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10 New Web Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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10 Awesome Twitter Analytics and Visualization Tools

10 Awesome Twitter Analytics and Visualization Tools | Cool Tools | Scoop.it
Check out this article to discover 10 of the most powerful Twitter analytics and visualization tools so you can analyse and visualize your Twitter network!
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25 Sites to Download Royalty-Free Stock Photos and Textures

25 Sites to Download Royalty-Free Stock Photos and Textures | Cool Tools | Scoop.it

Royalty-Free Stock Photos and Textures are very useful in every graphic project for web or print, especially if they are free. 

 

Here is a list of 25 of the best sites to download royalty-free stock photos and textures.


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Visual cues can greatly enhance your elearning effectiveness!

 

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6 Incredible Tools to Create Podcasts Online

Podcasting may not have lived up to the early hype, but with iPods and other MP3 players still selling like crazy, the potential audience for these audio shows is huge


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Top 10 Clever Uses for Dropbox

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Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling

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Meograph helps you easily create, share, and playback beautiful stories in context of Where and When.
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Free Technology for Teachers

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Chart and image gallery: 30 free tools for data visualization and analysis

Chart and image gallery: 30 free tools for data visualization and analysis | Cool Tools | Scoop.it
Compare tools for functionality, skill level and more.
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Online Charts Builder

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Online Charts Builder based on Google Charts API...
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20 Presentation Tools

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Top 6 Twitter Apps

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101 Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers You Should Know About

101 Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers You Should Know About | Cool Tools | Scoop.it
The 101 best web 2.0 tools for teachers based on functionality, application, ease of use and compatibility with educational technology.
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ACMI Generator

A creative studio space to explore storytelling and the moving image. Download free video, images and sound and upload your own media. Create your own storyboards and share them online.
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46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom

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46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom
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7 Cool Web Apps You Might Not Know About (But Should) | Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers

7 Cool Web Apps You Might Not Know About (But Should) | Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers | Cool Tools | Scoop.it
There are many websites and web applications out there, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. Today, we are sharing 7 Cool Web Apps You Might Not Know About (But Should).

 

Flowtorch

Moably

Mimedia

Countdown Timer

Picfull

LiveMinutes

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How to Consistently Out-Curate Your Competitors

How to Consistently Out-Curate Your Competitors | Cool Tools | Scoop.it

Excerpted from this interesting article on Outspoken Media:

"The facts are:

***Content curation is a needed skill that will only grow in importance as more big brands and publishers flood the Internet with all kinds of content.
***Curation can be a fun, rewarding and highly effective part of your online marketing mix.
***Curating content requires skill, tenacity and, above all, an unflinching focus on the needs of your audience.

 

The biggest temptation all search marketers face is to sell our souls to the Borg and AUTOMATE EVERYTHING.

 

An effective curation strategy requires a healthy variety of sources. If you expect any one tool to do all of the work for you, you’re going to miss a lot of remarkable content.

 

So, use a fancy tool as one of your filters, if you wish. But don’t fool yourself into believing you can just put it on autopilot and watch it magically send you everything you need to succeed.

 

If your goal is to curate content that provides true value for your audience, you’ve got to out-hustle all of the namby-pamby posers in your niche who claim to be curating, however half-heartedly.

 

Here is a collection of solid strategies and tasty tactics that will help you consistently out-curate your competitors.

1) Create Twitter lists of experts and thought leaders in your niche.

2) Save Twitter searches for relevant keywords.
3) Build customized MyAllTop pages to keep up on industry blogs.
4) Set up Google Alerts for targeted keywords.
5) Subscribe to blogs by RSS and view them in Google Reader.
6) Create topical lists on Facebook.
7) Perform keyword searches in Trackur.
8) Explore Regator’s curated blog directory.
9) Hunt down content by category on StumbleUpon.
10) Find applicable articles and experts with Topsy.
11) Join relevant LinkedIn groups.
12) Search Scribd’s documents database.
13) Dig into the bookmarked items on Delicious.
14) Keep an eye on curated niche sites that serve your audience, like Inbound.org.
15) Scour the Web with Snip.it and Scoop.it.
16) Drop your keywords into Bottlenose.
17) Scan the curated lists on List.ly.
18) Sign up for a personalized email digest from YourVersion.
19) Say hello to your little friend: Social Buzz.
20) Swing by Ice Rocket and ROCKZi once in awhile.
21) Ignore Google+ at your own risk. I dare you. #smooches.

 

Constantly Refine and Refocus Your Curation Strategy:

I like to cram tons of different sources into my content funnel at the beginning of each new curation project. Then, once I’m convinced I’ve cast my net wide enough, I begin the crucial process of whittling down those sources into a much more manageable list.

 

Be the Pickiest, Little Curator Allowed by Law:

If you’re going to out-curate your competition, every piece of content you serve to your audience has to be exactly the right piece of content.

Set high standards and strive to exceed them...."

 

 

Read full, long and interesting article here: 

http://outspokenmedia.com/online-marketing/how-to-consistently-out-curate-your-competitors/


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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, October 2, 2012 4:08 AM
Great note Giuseppe. I moved it to Curation Revolution this morning. Marty
Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, October 2, 2012 4:22 AM
@Marty...I have seen your rescoop few minutes ago. Thanks for appreciation my curated article.
massimo facchinetti's comment, October 5, 2012 4:48 PM
I am far from being namby-pamby
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Sourcefabric | Booktype

Sourcefabric | Booktype | Cool Tools | Scoop.it

Booktype is a free, open source platform that produces beautiful, engaging books formatted for print, Amazon, iBooks and almost any ereader within minutes. Create books on your own or with others via an easy-to-use web interface. Build a community around your content with social tools and use the reach of mobile, tablet and ebook technology to engage new audiences.

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5 Important New Web Tools for Educators

5 Important New Web Tools for Educators | Cool Tools | Scoop.it

Five tools for presenting information


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iaza

Iaza is a powerful but very simple image conversion tool.  For a tutorial see  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilBv_R7omHc&feature=youtu.be 

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The Best 10 Free Word Cloud Tools

The Best 10 Free Word Cloud Tools | Cool Tools | Scoop.it

Word clouds tools have a great importance in education. Many teachers use them to perform several learning activities for their students. Generally speaking, a word cloud is a graphical representation of word frequency. It basically features the prominent words that are so often cited in a piece of text. I have already reviewed some popular word cloud generators here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning but have not really gone into details as to how teachers can use them in education. This post, however, compensates for that shortage of information and provides you with a set of tips together with a list of free tools to help you discover and learn more about the educational uses of word clouds generators.


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Gephi, an open source graph visualization and manipulation software

Gephi, an open source graph visualization and manipulation software | Cool Tools | Scoop.it
Gephi is an open-source software for visualizing and analyzing large networks graphs. Gephi uses a 3D render engine to display graphs in real-time and speed up the exploration.
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Ebook Converter - Applications Android sur Google Play

Ebook Converter - Applications Android sur Google Play | Cool Tools | Scoop.it
Convert your files to Ebook formats! ePub, FB2, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PDF, TCR!

Ebook Converter allows you to convert almost all files to the below mentioned ebook formats! You can even change specific settings and select sometimes for what ebook reader the file is going to be used.

How can we convert almost every file on your phone? Well, the converting is accomplished by uploading your file to the cloud where it will be converted and downloaded back to your phone. This all occurs really fast and while the converting is being done you can just continue using your phone.

Features:
- Over 100 source formats are supported
- Convert to ePub (.epub), FB2 (.fb2), LIT (.lit), LRF (.lrf), MOBI (.mobi), PDB (.pdb), PDF (.pdf), TCR (.tcr)
- Use your own file manager application and select Ebook Converter to open. This will load the file automatically! 

 

 


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Seo Sandwitch: Top 5 Social Media Tools

Top 5 Social Media Tools that can help spread the buzz- Buffer App,Seesmic Ping,Sprout Social etc.
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Kindle eBooks as a Learning/Self Development platform

Kindle eBooks as a Learning/Self Development platform | Cool Tools | Scoop.it
Almost a year now since I got my first Kindle. :) Being a somehow frenetic reader way before ebooks, and although I still like to read “regular” books, I must confess that when it comes to lear...

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MIT App Inventor

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App Inventor lets you develop applications for Android phones using a web browser and either a connected phone or emulator. The App Inventor servers store your work and help you keep track of your projects

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