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Microsoft Classroom

Microsoft Classroom | technologies | Scoop.it
A 'virtual space where practitioners can manage all of their classes.
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Microsoft Classroom is a 'virtual space where practitioners can manage all of their classes. 
It allows practitioners to... 
► create and grade assignments, 
► design different class sections, 
► provide personalised individual feedback and 
► collaborate with other practitioners in Professional Learning Communities. 
Microsoft Classroom is included in Office 365 for Education which users can access from the App Launcher in the Office 365 navigation bar. 
It's also worth looking at the 6 basic things every teacher using Microsoft Classroom should be able to do infographic at http://selectedreads.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/6-basic-activit_889_27256b79186b0669b5afa3e98648f36e7625f246.png?w=1600&h=5220
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wizer - creating a variety of interactive assignments

wizer - creating a variety of interactive assignments | technologies | Scoop.it

a useful tool for creating a variety of interactive assignments

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Wizer is a useful tool for creating a variety of interactive assignments including... 
► writing assignments, 
► multiple choice quizzes, and 
► labeling assignments. 
Practitioners can distribute their Wizer activities to their learners via Google Classroom and/or through the use of a link and pin system. 
It's worth looking at Richard Byrne's video demonstration of how to... 
► create an assignment in Wizer, 
► distribute it, and 
► view learners' responses to an assignment
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OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric - Google Docs add-on

OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric - Google Docs add-on | technologies | Scoop.it
Easily and quickly make rubric selections and convert the Analysis or Holistic rubric into a percentage or points grade.
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Both Google docs and Classroom are fantastic applications to create, distribute and receive submitted assignments from learners. 
 However, the grading process seems to bring the efficiency to a screeching halt. 
The OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric Add-on increases grading productivity by eliminating repetitive clicks, presenting the rubric selections in an easy to use format and presenting the final grades in a consistent, professional format. 
More time is created for practitioners to provide the needed constructive feedback their learners need for success. 
Simply, Teacher Rubric is an add-on that will increase grading productivity and will professionally presents a scored rubric and grade for learners.
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BookWidgets - A must-have for creative teachers

BookWidgets - A must-have for creative teachers | technologies | Scoop.it

BookWidgets is an affordable app that empowers teachers to create and distribute interactive exercises for iPads and Chromebooks in minutes.

John Dalziel's insight:
If practitioners want to make the most of tablets and computers in their Learning Environments (Including Flipped Learning), then BookWidgets is a must look at resource. 
With BookWidgets, Education professionals can create... 
● dynamic lessons, 
● reading exercises, 
● quizzes, 
 ...and many more options for interactive course eBooks and/or assignments. 
Visit https://www.bookwidgets.com/widget-library to view the 30+ widget types practitioners can choose from. 
Tailored educational exercises and teaching apps are easy to make and are instantly graded so practitioners and their learners can track progress in real time. 
As an example, you can see how to configure a WebQuest widget visit https://niels-vanspauwen.wistia.com/medias/6ysk6fsnyl
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wizer.me - create interactive assignments

wizer.me - create interactive assignments | technologies | Scoop.it
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Wizer is a tool for creating a variety of interactive assignments including... 
● writing assignments, 
● multiple choice quizzes, and 
● labeling assignments. 
Practitioners can distribute their Wizer activities to their learners through Google Classroom or through the use of a link and pin system. 
Take a look at a demonstration of how to create an assignment in Wizer, how to distribute it, and how to view learner responses to an assignment at https://www.youtube.com/embed/CeLQAjrixQU
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PingPong - Learner Response System that provides users with a free and easy way to collect feedback from learners

PingPong - Learner Response System that provides users with a free and easy way to collect feedback from learners | technologies | Scoop.it
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PingPong is a Learner Response System that provides users with a free and easy way to collect feedback from learners in the forms of... 
● multiple choice, 
● true/false, and 
● short answer questions. 
PingPong also lets users collect sketches from learners which is a great way to have learners illustrate solutions to mathematics problems and/or to submit diagrams to answer a question. NOTE: Practitioners will need to create an account, but their learners don't. 
Learners participate in PingPong activities by going to http://gogopp.com/en/web then selecting guest and entering the room code provided by their practitioner. 
The room code is the same for all of the users activities which could be helpful feature as learners should get the in the habit of using the same room code over and over. 
The single question nature of PingPong makes it good for conducting a quick survey of Learner' knowledge of a single concept before and/or during/after a lesson. 
The drawing feature makes PingPong a good option for asking questions that aren't easily answered with a typed response. NOTE: PingPong offers free Android and iPad apps which make it easier than using a mouse or touch pad for learners when they sketch responses to questions.
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Ratatype: - Typing test. Take free on-line typing speed test and get a certificate 

Ratatype: - Typing test. Take free on-line typing speed test and get a certificate  | technologies | Scoop.it
Test your typing speed online, find out how fast can you type with Ratatype WPM typing test and get online typing certificate
John Dalziel's insight:
Touch typing is, without a doubt, an important skill; sadly overlooked by many learning providers. 
Practitioners in Further, Adult & Community Education and Skills (#FACEandS) and/or Higher Education, often will not accept hand written assignments. 
This because typed pages are much easier for them to read, edit and auto-mark. 
Even an entry level job at the local Supermarket or fast food place will require at least some rudimentary typing skills so employees can swiftly and accurately enter customer or order information. 
The first step toward learning how to properly touch type is to learn where your typing skills currently stand. 
The easiest way to do that is to take an on-line typing test, like this one. 
It provides them with three numbers... 
 ● a gross typing speed, 
 ● an accuracy percentage, and 
 ● an adjusted typing speed. 
Beginners can usually manage about 35 words per minute, and practiced typists have been clocked at more than 100 wpm. 
The world record for typing on a QWERTY formatted keyboard is 216 words per minute. 
Ratatype allows users... 
 ● to test themselves, and 
 ● learn how to touch type
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PeerWise

PeerWise | technologies | Scoop.it
PeerWise supports students in the creation, sharing, evaluation and discussion of assessment questions.
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PeerWise supports learners in the...
► creation,
► sharing,
► evaluation and
► discussion
...of assessment questions.
PeerWise is an on-line tool providing learners with the opportunity to create and to explain their understanding of course related assessment questions, and to answer and discuss questions created by their peers.
PeerWise is free and very easy to use. Learners are presented with a simple, intuitive interface and practitioners can easily view their learner content and monitor participation.
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PeerWise supports learners in the...
► creation,
► sharing,
► evaluation and
► discussion
...of assessment questions.
PeerWise is an on-line tool providing learners with the opportunity to create and to explain their understanding of course related assessment questions, and to answer and discuss questions created by their peers.
PeerWise is free and very easy to use. Learners are presented with a simple, intuitive interface and practitioners can easily view their learner content and monitor participation.
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Formative - for real-time assessments

Formative - for real-time assessments | technologies | Scoop.it
A platform for real-time formative assessments + a FREE next-generation student response system.
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No surprise, Formative is a formative assessment tool for teachers. It provides them with a platform where they can create and distribute assignments with learners and track their performance in realtime.
Users can either...
■ create new assignments from scratch using Formative editor or
■ upload assignments they've already created somewhere else
...and use them with their learners paperlessly.
Just...
■ Create an account,
■ generate a code for their class and
■ send the code to learners so they can register.
Using Formative's analytics features, users are able to...
■ see learners progress in realtime,
■ grade their work,
■ provide instant individualized feedback and
■ engage with learners in constructive discussions around their assignments.
NOTE: - Formative is free for teachers and learners.
You may find it useful to watch the video tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/embed/8K9iQjmaaZQ ;

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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 | Scoop.it
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.
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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 | Scoop.it
Strikingly is the best website builder for anyone to build a gorgeous, mobile-friendly website easily. Quick, simple and stylish. Get started today.
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Striking.ly 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 Striking.ly pages to feature examples of their best 'writings'.
Striking.ly 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 Striking.ly pages are assigned Striking.ly subdomains and
2: Premium accounts can have custom domains.

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Phrase.it - an on-line Speech Bubble / Photo Editor

Phrase.it - an on-line Speech Bubble / Photo Editor | technologies | Scoop.it
Put speech bubbles on your photos and create your own comic strips within minutes! Great looking results, no sign-up needed, 100% free. phrase.it is probably the best speech bubble photo editor on the web.
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Phrase.it 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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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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Formative - real-time formative assessments

Formative - real-time formative assessments | technologies | Scoop.it
A platform for real-time formative assessments + a FREE next-generation student response system.
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"Formative" offers an nice way to create image-based quizzes, to gauge learner understanding of a topic. 
Just... 
► Create an Assignment 
► Assign to Learners 
► Get Live Results 
► Give Feedback. 
The image-based quizzes, that users create in Formative, can be embedded into course blogs and/or other web presences where learners can then answer the questions within the quiz. 
When answering questions, learners can choose to type, draw and/or add images. 
To create an image-based quiz in Formative... 
► select the "add content" option 
► upload an image 
► click "add question." and then 
► click anywhere on the image to insert a multiple choice or short answer question. 
NOTE: Formative accounts are FREE for teachers and learners
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Showbie – Paperless Classroom on the App Store

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Showbie- Paperless Classroom With Showbie, practitioners can... 
♥ quickly and easily assign, collect and review student work on their iPad, 
♥ then provide rich feedback to their learners by adding annotations, text notes and voice notes directly onto their documents. 
Learners can show their learning creatively by submitting to Showbie from thousands of compatible iPad apps, and/or by completing assignments with Showbie’s built in tools. 
Showbie helps keep everyone organised with individual learner assignment folders, email and push notifications.
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PeerWise - multiple-choice questions that are created, answered, rated & discussed by learners

PeerWise - multiple-choice questions that are created, answered, rated & discussed by learners | technologies | Scoop.it
Supports learners in the creation, sharing, evaluation and discussion of assessment questions.
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PeerWise is an on-line repository of multiple-choice questions that are created, answered, rated and discussed by learners. 
Typically any course using PeerWise begins with an empty repository. 
This grows gradually as the course progresses and learners author and contribute relevant questions. 
NOTE: All activity remains anonymous to learners, however instructors are able to view the identity of question and comment authors and have the ability to delete inappropriate questions. 
It's worth taking a look at https://www.unthsc.edu/center-for-innovative-learning/using-peerwise-engage-students/ for their Sample Rubric and general overview.
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Quizizz: Fun Multiplayer Learning Environment Quizzes

Quizizz: Fun Multiplayer Learning Environment Quizzes | technologies | Scoop.it
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Quizizz is an quick and easy tool to create quizzes that learners can take part in during classes and/or at home. Learners are given the same questions but just in a different order. 
Depending on whether they get questions right or wrong, they get feedback in the form of different memes (A humorous image with a caption). 
Similar to Kahoot!, this quizzing tool allows practitioners to quickly check understanding around a subject. 
By either searching the bank of already existing quizzes or creating their own quiz, Quizizz allows learners to quickly immerse themselves in formative assessment. 
The feedback being in the form of memes brings interest to the quiz by using a popular form of media that learners will immediately recognise. 
Lastly, the reporting that is built in to Quizizz is perfect for allowing practitioners to see where in the questions learners were having issues, allowing them to tailor their teaching to address this.
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Vizia - create interactive and engaging videos

Vizia - create interactive and engaging videos | technologies | Scoop.it
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Vizia is a web tool that allows practitioners to create interactive and engaging videos. 
Users can ask questions, multi-choice quizzes, and collect feedback through their videos. 
Users can also use Vizia to insert polls, and short answer questions into their videos with a ground-breaking new interface.
Videos created via Vizia are also embeddable anywhere on-line.
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Kaizena - Fast, Personal Feedback on Learner Work

Kaizena - Fast, Personal Feedback on Learner Work | technologies | Scoop.it
Give your students fast, high quality feedback on their work. Record voice comments to convey emotion, embed videos to explain complex concepts, and track skills
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Kaizena makes it easy to provide learners faster feedback on their work. 
Practitioners can save time and provide more personal feedback by...
► using their voice instead of text 
► Share feedback privately with learners one-on-one 
► Access and review feedback anytime, anywhere, on Kaizena.com or on an iPhone, iPad or iPod 
Learners can share their work with their practitioner anytime for feedback; practitioners can also enable their learners to give feedback to each other, all in a safe environment. 
When practitioners provide feedback, learners can receive notifications in the app, on the web, and by email. 
You might find the first of three clips, at https://www.youtube.com/embed/yiNFn0tIizw , worth looking at.
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blubbr - create interactive quizzes based on YouTube clips

blubbr - create interactive quizzes based on YouTube clips | technologies | Scoop.it
blubbr.tv allows people to play and create video trivia games about the things they love. blubbr is all about making the things you're interested in into fun, social games.
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Blubbr is a quiz creation service that enables users to create interactive quizzes that are based on YouTube clips.
Their quizzes can be about anything of their choosing. The structure of the quizzes has a viewer watch a short clip then answer a multiple choice question about the clip.
Viewers will know right away if they chose the correct answer or not.
Users may find the video available at https://www.youtube.com/embed/FSxkQdB_RuE useful as it demonstrates how to use Blubbr to create a video-based quiz.

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NoteBookCast - Real time collaborative whiteboard

NoteBookCast - Real time collaborative whiteboard | technologies | Scoop.it
A real time shared online whiteboard in your browser, teach, explain, sketch. For work, study, fun...
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NoteBookCast is a free collaborative whiteboard tool that will work in a web browser on a...
► laptop,
► iPad,
► Android tablet, and
► Windows tablet.
Users can invite others to join their whiteboard by entering the code assigned to their whiteboard.
Users can chat while drawing on NoteBookCast whiteboards.
NOTE: Users can create an account on NoteBookCast but, it is not a requirement for using the service.
Users can create a whiteboard by simply clicking "create a whiteboard" then entering a nickname for themself to use on the whiteboard.
A big plus, if users do create a NoteBookCast account, is they can save their whiteboards and create whiteboard templates to re-use.

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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 | Scoop.it

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 https://www.youtube.com/embed/jmgMbEzkRUA

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JotForm · Form Builder

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

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

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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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