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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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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 users to edit and customise their images by adding speech bubbles and different image effects. 
Learners could use Phrase.it to create picture stories and share them with others.
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Video Pad- Video Editing Software

Video Pad- Video Editing Software | technologies | Scoop.it
The award-winning VideoPad video editing program has all the features you need to make a quality movie. Easily edit, add effects/audio and share with friends.
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When using Video Pad, practitioners, and/or their learners, can trim video clips. 
 They can also add subtitles to the video or combine many video clips with transitions. 
Video Pad also offers 3D video editing, 2D to 3D stereoscopic conversion overlay text for captions, and chroma key greenscreen video production. 
Well worth a look.
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Vizia - create interactive and engaging videos

Vizia - create interactive and engaging videos | technologies | Scoop.it
Vizia
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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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Adobe Spark - Communicate with impact

Turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos—in minutes. It's free, start now on the web or in the app store.
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Adobe Spark is an excellent application with huge educational potential. 
 Practitioners can use Spark to create a wide variety of multimedia materials to include in their course delivery. 
There are three main types of creations users can build and share on Spark... 
 ♥ Post (this is especially useful for sharing announcements, invitations, and inspiration quotes), 
  ♥ Page (great for photo journals, event recaps, portfolios, catalogs..etc) and 
  ♥ Video (great for creating animated stories, presentations, lessons and many more).
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FlowVella - Presentation Software | Interactive Presentation Apps 

FlowVella - Presentation Software | Interactive Presentation Apps  | technologies | Scoop.it
Presentation software for Mac iPad and iPhone. Easiest way to create beautiful presentations.
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FlowVella... 
■ is another good presentation software tool that enables users to create interactive multimedia-driven slideshows to share with others. 
■ provides users with a set of professionally-designed templates to choose from. 
These include... 
▫ video presentations, 
▫ reports, 
▫ portfolios, 
▫ photo galleries 
...and many more. 
With a simple drag and drop users can include... 
● photos, 
● videos, 
● sounds, 
● text, 
● GIFs, 
● PDFs and 
● images
...from major cloud based services like Google Drive and Dropbox right into their Flows. 
Additionally, FlowVella works offline allowing users to create presentation without Internet connection. 
All user Flows can be shared via a customizable link that works across different devices. 
Other sharing options include... 
► print via AirPrint, 
► export to PDF, 
► embed link, and 
► share to social media network. 
Remote presentation is also supported. 
Users can present straight from their iPad, connect to a projector, or use AirPlay.
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StoryTop Story Maker -- The digital storytelling tool

StoryTop Story Maker -- The digital storytelling tool | technologies | Scoop.it
Tool for storytelling, create stories or make cartoons and share with your club
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StoryTop is an excellent web-based tool that learners (and/or practitioners) can use for digital storytelling projects. It is easy to use, free, does not require any software download, and login is not required in order to save or share stories. 
StoryTop provides a number of key elements for creating stories including: pre-made backgrounds, pictures of people and things, anime, text, speech bubbles and many more. 
With a simple drag and drop,users... 
► pick the clip arts they want to use in their stories, 
► type in their data and 
► share their creations using a generated code. 
Users can add as many pages as they want. 
If they haven't already done so, they will be prompted to add a title to their story once they click on the 'save' or the arrow button. 
When their story is completed, they just click on 'Share' and grab the generated link to share with others.
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Triptico Plus - interactive resources to create engaging learning

Triptico Plus - interactive resources to create engaging learning | technologies | Scoop.it
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Triptico is a collection of interactive resources which enable practitioners to create engaging learning for their learning environments. 
Potential users can sign up for a free Triptico account on the home page. 
Free accounts provide a free trial of Triptico Plus. 
Users can then decide if they would like to subscribe or simply use their account to access the free resources. 
Creating, saving, adapting and sharing interactive learning content is very easy with Triptico.
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Polarr On-line Photo Editor 3

Polarr On-line Photo Editor 3 | technologies | Scoop.it
Lighting-fast professional online photo editor running in your web browsers. No downloads, 100% free.
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Polarr is the ideal photo editor for...
● bloggers,
● students, and
● photo professionals
Polarr lets users...
● batch export their photos,
● add a watermark, and
● work with keyboard shortcuts.
There is also a Polarr Photo Editor available on the Chrome Store, which lets users edit their photos while on the Chrome browser as long as they enable WebGL 2D acceleration on their Chrome. Ideal for ChromeBooks.

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Fotor - Photo Editor

Fotor - Photo Editor | technologies | Scoop.it
Fotor Photo Editor is a free online designer and editing tool catering to all your photographic and image creation needs! Add filters, frames, text, stickers and effects; create a photo collage, card, facebook cover, twitter cover, youtube channel art or design graphics with Fotor free online photo editor. Edit photos with Fotor now!
John Dalziel's insight:

Fotor is a tool to edit your photos and provides basic editing features...
● crop,
● rotate,
● adjust color,
...and more, on top of the ability to add effects such as lomo and vintage to enhance photographs.
Users can also...
● create collages with various templates
● pick a layout in the right size (e.g. Facebook covers) for use on social media.

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Zotero - Grab your research with a single click

Zotero - Grab your research with a single click | technologies | Scoop.it
Zotero is a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that
helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then
share the results of your research.
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Zotero provides means to collect all users research in a single, searchable interface. They can add...
► PDFs,
► images,
► audio and video files,
► snapshots of web pages,
...and more.
Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of the resulting library, enabling users to find exactly what they're looking for with just a few keystrokes.
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help users...
► collect,
► organize,
► cite, and
► share
...their research sources.

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Type to Design (non commercial use only): Text, in Instagram Photos

Type to Design (non commercial use only): Text, in Instagram Photos | technologies | Scoop.it
An Instagram generated font
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Framed photos of letters alongside each other, together spelling a name or word, is a growing trend offline. If practitioners and/or learners want to make something similar online, Type To Design is the site they’re looking for.
Using the Instagram photos from #36daysoftype, this easy to use web site will turn anything users type into a series of photos.
By just start typing they will see their collage, instantly.
NOTE: If they don’t like any of the letters they see, they just need to click it and it will change.
If they’re wondering where any particular letter came from, hover over it; a link to the original image on Instagram will pop up on the right.
Once users are happy with everything, they can download the image for sharing on social networks or anywhere else as long as it's a non commercial use.

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Crossword Labs - Free, on-line Crossword Maker

Crossword Labs - Free, on-line Crossword Maker | technologies | Scoop.it
Make crossword puzzles, print them out as PDFs, share them, and solve them online with Crossword Labs. It's free, fast and easy. No registration required!
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Crossword Labs is a web tool that allows users to easily...
► build,
► print,
► share and
►solve
...crossword puzzles online.
The process is very simple...
► type in your crossword title
► then add the word, a space and the clue
► press Enter to add more
...and when finished,
► Click "Generate".
Note: To protect the answer key create a passcode before generating the crossword puzzle.

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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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Colorize Black and White Photos

Colorize Black and White Photos | technologies | Scoop.it
Automatically colorize black and white photos, pictures, and images using the Colorful Image Colorization microservice.
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There’s quite a few apps and services out there that make it easy to convert colour photos to black and white or to retain just a splash of colour. But what if you wanted to go in the opposite direction and add colour to a black and white photo? There aren’t many easy ways to do this, but thanks to a new service from Algorithma, it just got a lot easier. 
Users can... 
► paste an URL of a black and white photo available online (make sure the URL ends with .jpg for it to work) or 
► upload an image from their computer 
...and then hit the "Colorize It" button 
NOTE - The colourisation definitely varies from image to image. With some black and white photos, users will get a very subtle, sepia colourisation that makes it look like a vintage photo with subtle hints of colour. 
 With other photos that have a large amount of sky or grass in them, they'll get an impressively accurate rendering. 
Well worth trying...
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Alphabetimals - help children to learn the alphabet

Alphabetimals - help children to learn the alphabet | technologies | Scoop.it
Alphabetimals combines animals and letter shapes to make learning the ABCs easy and fun! Get Apps, coloring books, posters and personalized kids clothes.
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Alphabetimals offers some nice little resources to help practitioners help children to learn the alphabet. 
For those who are not artistically inclined, the option to type a word and print it in an alphabetimalized version could be a nice way to print and display vocabulary words in their learning environments.
One feature I like, on the Alphabetimals website, is a dictionary of animals and the sounds that they make. 
On the Alphabetimals dictionary page children can find a group of animals listed, for each letter of the alphabet. 
When they click on a letter they hear the sounds made by the animal in the picture. 
Clicking on the animals name will give children the audio pronunciation of the animal in the picture.
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Word Clouds :- Free online word cloud generator and tag cloud creator

Word Clouds :- Free online word cloud generator and tag cloud creator | technologies | Scoop.it
Wordclouds.com is a free online word cloud generator and tag cloud generator, similar to Wordle. Create your own word clouds and tag clouds. Paste text or upload documents and select shape, colors and font to create your own word cloud. Wordclouds.com can also generate clickable word clouds with links (image map). Save or share the resulting image.
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A Fun Tool for Making Word Clouds in Fun Shapes 
Word cloud generators, like this, still provide learners with a nice way to visualize the most frequently used words in a passage of text. 
WordClouds allows users to create word clouds in a variety of shapes and sizes with a wide array of colour schemes. WordClouds works like other word cloud generators in that users need to provide the text. 
This can be done in one of the following ways... 
► Type or paste text 
► Upload a Microsoft Office document (.doc, .docx, .pptx, .xlsx) 
► Upload a PDF document (.pdf) 
► Upload a text document (.txt) 
The finished word clouds can be downloaded from WordClouds in JPG, PNG, PDF, or SVG format. 
NOTE: Richard Byrne has produced a video clip to show Google Docs users how to create word clouds within their documents; take a look at the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/d49CPXR2nKM
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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.
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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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Swipe – make your presentations personal & interactive

Swipe – make your presentations personal & interactive | technologies | Scoop.it
Turn your PDF into an interactive live presentation to anyone, anywhere, on any device. Control your slides and interact with live polls and questions.
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Swipe is an excellent presentation platform that allows users to upload their existing presentations or create new ones from scratch and share them live with others through a generated link.
Swipe works across different devices and browsers allowing users to project their presentation on a bigger screen and remotely control it via their mobile device. 
Users will also have access to a number of features to interact with their audience and get their feedback through interactive polls. 
Other interesting functionalities provided by Swipe include... 
♦ upload PDFs and images (no limit on file size), 
♦ create slides with markdown, 
♦ a responsive interface that adjusts the content of presentations to any size screen, 
♦ include videos (from YouTube and Vimeo) and web content to decks, 
♦ work with collaborators by allowing them to edit, present or just view presentations, 
♦ get stats about who has viewed or is viewing presentations and many more.
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Quizzy - create and publish self-paced review quizzes

Quizzy - create and publish self-paced review quizzes | technologies | Scoop.it
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Quizzy is a free tool that allows practitioners to quickly create and publish self-paced review quizzes for learners. 
NOTE: The nice thing about Quizzy is that learners don't need to create usernames and passwords to take the practice quizzes. The downside to that is you don't have a good way to see which learners have used your review quizzes and which learners haven't used your review quiz. 
 The video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/qhUG2ZN8Rdk created by Richard Byrne, provides an excellent overview of Quizzy. 
Oh yes, they are printable as well!
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ezGIF - Animated GIF editor and GIF maker

ezGIF - Animated GIF editor and GIF maker | technologies | Scoop.it
Fast online animated GIF Maker and Editor. Upload and edit GIF images for free. Create, crop, resize, reverse, optimize and split animated gifs with ease.
John Dalziel's insight:
Gifs have progressed and are being used in the world of education; both practitioners and learners are learning how to use them creatively with an emphasis on being clever and not annoying.
ezGIF can be useed to...
● create,
● resize,
● crop,
● reverse,
● optimize, and
● apply some effects to gifs.
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BeFunky: Free Online Photo Editing and Collage Maker

BeFunky: Free Online Photo Editing and Collage Maker | technologies | Scoop.it
BeFunky Photo Editor lets you apply photo effects, edit photos and create photo collages with collage maker. Online Photo editing and creating collages has never been easier.
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Befunky is another image editing tool with the essentials plus the ability to add filter effects and artsy features like...
● cartoonize,
● impressionist,
● pointilism,
● watercolor,
...and others.
Users can also add...
● frames,
● graphics,
● overlays,
● text and/or textute
...to enhance their photos.
NOTE: Their Basic account is free to use and provides users with access to a library of 125 digital effects. Their BeFunky Plus account currently (Jan 2016) costs $24.95 a year, provides users with higher resolution output, offers users expanded rights use, plus a number of other features.

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Pixlr - Photo editor on-line

Pixlr - Photo editor on-line | technologies | Scoop.it

PIXLR EXPRESS Apply a quick fix or add a personal touch with creative effects, overlays, and borders. LAUNCH WEB APP

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Pixlr Editor allows users to edit images with features much like those found in Photoshop, the...
● lasso tool,
● smudge tool,
● blurring tool,
● clone stamp,
...and more.
If you’re looking for a Photoshop alternative, this is worth a closer look.

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VexTab Music Notation - Google Docs add-on

VexTab Music Notation - Google Docs add-on | technologies | Scoop.it
Add music notation, drum notation, and guitar tab to your documents using the VexTab language.
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VexTab Music Notation is a Google Documents Add-on that lets users write music notation in Google Documents.
With the Add-on installed users can write...
► standard music notation,
► drum notation, and
► guitar tablature
...in a Google Document.
A tutorial on writing VexTab notation can be found at http://www.vexflow.com/vextab/tutorial.html

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Fake Handwriting: Type Anything; See It Written by Hand

Fake Handwriting: Type Anything; See It Written by Hand | technologies | Scoop.it
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Fake Handwriting is a fascinating project that uses machine learning algorithms to actually replicate handwriting in messy ways, making the sorts of mistakes that we humans make.
It’s fascinating to play with.
Has many uses e.g. Enables users to capture more relaistic images, to use within eLearning scenarios; i.e. samples of customer communications

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