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using New and Emerging Technologies to enhance Learning Provider's "current Practice" - John is a retired eLearning Adviser, but keeping up to date, and all views are his own
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NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive

NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

National Geographic's Map Maker Interactive offers seven base maps on which learners can create custom map displays.
After choosing a base map learners can then choose layers to add on top of the map.
Map Maker Interactive provides a drawing tool and marker icons that can be added to any of the maps.
Learners can also measure distances on Mapmaker Interactive by selecting the polygon drawing tool on the left side of the map.
As learners draw lines the distances appear on the map.
NOTE: National Geographic's Map Maker Interactive maps cannot be embedded into other sites. But they can can be downloaded, printed, and/or learners can share links to them.

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SymbolWorld

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SymbolWorld is a website created by Widgit Software specifically for symbol users.

It has material for all ages and includes...

   - news,

   - personal contributions,

   - stories and

   - learning materials.
SymbolWorld is designed to be easy to navigate, with the option to personalise the layout and colours to suit any reader’s needs.

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Whats on the menu?

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John Dalziel's insight:

The New York Public Library hosts an Archive of 17,000 menus.
A collection that could be a boon to researchers, as well as curious gourmands, foodies, and others.
It is also a resource that could be of use to design, catering, history and many other courses.
Be warned, it could make you feel very hungry and/or put you off food, depending on which menus you look at.

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Histropedia - The Timeline of Everything

Histropedia - The Timeline of Everything | technologies | Scoop.it
Discover a new way to visualise Wikipedia.
Choose from over 1.5 million events to create and share timelines in minutes.
John Dalziel's insight:

Histropedia is an interactive to that grabs content from wikipedia and presents it as a combination of...
   - timelines,
   - maps and
   - trends.
This enables "visual learners" to explore historical events visually rather than wading through information.
It's a good idea to click the "Featured Timelines" to get an idea of Histropedias potential.
Double clicking any panel lets users switch between content on Wikipedia and other sites like, for example, YouTube.

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Smarty Pins: Trivia & Google Maps

Smarty Pins: Trivia & Google Maps | technologies | Scoop.it
Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.
John Dalziel's insight:

Google has released this new game called Smarty Pins which uses Google Maps for its layout.
It's a game that tests players geography and trivia skills. It could be ideal for use with learners.
Players in Smarty Pins are asked a wide variety of geography-based questions to which they have to provide answers by dragging and dropping a pin in Maps. 
Scores are converted into miles and players are given 1000 miles at the start of the play .
With each incorrect answer a number of miles are subtracted from the players' score.
The trick is to answer questions as quickly as possible before the number of miles reaches zero.
First select a category. The categories available are...
   - Arts and Culture,
   - Science and Geography,
   - Sports and Games,
   - Entertainment,
   - History and Current Event.
Players will then be provided with a question.
If they find the question too hard to answer they can get help by using the "take a hint" button.
To answer the question players need to drop the pin on the correct location.
The final score you reach can be shared with others using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

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World War One: BBC

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A new, (March 2014) website from the BBC that uses audio, video and photographs to capture what life was like in Britain during the conflict.
230+ stories, with 100+ to be added later this year.

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Google Maps Gallery

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John Dalziel's insight:

Google Maps Gallery offers a growing collection of maps depicting all kinds of data.
In the Google Maps Gallery visitors can find mapped displays of data sets on topics in...
   - science,
   - society,
   - history,
   - politics,
...and much more.
Google Maps Gallery is focused on visualizations of data sets, which could provide a starting point for some learners' research projects.

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Timelapse Stunning Satellite Images of Earth

Timelapse Stunning Satellite Images of Earth | technologies | Scoop.it
Exclusive timelapse: See climate change, deforestation and urban sprawl unfold as Earth evolves over 30 years.
John Dalziel's insight:

Timelapse a visual satellite timeline powered by Google.

Practitioners can get their learners to choose from some highlighted Timelapse views including: Las Vegas, Dubai, Shanghai, Oil Sands, Mendenhall Glacier, Wyoming Coal, Columbia Glacier, and Lake Urmia.
Alternatively, they can get learners to use the search box to view a satellite timelapse of any place in the world.
The speed of the timelapse can be altered or paused and users can zoom in or zoom out.
Imagery begins in 1984 and goes through to 2012.
Below the Timelapse, learners can read about how satellites are used to capture the imagery they are exploring. Well worth the read!

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Museum of Obsolete Objects - YouTube

Museum of Obsolete Objects - YouTube | technologies | Scoop.it
Sadly, as our daily lives become more and more digital some things fall by the way side as they are replaced by newer, «better» devices. Let us not forget th...
John Dalziel's insight:

The Museum of Obsolete Objects offers quick, 1-2 minute videos that focusses on objects that once were very useful, and now have gone to the wayside thanks to new technologies and trends.
For me, the sad part is that a lot of these objects became obsolete in my lifetime, while some of you will never seen them in real life.
These videos clips are a great way to launch to a research project around objects that once were a part of our everyday community, but are now no more.
Note: the clips don’t just feature recent technologies, they go all the way back to objects like quill pens and typewriters.

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IWitness: Video testimonies from Holocaust survivors and witnesses

IWitness: Video testimonies from Holocaust survivors and witnesses | technologies | Scoop.it

IWitness brings practitioners and their learners together at the intersection of Holocaust education and the development of critical literacies needed in the 21st century.

John Dalziel's insight:

The IWitness website is dedicated to helping bring first-person stories into the history learning environment.
It’s a free educational website / web tool developed by the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education.

IWitness brings the human stories of the Institute’s Visual History Archive to practitioners and their learners via engaging multimedia-learning activities.

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Mara Ofengender's curator insight, July 16, 2013 11:35 PM

More stories directly from survivors.

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My Learning - Learning with Museums Libraries and Archives

My Learning - Learning with Museums Libraries and Archives | technologies | Scoop.it
My Learning is a website for teachers and learners inspired by museum, library and archive collections. Content is created in consultation with teachers and is presented as resources designed to support different curriculum subjects and key stages.
John Dalziel's insight:

Free learning resources from arts, cultural and heritage organisations.
My Learning is a resource for practitioners and learners inspired by museum, library and archive collections. Resources are suggested sequences to learn about a particular curriculum topic.
Practitioners can search for a resource by subject, age group, museum or specific words. Resources are continually being added so please check regularly for new subjects and topics.
Subjects for Post 16 Learners include...
- Art and Design;
- Citizenship;
- Design and Technology;
- ESOL; and
- History.
The latest addition, at the time of curation, is "The M&S Company Archive"
The website has some excellent resources.

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Use the Museums to authenticate your work and aide visual understanding....

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Timelines.tv - History, documentary and television on the web

Timelines.tv - History, documentary and television on the web | technologies | Scoop.it
This module explores how far we'd come by the turn of the 20th century. It tells the story of Edwardian Blackpool, the annual mecca of seaside fun for hundreds of thousands of mill families across the North West.
John Dalziel's insight:

Timelines.tv is one for history practitioners to bookmark and share with their learners.
Each of the currently 6 timelines include short (3-10 minute) videos, pictures and short text descriptions.
The six timelines currently available are A History of Britain, The American West, Medicine Through Time, American Voices, The Edwardians, and Nazi Germany. A nice resource tool, for learners to review an era.

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Crash Course! - YouTube

Crash Course! - YouTube | technologies | Scoop.it

Two entertaining & engaging presenters race headlong through the basics of biology (40 clips), world history (42 clips), Ecology (2)and Literature (1).

 

The presenters both educate and entertain.

 

These videos are well produced, fun, informative and provide digestible 10-15 minute chunks!

 

Well worth a closer look.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau

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This website, for the museum and memorial, has been redesigned to include...
   - explanations of what can be visited;
   - the history of the site and
   - the horrifying acts that happened there.
There are also...
   - reports and
   - videos
...highlighting the camp's liberation, including...
   - interactive exhibits and
   - photography.
A resource for many educational courses.

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Tech Video Timeline | ITN Source

Tech Video Timeline | ITN Source | technologies | Scoop.it
From the Wright Brothers and the Atomic Bomb to the Apple iPad and the Internet; the world has seen some of the most incredible advances in science and technology in the last century. Check out our fascinating interactive video timeline, showcasing a celebration in how technology has changed our lives!
John Dalziel's insight:

ITN is a UK television news service which has been around for decades covering all the major technology news events as they happened.
Now they have assembled these news reports into one easy timeline which you can view by moving the slider along to the year you want to see.
Note: video clip start automatically.

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Photogrammar

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An archive of 170,000 Photographs, Documenting the "Great Depression", has been launched by Yale.
The Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) hired photographers, during the Great Depression, to travel across America to document the poverty that gripped the nation, hoping to build support for New Deal programs being championed by F.D.R.’s administration.
Now Yale University has launched Photogrammar, a sophisticated web-based platform for...
   -  organizing,
   -  searching (by photographer), and
   -  visualizing
...these 170,000 historic photographs.
Photogrammar also offers a handy interactive map that lets users gather geographical information about 90,000 of the photographs in the collection.

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Teaching U.S. History

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The Centre for History and New Media (CHNM) has created the Teaching History website with the goal of making U.S....
   - history content,
   - teaching strategies,
   - resources, and
   - research
...accessible to History Practitioners, to support the teaching of U.S. History education within Learning Environments.

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Go Social Studies Go

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Go Social Studies Go is a free site dedicated to making the study of history fun and painless.

John Dalziel's insight:

Go Social Studies Go could be an excellent resource for some practitioners and their learners.
The site is divided into three main sections;

   - U.S. History,

   - World History, and

   - World Religions
Learners can access text, comparable with many existing textbooks, along with multimedia elements for the topics they're reading about.
For some learners, Go Social Studies Go can offer a nice refresher on many topics pre-face-2-face sessions and/or when revising.

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DocsTeach

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Finding Primary sources (those were first-hand created in a given period of time and never undergone any kind of editing or distortion) often isn't easy
Docs Teach, from The National Archive, allows practitioners to create primary source activities for their learners.
It provides seven activity-creation tools that can help learners to develop historical thinking skills and gets them thinking like historians.
With these 7 tools to choose from, practitioners can find and insert primary sources and customize an activity to meet the needs of their learners.
To find primary source documents practitioners can use the search functionality on the right hand side.

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Operation War Diary

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John Dalziel's insight:

Operation War Diary provides an opportunity to get learners to become ‘Citizen Historians'.
By working together, previously inaccessible information will become available to...
- academics,
- researchers and
- family historians...
...worldwide, leaving a lasting legacy for the centenary of the First World War.
Data gathered via Operation War Diary will be used for three main purposes:
- to enrich The National Archives' catalogue descriptions for the unit war diaries,
- to provide evidence about the experience of named individuals in IWM's Lives of the First World War project
- to present academics with large amounts of accurate data to help them gain a better understanding of how the war was fought
All of the data produced by Operation War Diary will eventually be available to everyone free of charge- a lasting legacy and a rich and valuable introduction to the world of the War Diaries.

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Music Timeline

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John Dalziel's insight:

Google has released this interesting music timeline that documents the variations in the music industry during the last six decades.
The timeline is basically a coloured visualization that chronicles how different artists and musical genres have gained or dropped in popularity since 1950 to now.
Each musical genre is given a particular colour.
Click on any of the coloured regions and users will be provided with more details on that musical genre .
They will also be able to see the major artists falling under its genre.
By clicking on any artist users can read about his/her story or go to Google Play to listen to their hits.
I would think that this is a must access for anyone engaged with music.

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Teaching Ideas Video Gallery

Teaching Ideas Video Gallery | technologies | Scoop.it
Discover videos that can be used to enhance learning in your classroom... along with related teaching ideas and resources!
John Dalziel's insight:

The new Teaching Ideas Video Gallery, for younger learners, is now online.
This new part of Teaching Ideas features some videos that can be used as a starting point for learning.
Lots of related lesson ideas, suggesting ways of using the videos, to support work in...

- Literacy,

- Maths,

- Geography,

- History and lots of other subject areas, are also included.
Although the video gallery is quite small at the moment, we are assured that new videos (and related teaching ideas) will be added on a regular basis.

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FallBack Page

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ChronoZoom is an open-source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything. Big History is the attempt to understand, in a unified, interdisciplinary way, the history of cosmos, Earth, life, and humanity. By using Big History as the story line, ChronoZoom seeks to bridge the gap between the humanities and sciences an enable all this information to be easily understandable and navigable.

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Instant Google Street View

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Instant Google Street View
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Simply start typing an address, place name or location, to be instantly taken there via Google Street View. If no Street View exists at the location, or if your search is too broad (e.g. "Germany"), a map will be shown instead.

Try it out!

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The Plasma Screen & Whiteboard Room

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A free website where practitioners in special schools can download teaching resources, created by other practitioners, that they can use on their plasma screens, interactive whiteboards, etc.  All the resources have been created by practitioners and are free to use for educational purposes.  Copyright remains with the owners of all the resources on the site.

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