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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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Typing Speed Monitor

Typing Speed Monitor | technologies | Scoop.it
Gives you statistics on how fast you type, what you type, and how often you type.
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Typing Speed Monitor Shows Your Typing Speed During Routine Web Tasks
Typing Speed Monitor is a Google Chrome extension that evaluates a user's typing skills while they're going about their daily web browsing or word processing activities. Ideal for Google Drive users.
If learners do a lot of writing on-line and/or are engaged with on-line courses, Typing Speed Monitor is one way for them to get accurate feedback on their typing proficiency in real-world settings.

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Naace: Guidance for Primary Teachers

Naace: Guidance for Primary Teachers | technologies | Scoop.it
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Written by Naace in partnership with Computing at School, this easy to follow guide targeting primary teachers is being sent to all schools in England.

It’s a very useful guide, providing an overview for non-specialists of the 2014 Computing curriculum in clear non-geeky language.
Initial Teacher Trainers, and/or Practitioners, trying to prepare future teachers, or themselves, to deliver the new computing and coding requirements, such guidance is very welcome right now.

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ModernLessons - YouTube

ModernLessons - YouTube | technologies | Scoop.it
The official channel of all free Modern Lessons videos. Updated regularly but always available on modernlessons.com!
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Useful video clips for practitioners & learners providing basic How-Tos.

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The Plasma Screen & Whiteboard Room

The Plasma Screen & Whiteboard Room | technologies | Scoop.it
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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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Primary Games Arena

Primary Games Arena | technologies | Scoop.it

Primary Games Arena is a large collection of educational games, ideal for Family Learning and/or Functional Skills.

 

Games are available for ...

- ICT

- Maths

- English

- Other Subjects

 

There is also the option to view games by "School Year"

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The History of Digital Storage [Infographic]

The History of Digital Storage [Infographic] | technologies | Scoop.it
From punch cards to hard drives to cloud based storage, how we stash our data away has changed quite a bit in the last century.

 

An ideal resource for Functional ICT and/or ICT

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6 Basic Tech Skills Anyone Should Have

6 Basic Tech Skills Anyone Should Have | technologies | Scoop.it

Let’s face it: in today’s world, technology is no longer just for geeks.

 

Most of us are just normal users, who simply want to get along.

 

If you consider yourself a geek, and have good control over your computer and other devices, this post might not be for you.

 

If, however, you or your learners are still finding your way in the computer world, or know someone who is, these basic skills are absolute must-haves.

 

While computers and phones will work for them even without these basic tech skills, having them will ensure...

- privacy,

- security, and

- make their day-to-day experience as smooth as it can be.

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5 Ways to Use Google Sites in Teaching & Learning

Although this post refers to "Schools" it is a post from the USA so therefore has a different meaning than we would use in the UK.

 

I particularly like the use of the new page-level permissions options, allowing learners to only edit Google Sites pages that practitioners grant them access to.

 

The 5 ways are...

- As a wiki:

- As a digital portfolio;

- As a digital file cabinet;

- As a blog;

- As a website.

 

All skills learners need in the "real world" - potential for use in functional skills especially as learners & practitioners have 24/7 access. 

 

Google docs are also ideal for peer assessment and review.

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10 Excel defaults you can customise

10 Excel defaults you can customise | technologies | Scoop.it
You don’t have to adjust every Excel workbook to meet your needs.

 

This cpd post deals with some of the more common settings that users customise. Making the changes covered can make all workbooks automatically conform to the preferences selected.

 

Ideal for Basic ICT courses, Functional Skills ICT, etc.

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Typing Speed Monitor

Typing Speed Monitor | technologies | Scoop.it

There are plenty of online programs that learners can use to practice typing skills, test their typing speed, and test their typing accuracy.

 

They don't however evaluate typing skills while users are going about their daily web browsing or word processing activities.

 

Typing Speed Monitor is a Google Chrome extension that will track how fast users type and what keys they use most frequently.

 

If users do a lot of writing online, Typing Speed Monitor is one way to get accurate feedback on their typing proficiency in real-world settings.

 

Typing Speed Monitor could be a good way to find out how well learners actually type in realistic scenarios - as part of their ICT functional skills.

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officevideos - YouTube

officevideos - YouTube | technologies | Scoop.it
The official Microsoft Office channel for great video content on Office products and services.

 

Having posted a JiTT (Just in Time Tutorial) for OneNote via The FE Blog (News and views from the Microsoft UK Education Team) I've located the YouTube Office Videos Channel.

 

Great support resources for a "Flipped Classroom" approach to Teaching & Learning with Business, ICT, Functional Skills, and many more learners.

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MultiWall

MultiWall | technologies | Scoop.it

- Wallpaper Tool for Multiple Monitor Desktops

 

Multiwall...

 

- is a desktop application, designed for Windows, to help users set up and adjust any PC screen’s wallpapers to their liking.

 

- allows users to use filters on their wallpapers and/or edit them by rotating, inverting, zooming or panning with ease.

 

Users also have the option to select different wallpapers for each screen that they use in a multi-monitor setup; this is ideal for those producing vidcasts and/or webinars etc.

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HP Learning Center - free online classes for home, home office, business and IT

HP Learning Center - free online classes for home, home office, business and IT | technologies | Scoop.it
HP.com offers free, instructor-led, online business, technology and IT online classes, and quick lessons; all available 24/7.

 

The HP Learning Center classes (with 2 to 6 lessons) are easy to follow, learners can pick up pointers on how to go about with a digital lifestyle. Ideal for CPD; I've enjoyed the classes I've completed.

 

Users need to do a free registration before they pick a class to start off.

 

Classes include two to six lessons and may also include interactive demos, quizzes and assignments.

 

For quick sessions check out the 5-minute how-to videos or short lessons.

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Technology Lesson Plans K-5 Computer Lab

Technology Lesson Plans K-5 Computer Lab | technologies | Scoop.it
Technology lesson plans for elementary school children. There are activities for word processing, spreadsheets and graphing, powerpoint presentations, graphic arts, multimedia, internet research and more.
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K5 Computer Lab is a website that provides technology lesson plans, activities for word processing, spreadsheets and graphing for younger learners.
Ideal for Family Learning and some templates.for example the newspaper templates, can be ideal for older learners.
Some lesson plans can also be adaptedfor Functional Skills (ICT)

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Digital Unite

Digital Unite | technologies | Scoop.it
Helping people to unleash their digital talents through free online technology guides, a network of computer tutors, courses and our online community of learners.
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Everything on the Digital Unite website is geared towards supporting people to realise the benefits of using technology.
People don't have to use technology but everyone should have the opportunity to do so.
Digital Unite provides...
- visitors with accurate and easy to understand information, about what they might find useful and why.
- lots of free learning content along with an online community where learners can ask questions, share ideas, support each other and just chat.

Ideal for Adult & Community Learning, Informal Adult Learning, Personal & Community Development Learning and more...

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ICTmagic - wiki

ICTmagic - wiki | technologies | Scoop.it
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The awarding winning ICTmagic wiki is packed full with thousands of free links and resources for educators.
Including...
Art, Craft & Design;
Early Years;
EducationalGames;
English;
Food & Cookery;
History;
ICT & Web Tools;
Languages;
Maths;
Music, sound & Podcasts;
...to name but a few.

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Office 2013 Quick Start Guides - support - Office.com

Office 2013 Quick Start Guides - support - Office.com | technologies | Scoop.it

If you’re new to Office 2013, you can download any of the free Quick Start Guides. These printable guides contain useful tips, shortcuts, and screenshots to help you find your way

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With the introduction of new features and changes in the recent release of Office 2013, practitioners and learners may have some questions about where things are and/or how to get things done.

In order to make the transition easier Microsoft has published this set of Quick Start Guides to help users get settled in with the latest edition of Office.

The nine Quick Start Guides available, are nicely laid out with easy to follow notes located around and across the pages; all guides are available in PDF format and range from 5 – 9 pages in length.

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Code Monster from Crunchzilla

If practitioners are looking for a fun way to introduce a learner to programming Crunchzilla’s Code Monster is a 'live' introduction to basic programming concepts.

 

How does Code Monster work?

Using JavaScript users are guided through the programming experience by a blue monster that asks questions about the code and suggests courses of action.

 

If learners (or practitioners) play long enough they will progress from simple variables to more complex ideas like conditionals, expressions, and more.

 

NOTE This isn't a comprehensive programming curriculum (it doesn't claim to be) but it’s a great way to introduce people of all ages to programming.

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What Browser?

What Browser tells you which web browser you're using and helps you get the most out of your browser. It is an ideal resource for Functional Skills, Finctional ICT, ICT and other courses.

 

My browser of choice is Google Chrome.

 

Chrome automatically updates and because users can synchronize tabs across all of the computers and tablets they use, it currently stands out from the rest.

 

Whichever browser individuals use, they should ensure they update it when new updates are available. Updates generally improve the speed and functionality of the browser of choice.

 

More importantly many browser updates are made to improve the security of their computer.

 

Keeping browsers up to date is an easy step in maintaining a computer's security.

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Three tips for rounding Excel time values | TechRepublic

Three tips for rounding Excel time values | TechRepublic | technologies | Scoop.it
Summing Excel date and time values is easy; rounding requires a bit of function help.

 

This CPD for Excel users looks at Excelfrom an Administrators point of view, concentrating on payroll, timesheets etc. including...

- MROUND()

- CEILING()

- FLOOR()

 

Excel worksheets for these tips are also available

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Differences Between Capacitive & Resistive Touchscreens

Differences Between Capacitive & Resistive Touchscreens | technologies | Scoop.it
It might not fully register, but we all know there are two types of touchscreens.

 

Ideal resource for ICT courses, functional skills ICT etc.

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Learn the Web's core | CoreDogs

Learn the Web's core | CoreDogs | technologies | Scoop.it

CoreDogs is a set of online texts and lessons that practitioners and/or learners can use to learn how the web works, how to build websites, and how to build simple web applications.

 

Users can navigate through the lessons in order or skip to parts that are of the most interest to them.

 

The CoreDogs lessons can be used by learners who want to learn coding on their own.

 

CoreDogs also allows users to re-use and redistribute the lessons to use in learning environment instruction (just make sure to credit CoreDogs).

 

I would suggest this could be an essential part of Functional Skills ICT; preparing learners for the "real world".

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10 Word defaults you can customize to work the way YOU want

10 Word defaults you can customize to work the way YOU want | technologies | Scoop.it
Change a few key default settings in Word and you won’t have to make the same tweaks over and over.

 

I've tended to post CPD like this in my Searcheeze Curation < http://www.searcheeze.com/p/acljohn/elearning-tools-resources-etc >; but listening to feedback I'll try to add CPD here as well!

 

CPD for all who want to learn.

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TIPP10

TIPP10 | technologies | Scoop.it

Today, learning to touch type is a no-brainer, it's almost an essential survival skill in the digital jungle.

 

Improving productivity and potentially increasing the money earned, within the limited hours available.

 

Learners just need to be methodical with their practice.

 

TIPP10 is a free touch typing tutor for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

 

The ingenious thing about the software is its intelligence feature. Characters that are mistyped are repeated more frequently.

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The Story of Send

The Story of Send | technologies | Scoop.it

Follow an email on its journey to see what happens when users send a message. Along the way, discover Google's data centers with videos and photographs.

 

Have your learners ever wondered what happens when they send an email?

 

This fun interactive slideshow from Google shows you the entire journey a Gmail letter takes from beginning to end.

 

Note: There are also mini picture slideshows, videos, and notes embedded within the main slideshow presentation (look for the small pulsing blue circles with icons inside them).

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