...Konnected's curator insight, February 11, 2014 9:24 AM

Free version provides up to 15 minutes of video export each month.

Meryl van der Merwe's curator insight, February 12, 2014 8:22 AM

Videos are a great way to "test" knowledge - so this tool is a useful one for teachers

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BigMind Pro - Mind Mapping

BigMind is a perfect tool to create a mind map. It can record your ideas, create to-do list, take note at meeting and anywhere else you require a fast, intuitive method to collect ideas and information and think things through.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a great tool for those who really like their mind maps and their iPad. It's not free, but at $4.99 (£2.99) it won't break the bank.

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Cloud based, Lean and Complete LMS with an emphasis on Usability and easy Course creation

Cloud based, Lean and Complete LMS with an emphasis on Usability and easy Course creation | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Mobile friendly - Built from scratch to work with iPad (and similar) devices.

Complete and powerful Support for SCORM, notifications, extensible user profiles etc.

Easy to maintain - Built with a preference for conventions over configurations. This means fewer things to configure, more time to deliver.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like an interesting commercial tool if you want start building your own courses online. There is a free plan (limited to 5 users) but the cheapest usable plan is $29 a month.

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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, 2014 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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LiveMinutes - Collaborate with your team in realtime, all the time

LiveMinutes - Collaborate with your team in realtime, all the time | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Share documents, texts, video chat, and collaborate anytime, anywhere.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like an interesting platform for supporting interactive learning. There is a free trial subscription, but for a useable adoption plan it will cost about $20 a month.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 25, 2013 2:57 AM

This looks like an interesting platform for supporting interactive learning. There is a free trial subscription, but for a useable adoption plan it will cost about $20 a month.

Eva Ramos's curator insight, September 28, 2013 7:42 PM

Interesting tool!

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Zaption for creating interactive instructional video

Zaption for creating interactive instructional video | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Teachers, trainers, and content publishers use Zaption’s intuitive web app to quickly add images, text, quizzes, and discussions to existing videos from YouTube, Vimeo and private video libraries. The result is an interactive learning tour that transforms video from a “lean back” experience to an engaging “lean forward” activity.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a pretty impressive tool for creating flipped learning or any kind of interactive video which demands a response from viewers. It's made for education and has some LMS features so you can track students' responses. There is a free trial, but the lowest cost of a subscription is $15 a year.

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Ubi turns any surface into a multi-touch display.

Ubi turns any surface into a multi-touch display. | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

All you need is a Microsoft Kinect for Windows 8, projector, and Ubi software. Our software provides a cost effective solution that can be used with off-the-shelf hardware instead of paying thousands for non-portable alternatives like an interactive whiteboard. Ubi provides a way for humans to interact with any surface in a way that is most natural and intuitive to us.

The implication this software has on the world is second to none.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This does look very impressive. The cheapest versio of the software comes in at $149 but you do also need a computer running Windows 8 and a Windows Kinect, but that's still a lot cheaper than the usual IWB and much more portable.

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Exit Ticket | classroom student response system | clickers polling education

Exit Ticket | classroom student response system | clickers polling education | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
ExitTicket is a student response system designed to drive instruction and reteaching intervention via real time technologies and instructional strategies.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is an interesting looking student response system. It allows teachers to set up in-class tests to measure how well sudents have understood their materials. It gives very detailed results that can be openly displayed or privately seen by teachers. There is a free version and a premium version which is still free for early adopters, but I guess they will start charging for it soon, so wise to sig up now before they start charging.

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Home

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Welcome to PlayHaus - an exploratory learning environment for little kids (and you).

Build your house out of classic building blocks
Play and learn with sensory surprises in each room
Tidy up when you're done

Nik Peachey's insight:

Playhaus is a really nice tactile learning app for young learners. It is $1.99 or $1.49 so not a great risk, but a nice way to keep kids engaged with learning and having fun.

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PhatPad

More than another note-taking app, PhatPad turns your iPad into an advanced brainstorming tool. Draw, write, and type your ideas then instantly share them via email, WiFi sync, Dropbox, or presentation mode.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This isn't free, but at $4.99 - £2.99 it looks like a nicely priced and very helpful tool for teachers, especially if it can beam onto a data-projector screen. Great to use as IWB and then share notes after class.

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