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Tweet Jukebox

Tweet Jukebox | technologies |
Tweet Jukebox - Thinking Inside the Box
John Dalziel's insight:

Tweet Jukebox is a free scheduling tool that allows practitioners to...
● load a “jukebox” with content,
● schedule when they want tweets to go out and then
● sit back and let it do the job for you.
Practitioners can create more than one jukebox, load them with thousands of tweets and then send out as many as 100 tweets per day (I doubt they would want to do that but, it's possible!).
Accounts come preloaded with two jukeboxes, one with photo content and one with quotes, to get users started.
Users have the option to tweet jukebox content once, regularly or until a specific date.
The scheduling engine is very flexible e.g. users can set a time for each tweet to go out, depending on user engagement.
NOTE: Although Tweet Jukebox allows users to set schedules for different times on different days of the week. When it runs out of content, it automatically starts tweeting again from the beginning.
Tweet Jukebox also lets users track who has mentioned them. This can be visualized by the tweets themselves, or shown in a graph format.
It's possible to choose from mentions in the last 7 days, 30 days, month or previous month.
Another feature is the ability to thank up to 50 users every Friday.

One to consider for Learner Engagement with On-Line and/or other courses.

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

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Whiteboard (beta)

Whiteboard (beta) | technologies |
Draw on any webpage (pretty much) or on a background color of your choosing.
John Dalziel's insight:

This Chrome app enables users to draw on top of webpages using things such as a
● stylus,
● trackpad,
● mouse…etc.
It's particularly useful for annotating and illustrating content on a webpage.
NOTE: Whiteboard, at the time of posting this, is still in beta phase and as such several useful features are still in development stages. These include the ability to save your work in image file, add different shapes and lines to your annotations etc.
Currently, users can
● change the background settings of a webpage,
● change its colour and
● customize its opacity,
● add lines and
● draw using different colours,
● add and customize layers.
To start using Whiteboard...
● install the app onto Chrome,
● click on the icon of the app on the menu bar and select ‘Do it’.
A menu will be displayed on the leftside of the page that enable users to work on the background, line and layer settings.
To delete anything already drawn, on the webpage, just click erase or better click on the Whiteboard icon on the menu bar and select ‘Quit it’.
Well worth giveing it a try to see what you think of it.
Ideal for live on-line courses. MOOCs etc.

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NowComment | technologies |

Turning Documents into Conversations®

John Dalziel's insight:

NowComment makes it easy to have rich, engaging discussions about online documents no matter how large (or small) the course or collaboration group happens to be.
NOTE: Public Documents can be seen and commented on by everyone (most NowComment documents are private, invitation-only).
How participants Comment...
● Click the speach bubble icons on the left to see existing comments.
● Double-click any text or image to start a new conversation (paragraph# for a video).
● Click "Reply" on a comment to join the conversation.
How Practitioners, and/or Learners, Share Documents
● "Upload" a new document.
● "Invite" others to it (or make it public)

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Speaker Deck

Speaker Deck | technologies |
Speaker Deck is the best way to share presentations online. Simply upload your slides as a PDF, and we’ll turn them into a beautiful online experience. View them on, or share them on any website with an embed code.
John Dalziel's insight:

Users simply upload their slides as PDF and Speaker Deck turns them into a beautiful online experience.
Users can then share their generated presentation with others using different options including...
   • a unique URL link,
   • social media websites such a Facebook and/or Twitter, or
   • use the embed code to embed presentations in their webpresence.

   1: Speaker Deck only supports PDF files and allows up to 50 uploads per day and a total of 500 all time.
   2: The PDF that users upload cannot be larger than 50 Megabytes


To upload a presentation to Speaker Deck users...
   • Sign into their Speaker Deck account and click "Upload" at the top of the page. They will be presented with a form to upload a PDF.
   • Click the "Select a PDF to Upload" button and a file browser will open. Select the PDF you want to upload and then click Ok.
   • When the PDF has finished uploading they will see a "Save the Details" button. Optionally enter a name and description and select a category for the presentation and then click "Save the Details"


It's as easy as that.

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Celly - Instant Group Text and Polls | Mobile Learning | Text to Screen

Celly - Instant Group Text and Polls | Mobile Learning | Text to Screen | technologies |
Celly lets you instantly group people and topics into cells. Cells function as chatrooms where people communicate instantly via text-based messaging. Cells can include messages from the web or other social networks to capture your interests.
John Dalziel's insight:

Celly is a platform for communication between practitioners, learners and other education stakeholders.
It's easy!
Users can...
   ▪ set up groups for their organisation or course or team etc. and others join for private, instant messaging.
   ▪ send messages, reminders and alerts instantly; Use polls to gather information and/or real-time responses.
   ▪ connect related groups and topics for easy collaboration across teams and learning environments.
In their words...Users will...
     "have instant, private, secure classroom communication without the "over-sharing of social networks."
Apps are available via App Store and/or Google play.

Well worth a closer look.

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Sharalike - Free HTML Photo Slideshow Maker Software & App

Sharalike - Free HTML Photo Slideshow Maker Software & App | technologies |
Learn how Sharalike's HTML photo slideshow software and iOS app allows
you to quickly and easily make custom slideshows
John Dalziel's insight:

Sharalike is another option for learners, and/or practitioners, to consider when they want to create an audio slideshow.
To create an audio slideshow on Sharalike users simply
   - import some images from their computer or iPad,
   - drag them into the sequence in which they want them to appear, and then
   - add some music.
Sharalike offers a small collection of stock music that they can use or they can upload their own music.
Sharalike videos can be shared privately through email or can be made public through social media.
Users can also embed their Sharalike videos into blog posts, and/or other web presences.
Sharalike makes it quick and easy to create a video.

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Remind | Remind101 is now Remind

Remind | Remind101 is now Remind | technologies |
Remind (formerly Remind101) is a safe, free way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.
John Dalziel's insight:

Need to remind learners of assignments and exams?
Want to make learning environments more interactive?
Try Remind – this application has been a round for a while, but recently it added a few features like ‘Chat’ which make it a very robust tool.
Practitioners can create an account with their Google Account for free. Then they can either post the QR code or the "Class Code" (both provided by Remind) and learners, employers or any other stakeholders, with the code, can sign up.
Practitioners can then send SMS, emails or chat with their users.
Added to this they can attach documents or pdfs to share with their learners.
Ideal for on-line courses, this is the simplest tool I have seen that can make a huge impact!

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Classkick | technologies |
Give students more feedback than ever! Classkick is a magic whiteboard that
students work on and get help instantly from their teacher and peers.
John Dalziel's insight:

For learning environments that have iPads for every learner, Classkick could be a great tool not only for distributing assignments but also for providing individualized feedback to learners while they are working. The option, for practitioners, to record their voice, to create questions, could be a great aid to learners who struggle with reading but otherwise would be able to answer a question or explain a process to them.

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Doceri - The Interactive Whiteboard for iPad.

Doceri - The Interactive Whiteboard for iPad. | technologies |
Doceri is a scalable suite of products that allows a teacher or presenter to control a computer's desktop, to control audiovisual technology, and to annotate any presentation in real time with the Apple™ iPad™. Doceri is an intuitive interface that can replace interactive whiteboards and expensive AV touch panels.
John Dalziel's insight:

Doceri is a versatile app that lets practitioners, and/or learners, create, share, annotate and control presentations, and they can also record and share screen-casts.
At the time of curating this, the iPad version is free, and a Windows 8.1 version costs $4.99.
Trying to record voice narration while also recording or annotating a presentation can, for many, be challenging, and Doceri simplifies this process with a timeline-based editor that lets users capture a presentation first, then go back and add voice narration where appropriate. Users can also pause a recording as many times as they need.
Doceri also gives users many options for uploading or sharing screencasts; they can...
· share a screencast directly to YouTube or Facebook;
· send it privately as an e-mail attachment;
· save it to their camera roll;
· transfer it to their computer via iTunes;
· upload it to a LMS (learning management system) or Google Drive;
· incorporate it into iBooks Author; or
· import it into iMovie, Adobe Premiere or other video editing software.

Maria Sara de Lasa's curator insight, May 18, 8:00 AM

New IWB tools 

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Spruce - create text over images

Spruce - create text over images | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Spruce is really simple.
It’s text on a background, in essence, but enables users to make great looking social media images in seconds.
Spruce also provides the additional option... to search from a bank of millions of images, so users have more background options readily available than with similar tools.

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Hemingway | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Hemingway is a free tool designed to help learners analyse their writing.
   - offers a range of information about the passage they've written or copied and pasted into the site;
   - highlights the parts of their writing that use passive voice, adverbs, and overly complex sentences.
All of those factors are accounted for in generating a general readability score for their passage.
Note: A new beta version (you can opt-into it) includes tools for formatting text within the Hemingway editor.

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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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Splashtop Classroom

Splashtop Classroom | technologies |
Now view and control the teachers PC/Mac directly on your Chromebook or using your Chrome Browser
John Dalziel's insight:

Splashtop Classroom is a tool that allows practitioners to control and share lessons and presentations on their desktop with all learners in face-to-face environments.
Learners will be able to see and follow everything practitioners do on their desktop.
Practitioners and learners can use whiteboard tools to add annotations and drawings to lesson content right from their own devices.
Practitioners can...
● launch Splashtop Classroom on their mobile device and turn it into an interactive whiteboard.
● use the toolbar to draw, highlight or write over any content.
● draw over flipchart backgrounds – or include their own worksheets.
● use the spotlight and screen shade tools to keep learners focused.’
● move around the learning environment while still controlling and interacting with learners feedback on the lesson.
● pass control to learners, letting them express their ideas by annotating and using the whiteboard features.
Take a look at to see how you can use Splashtop Classroom with learners

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What Employers Want - NIACE

What Employers Want - NIACE | technologies |
Information, advice and activities to support young people to get a job and progress at work. All the material is based on feedback from employers about what they look for when recruiting a young person.
John Dalziel's insight:

This website provides information, advice and activities to support young people to get a job and progress at work.

All the material is based on feedback from employers about what they look for when recruiting a young person.  

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AddText — Captions for your photos, quick and easy

AddText — Captions for your photos, quick and easy | technologies |
Easy-to-use tool for adding text and captions to your photos. Create memes, posters, photo captions and much more!
John Dalziel's insight:

AddText is easy to use and works as well on smartphones as it does on a computer.
Learners, and/or Practitioners can use it to...
● add captions to their photos,
● create their own memes,
● create great looking posters, and/or
...anything else they can imagine!

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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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Plickers - Clickers, simplified

Plickers - Clickers, simplified | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Plickers is inclusive in that only the practitioner needs access to a smartphone to use Plickers.
Plickers stands for “paper clickers.”
To use Plickers with their learners, Practitioners simply...
   ● download the Plickers App to their Smart device and
   ●print out QR code cards for learners to use to answer multiple choice questions.
Practitioners then...
   ● project questions and answer choices on the board from the Live View tab of the website,
   ● give learners a designated thinking time to problem-solve, and then...
   ● countdown to a "show cards!" moment.
Learners position their cards according to their answer, while the practitioner scans the room with their mobile device.
Live View will update with learner results in real-time, indicating which learners' responses have been captured with a checkmark next to their names.
Practitioners can also choose to reveal which answer(s) were correct with the "Show Answer" button and even review class data from the "Graph" tab.
Plickers is well worth a closer look.

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Spoken™ - Where the world finds a voice.

Spoken™ - Where the world finds a voice. | technologies |
Where the world finds a voice.
John Dalziel's insight:

Before I say too much about Spoken, at the time of writing this, it is currently in beta.
Currently potential users will need to request an invite to use the service. My invitation arrived within seconds.
In short, Spoken is a new social network that is designed for sharing audio recordings of four minutes or less, describing itself as "Instagram for audio."
Once registered, users can...
upload audio recordings that are up to four minutes long; and
attach cover images to those recordings.
...all of their recordings will appear in their profile where people can follow them and users can follow others.
Spoken doesn't have a built-in recording tool so users have to record outside of Spoken then upload their recording.
I'll be using Audacity to make the recordings that I'll upload to Spoken.
Spoken could provide a good way for practitioners to encourage learners to post audio recordings in which they reflect on learning experiences and or share advice with other learners. At the same time learners will gain confidence with, and enhance, their spoken communication skills.
Practitioners, will have to follow each of their learners to hear their recordings.

Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, June 28, 4:13 AM

Un instagram audio où l'on peut ajouter des enregistrements d'une longueur maximale de 4 minutes.

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Mind42 | technologies |
Free social and collaborative online mind mapping software. Mind mapping can be free, fast and simple. Features import/export, mind map publishing and live collaboration.
John Dalziel's insight:

Mind Mapping tools can be used for...
   - brainstorming,
   - organizing thoughts to write a paper or undertake a project,
   - creating unique presentations,
...and so much more.
When they can be collaboratively edited, they become that much more powerful!
Mind42 is both free and provides that kind of functionality.
You may find the Mind42 Tutorial (YouTube) worth a closer look - at...

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Google Tone

Google Tone | technologies |
Broadcast any URL to computers within earshot.
John Dalziel's insight:

Early Days as yet but, Google has launched a new experimental Chrome extension that lets users (e.g.practitioners) transmit the URL of a website to other nearby computers (Used within the learning environment) using nothing but sound.
To try the feature...
   - all computers must first have the Google Tone Chrome extension installed and
   - all computers must be within reasonable earshot of each other.
Then when the practitioner is on a webpage they’d like to share...
   - they hit the little Google Tone tab in their browser and they’ll hear a little succession of beeps — not too dissimilar to an old ZX Spectrum computer loading a game.
   - nearby machines receive a notification with the sender’s Google profile and picture embedded within the message, and
   - the learners can open the URL on their own PC.

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FIO - Figure it Out

FIO - Figure it Out | technologies |
FIO - Figure it Out
John Dalziel's insight:

FIO lets users see the current time of locations around the world based on their choices.
As far as on-line courses are concerned, it works best for learners that need to collaborate remotely and across continents, and who may need help figuring out the timezones of their peers.
Also useful to practitioners to arrange face-to-face on-line skype/hangouts/etc., with learners, and/or learner groups.

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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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Pear Deck

Pear Deck | technologies |

With Pear Deck, bring interactive, engaging slide presentations to your classroom. Real-time formative assessments and discussions enhance understanding and empower your students’ learning process.

John Dalziel's insight:

Pear Deck...
   - enables practitioners to take a PowerPoint, Google Presentation, or PDF and incorporate various learner activities to check for understanding and engagement.
   - is free for learners and practitioners (there is also a higher end, paid premium model);
   - fully integrates with Google Apps for Education.
   - sign up/in to a Pear Deck account,
   - create a new interactive lesson by selecting “New Deck.”
   - create a slideshow from scratch or import a PowerPoint, Google Presentation, or PDF.
Then go through and edit the slides incorporating...
   - free response (text),
   - free response (number), and
   - multiple choice questions
...within the slide.
NOTE: If users have the premium option (they offer a free 30 day trial) users can also use draggable features as well as freehand drawing for learners to demonstrate understanding, such as crafting an image, indicating a point on a map, and more.
All of this allows practitioners to do a quick check for understanding and/or have learners engage with the material as it's presented.

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Dropbox for Gmail (Beta)

Dropbox for Gmail (Beta) | technologies |
Send and preview Dropbox files and links without leaving your Gmail window.
John Dalziel's insight:

Dropbox has released an add-on for Gmail that makes it easier for practitioners, and/or learners, to add and send files.
Once installed it places a Dropbox icon at the bottom left of the Compose Mail box.
   - Click it,
   - Sign into your Dropbox account,
   - click the file you want to attach and
   - click the blue "Insert link" button.

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