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DocentEDU - turn webpages or Google Docs into interactive Lessons

DocentEDU - turn webpages or Google Docs into interactive Lessons | technologies | Scoop.it
Turn any online text into an interactive, engaging, and rich learning experience with only a few clicks.
John Dalziel's insight:
DocentEDU is a web tool and mobile app to use with your learners. 
It is particularly useful for both Blended and Flipped learning. DocentEDU allows users to easily turn any webpage or published Google Doc into an interactive lesson where they can... 
♦ add comments, 
♦ private discussions, 
♦ highlight passages, 
♦ embed videos/maps/simulations/quizzes, 
 ♦ add questions and 
 ...much more. 
 When learners log in to the website they will be able to see all the annotations, questions and content the practitioners have added. 
 Learners can also use DocentEDU to take their notes and add their own annotations to the text. 
NOTE: Learners' answers, to the questions added, are saved in private from the rest of the learners. 
DocentEDU works on various platforms including iOS, Android, the web and Chromebooks. 
HEADS-UP: DocentEDU is not free but it does offer discounts and training for learning providers. 
To learn more about DocentEDU, take a look at the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/fSmgBrMI1Gw
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MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers

MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers | technologies | Scoop.it
Get MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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If you, or your learners, fancy something different, then why not make a caricature selfie?
Make a funny image of yourself, based on a photo you take with the MomentCam app, or one that you choose from your photographs.
The resulting images are all GIF images so prepare to see some of the resulting images dancing around.
It’s worth a few smiles at least.

If you have an Android look at...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.manboker.headportrait&hl=en

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TinyTap - Turn Moments Into Games

TinyTap - Turn Moments Into Games | technologies | Scoop.it

TinyTap is the best way to create personalised learning activities and games for learners on the iPad iPhone and Android devices.
TinyTap allows practitioners, parents, learners of all ages to turn the moments they share together into personal games. Free on the App Store and Google Play.

John Dalziel's insight:

Interactivity is an important ingredient when involving learners in any learning process.
The TinyTap app...
   - provides a free way to start building that interactivity into lessons.
   - is a simple but immensely powerful concept where static images and photos can be combined with recorded audio and digital hotspots to create fully interactive games and lessons.

Try it out, it's FREE

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Nearpod

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Get Nearpod on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

The Nearpod platform enables practitioners to use their iPads to manage content on learners' iPads, iPhones or iPods.

It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution. 

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Mobile phone app

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Want free first aid advice at your fingertips? Then look no further than the 'St John Ambulance First Aid' app, available for Android, iPhone and BlackBerry mobile devices.
John Dalziel's insight:

Even basic first aid knowledge can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

This free first aid app puts potentially life saving advice at your learners fingertips.

Available for...

- Android,
- BlackBerry® and
- iPhone® mobile device users,
...the app provides easy to follow advice on a range of first aid scenarios, from minor injuries to major emergencies.

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Google Apps for Blind and Low-Vision Users - Google Apps Help

Google Apps for Blind and Low-Vision Users - Google Apps Help | technologies | Scoop.it

About this guide and Google Apps
Welcome to Google Apps! This guide is to help our blind and low-vision users get up and running on Google Apps.

John Dalziel's insight:

 I was directed to this via the Official Google Blog who had a post about the accessibility features of Chrome, Google Apps, and the Android OS. Included in that post was this link to the Google Apps accessibility guides for blind and low-vision users. The guides cover Gmail, Drive (including Doc, Sheets, and Slides), and calendar.

A post I'm sure colleagues will find useful.

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Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is an alternative for Microsoft Office

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is an alternative for Microsoft Office | technologies | Scoop.it

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is a completely free office productivity suite, which includes three programs that reflect the different purposes and tasks required in any educational / working / personal environment.

 

These are:
- Writer - fully equipped modern word processor;
- Presentation - create effective multimedia presentations;
- Spreadsheets - handle all your data processing and analysis requirements.

 

Kingsoft Office Free is a revolutionary office suite with a small size of only 36.4MB. It is quite stable and reliable.

 

It is also available for Andriod OS.

 

Although it is a free suite, Kingsoft Office comes with many innovative features, including a paragraph adjustment tool, and multiple tabbed feature. It also has Office to PDF converter, automatic spell checking and word count features.

 

Ideal for those who can't afford alternatives.

 

This post provides more information and links for downloads.

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Google Mobile

Google Mobile | technologies | Scoop.it

Many learning providers block a number of websites including YouTube.

 

The new YouTube app for Android, makes Educational YouTube channels available to learners via their mobiles.

 

With less screen space on mobile phones than a laptop or TV, the YouTube app provides a guide on the left side of the screen that provides instant access to channels, and a feed updating the new videos.

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Scan Documents On Your Phone With CamScanner [Android & iPhone]

Scan Documents On Your Phone With CamScanner [Android & iPhone] | technologies | Scoop.it
When it comes to smartphones, many of us want to be able to use them to do all manner of useful home office tasks just to make our lives easier. So it's a phone, a camera, a handy email client, social networking centre and all the rest.

 

CamScanner is an application, available on Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile and Blackberry, designed to make high quality document scanning easy for users using their smartphone.

 

CamScanner is quite sophisticated, it is easy to scan multiple pages into one document and/or to auto-crop an image to exactly what a user wants to keep/share/save.

 

I've added the free version to my work iPhone to test the ad-supported, limited version; give it a go and see what you think!

 

I would think it is an ideal application for WBL Assessors.

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Coling's comment, November 2, 2011 3:38 AM
Thanks for that, at first I thought why not just use the phone camera to capture a document, but this does open more avenues for assessment, will download, spread the word and and let you know
John Dalziel's comment, November 3, 2011 4:12 PM
Thanks for the feedback Coling; Like many tools it isn't the tool, it's the way it is used.
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Audioboo

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Audioboo is another free tool, to add to the collection, for creating audio messages to share on the web.

Audioboo allows users to record messages...
* on their mobile devices using Audioboo's free Android or iPhone apps;
* directly on the Audioboo website.

Messages created can be shared by...
* embedding recordings into a blog or website;
* posting them to...
o Twitter;
o Facebook;
o Posterous; and/or
o Tumblr.
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Clarisketch

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The Clarisketch application...
● is Free and
● works on Android OS version 2.3.6 Gingerbread or higher.
Users just...
● take a picture, then
● record a themself speaking and drawing on the picture and then
● Send to, and/or share it with others (They don't need the app).
To find out more take a look at the tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/embed/vbVCV428hl4

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Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover

Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover | technologies | Scoop.it
Get Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

Once you’ve taken a selfie, do you feel it would be nice to...
   - get rid of the pimples,
   - remove the second chin, and the third eye… and
   - change the the hair colour. If you have any!
Yes to any of the above and this is why Perfect365 belongs on your phone.
Once you have snapped your selfie, you can run the picture through Perfect365 and get a “magazine-worthy digital makeover” (their words not mine).

If you have an Android, rather than an iPhone view at...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcsoft.perfect365&hl=en ;

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Bel Math Apps

Bel Math Apps | technologies | Scoop.it
Bel Math Apps offers the applications for iPad, iPhone, Android
with the new approach to practice the elementary and middle school mathematics.
John Dalziel's insight:

Bel Math Apps applications cover the whole Number and Operations domain of Functional Skills.

Practitioners and Learners can use the applications as a digital alternative to the traditional paper and pencil method.
The goal is to provide a tool to strengthen learners' knowledge.
Most important features of the apps...
   - easy to learn, easy to operate;
   - no distractions;
   - the flexible nature of the apps allows it to fit the needs of any learner;
   - the apps help practitioners to locate their learners’ weak spots, and to quickly improve the learners’ skills and performance in those areas;
NOTE: iPad & iPhone applications allow sending the results of the practice session directly from the application to the practitioner through the built-in Email ;
   - applications for Android are able to store the session results in the files for the following analysis by practitioners.

Click MORE and choose Demo to try it out first!

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John Dalziel's insight:

Bel Math Apps applications cover the whole Number and Operations domain of Functional Skills.

Practitioners and Learners can use the applications as a digital alternative to the traditional paper and pencil method.
The goal is to provide a tool to strengthen learners' knowledge.
Most important features of the apps...
   - easy to learn, easy to operate;
   - no distractions;
   - the flexible nature of the apps allows it to fit the needs of any learner;
   - the apps help practitioners to locate their learners’ weak spots, and to quickly improve the learners’ skills and performance in those areas;
NOTE: iPad & iPhone applications allow sending the results of the practice session directly from the application to the practitioner through the built-in Email ;
   - applications for Android are able to store the session results in the files for the following analysis by practitioners.

Click MORE and choose Demo to try it out first!

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Google Tips

Google Tips | technologies | Scoop.it
A bunch of other stuff you can do with Google.
John Dalziel's insight:

Google Tips is collection of examples and tips for Google product use.

Practitioners or learners can select a specific product to learn about or scroll through the whole gallery of tips for all products.

Most of the tips are things that I would categorize as "beginner" tips.

Beginner tips are great for those that are just getting started with...

 

Google Apps for Education,Chromebooks, and/orAndroid tablets.
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edshelf

edshelf | technologies | Scoop.it
Reviews & recommendations of tools for education
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Practitioners can create an App Library, for example: Apps for a specific curriculum area, using edshelf.
edshelf allows users to curate libraries of relevant apps, and store them by whatever measure they choose.

By...
- Content Area (e.g. math, literature, social studies)
- App Function (publishing, collaborating, designing)
- Platform (iOS, Android, etc.)
- Other Niche
Users are able to share apps, explore content, and comment on other collections.

This helps them fill out their own lists while helping others discover that apps they might be missing.

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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (or other tablets)

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (or other tablets) | technologies | Scoop.it

Many learning providers have, or are considering, investing heavily in iPads (and other tablets) for classroom use.

 

This post, from edudemic highlights common mistakes many learning providers are making with iPads (and other tablets), mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives; they include...

 

1) Focusing on content apps


2) Lack of Teacher Preparation in Classroom Management of iPads  (or other tablets)


3) Treating the iPad (or other tablets) as a computer and expecting it to serve as a laptop.


4) Treating iPads (or other tablets) like multi-user devices


5) Failure to communicate a compelling answer to “Why iPads?” Or other tablets?

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Peggy Alvarez's curator insight, February 1, 2015 9:28 PM

Interesting points!

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Do learners find themself forgetting homework assignments?

 

Well that is obviously not good for their grades.

 

With myHomework, there is a small yearly charge, that will not be a problem anymore.

 

myHomework will help learners keep track of their assignments.

 

Find out more at https://myhomeworkapp.com/ ;

 

- Track classes, assignments, tests & more!
- Sync between the website and iOS or Android devices.
- Receive due date reminders.

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SyncSpace for iPad on the iTunes App Store

SyncSpace is a collaborative whiteboard app.

 

SyncSpace can be used to create drawings and documents on a tablet using free-hand drawing tools, using typing tools, or a combination of the two tool sets.

 

Drawings and documents can be sent to and synced with other users so that they can comment and edit your drawings and documents.

 

Download SyncSpace and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Note iOS 4.2 or later required.

 

Also available for Android at https://market.android.com/details?id=com.infinitekind.syncspace.android 

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Bloomin' Android by Kathy Schrock

Bloomin' Android by Kathy Schrock | technologies | Scoop.it

I personally don't have an Android but these links to Android applications, that target the various levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy, is well worth a closer look by those of you who do.

 

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