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AlfaTyping - Free typing lessons, lots of typing games and typing test

AlfaTyping - Free typing lessons, lots of typing games and typing test | technologies |
Free Typing Lessons - typing classes for teachers with lots of typing games and typing test.
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Learners can sign-up and use AlfaTyping, a free service that provides on-line typing lessons, and/or practitioners can create and manage accounts for their learners.
One of the nice things about AlfaTyping is that practitioners are able to create their own lessons using text that relates to topics learners are already studying.
That means when learners are reading the text on the screen and typing it, they are getting increased exposure to key vocabulary terms from other topics they're studying.
If practitioners don't have time to create their own lessons, they can use the pre-made lessons offered by AlfaTyping.
Regardless of whether they create their own lessons or use the pre-made lessons, they can track their learners' progress in AlfaTyping.

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SnapStill - Extract Photos From Video

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about SnapStill - Extract Photos From Video. Download SnapStill - Extract Photos From Video and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:

SnapStill is a handy iPad app for practitioners, learners, assessors, and or others, to use to extract photos from videos.
SnapStill allows users to pull out high quality shots from any video in their Photos library.
The way this works is very simple they...
   ● simply select a video,
   ● scroll to the frame where they want to grab a photo and
   ● press the save button or double-tap the video.
For precise frame-by-frame control, they drag their finger directly on the video.
SnapStill also includes ’Suggestions’ feature which enables the app to conduct automatic searches to find the best shots to snap from a given video.

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Strikingly - Make/build Your Own Website

Strikingly - Make/build Your Own Website | technologies |
Strikingly is the best website builder for anyone to build a gorgeous, mobile-friendly website easily. Quick, simple and stylish. Get started today.
John Dalziel's insight: is a service that can be used to create one page websites; these could be a good way for learners to showcase examples of their best images and/or videos.
Learners could also use pages to feature examples of their best 'writings'. provides a variety of templates for digital portfolios and digital flyers.
Each template can be customized by users hovering their mouse on any element of the template and selecting the edit button.
Note: - 1: Free pages are assigned subdomains and
2: Premium accounts can have custom domains.

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Put speech bubbles on your photos and create your own comic strips within minutes! Great looking results, no sign-up needed, 100% free. is probably the best speech bubble photo editor on the web.
John Dalziel's insight: is a web tool that allows learners and/or practitioners to edit and customize their images by adding speech bubbles and different image effects. Learners could use this service to create...
● picture stories, and/or
● picture evidence for assessments, and/or
● pictures for presentations etc.
...and share them with others.

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ProjectWriter - learners can collaboratively write reports

ProjectWriter - learners can collaboratively write reports | technologies |
ProjectWriter - Conduct group nonfiction writing projects centered around Social Studies/History, Science, or Technical Subjects
John Dalziel's insight:

ProjectWriter is a service through which learners can collaboratively write reports while using vocabulary terms and dates that practitioners have assigned to them.
The benefit of using ProjectWriter for this process is that practitioners get to see each learner's contributions to the project in the 'teacher' dashboard.
They can also give feedback to learners...
   - individually or
   - to the whole group.
Check out ProjectWriter, for ideas about using it within education

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WhatsDue: Never Miss A Due Date

WhatsDue: Never Miss A Due Date | technologies |

WhatsDue puts all of your due dates for all of your classes in 1 easy to use todo list

John Dalziel's insight:

How do your learners know WHAT’S DUE, 2015 Style?
The WhatsDue Free App Makes it so easy for practitioners to keep their Learners, and/or other stakeholders (employers, administrators etc.), up to Date with - What’s Due!
The process for practitioners is straight forward – just...
   - go to
   - click on the "Teacher Signup" Button and
   - sign up.
When signed-up...
   - enter assignments, tests, etc., fact anything that has a due date that they want their learners to be aware of.
What about the learners?
The learners just...
   - download the free app (available in the Apple Store and on Google Play) and
   - enter a code for their course (this is a short code users will see in the web interface)
...and WOW!, they see what’s due and when it's due in a simple easy to read display.
The whole process is...
   - totally straightforward,
   - highly functional, and
   - 100% free.

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Hairdressing Training

Hairdressing Training | technologies |
Hairdressing Training provides resources covering male and female cuts and other hairdressing skills to hairdressing students
John Dalziel's insight:

Hairdressing Training provides...
   - exemplary step-by-step guidance videos,
   - self-evaluation tests,
   - worksheets and
   - guides
...relating to an expanding collection of hairdressing styles and techniques.
The service is mapped to the NVQ and SVQ Hairdressing/Barbering curriculum.
All video content has been created by those who teach hairdressing in UK FE colleges and are openly available.

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Typeform: - Free Online Survey & Form Builder

Typeform: - Free Online Survey & Form Builder | technologies |
Create awesome online forms with Typeform, the FREE online survey tool that makes asking questions easy, human & beautiful. Sign up now and try it out!
John Dalziel's insight:

Typeform takes a completely fresh approach to asking questions online and puts user experience and engagement at the forefront. Optimized to look stunning on all devices (desktop and mobile), Typeform is well worth exploring as your go-to tool for...
   - polling,
   - quizzing,
   - surveying
...and engaging...
   - learners,
   - staff
   - employers or
   - any other stakeholders.
Typeform isn't a dedicated assessment platform, but it's an ideal place to put together...
   - a short quiz,
   - a test or
   - a poll.
Users can style and design their questions in hundreds of innovative and fun ways as well as embed images and video to make your test informative as well as evaluative.
NOTE: With a Typeform account users can review the results of every form they've created in the application, and they can also have Typeform pass results into a Google Spreadsheet.
This offers a lot more portability of data for...
   - printing,
   - exporting or
   - simply collating for later use.
If practitioners are comfortable with their learners using their email to signup to Typeform, the tool can be of great value in many different areas of study.
Typeform can be used for research to poll or survey opinions and feedback. While it is easy to deliver forms digitally using social media or email, one more interactive way is to take advantage of the mobile interface and have students poll attendees in person using devices at events or in public.

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Acclaim | technologies |
Acclaim facilitates constructive, educational discussions and feedback around video content.
John Dalziel's insight:

Acclaim is a web presence for practitioners facilitating discussion around video content.
It allows learners and practitioners to share questions, notes, and feedback by inserting time-specific comments that link to moments in each video.
Each comment is clickable, and once clicked, the video will jump to the specific moment that is being discussed.
Learners can see and respond to comments from their practitioner and peers at any time.
Users add videos to Acclaim in one of three different ways:
   - By embedding YouTube or Vimeo clips;
   - By uploading video files stored on a hard drive or mobile device; and/or
   - By using the built-in webcam feature to create and upload a video in real time.
Acclaim promotes learner engagement by encouraging discussion in a responsive and asynchronous format.
Using Acclaim as part of a flipped learning model, practitioners could...

   - assign video content for viewing as homework, and ask learners to share their thoughts and insights in the form of discussions with fellow classmates.
   - in performance based-courses, such as dance, public speaking, and trial law, learners may record themselves using the webcam feature, and receive precise feedback from their practitioners and peers about areas of excellence, as well as points for improvement.
Acclaim hones critical thinking, listening, analytical and observational skills.
Acclaim also has built in privacy management, which can be reassuring to learners with anxiety about their performance or concerns about public critique.
Users can create secure folders based around course units and assignments, then grant access to specific learners or peers on a limited basis.
Visit this link to find out more, and/or request Instructor Access.

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Mail Markup: Inline annotations and markup in Gmail, Email markup, Email annotations

Mail Markup: Inline annotations and markup in Gmail, Email markup, Email annotations | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Mail Markup in Gmail is a Chrome extension which enables practitioners to preview an attachment from their learners without downloading it.
They can...
   - annotate the attachment,
   - add comments,
   - add those comments directly into the email, and
   - then send it back.
Potentially, a huge time saver.

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Zaption - Interact With Video

Zaption - Interact With Video | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Zaption is a tool for creating video-based quizzes.
Zaption allows practitioners to display questions for learners to answer as they watch a video.
To create a quiz on Zaption users start by creating a "tour" in their account.
A tour is a combination of videos, images, and text arranged into a sequence.
After choosing a video, just start watching it then pause it when you want to add a question.
You can add questions in the form of...
   - multiple choice,
   - open response, or
   - check box response.
When learners watch the video they will see your questions appear in the context in which you set them.
As I've said, Zaption tours can include images and passages of text along with your video.
Users can add questions over images and or between images and text.
Just take a look at the Zaption showcase for some great examples of Zaption tours that incorporate video, images, and text.
Zaption could be a great tool for creating flipped lessons to share with learners.
NOTE: learners do not have to have Zaption accounts in order to use the tours that you create; the free version of the service allows users to include one video per tour (they can have unlimited tours).

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Chalkup: Social Learning Platform, Simple Learning Management.

Chalkup: Social Learning Platform, Simple Learning Management. | technologies |
Chalkup is a new learning, communication, and social studying platform for the modern class. Use Chalkup for class discussions, assignments, course materials, messages, and flashcards.
John Dalziel's insight:

Chalkup is an on-line service that allows practitioners to create classes to which they can distribute announcements and assignments in a message board style.
Their learners can sign-in to...
   - see what has been posted,
   - reply to posts, and
   - submit assignments.
Chalkup allows practitioners to distribute Google Drive files to their learners and they, in turn, can submit Google Drive files to practitioners.
Practitioners can simply select a file from their Google Drive account and share it through Chalkup.
When learners submit assignments in Chalkup, practitioners can comment and draw on their Google Documents as well as give them a numeric grade for their assignments.

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STUDYBLUE | Find and share online flashcards and notes from StudyBlue. Any subject, anywhere, anytime.

STUDYBLUE | Find and share online flashcards and notes from StudyBlue. Any subject, anywhere, anytime. | technologies |
Find and study online flashcards and class notes at home or on your phone. Visit StudyBlue today to learn more about how you can share and create flashcards for free!
John Dalziel's insight:

StudyBlue allows users to insert...
   - texts,
   - colourful images as well as
   - audios make their own flashcards.
In each card, users can store...
   - word definitions,
   - mathematics formulas and
   - short study notes.
A great study tool for learners who are studying languages, taking calculus classes or any subject for that matter.
Platform: iOS, Android, Windows, Desktop.

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Quizalize - engage & deliver instant assessments on any computer, tablet or smartphone

Quizalize - engage & deliver instant assessments on any computer, tablet or smartphone | technologies |

Quizalize lets you engage your class and deliver instant assessments for personalised learning on any computer, tablet or smartphone. It helps you quickly identify the strengths, weaknesses and learning gaps of individual students and intervene in real-time to give one-on-one help in the classroom.

John Dalziel's insight:

Quizalize is a quiz game platform that reminds me of Kahoot. Like Kahoot, learners play quiz games, created by you, on their laptops or tablets by going to the Quizalize website then entering their names and a class/course code.
Learners are...
     ► awarded points for correctly answering questions quickly.
     ► given feedback instantly on every quiz question that they answer. A total score is presented to learners at the end of every quiz.
Creating quizzes on Quizalize is a simple process. To get started just...
     ► name your quiz and
     ► tag it with a subject label.
As you write each quiz question you can include...
     ► a picture and
     ► up to four answer choices.
You can also specify a time limit of 5 to 120 seconds for each question.
One of the big plusses of Quizalize is found in the results page that you see as a practitioner.
     ► The scores for each learner appear on your screen in one place.
     ► On the results page practitioners can quickly identify the questions that gave learners the most difficulty in terms of correct answers as well as time needed to answer each question.
Quizalize also offers a marketplace in which you can find quizzes created by other users.
NOTE: Some of the quizzes are free and others are sold for a small fee.
TO BE CLEAR... creating and playing your own quizzes is completely FREE.
You may want to look at an overview of Quizalize at

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JotForm · Form Builder

JotForm · Form Builder | technologies |
JotForm's form builder helps you create & publish online forms anywhere, anytime without writing a single line of code. Free without ads!
John Dalziel's insight:

JotForm provides a good alternative to Google Forms, allowing users to easily create forms that they can share with others or embed in websites and/or or blogs and/or other web presences.
JotForm also provides over 10 themes and over 2000 ready-made templates to utilize when building forms and if users want to add their personal touch to the forms, JotForm is customizable.
Using JotForm's drag and drop form builder users can create their forms in minutes.
When someone completes a form, JotForm emails the responses to the owner instantly.
An additional plus is that JotForm integrates seamlessly with Google Drive and Dropbox.
NOTE: The free version of JotForm provides some pretty decent features (e.g 100 monthly submissions, 100 MB space, unlimited forms, reports and fields per form).

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Edusight - Notes

Edusight - Notes | technologies |

Edusight Notes is a mobile app that helps practitioners capture evidence of student learning as it happens throughout the year.

John Dalziel's insight:

Although developed for younger learners, EduSight Notes provides a means, for practitioners/assessors etc., to quickly capture anecdotal evidence about student learning, of all ages, in their learning environments.
EduSight Notes enables them to...
   ● take note of important behavior or character development for all their learners, and
   ● store examples of learner work to guide their assessment practice.
All notes and observations are organized by learner in a handy timeline view.
All this provides the means to reflect on learners’ progress by reviewing evidence of their learning, and application of skills etc.

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Riddle | technologies |
Riddle makes creating awesome interactive content easy. Quickly make beautiful posts that grab your friends’ and fans’ attention - from quizzes and lists, to polls and more - then use our beautiful intuitive dashboard to learn what they loved most. Riddle = Create. Post. Learn. (Repeat)
John Dalziel's insight:

Riddle is currently a free web tool for practitioners.
It allows them to create their own...
   ● quizzes,
   ● lists,
   ● polls,
...and more, often in under a minute.
Riddle makes creating interactive content simple, so practitioners can concentrate on the content instead of worrying about the tools.


NOTE: To remove the "Riddle Branding" there is a cost, based on the number of "logo free" Riddles needed at any one time.

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Riddle is currently a free web tool for practitioners.
It allows them to create their own...
   ● quizzes,
   ● lists,
   ● polls,
...and more, often in under a minute.
Riddle makes creating interactive content simple, so practitioners can concentrate on the content instead of worrying about the tools.


NOTE: To remove the "Riddle Branding" there is a cost, based on the number of "logo free" Riddles needed at any one time.

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Google Forms FINALLY Loves Math

Google Forms FINALLY Loves Math | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

I've posted about g(Math) < > for Google Forms before but, here is the good news...
     "g(Math) for Google Forms can now be used by learners to respond to questions that practitioners have added to Google Forms."
As users will be aware, g(Math) had previously only supported the creation of questions in Google Forms.
That, at the time, was a great feature as it allowed practitioners to easily insert graphs and equations into any Google Form.
BUT - this update allows learners to use the same Add-on to reply to questions.
Yes, g(Math) for Forms now...
   - allows learners to create graphs and equations while answering Google Forms questions.
   - includes an option for submitting handwritten responses.
John Stevens put together this post outlining, with screenshots, the steps to deploying g(Math) for Forms for learners.
You may also like to take a look at Richard Byrne's short video clip of the process at ;

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Analyze My Writing

Analyze My Writing | technologies |
An Online Writing Sample Content and Readability Analyzer: analyze your writing and get statistics on words you use most frequently, word and sentence length, readability, punctuation usage, and more.
John Dalziel's insight:

No this isn't just another word cloud tool like Wordle, there's much more to it than a word cloud generator.
Users just paste their text into Analyze My Writing and it will generate a large amount of information about your writing.
Analyze My Writing will...
   - give users a break-down of the readability of their writing on five indices;
   - include listings of the most common words and most common word pairs in their writing; and
   - provide a listing of how frequently they use punctuation and punctuation types.
Oh yes, and finally, a word cloud is included at the end of the analysis of their writing.
Analyze My Writing could be a great resource for learners to use when editing their assignments.

Beyond the readability of the their papers learners will receive important information about the words and phrases they have used repetitively in their writings.

Well worth looking at, and/or trying out.

Maura Bilek's curator insight, June 5, 6:45 PM

Interesting way to get some feedback on the way you write.

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g(Math) for Forms - Google Forms add-on

g(Math) for Forms - Google Forms add-on | technologies |
Create graphs (including plotting points), statistical displays, and write complex math directly in your Form!
John Dalziel's insight:

Many practitioners, who use Google Drive would like to add maths problems to their Google Forms.
g(Math) is a Google Forms Add-on that allows Google Docs users to insert graphs and mathematical expressions into their Google Forms.
To get the Add-on...
   - select "get Add-ons" from the Add-ons menu in Google Forms;
   - search for g(Math);
   - Click the install button,
   - give the Add-on permission to access your account, and
...then it's ready to go.
To insert graphs and equations into any Form, users...
   - select g(Math) from their Add-ons menu and
   - follow the directions that pop-up on the right side of the screen.

You may find useful to look at as well!

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Skaffl - classroom workflow

Skaffl - classroom workflow | technologies |
Get Skaffl - classroom workflow on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

Skaffl could provide a solution for practitioners who want a simple way to distribute and collect assignments without wading through a myriad of extra features that they won’t use.
Skaffl is a free iPad app that is designed to help practitioners...
   - distribute,
   - collect, and
   - grade assignments
...on their iPad.
On Skaffl practitioners can create 'classrooms' that their learners join through a class code.
Once a 'classroom' is created practitioners can distribute assignments and hand-outs to their learners.
Assignments can be created in the app or practitioners can attach items created outside of the Skaffl app.
Their learners can submit work through the app.
Practitioners can grade their learners’ assignments directly within the app.
Assignments that aren’t going to be graded (a rough draft of an essay, for example) can be annotated by practitioners to provide learners with ungraded feedback.
To sum up, with Skaffl
Practitioners can:
   - Create activities for students to complete
   - Plan ahead and save activities for distribution when you need them

   - Collect student work

   - Annotate and grade student assignments
Learners can:
   - Get their assignments and keep track of due dates
   - Hand in their assignments from other apps
   - Annotate and complete written assignments
   - Ask questions directly to their teachers using assignment comments

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Save As Doc - Google Sheets add-on

Save As Doc - Google Sheets add-on | technologies |
Convert any Google Sheets spreadsheet into a Google Document for improved legibility of lengthy cell text entries.
John Dalziel's insight:

If practitioners use Google Forms to create and deliver quizzes/assessments to learners (and if not why not?) the only real problem we face is when we add-in short answer or essay questions.

The responses spreadsheet, if we're honest, becomes unwieldy and difficult to read.
Save As Doc, a free Google Spreadsheets Add-on, can solve that problem!
It allows users to select the cells containing learners' short answer/essay responses and turns them into a document that will appear in their Google Drive dashboard (it might take a minute or two to appear if users have selected a large set of cells); practitioners can then easily view, edit, read, download as a pdf, grade and/or, if they have to, print the resulting document.

Another must have tool for making life easier!
You can also find out more at...

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Plickers - Transforming Student Assessment and Data Collection

Plickers - Transforming Student Assessment and Data Collection | technologies |
Affordable clickers for classrooms. Plickers transforms how teachers assess their students and collect data
John Dalziel's insight:

Plickers is a Student Response System for Learning Environmentss that aren't 1:1
Plickers uses a practitioner's iPad or Android tablet in conjunction with a series of QR codes to create a learner response system.
   - Learners are given a set of QR codes on large index cards.
   - The codes are assigned to learners.
   - Each code card can be turned in four orientations.
   - Each orientation provides a different answer.
   - When the practitioner is ready to collect data, he or she uses the Plickers mobile app to scan the cards to see a bar graph of responses.
Plickers could be a good Learner response system to use in learning environments in which learners don't have laptops or tablets to use.
Using Plickers to poll learners instead of asking them to raise hands to indicate if they "get it" or not allows learners to reply anonymously by holding up their cards.

Have all learners hold up their cards at the same time, scan them, and see the results.

Students won't know who said they "got it" or not because each code is unique to each student.

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Scooped by John Dalziel! | ReMarkable | ReMarkable | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

ReMarkable – is an application that allows practitioners to accept, mark and return documents to learners with ease. Once users download the app they are given a unique email address that can be used to accept any document type to ReMarkable.

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Turnitin - Teaching Tools

Turnitin - Teaching Tools | technologies |
Turnitin is the leading academic plagiarism detector, utilized by teachers and students to avoid plagiarism and ensure academic integrity.
John Dalziel's insight:

30 percent of papers graded in Turnitin in 2013, were graded using rubrics.
Teaching Tools provides a way for practitioners to both share the rubrics and lesson plans they've developed and gather valuable materials to apply in their own learning environments.
Plus, with the launch of our Grade Anything functionality, practitioners are now able to evaluate learner work across the curriculum for any type of assignments—presentations, science, maths and more.
The repository of sample rubrics and assignments offers a practical resource for practitioners looking for ideas, and who don't want to waste time reinventing pedagogical wheels.
All the items submitted are published under a Creative Commons license, which allows others to use, copy, distribute, and adapt.

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