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Awesome screenshot - a central hub for all user screenshot images, letting users edit and annotate them

Awesome screenshot - a central hub for all user screenshot images, letting users edit and annotate them | technologies | Scoop.it
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Awesome Screenshot makes taking screenshots a more customisable process. 
Awesome Screenshot acts a central hub for all user screenshot images and lets users edit and annotate them. 
The Awesome Screenshot app - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/awesome-screenshot-app/mfpiaehgjbbfednooihadalhehabhcjo - makes sharing screenshots easy. 
Users can upload them to the Awesome Screenshot App’s server, which in turn gives them a public URL so their friends, colleagues and/or others can access them. 
Users can also save their screenshots to the Chromebook’s local drive or directly to Google Drive.
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Scrible - Productivity Tool for Research

Scrible - Productivity Tool for Research | technologies | Scoop.it
Modern research platform for school and work
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Scrible is a very good productivity tool every learner, engaged in research, should have. 
Scrible provides users with various tools and features that enable them to... 
  - curate on-line content, 
  - bookmark websites, 
  - store files, 
  - annotate and share webpages and PDFs. 
Users can use Scrible to annotate content on a webpage or PDF. They can add comments, highlight passages and share their annotated content with others through email or social media websites. 
Everything users curate and annotate is saved to their library in Scrible. 
Users can organise their library with tags so they can easily find their saved content. 
Scrible also provides an excellent PDF viewer and annotator which works in a users browser. 
Learners can use Scrible to load or upload PDF documents to work on. 
They can then... 
  - use Scrible’s annotation tools to highlight and add comments and share PDF documents with each other and be able to... 
  - see who is viewing the shared PDF, 
  - reply to comments and 
  - see annotations in real-time. 
Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/IIhG3chkmXQ to learn more about Scrible PDF Viewer/Annotator. 
Scrible provides free upgrade to learners and educators. 
Check it out to learn more...
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Owl Eyes - provide learners with guidance while reading classic literature

Owl Eyes - provide learners with guidance while reading classic literature | technologies | Scoop.it
Owl Eyes is an improved reading and learning experience for students, teachers, and everyday readers. Incorporate expert annotations, quizzes, and insights into your classroom or personal reading experience.
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Owl Eyes is a free tool that provides education practitioners with a good way to provide learners with guidance while they are reading classic literature. 
Owl Eyes provides users with tools to insert annotations and questions into classic literature. 
Their Learners can see the annotations and questions that they add to the digital text. 
Practitioners have the option to create on-line classrooms through which they can monitor their learners' progress through a text and view their learners' annotations and answers to questions. 
The texts available through Owl Eyes are mostly classic works that are in the public domain. 
Video clips worth watching include... 
  - How to Create Annotations and highlights on Owl Eyes - https://www.youtube.com/embed/tG3s4sVxE7Y and 
  - How to Create a Quiz Question on Owl Eyes - https://www.youtube.com/embed/BH0OLC93B7c ;
...I recommend watching them in order to save yourself from some frustrating clicking without results. 
This has to be one for Literature Practitioners...
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Bamboo Paper - an excellent notebook app

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Bamboo Paper is an excellent notebook app practitioners and/or learners can use for sketching, drawing, or taking notes. 
Bamboo Paper provides a number of interesting features that makes writing/drawing experience on it resemble a real pen and paper experience. 
Bamboo Paper can be used to engage in a wide variety of creative multimedia activities from drawing beautiful art works to plotting story timelines. 
By using one of Bamboo Paper’s six expressive pens and brushes users can start their writing, drawing or sketching. 
Images and photos can be imported and users can then annotate them. 
The resulting notebooks can be easily synced to other mobile platforms and devices. 
NOTE: - For advanced note-taking or sketching, try the thin-tip pressure sensitive stylus products from Wacom: Bamboo Stylus fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2. 
The free version of Bamboo Paper comes with limited features, the paid version has more advanced functionalities. 
Check it out and see if you like it. 
Bamboo Paper is available for... Windows - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/p/bamboo-paper/9wzdncrfj1bh ;
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Microsoft Edge – Microsoft

Microsoft Edge – Microsoft | technologies | Scoop.it
Do more. Experience Microsoft Edge, the all new browser for doing, and have a better web experience.
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Windows 10 comes with a brand spanking new browser called Edge, which is faster and less resource-heavy. 
Educators, and learners, can take advantage of the new Web Note feature that will allow them to scribble notes directly on the web page; this works best on a touchscreen Windows device like a Surface, but it also works with a mouse too, and will be perfect for those using interactive whiteboards. 
The pages can be shared easily with others for more efficient presentations/collaboration/etc. 
Edge also manages a users reading list as well, so when using the app on a small tablet it becomes their eBook reader.
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Science in the Classroom

Science in the Classroom | technologies | Scoop.it
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Science in the Classroom is a free resource for practitioners from Science Magazine. 
On the Science in the Classroom website, users will find research papers containing interactive annotations to help learners understand the content of the papers. 
In the right hand margin of each paper they will find a section called "learning lens." 
Learning lens offers seven types of interactive annotations that learners can enable. 
Of those seven types of annotations, the glossary annotation is the one that learners will probably use most often. 
The glossary annotations highlight key words and terms in the article. 
Clicking on a highlighted annotation reveals a definition. 
In addition to the interactive annotations, Science in the Classroom provides practitioners with... 
 ► discussion and reading comprehension questions and 
 ► a list of suggested learning activities.
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Annotation types - YouTube

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YouTube Video Editor is a powerful tool to use to add annotations and text to your videos. 
It supports five different types of annotations namely... 
► speech bubbles, 
► spotlight, 
► notes, 
► titles, and 
► labels. 
 Users can add annotations right from Video Manager tab in their YouTube channel 
This links to a video that provides a - "HowTo" tutorial
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TinyTake - Free Windows Screen Capture Software

TinyTake - Free Windows Screen Capture Software | technologies | Scoop.it
Make the most of your screen captures. TinyTake gives you all the tools to capture, annotate, and share screen captures and screen casts for free.
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TinyTake – is a free screen capture software for Microsoft Windows.
With TinyTake, users can capture images and videos of their computer screen, add comments and share them with others in minutes.
TinyTake is built by MangoApps and is available for free.

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Explain and Send Screenshots

Explain and Send Screenshots | technologies | Scoop.it
Capture a webpage, write text, arrows and circles on it and share it with a direct link to the screenshot without a frame!
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Explain and Send is a free Chrome extension that, because I've got synchronization enabled, I have installed on all my browsers.

 

The extension allows me to quickly select all or a portion of my screen, draw on it, type on it, and share it.


After a screen capture has been created, users can share it via email, Twitter, or Facebook.

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handy tool Thx
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ReadCube: Academic Software For Research

ReadCube: Academic Software For Research | technologies | Scoop.it
Readcube is a free, simple, academic software and reference manager for researchers. Read Cube helps researchers organize, annotate and stay on top of new research literature.
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ReadCube is a desktop application that users can use to organize their files and PDFs.
ReadCube provides a library where users can save their research literature for offline access.

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ReadCube | Free Reference Manager - Academic Software For Research

Readcube is a free, simple, academic software and reference manager for researchers. Read Cube helps researchers organize, annotate and stay on top of new research literature.

 

Read Cube is a application, for both Mac and Windows, designed to help learners organize their research.

 

Read Cube...

- provides a place for learners to save and annotate documents.
- facilitates Google Scholar and Pub Med searches and learners can also import PDFs that they find elsewhere.

 

Don't be put off by the the fact that Read Cube is targeted at a higher education audience; it has potential to be used for research at many levels.

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LiveMinutes

LiveMinutes | technologies | Scoop.it

LiveMinutes is a free web conferencing service that lets users share and annotate documents with team members, learners, stakeholders, etc.

 

What's special about LiveMinutes is that it's user-oriented in a way previous web conferencing tools never have been.

 

Also, after every meeting (when users sign up), an HTML5 report is automatically generated with the meeting minutes so you can keep trace of what was said and done, hence the name.

 

LiveMinutes - Share Documents Live. Get Minutes Worth Keeping

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scrible | smarter online research - annotate, organize & collaborate on web pages

scrible | smarter online research - annotate, organize & collaborate on web pages | technologies | Scoop.it
It was my Son, Ben Dalziel, who brought Scrible to my attention; it is free and, at the time of writing this, is in public beta (It went public on May 4th 2011).

Scrible's Basic Edition enables users, among other things, to...

* Richly annotate web pages in multiple colours & styles

* Save web research online & access it from anywhere

* Use simple keywords to search full text of any saved research

* Use tags to quickly and easily organize research by topic

* Easily share annotated web research with others via email

In their words...

"Even though the world uses the Internet to research nearly everything for work, school and home (job postings, press releases, Wikipedia articles, medical info, etc.), most folks still use old-school ways of annotating, organizing and sharing online info (printing to mark by hand, copying/pasting into Word, etc.). It's archaic, laborious and a waste of time. We're changing that. We're bringing Web-based research into the Internet Era by empowering people to mark up web pages in the browser and manage and collaborate on them online. And that's just the start..."
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PDF Markup Cloud - Annotate PDFs and Web Pages

PDF Markup Cloud - Annotate PDFs and Web Pages | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about PDF Markup Cloud - Annotate PDFs and Web Pages. Download PDF Markup Cloud - Annotate PDFs and Web Pages and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
PDFs are one of the major document formats we deal with in our daily work as teachers and educators. 
Besides their readability and user friendliness, PDFs, compared to other document formats, have several strengths...
  - they are print friendly and are accepted by major printers, 
  - they can be locked so that others can only read and not alter its content, 
  - they are ideal for archiving and storage as they can be easily compressed, 
  - they can be combined and merged together, and 
  - they are also ideal for document exchange between multiple users.  
PDF Markup Cloud is an expert of PDF viewing, editing, and organising. 
Similar to Adobe Acrobat Reader, that many people are used to, PDF Markup Cloud allows users to... 
  - add PDF annotations, 
  - sign or write on documents, 
  - highlight web pages, and 
  - back up files with all the popular cloud storage services 
...all directly from a users iPhone or iPad. 
Another app that must be worth a closer look!
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Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera on the App Store

Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera on the App Store | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera. Download Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
Stage Pro is a very good interactive whiteboard and document camera app. 
As an education practitioner you can use this app to create interactive tutorials and demo videos using both the convenience of your camera and the strength of an interactive whiteboard. 
Users can... 
  - record video and audio, 
  - annotate and mark-up picture and documents, 
  - create multi-page presentations, and 
  - easily capture and share lessons. 
Stage Pro includes collaborative features that allows users to use live video and interactive tools to ‘ showcase real-time problem solving, demos, and experimentation. 
Paired with Airplay, Stage makes wireless sharing quick and easy.
With the added flexibility to move around the room, educators can truly engage and involve learners. 
Other interesting features provided by Stage Pro include... 
  - Easily switch backgrounds from live front/rear camera feed, 
  - whiteboard/blackboard canvas, 
  - any picture from your photo library, or royalty-free academic images; 
  - import PDFs from Dropbox, Google Drive, or “Open in…” iOS feature; 
  - lock/unlock camera auto-focus to produce perfect, blur-free tutorials; 
  - dynamically present in real-time, wirelessly using Airplay or via a wired projector connection; 
  - save everything directly to your iPhone or iPad photo library for anywhere, anytime access; 
simple, accessible, and effective - No app login or internet connection required 
…you should give it a try and see if you like it.
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Paper & Pencil by FiftyThree

Paper & Pencil by FiftyThree | technologies | Scoop.it
FiftyThree builds tools for mobile creation. Our first product, Paper, is the easiest and most beautiful way to create on the iPad and iPhone. FiftyThree is the space to create.
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Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes 
When inspiration occurs, put it on Paper. 
Paper is an excellent way for Practitioners, and/or learners, to... 
 - capture and connect their notes, photos, and sketches; 
 - create checklists; 
 - spotlight details in photos, and 
 - sketch diagrams with unbeatable speed and ease. 
Paper is like a wall of sticky notes for everything! 
Well worth a closer look!
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VideoAnt - add annotations to any publicly accessible YouTube video

VideoAnt - add annotations to any publicly accessible YouTube video | technologies | Scoop.it
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Today's tool was one I've posted at in the past but it's been updated, it's now HTML5 rather than Flash based, making it mobile and multi-platform friendly. 
VideoANT is a University of Minnesota project that allows users to annotate any publicly accessible YouTube video with comments. 
To do this users... 
 ► copy the URL of a video and 
 ► paste it into the VideoANT annotation tool. 
Then as the video plays... 
 ► click the "add annotation" button when ever they want to add an annotation. 
If a user wants to collaborate with others, they can send them the VideoANT link. 
They are the only person that has to have a VideoANT account. Their collaborators do not need to have a VideoANT account to participate in the annotation process with them. 
IMPORTANT: Be careful with whom you share this URL. Don’t post it on a public forum or social media page if you want to keep others from seeing or making comments. 
Very much a tool for learners to view and make comments on YouTube videos without registering. 
 ► Practitioners can have learners view videos and add their thoughts. 
 ► Learners can share videos with their peers on a project. 
 ► Practitioners can make a bite-sized lesson out of clips by providing more information alongside the video, and 
 ► the resulting videos with comments can even be embedded in websites or other web presences. 
Well worth a closer look and/or revisit.
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Explain Everything™ - Interactive and Collaborative Whiteboard

Explain Everything™ - Interactive and Collaborative Whiteboard | technologies | Scoop.it
Explain Everything is a unique interactive screencasting whiteboard app being used by over 2 million students, teachers, leaders, and learners around
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Explain Everything is an easy-to-use... 
► design, 
► screencasting, and 
► interactive whiteboard tool 
...with real-time collaboration that lets users... 
► animate, 
► record, 
► annotate, 
► collaborate, and 
► explore ideas, knowledge and understanding. 
Explain Everything provides Education Practitioners and Learners an opportunity to... 
► share thinking, 
► reflect upon knowledge building, and 
► assess both products and processes of learning. 
It's available for iPad, Chromebook, Android, and Windows Devices.
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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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videoANT

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On VideoANT anyone can add annotations to any publicly accessible YouTube video.

To do this users...
   - copy the URL of a video and
   - paste it into the VideoANT annotation tool.
As the video plays click the "add annotation" button when users want to add an annotation.
Collaborative annotations...
   - Within education, a practitioner is the only person that has to have a VideoANT account;

   - their collaborators, learners and/or colleagues, do not need to have a VideoANT account to participate in the collaborative annotation process.
   - Just send chosen collaborators the VideoANT link.
Find out more at https://ant2.cehd.umn.edu/about

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qSnap

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qSnap
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qSnap is the only 100 percent browser based, cross-platform screen capture tool available! Whether users prefer Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer, they will benefit from qSnap.
With a click they can capture either visible screen or full screen and automatically have multiple captures consolidated into a single, lightweight document!
Note: I've only tried the Chrome extension and it works well.

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Snaplr App

Snaplr App | technologies | Scoop.it
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Vessenger, producers of a group messaging system, offers this free program for capturing and annotating images on your computer screen.

 

Snaplr, is available for Windows and Mac.

 

With Snaplr installed practitioners and/orlearners can capture all or part of their screen.

 

It's Snaplr's annotation tools that I like most of all.

They include...
- text boxes,
- highlighting, and
- free-hand drawing tools.

 

When users have finished creating their annotated screen capture they can save it as a PNG file or attach it to an email message in Outlook etc.

 

A big step forward from Windows Snipping Tool with lots of potential in producing evidence for assessment, and/or producing feedback to learners and/or enhancing collaborative work.

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a great tool to speed up taking screen captures

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szoter - online annotation tool

Szoter...

- is a free online tool for annotating images that are stored on a computer.

- can be used to capture and annotate screenshots.

- can be used on the web or downloaded as an Adobe Air version to run on your desktop.

 

Upload images, draw and/or type on them.

When finished, users can save them to their local computer or share them online through social networks. 

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Highlight web with Marker.to - best marker, highlighter, annotator!

Highlight web with Marker.to - best marker, highlighter, annotator! | technologies | Scoop.it

Marker.to is a simple annotation tool.

 

Use a marker pen for webpages! After installation of the browser extension or bookmarklet users can run Marker simply by clicking on the icon and highlight text on a website with their mouse.

 

Annotating helps point out important information in long articles.

 

Marker.to creates a special link for the highlighted version of the page which can be shared via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, IM etc.

 

Anyone can view highlighted page with any browser! No bookmarklet or browser extension is necessary for viewing.

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MapMaker Page Maps - National Geographic Education

MapMaker Page Maps - National Geographic Education | technologies | Scoop.it
Customize one-page maps and download, email, print, or share!
This resource, from National Geographic, must have been designed with the IWB (Interactive White Board) in mind. It has an easy "touch" navigation system and it has tabs that allow users to annotate and place various icons on the map.

The map elements options also allows users to add various map details including titles, latitude and longitude lines, landmarks, and key labels. Best of all, this resource includes a full-page option to help teachers display the map as large as possible with a single touch on their IWB. There is also an option to download the final map to an image file or a PDF file.

Note: this resource is still in beta and I found that not all the features function perfectly. e.g. I wasn't able to download the map I created. However, I captured it using snippy, (on an XP Laptop) and the Snipping Tool that comes with Windows OS 7.
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