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Kaizena - Fast, Personal Feedback on Learner Work

Kaizena - Fast, Personal Feedback on Learner Work | technologies |
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
John Dalziel's insight:
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 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 , worth looking 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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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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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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Kaizena · Give Great Feedback · Voice Comments for Google Drive

Kaizena · Give Great Feedback · Voice Comments for Google Drive | technologies |
Kaizena is the best place to help students improve their work. Import from Google Drive, add voice comments and attach mini-lessons.
John Dalziel's insight:

Kaizena is a good tool for providing audio feedback to learners.
To use Kaizena practitioners will have to authorize it to access their Google Account.
Having done that, practitioners can then...
  - open any document,
  - highlight a selection of text, and
  - record their comments for learners to listen to.
Giving feedback to learners is, for many, faster with Kaizena than typing, and far faster than a red pen.
Every feature is designed to save practitioners time.
For learners, Voice Comments make the feedback personal.
Last, but equally important, practitioners can address common problems with reusable mini-lessons. By adding a link once, practitioners can quickly reuse it every time they encounter that problem again.
Practitioners get to stop repeating themself, and their learners get clear next steps to improve.
(Note: Kai·zen - is a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement)
When you visit the website, scroll down the page to find out more.

Tom Callos's curator insight, October 28, 2013 1:25 PM

Trying this, for sure.


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Add audio comments to Google Docs

Add audio comments to Google Docs | technologies |
This Helloslide will show you how to use a new tool, in Google Docs, to add voice comments, to documents.
This adds a personal touch to learner feedback. It can also reduces the time you take to pro...
John Dalziel's insight:

Feel Free to use this resource. It is oneof Four I've produced this month. See more at ;

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Silkslides | technologies |

Silk Slides is a service for easily sharing and discussing slideshows.


Silk Slides allows commenting on each slide in a slideshow. To post a comment users have to enter your name (or nickname) and an email address.


Silk Slides could be a platform practitioners should consider; it could be used for their learners to use to ask questions about slides that they share with them.


Practitioners could also use Silk Slides to offer feedback to their students about the design and content of their slides too.


To get started just...
- upload the slides
- enter an email address


When upload is complete...
- share the slides by sending the URL assigned to the slides.

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AnswerGarden | technologies |
AnswerGarden is a website that practitioners can use for collecting short pieces (20 characters) of data from their learners, blog readers or from anyone with an internet connection.


To set up an answergarden page just ask a question.


Visitors to the resulting page can then enter a short (20 characters) response – these are displayed on the page below the question.


Administration tools lets users limit how many posts can be made from any ip address at a time, and an admin password can be used if required.
Pages can be shared...
     - via a link,
     - on Twitter and Facebook automatically or
     - by using the provided code to embed on a blog or VLE.


AnswerGarden also generates a QR code allowing users to scan with their phones.


Data can be exported to wordle or tagxedo to create a wordcloud!

Janika Pannel's curator insight, May 5, 2015 9:41 AM

AnswerGarden on töövahend, mida saab kasutada tagasiside saamiseks ja grupitöös.

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Reel – Present your ideas and reel in the feedback

Reel – Present your ideas and reel in the feedback | technologies |
A fast and easy way to turn your images, powerpoints, Word documents, PDFs into mobile-friendly online slideshows, and start getting feedback from your audience without logins or special software.


Reel App provides an online service for sharing PPT, PDF, and image files with others.


Reel App provides...
- a unique url for sharing the file;
- an option to get feedback from the audience on each slide or images in the shared file.
- an option to view the presentation on laptops, mobile phones, or tablets.
- a summary page containing the overall feedback from viewers.


Learner Voice-Peer Assessment
Could be a good way for learners to get feedback on presentations they deliver and practitioners could use Reel App to check learner understanding on each slide in a presentation;"thumbs up" if they feel they they understand & "thumbs down" if don't.

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Using the Four Types of Feedback Effectively

Using the Four Types of Feedback Effectively | technologies |
When you deliver feedback it should be balanced. This statement suggests that practitioners should strive to give learners a balance of positive and negative feedback.

This Blog entry points out that there isn't just two types of feedback, there is in fact four...

* Negative feedback;

* Positive feedback;

* Negative feedforward; and

* Positive feedforward.

Read the full article about five balancing strategies to help practitioners use the four types of feedback in a way to help learners to improve performance.
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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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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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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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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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Barc | Easily Add Real-time Posting, Commenting, and Community to your Webpage for Free

Barc | Easily Add Real-time Posting, Commenting, and Community to your Webpage for Free | technologies |
Chat on any webpage or wifi network with Barc!
John Dalziel's insight:

Stakeholder voice (Learners, Employers, Administrators etc.,) is important, especially if learning providers want to provide more relevant content, to meet the needs of their website visitors.
They must gather and read comments they leave on the website. In order to do this, they must first have comments incorporated into their site.
Barc is a free to use tool that helps website owners; it helps them incorporate a new style of commenting on their website.
Barc offers learning providers an option of a chat-like commenting widget.
By selecting different options the widget is...
- started either opened or closed, and based on options
- placed on the bottom right corner of the site or
- placed on the right or left sides of the website.
Users can customise colours, and other properties of the commenting widget.
When all of the options are set, an embeddable code is generated to be used on the website for free.
Note: Currently Barc supports Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress, Drupal, and more.
The Barc tool will soon begin offering premium plans in addition to its free ones.
I've added Barc to my eMagazine page...

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Take a look and leave me a comment.

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sketchlot - Create a sketch, share it with learners

sketchlot - Create a sketch, share it with learners | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Practitioners create a "Teacher's Account" which includes a unique class code. They then add learners to their network.
NOTE: Learners log in using the class code created and their password (which practitioners can view, set and change).
For the next part, I found using a graphics tablet a big plus, practitioners create sketches that, when saved, can be...
- shared with any member of their class; using the share feature OR
- embedded in a class website,
- pinned to pinterest or
- tweeted.
Practitioners can create maths questions, science diagrams or even text for learners to view and then create their reply/answer by producing their own sketch and sharing it with their practitioner (Teacher).
A BIG PLUS: sketchlot is designed to work on all current tablets, phones and computers.
Practitioners can re-share work to others, or post it for others to view. Practitioners can also create and share a sketch on their interative whiteboard in front of their class!

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Understoodit - Measure Students' Understanding in Real-Time

Understoodit - Measure Students' Understanding in Real-Time | technologies |

Understoodit is...

- a new web app;

- a tool for quickly getting anonymous feedback from learners.


The option to see the timing of when learners vote for "confused" or "understand" can be a great way to quickly determine which topics or what content to practitioners need to repeat.


Practitioners, just...

- open their account (it's still in beta by invitation only)

- open the simple poll of "understand" or "confused."



- vote using any internet-connected device.

- vote whenever practitioners have the poll open.

- can vote multiple times; e.g. if they are confused at the beginning of class, but understand ten minutes later they can change their votes.



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Quipol is social polling.



- is a simple and elegant way to unlock the opinions and perspectives of an online audience.

- makes it easy to create social polls (called Quipols), share them with your audience, and monitor the results.


Take a look at my first Quipol at


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calmCounter | technologies |
Calmness Counter is a tool to,

* record "audience response" to learner presentations/debates/etc. (Clap-o-meter);
* show, and and perhaps reduce the noise in learning environments;

The gauge rises as the volume increases.
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Visuals Engine | ConnectABILITY

Visuals Engine | ConnectABILITY | technologies |
Visuals Engine is a free useful resource from ConnectABILITY.

Visuals Engine provides six customizable templates for creating...
* achievement charts;
* choice boards;
* schedules; and
* story boards;

To use the Visuals Engine...
* choose a template;
* choose images or upload images for each box on the selected template;
* type text, if required, to accompany each image on the template.

When complete, users can print their chart or save it as a PDF.
Note: ConnectABILITY provides, at the bottom-right, suggestions for using each type of visual chart for which they offer a template (See "Different uses"). One of their suggestions is to create a "token economy" board that contains images of the rewards learners can earn for completing tasks.
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