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Vectr - Free Online Vector Graphics Editor

Vectr - Free Online Vector Graphics Editor | technologies |
Free vector graphics editor. A simple yet powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool for everyone.
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Vectr is a free vector image design and editing tool that can be used on-line or downloaded to use on a Mac, Windows, or Linux desktop. 
Vectr provides some pre-made elements and templates that can be used when designing graphics. 
Users don't have to use any of the pre-made elements as Vectr lets them design completely from scratch. 
Users can also import existing graphics files to edit them. 
End products can be exported in PNG, JPG, and SVG formats. 
For beginners, Vectr offers an extensive collection of tutorials both in print and as videos. 
Vectr must be worth a closer look, especially as it's FREE!
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Bamboo Paper - an excellent notebook app

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

Gliffy diagrams - Google Docs add-on | technologies |
Create professional-looking diagrams quickly and easily in Google Docs. Draw flowcharts, wireframes, UML, ERD and more.
John Dalziel's insight:

Gliffy is a very good diagram editor that is also integrated with Google Drive allowing users to easily and instantly create and share diagrams and flowcharts.

Gliffy provides a wide variety of features that include:
   - an easy-to-use diagram editor that helps users communicate their ideas quickly
   - an extensive shape library with hundreds of industry-standard shapes and connectors
   - a Snap-to-grid,
   - drawing guides, and
   - shape alignment and distribution tools
Gliffy is also great for drawing...
   - a basic diagram,
   - a flow chart,
   - a UI mockup,
   - a site map,
   - a network map,
   - a business process model,
   - an org chart,
   - a floor plan,
   - venn diagrams,
   - a SWOT analysis,
...and other technical diagrams.

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Sketchpad 3.6 - Draw, Create, Share!

Sketchpad 3.6 - Draw, Create, Share! | technologies |
Sketchpad; multi-touch, multi-user, non-destructive drawing application written in HTML5.
John Dalziel's insight:

If you, and/or learners, are currently creating posters or drawings the traditional way and you'd like to offer an electronic method, I'd recommend checking out Sketchpad from
Sketchpad from is an easy, online sketchpad that lets learners draw and create within their browser without the need to make an account.
Initially it may appear to be like all kinds of other online sketching tools you've seen.
But, if you dig into it more, you'll discover lots of features that many others lack.
The gear tool, for example, is highly customizable so that the gear can be practically any shape you'd like.
The real stand outs for me are the blending types, such as darken and overlay, that really move it up a notch. Add in layer control and it's a really full feature tool!

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PoodLL | technologies |
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PoodLL is free, and open source, and designed around the needs of language courses.
However it is being used in a wide range of ways.

The feature comprises a collection of various plugins for the Moodle vle that include...
   - audio player,

   - recording audio and video clips,

   - draw pictures directly in real time.
You will also find there are really interesting little widgets that include a...
   - Flashcard widget,
   - stopwatch,
   - countdown timer,
   - click counter,
   - webcam broadcaster,
   - webcam subscriber,
   - set of dice,
   - audio/video pairs,
   - calculator and more.

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Whiteboard | technologies |
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When it’s time for learners to reflect on a "lesson", activity, and/or project, how about sharing their responses
with partners or groups and/or practitioners by drawing their responses?
A Web Whiteboard is touch-friendly online whiteboard app that lets people use their computer, tablet or smartphone to...
- easily draw sketches,
- collaborate with others and
- share sketches with a wider audience.
A Web Whiteboard Works on all modern browsers, no installation needed.

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Sketch Toy

Sketch Toy | technologies |
Draw sketches with animating lines and share replays with friends!
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As practitioners I'm sure you will have tried out a number of online drawing tools and explored what they have to offer. If you haven't tried it check out Sketch Toy.
Sketch Toy is a free to use website offering a simple drawing interface but with a unique twist – the lines drawn can be made to appear as various degrees of shaky animations.
The canvas you are given has a texture that highlights this animated effect of shaky lines. The images created can be shared through a direct link. When people visit the link, they see the entire drawing made from start to finish, just like the user created it. Users can also download the image as a PNG file and share it but, of course, the animation effect would is lost.
P.S. the app offers a Chrome app as well.

P.P.S. With screen capture,it can be used to demonstrate maths or Science equations etc.

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szoter - online annotation tool


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

- can be used to capture and annotate screenshots.

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


Upload images, draw and/or type on them.

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

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Sketchpad - Online Paint/Drawing application

Sketchpad doesn't require users to create an account in order to create and save their drawings.


All of the drawing tools that you would expect to find like brushes, pencils, and a large range of colours are offered by Sketchpad.


Additionally, Sketchpad offers some unique tools for creating patterns, swatches, and blends of colours.

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Free online coloring & free online drawing tool & free drawings at

Free online coloring & free online drawing tool & free drawings at | technologies |
TimTim offers a large database of drawings that you can draw on and color for free.

An ideal resource for Family Learning Practitioners.

What's more, is the timtim drawings are free to use in a non-commercial newspaper, blog or website; all they ask is that users either...

* print; or

* add;

a hyperlink to as the source of the drawing so that others may link directly to TimTim. We're told that timtim is 100% supported by its sponsored links.
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Paper & Pencil by FiftyThree

Paper & Pencil by FiftyThree | technologies |
FiftyThree builds tools for mobile creation. Our first product, Paper, is the easiest and most beautiful way to create on the iPad and iPhone. FiftyThree is the space to create.
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Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes 
When inspiration occurs, put it on Paper. 
Paper is an excellent way for Practitioners, and/or learners, to... 
 - capture and connect their notes, photos, and sketches; 
 - create checklists; 
 - spotlight details in photos, and 
 - sketch diagrams with unbeatable speed and ease. 
Paper is like a wall of sticky notes for everything! 
Well worth a closer look!
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Grafio 3 - Diagrams & ideas on the App Store

Grafio 3 - Diagrams & ideas on the App Store | technologies |
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Grafio 3 - Diagrams & ideas. Download Grafio 3 - Diagrams & ideas and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
Learners and practitioners sometimes need to produce a diagram like an organisational (org) chart or diagram. 
There are many resources that can be used to accomplish these tasks. 
Grafio 3 is an iOS app that meets most needs. 
It has a variety of tools, shapes, and lines to create a simple or complex diagram. 
It will also draw for you!
Users can sketch a circle or oval or arrows etc., with their finger and Grafio 3 will recognize and replace it with a perfectly looking shape for their diagram or schematic 
Check it out in the app store and see all of the features it offers those who need to draw a diagram.
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Shoo Rayner - learn to draw better - YouTube

Shoo Rayner - learn to draw better - YouTube | technologies |
Everyone can draw. Anyone can learn to draw better. Forget about art. Drawing is a language that helps you communicate with others. Get some paper, make some...
John Dalziel's insight:

ShooRayner Drawing is YouTube channel that provides a variety of instructional videos to help learners and children (and anyone else interested in drawing) learn to draw better.
The videos are created by artist and children’s book author and illustrator Shoo Rayner.
Practitioners could probably use these videos with your own learners, especially with a flipped learning model, to teach them how to draw different things.
Most importantly, the videos provide younger learners a very solid starting basis into the concept of drawing which will, once mastered, enable them to create gorgeous drawings of anything they want.
There is also a section for artists and advanced creators where Rayner shares interesting pieces of advice about drawing and being a creative person.

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The Bézier Game

The Bézier Game | technologies |
A game to help you master the pen tool
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The Bezier Game – can be a difficult but yet strangely addictive game, designed to help users learn how to use the Pen tool in Photoshop.
It provides learners with a variety of shapes and then shows them which way you need to move the Pen to succeed.
Learners then have to move the Pen with their mouse in the same way as they were shown. Easy? You’d be surprised.

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Wellcome Images

Wellcome Images | technologies |
Wellcome Images is a medical picture library and the world's leading source of images on medicine and its history. Pictures cover a period stretching from ancient civilisations to modern day photography.
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The Wellcome Library recently made more than 100,000...
paintings, and
,,,available to the world under Creative Commons licensing. The images available through the Wellcome Images library are primarily of a historic nature.
Learners and practitioners can browse the galleries or search for images by keyword.
A good place to find images to spark learner questions about a wide variety of topics in cultural and scientific history.

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John Dalziel's insight: is a free tool which can help learners and/or practitioners to produce Infographics and other illustrations. has a collection of icons and images as well as the usual shapes and symbols.
Users can search through these easily and just drag and drop them onto their page, then, either save as an image and/or store it on Google Drive.

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An application that allows users to sketch and create art work in their web browser.


This is done either by going to a website, or by installing an app in Google Chrome. (Important Note: Harmony does not seem to work in Internet Explorer, but it does run in Chrome, Firefox and Safari.)


Harmony isn't fancy, and lacks documentation or tutorial support.


However, it is an extremely versatile tool for creating art work with a mouse on a computer screen. I spent far too long using it and experimenting with allthe settings.


Work can be saved in .png format with a unique URL. Or, you can easily capture the resulting artwork as a screenshot.

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LibreOffice | technologies |
LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs.


LibreOffice is the open source equivalent of Microsoft Office. It includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database tools.


All the tools are compatible with their Microsoft Office counterparts and strictly follow open standards.


LibreOffice is free of charge and is available across all platforms.

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Drawtivity | technologies |
If you are one of the many practitioners who want to make it easier for your learners to carry out learning activities that involve drawing on images, then you should check this service out.

Drawtivity (developed by Webducate funded by the Talis Incubator) is an e-learning tool for creating on-line activities that involve both drawing and feedback. As an Open Education Resource authoring tool, Drawtivity facilitates the sharing, reuse and adaptation of these activities.

The Drawtivity authoring system is now available for beta testing. This means practitioners can now create an account and start creating and using their own Drawtivity activities.
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