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Zamzar - convert document, eBook, image, audio and video - free online file conversion

Free conversion between document, image, music, video, audio, eBook, compressed and CAD formats. No download or account required.

 

Now becoming very important with removal of certain file types on Moodle. use this free tool to convert MP4 and WMV to FLV.

 

Browse to upload the file, select the conversion type and then enter your email address to send link when conversion is ready.

 

Works for most multimedia (sound, images, moving images)


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Trading Card generator

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Very impressive trading card generator. Choose from a variety of cards eg character, object, place, event and even concept (might be an interesting one for Maths/Science).

 

Allows you to upload your own image and create your own (where you can choose the labels to add in).

 

Can create sets of card (up to 8). Can be saved, printed and downloaded as pdf file.

 

Loads of potential...


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Freerice.com

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Forgotten to include this very noble and worthy site.

 

Started off as a simble vocabulary quiz site where every question you got right donated a number of grains of rice to the World Food Programme.

 

Now it has developed to include a range of subjects including History, Maths and Languages (amongst others).

 

You can play for free or create (tutor/year) groups and compete against each other on a leaderboard.

 

http://freerice.com/about/faq has all the answers you need


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JetPunk.com | World's Best Quizzes

JetPunk.com | World's Best Quizzes | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

I really like this quiz format. Sign up and you can make lots similar to it. A good way of practising lots of things from synonyms to calculations and remember key terms and lists.

 

http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/19203/intro-motion-physics-1 is a really tough Physics one.

 

Wish you could embed it and remove adverts :o(


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gideonwilliams's curator insight, February 12, 2013 4:08 PM

Got email back from creator - not possible to embed and remove adverts..

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Super Teacher Tools

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Super Teacher Tools has many free classroom review games and classroom management tools, including Flash Jeopardy.

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, October 1, 2013 12:49 AM

useful tools

Gary Harwell's curator insight, October 1, 2013 12:50 AM

Useful tools

Cindy Rudy's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:07 AM
Productivity tools and learning tools links.
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Online Venn Diagram maker

Online Venn Diagram maker | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

Online Venn Daigram maker. Add in circles and label them then create items to place in and around.

 

Saves and downloads as PDF file


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Robert Sims's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:24 PM

Visual aid to help learning!

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כלים נוספים

http://www.scoop.it/t/learning-2-0-tools

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Aurasma Studio Introduction - How to Create and Publish an Aura

The Aurasma Studio is Aurasma's online cloud based platform for creating AR content. In this tutorial, we take you through the basic steps for using the Aura...

 

You can sign up for free to become a partner (if in Education) at http://www.aurasma.com/partners/


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Robert Sims's comment, June 24, 2013 7:56 AM
I saw a demo on this software at the Fort Bend ISD Technology Conference on June 19....this is an incredible look into the future of education! The possibilities for this are unlimited!
Robert Sims's curator insight, June 24, 2013 7:58 AM

I saw a demonstration of this software at the Fort Bend ISD Technology Conference on June 19.  The possibilities for this technology are unlimited!  Check this out for an introduction into into virtual reality in education!

Mary Howard's comment, July 27, 2013 9:54 PM
Educators...you NEED to try this app! Great for the classroom! Here are some classroom integration ideas! http://www.yoursmarticles.blogspot.com
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Kahoot! | Game-based blended learning & classroom response system

Kahoot! | Game-based blended learning & classroom response system | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it
Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. Kahoot!

 

Have you tried Socrative and Moodle Real Time quizzes for whole class quiz activities and/or revision sessions?

 

If so, then you might want to give Kahoot a go: Its quiz tool allows

 

Multiple choice questionsUpload (by dragging) images from your own computerAllows video questions (via YouTube) which you can top and tailTop 5 Students appear on leaderboard after each questionTeacher controlTeacher can download results as a spreadtableWorks on any platform, PC, notebook, smartphone, ipad etc 

Other than the quiz tool you can also:

Create discussionsCarry out surveys

 

There is also a blog which has tutorials and comments from teachers - http://blog.getkahoot.com/

 

The designer of Kahoot is on twitter as @jamiebrooker and is amazing at returning your queries.


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Jamie Brooker's comment, October 21, 2013 5:56 AM
Thanks for your kind words, Gideon. We're here to help! So please feel free to contact via Twitter @jamiebrooker or @getkahoot at any time!
gideonwilliams's curator insight, October 22, 2013 5:18 AM

Awesome fun. Played it today - students totally engaged. You need to give it a go!

Maaike Van Doren's curator insight, January 25, 2015 8:09 AM

De nieuwe hit in mijn klas!
"Haal de telefoons maar boven..."

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View and Annotate PDF Free | PDF Online Reader

View and Annotate PDF Free | PDF Online Reader | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it
PDF Online Reader is a free online tool that allows you to view and annotate PDF files directly in your web browser. The online PDF viewer can also highlight text and add hyperlinks.

 

Demonstrated by @woodrowbound at our TeachEat. Super simple tool and allows students to annotate and comment on an online PDF'ed document and then download.

 

Good set of editing tools and easy to use.


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Online whiteboard & online collaboration tool | RealtimeBoard

Online whiteboard & online collaboration tool | RealtimeBoard | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it
RealtimeBoard is an online collaboration software created as a team collaboration and online brainstorming tool. It's super easy to use & free!

 

Concept boards are few and far between. This is new and not too bad. Allows you to create and share boards with a range of different features; images, text, links to files etc


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ExitTicket Student Response System - Digital post-its and then some..

ExitTicket Student Response System - Digital post-its and then some.. | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

Was trying to find some sort of digital "exit ticket" where students could respond to the lesson and give you feedback as to how much they have learned.

 

This product appears to do it and much much more (dont they all). There is a Price Plan if you want to go the "whole hog" but you do get some things for free - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7336564/WEB2.0/Exit.png

 

Students can complete quizzes or questionnaires for their exit ticket. Students can do this on any connected mobile or desktop device. Some impressive storage and displays of results.

 

Website has lots of good help features and reviews


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@anniemurphypaul why we should let learners struggle: The Brilliant Report

@anniemurphypaul why we should let learners struggle: The Brilliant Report | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

"In a recent study published in the Journal of the Learning Sciences, Kapur and a co-author, Katerine Bielaczyc, applied the principle of productive failure to mathematical problem solving in three schools in Singapore. With one group of students, the teacher provided intensive “scaffolding”—instructional support—and feedback. With the teacher’s help, these pupils were able to find the answers to their set of problems.

Meanwhile, a second group was directed to solve the same problems by collaborating with one another, absent any prompts from their instructor. These students weren’t able to complete the problems correctly. But in the course of trying to do so, they generated a lot of ideas about the nature of the problems and about what potential solutions would look like. And when the two groups were tested on what they’d learned, the second group “significantly outperformed” the first."


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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 24, 2014 10:15 AM

Reminds me of Vygotsky's writing in Thought and Language: all learning is socially mediated and moves through a 'zone of proximal development'---Lou

 

Excerpt:

"...In the real world, problems rarely come neatly packaged, so being able to discern their deep structure is key. But, Kapur notes, none of us like to fail, no matter how often Silicon Valley entrepreneurs praise the salutary effects of an idea that flops or a start-up that crashes and burns. So, he says, we need to “design for productive failure” by intentionally managing the way learners fail.

Kapur has identified three conditions that promote a beneficial struggle. First, choose problems to work on that “challenge but do not frustrate.” Second, provide learners with opportunities to explain and elaborate on what they’re doing. Third, give learners the chance to compare and contrast good and bad solutions to the problems.

By allowing learners to experience the discomfort of struggle first, and the triumph of understanding second, we can ensure that they have their cake and eat it, too."

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A link to the study is included in the article for further review.

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Focus on Audience for Better PBL Results

Focus on Audience for Better PBL Results | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

At the end of a project-based learning (PBL) experience, students typically share what they have learned or discovered with an audience. Depending on the project, students might publish their work 

online, make presentations at a public event, or pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

 

For veteran PBL teacher Don Wettrick, "nothing is better than a project that gets community buy-in." Connecting students with an authentic audience is key, he says, to driving engagement and helping students relate what they are learning to the real world. "My top two goals are to help students find great opportunities [for real-world problem solving], and then cheerlead them to a great audience."

From Social Media to the Mayor

Audience interactions might unfold on YouTube or Twitter, where Wettrick (@DonWettrick (3)) helps students "navigate social media and build their digital brand." Face-to-face interactions are equally important. It's not unusual for Wettrick's high school students to make recommendations to the mayor of their Indiana community. "There's no more authentic audience than the mayor," Wettrick says, "when it comes to getting things done."

 

Wettrick is one of several "expert educators" who will represent the United States next month at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum (4) in Barcelona, Spain. He will be sharing highlights of projects that his students have tackled in a 21st-century learning class called Innovations. (Until this month, Wettrick taught the class at Franklin Community High School. He recently took a new position as Director of Innovations at Noblesville High School, also in Indiana.)

 

The Innovations class is deliberately open-ended, which means students have to propose their own project ideas and the standards they plan to meet. They also have to identify subject-area mentors who are willing to work with them. Wettrick has taught English and broadcasting, but knows that projects may go in directions outside his areas of expertise. That's where mentors are key.

 

"The mentor can't be their dad or their dad's buddy," Wettrick says. "It has to be an expert in an arena, and it has to be somebody who makes a commitment to help them." The right mentor often helps to connect students with an authentic audience. "The people in that mentor's network are going to be your stakeholders," he says.

 

Some projects go viral, reaching audiences that neither teacher nor students could have imagined. That was the case for an unusual project in which an Innovations student designed a weight-loss and self-confidence building program for a seriously obese classmate. The Indianapolis Star picked up on The Eric Project (5), which has transformed the life of a student who weighed more than 500 pounds.

 

Students benefit from honest critique along with positive attention for their projects, Wettrick says. "They don't need to hear, 'Good job!' They're better off when an expert tells them, 'That's not bad, but have you considered this, or you might want to look at that.' Oh, boy," he adds. "When a student gets that kind of response from an expert in a field, that's authentic."

 

Students aren't the only ones who benefit from an authentic audience. Wettrick encourages teachers to make their good ideas public so that others in education can learn from their examples. "It's not bragging," he says. "It's sharing best practices."

Think Critically About Audience

By thinking more critically about audience interactions, you can make the most of the final phase of PBL. The Buck Institute for Education has produced a feedback form (6) to help audience members think through their role.

 

Here are three questions to consider as you plan culminating events:

What do you want students to gain from the audience interaction?If it's technical feedback, think about inviting experts for a pitch session or judging panelIf it's response or action, think about having students make presentations to a community group or decision-making body (such as a school board, city council, or neighborhood association)If it's a celebration, think about inviting community members whose talents or contributions are being honored or recognized in student projectsWho's the audience for the "real-world" version?If students are producing documentaries, plan a red carpet screening eventIf students are making sense of history, set up a museum-style exhibitionIf students are producing literature, plan a book release party, author chat, or poetry slamHow can technology connect students with larger audiences?

Extend your reach to audiences beyond your immediate community by taking advantage of digital publishing sites like YouTube, social media tools like Twitter, or services like #comments4kids (7) to solicit comments for students' blogs.

 

Many of Wettrick's students, for example, publish their project videos on YouTube. "I grade their work, but they're watching for number of views and community feedback," he says. "When a student gets 2,000 hits on YouTube, that's meaningful."

 

How have you connected your students with authentic audiences? How did the interactions lead to deeper learning? Please share your thoughts in the comments. 


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TerraClues - The ultimate Google Maps scavenger hunt game!

TerraClues - The ultimate Google Maps scavenger hunt game! | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

This is really addictive and could have lots of great uses in different subject areas. Follow clues on Google Maps to find different locations. Clues can be set at different Zooms and on different terrain features.

 

You can set your own private class area and scores.


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Symbaloo

Symbaloo | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

"A great VISUAL ICON webmix in which you can share all your favorite websites easily with parents/students.  No more having to remember urls or copy/paste.  The webmix will show you a nice graphic  (icon) in a button format and will take your audience directly to the website. Since I’ve added symbaloo webmixes my students and parents have commented on how easy it is to get their students on the recommended sites.  (You can choose already made webmixes on the site that may fit your needs or create your own-very easily)"

 

Lots quite interesting and a different way of presenting information. Need to sign up but you can embed the link on your VLE.

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Educreations - Teach what you know. Learn what you don't.

Educreations - Teach what you know. Learn what you don't. | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

Can't believe Im promoting a tool for the ipad but this is a really impressive app (why not on android for my Samsung Galaxy tab:o()

 

A recordable interactive whiteboard that captures your voice and handwriting. You can upload still images and talk through them using the drawing tools on the ipad tablet. Final designs can be viewed through the app or embedded on any browser or VLE.

 

A couple of good examples - http://www.educreations.com/lesson/view/multiplying-fractions/308687/ and http://www.educreations.com/lesson/view/how-to-read-a-periodic-table-element/342442/

 


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Iris Cornell, PhD, RN's curator insight, January 28, 2013 6:43 AM

Another good app for using the iPad!

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PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to your presentations

PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to your presentations | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

PowToon is a brand new presentation tool that allows you to create animated presentations and cartoon style videos just by dragging and dropping.

You need to create an account first but wow - first impressions are very good indeed. Great animated features including text and cartoon images. Add your own images.

 

Simple timeline to see where features start and finish. Easy to add in audio track.

 

Range of impressive templates and styles eg TV Advert, presentation, video, infographic video and social clip

 

Free account gives you 30 presentations.

 

Upload to YouTube or download as video (not sure what file type). Embed code promised but not actually working (frustrating!)


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Jasmin Hodge's curator insight, March 11, 2013 9:58 AM

I can see many departments using this - especially Creative Industries animation learners!  Let's share our cartoons we create :)

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 8 iPad Apps to Create Tutorials and "flip" your Classroom

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 8 iPad Apps to Create Tutorials and "flip" your Classroom | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

Not completely sure this belongs here but 8 good tools nonetheless if you own an ipad!


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gideonwilliams's curator insight, April 1, 2013 6:14 AM

Some really good apps for creating resources that "could" be used in a flipped classroom or better still, by students explaining their own ideas?

 

I wonder how many of these are available in Android?

Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, June 8, 2013 7:12 AM

Eight iPad App that will help you flip your classroom

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Morfo - Create morphing images like Voki and Blabberize

Morfo - Create morphing images like Voki and Blabberize | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it
Use Morfo to quickly turn a photo of your friend's face into a talking, dancing, crazy 3D character!

 

Almost free (£0.69) app for iphone, ipad AND android phones.

 

Create morphed images of people and add in the voice. Is this the new Voki?

 

Lots of other features too.


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Build with Chrome

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Now you can build with LEGO® bricks using Google Maps as your baseplate. Imagine. Explore. Build online in Chrome.

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gideonwilliams's curator insight, October 13, 2013 2:41 PM

Create 3D modelling using an array of lego bricks. Very straightforward to use

 

Simpler than Google Sketchup and 3DTin.

 

Requires Gmail account and "permission" for designs to be built and saved on the island.

Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, November 3, 2013 7:25 AM

Isn't this super cool? I can think of so many things to do with it. It's not as complex as Sketch Up and so is great for younger kids. 

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Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro

Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

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

 

Good video here - http://vimeo.com/68490137 which explains the basics


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Fernando Beltran's curator insight, January 3, 2014 3:09 PM

A creative tool to build content

 

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Aniboom - Frame by frame animation

Online frame by frame tool.

Creating an account is best as you can save the animation, return to it and have unlimited frames

Let’s you copy item into multiple frames (to make animation easier to watch)

Has onion-skinning so you can see previous frame

Limited as you can only draw fixed shapes

Can add music/sound files

 


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Coggle

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Simple mindmap maker. No real thrills. Need to sign on but accepts Google accounts. Very easy to use and share with other users. Also embeds via iframe on Mahara. Thanks to Charlie @parapallearning 

 

YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99VswRkMyW4


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Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, February 17, 2014 4:59 PM

Mind-mapping tool compatible with Google.

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Blubbr: Just how much did they really take in of that video?

Blubbr: Just how much did they really take in of that video? | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

How awesome could this site be? Allows you to add in your own multiple choice questions to YouTube videos. You can put the questions at any point in the video too.

 

You need to create an account and have videos available to be viewed on YouTube. Create a a Triv as they call it. Put in the URL link for the video to add to the timeline. Create your multiple choice question (at least 5).

 

You cannot control where you add the questions to the video (boo!), instead you watch the first 40 seconds and then you are provided with a  timed multiple choice question to answer. After you get feedback on your answer, you are given another chunk of video and so on until the end.

 

No need for students to create an account although there is a basic leaderboard available if they do.

 

Could really benefit the flipped classroom?


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When, And How, To Let Learners Struggle

When, And How, To Let Learners Struggle | Education Done Differently | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 24, 2014 2:05 PM

There is a balance that needs to happen. Teachers need to be sensitive and tactful to what student needs are.