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Narrated Slideshow – Screencast Tool Comparison

Narrated Slideshow – Screencast Tool Comparison | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it

A screencast is a digital recording of a computer screen with audio narration. Screencasts can include telestrator (‘John Madden pen’) annotations. Narrated slideshows include audio recordings synchronized to images without hand-drawn annotations.

Screencasts and narrated slideshows can be created with two kinds of tools:

1. Browser-based: Create an account on the website and use a modern web browser like Google Chrome or FireFox to record, save and share it.

2. Client-based: Download and install software on a computing device to record and save.


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Jenn Alevy's comment, May 12, 2013 10:35 PM
Thank you for sharing!
Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, May 14, 2013 3:06 AM

Great comparison !!

Katie Jane's curator insight, August 13, 2013 10:55 AM

This looks like it would be something that could be really handy for prodjects for class. that way we could not only have all of the information in front of us to see, but also hear whats going on as well.

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2013 05 BEA - ’Mobile is eating the World’

MOBILE IS EATINGTHEWORLDPresented at BEA, May 2013Benedict Evans@benedictevansEnders Analysis


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Look at the exponential curves on the graphs.

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Anthony Beal's curator insight, May 31, 2013 11:09 AM

The world in 2017 - the growth of mobile devices, their uses and market share. Plus a look at how Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon are placed in the market.

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Readlang

Readlang | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
The online eReader for language learners. Import other websites or novel length texts and read them in a distraction free environment with one-click translation. After reading, review the new vocabularly with spaced repetition flashcards.
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timsbox's curator insight, June 4, 2013 4:52 AM

Le principe est génial ! 

Vous lisez un texte en anglais (n'importe quel texte trouvé sur le web qui vous intéresse), vous cliquez sur les mots difficiles pour avoir une traduction immédiate, puis vous pouvez réviser les mots sélectionnés !

Ce n'est pas très ludique mais très efficace.

En plus, c'est gratuit...

 

Adapté pour adultes et collégiens ...

Steve Ridout's comment, June 4, 2013 5:06 AM
Hey, Steve here, creator of Readlang. Very happy to see it shared here! It is already somewhat mobile friendly, in that the design adapts to smaller screens, and I use it on my iPad all the time. I hope eventually to develop iOS and Android applications too.
Patricia Daniels's curator insight, June 4, 2013 9:35 AM

Students, I've just tested this myself and it's a useful tool. Apparently it's also becoming more mobile compatible, which will be a postive development. There's an introduction video so watch it first and see if it's a tool that you'll put to use. I've added the extension to Chrome.

 

You can upload webpages for reading and if you're unsure of a word, click on it for the translation. This will appear in your word bank as a flashcard with some text ( this provides you with the context which is an intelligent feature). You can then run through your list of flashcards and learn the words. Remember to put them in context when you are doing your practice as this will help you retain them.

 

Try it for yourself.

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The New Résumé: It's 140 Characters

The New Résumé: It's 140 Characters | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
Twitter is becoming the new job board, and it is also becoming the new résumé. Some recruiters are turning to the social network to post jobs, while job seekers are trying to summarize their CVs in 140 characters or six-second videos.

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Not exactly true, but food for thought in the "Twitter genre".

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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 12, 2013 12:08 PM

 

This is very important to the students who are on exams now and looking later to find a job, read this!!! BUT, don't forget ALSO to write a résumé (CV), see below...

 

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

 

Gust MEES's curator insight, May 12, 2013 12:11 PM

 

This is very important to the students who are on exams now and looking later to find a job, read this!!! BUT, don't forget ALSO to write a résumé (CV), see below...

 

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

 

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A great How-to Tutorial on Creating Student Portfolios on iPad Using Google Drive App

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A great How-to Tutorial on Creating Student Portfolios on iPad Using Google Drive App | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it

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Edmodo, watch out!

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Games to Learn English - For Students

Games to Learn English - For Students | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
Learn English online with these fun games. A wide selection of vocab and interesting, engaging content. Study English and have fun at the same time. This site is for students to use individually.

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What Do We Actually Learn From Videos? | MindShift

What Do We Actually Learn From Videos? | MindShift | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
TED talkers are nothing if not fluent. Could it be that the effective presentation of the speakers in TED-style videos fools us into thinking we're learning more than we are?
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Rationale Rationale Rationale!

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Extensive Reading Central | The go-to place for all our Extensive Reading needs

Extensive Reading Central | The go-to place for all our Extensive Reading needs | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
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Tip of the hat to Prof. Charlie Browne at Meiji Gakuin University. Nice resources for development of student vocabulary!

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Anxiety in Saudi Arabia centered around unemployment and health

Anxiety in Saudi Arabia centered around unemployment and health | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
JWT’s AnxietyIndex is designed as a place to discuss how brands and consumers are responding to the global recession. With daily content updates, AnxietyIndex.com includes contributions from around JWT’s network, offering a truly global perspective.
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Thanks to Umair Mohammad, Site Director at Jeddah Men's CTE. A great infographic for students to look at, and perhaps devise their own simliar survey.

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Vivian Maier Photographer | Official website of Vivian Maier | Vivian Maier Portfolios, Prints, Exhibitions, Book and documentary film

The official website of photographer Vivian Maier. Showcasing photography portfolios, information about exhibitions, print sales, the book and documentary film.
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Photos from one of the most brilliant photographers I know...of course I don't know many, but all photos here are worth a look.

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To encourage creativity, Mr Gove, you must first understand what it is

To encourage creativity, Mr Gove, you must first understand what it is | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
Ken Robinson: The education secretary's new national curriculum is a dead hand on the creative pulse of teachers and students alike
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The heart of what we need to do.

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Melik A. Spain's curator insight, May 18, 2013 3:45 PM

This came in time when it needs the most consideration but seems t

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Organizational Culture Change – Actionable Books

Organizational Culture Change – Actionable Books | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
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Where we are headed...

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Teacher's Visual Guide to A Better Technology Integration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Visual Guide to A Better Technology Integration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
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Thanks to Marshall Brewer for this!

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Why Schools Must Move Beyond One-to-One Computing

Why Schools Must Move Beyond One-to-One Computing | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it

As many schools and districts are now rushing to buy every student a digital device, I’m concerned that most one-to-one implementation strategies are based on the new tool as the focus of the program. Unless we break out of this limited vision that one-to-one computing is about the device, we are doomed to waste our resources.


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Pedagogy before technology. Always.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 28, 2013 6:53 AM

Many of the points being made in this article really apply across most application of technology in learning. It's far too often about the hardware rather than the functionality.

Darren Smith's curator insight, May 28, 2013 6:31 PM

A challenging point of view considering SAPSS rush into technology at the moment.

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Recent ELT Professional LinkedIN discussions

Recent ELT Professional LinkedIN discussions | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
Here are some recent conversations of note with many comments and insights. Check them out!  Lots of intelligent, insightful thoughts from educators around the…

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Teaching Strategies | Facing History and Ourselves

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Thanks to Isaac Johnson, Site Director, Buraydah.

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What Works in Schools Is Real Work

What Works in Schools Is Real Work | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it

"The best type of curriculum for preparing students for the workforce is one that focuses on real-world problem-solving. It sounds simple, but for the first time, we have clearly established a link between students learning 21st century skills and future work success."


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The link is real, and PBL is the key.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 1, 2013 9:49 PM

This report is based on a survey done by Gallup for Microsoft Learning and the Pearson Foundation. There are many findings of interest in this report. Three are below (quoted from the report).

* The majority of respondents (59%) reported that they agree or strongly agree that they developed most of the skills they use in their current job outside of school. Only 15% disagree or strongly disagree, indicating they felt that they developed these skills in school.

* Developing 21st century skills in the last year of school is positively correlated with higher perceived work quality later in life. In fact, those who have high 21st century skill development are twice as likely to have higher work quality compared to those who had low 21st century skill development.

* Across the 21st century skills included in this study, real world problem-solving is the significant driver of higher work quality; however, less than two-thirds (63%) of respondents reported developing this skill often in the last year of school and that number drops to less than half (39%) for high school graduates

Is your school providing students with these skills? The survey also noted that 59% of participants reported learning these skills outside the classroom. To go directly to the report: http://www.gallup.com/strategicconsulting/162821/21st-century-skills-workplace.aspx.

Carolyn Williams's curator insight, June 2, 2013 5:58 AM

Working in a corporate industry for twenty three years and seeing the rise of operators, school leavers would benefit from 21st technological studies and how that applies to the workplace.

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Vivapitch - engage your audience

Vivapitch - engage your audience | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it

Vivapitch lets conference audiences view and interact with the presentation slides, in real-time, on their mobile devices.

Users can currently:

Save the presentation, leave notes alongside important slides, share slides directly with your Twitter network.

 


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Teleconferencing

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 2, 2013 7:46 AM

While listening to the presenter's speech, the audience can interact by annotating, sharing, tweeting, saving the presentation in real time. To engage your audience, all you need is to download a free Presenter app for PowerPoint.

Vivapitch currently works on Android platform only.

LucaVanin's curator insight, June 4, 2013 6:16 PM

Da provare assolutamente: permette ai partecipanti di aggiungere note e interagire con le presentazioni! :-)

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Recordium - Add Visual Notes to Audio Recordings

Recordium - Add Visual Notes to Audio Recordings | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
Recordium is a new iPad and iPhone for creating audio recordings. At first glance the app reminded me Sound Cloud. Like Sound Cloud, Recordium can be used to quickly create a spoken note or to reco...

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Another promising authoring tool!

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Using E-Portfolios in the Classroom

Using E-Portfolios in the Classroom | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
For decades, students have been completing assignments in school. Often, these were seen only by the teacher, graded and returned to the student. Sometimes, the work was posted on a classroom wall or
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Timely!

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Selecting the right chart type for your data | Visual.ly

Selecting the right chart type for your data | Visual.ly | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
The selection of the right chart type for your data depends on the kind of analysis your audience will need.
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Nice infographic on infographics.

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Cynicism Is Contagious; So Is Hope

Cynicism Is Contagious; So Is Hope | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
In my last post, I promised readers a special post on a topic of great importance to me. Fighting cynicism is that topic. It is one of the most important issues for me and needs to be one of the most
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From Joe Phillips to all Site Directors at INTERLINK.

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What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School | MindShift

What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School | MindShift | EFL in the GCC | Scoop.it
In many schools, project-based learning happens in isolated cases: in certain teachers' classrooms here and there, or in the contexts of specific subjects. Bu
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Thanks to Melik Spain for this. There are links at the bottom of the article for further exploration.

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24 People Who Are Really Nailing This Parenting Thing

Something tells me that the children of all these parents are going to grow up to be just fine.
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Useful?

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The 3 Secrets of Highly Successful Graduates

Today's graduates don't feel ready for the new world of work. I share three things that successful professionals eventually figure out about their careers. http
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Wise words.

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