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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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Street Art with Google Art Project

Street Art with Google Art Project | technologies | Scoop.it
Explore the stories behind the art. g.co/streetart #streetartproject
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Google Street Art has 10,000 images, with coordinates pinpointing exact locations on all five continents.
A major aim of this project is virtual preservation. Given the temporal realities of Street Art, pilgrims may arrive to find a blank canvas where graffiti once flourished.
Documentation is key.
Not all of the work can be attributed, but users can click on an image to see what is known. Guided tours to neighborhoods rich with street art allow worldwide learners to experience the work, and the interviews with the artists dispel any number of stereotypes.
Cultural institutions like...
   - Hong Kong’s Art Research Institute, and
   - Turkey’s Pera Museum
...and street art projects based in such hubs as...
   - Bangkok,
   - Paris,
   - Rome, and
   - Sydney

...have pulled together official collections of photos and videos, but practitioners, and/or learners, can play curator too.
It’s easy to add images to a collection of their own choice which can be shared with the public at large or saved for private inspiration or used as part of an educational assignment - the list goes on.

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QuotesCover - Fastest Quote Maker

QuotesCover - Fastest Quote Maker | technologies | Scoop.it
Easy and Powerful Quote Maker! You can create high resolution quotes picture with cool typography effect easily using our quote maker app. Best for Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, Twitter, e-card, Wallpaper, and for prints.
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Looking for a quick and easy way to create beautiful quote graphics? QuotesCover is the tool!
With QuotesCover, users can design a visual representation of personal or famous quotes in a snap.
Here’s how it works...
   - add your quote,
   - choose your layout,
   - add a photo or choose a plain background,
   - choose the colour and font and
...you’re done!

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Photos For Class - The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class!

Photos For Class - The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class! | technologies | Scoop.it
The World’s easist way to search for safe, creative commons images and cite them.
John Dalziel's insight:

Photos for Class is an image search engine that only locates images that are labelled with a Creative Commons license.

When learners download images from Photos for Class the images include the attribution that they need to include when they re-use the image.

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MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers

MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers | technologies | Scoop.it
Get MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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If you, or your learners, fancy something different, then why not make a caricature selfie?
Make a funny image of yourself, based on a photo you take with the MomentCam app, or one that you choose from your photographs.
The resulting images are all GIF images so prepare to see some of the resulting images dancing around.
It’s worth a few smiles at least.

If you have an Android look at...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.manboker.headportrait&hl=en

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Whitney Museum of American Art: Collection

Whitney Museum of American Art: Collection | technologies | Scoop.it
The Whitney Museum of American Art. Explore works, exhibitions, and events online. Located in New York City.
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The Whitney Museum of American Art has overhauled its on-line database and expanded its on-line collection from a mere 700 works to around 21,000.
The digital reserve now includes...
   - Edward Hopper,
   - Mike Kelley,
   - Martin Wong,
   - Jackson Pollock,
   - Georgia O’Keeffe, and
   - Andy Warhol
...available for visitor browsing pleasure.

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Xim - share photos, not your devices

Xim - share photos, not your devices | technologies | Scoop.it
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Practitioners and/or learners, share your photos, not your phone, tablet or other devices.
Xim photographs that are on a camera roll, or a favourite service, to peers, colleagues, learners etc., devices.
Swipe, pan and zoom together for all to enjoy, even those who don’t have the app.
There's no need to project onto an Interactive White Board or huddle around one small screen or even be in the same learning environment – just xim instead so everyone can see the images on their own device. Xims swipe and zoom together, so everyone stays in sync automatically.

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New Old Stock

New Old Stock | technologies | Scoop.it
Vintage photos from the public archives Free of known copyright restrictions.
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New Old Stock provides “vintage photos from the public archives” and promises that no known copyright restrictions exist on them.
Visitors can find photographs from times past at New Old Stock.
Note: A pain but, visitors can’t browse images by theme, topic or any other categories.
If however, you’re looking for some incredible vintage photography, this is one must visit place.

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Revs Digital Library

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The Stanford University Revs Digital Library provides a web based platform for discovery of automotive research and images, connecting the past, prevent and future of the automobile.
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178,000 Images Documenting the History of the Car is now available on a "New Stanford Web Site".
The Revs Digital Library is built on top of the Stanford Digital Repository to provide a web based platform for discovery of automotive research and images.
By digitising materials and making them discoverable, content that was once available to a select few becomes useful and discoverable for a wide range of researchers.

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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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Internet Archive Book Images

Internet Archive Book Images | technologies | Scoop.it
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to...
John Dalziel's insight:

Internet Archive is a new collection at Flickr where practitioners, and learners, can search through an archive of 2.6 million public domain images, all extracted from books, magazines and newspapers published over a 500 year period.
This new Flickr archive accomplishes something quite important, it concentrates on images.
How do you search through the archive? (It’s not entirely obvious)
From the home page of the archive, users can do a keyword search. As they’re filling in the keyword, Flickr will produce a dropdown which includes the words “Internet Archive Book Images’ Photostream.”
Users must make sure they click on those words, or else their search results will include images from other parts of Flickr.
NOTE: All images can be downloaded for free. They’re all public domain.

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Digital Image Collection-Folger Shakespeare Library

Digital Image Collection-Folger Shakespeare Library | technologies | Scoop.it
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The rare materials held at the Folger are meant to be actively used; Henry Folger once called the collection “a fine kit of tools for scholars.”

Today, the Folger Library continues to make its books, manuscripts, and artworks as accessible as possible within the limits set by their rarity and, in many cases, fragility.
For the general public, world-wide, access to the Folger collection is provided via their freely-accessible Digital Image Collection.
The Folger's Digital Image Collection offers online access to over 75,000 images from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection, including...
   - books,
   - theater memorabilia,
   - manuscripts,
   - art,
...and more.
Images are available in high resolution and users can...
   - show multiple images side-by-side,
   - zoom in and out to see fine detail,
   - view cataloging information when available,
   - export thumbnails, and
   - construct permanent URLs linking back to their favorite items or searches.
These images are available for free use under a CC BY-SA Creative Commons license.

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John Dalziel's insight:

The rare materials held at the Folger are meant to be actively used; Henry Folger once called the collection “a fine kit of tools for scholars.”

Today, the Folger Library continues to make its books, manuscripts, and artworks as accessible as possible within the limits set by their rarity and, in many cases, fragility.
For the general public, world-wide, access to the Folger collection is provided via their freely-accessible Digital Image Collection.
The Folger's Digital Image Collection offers online access to over 75,000 images from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection, including...
   - books,
   - theater memorabilia,
   - manuscripts,
   - art,
...and more.
Images are available in high resolution and users can...
   - show multiple images side-by-side,
   - zoom in and out to see fine detail,
   - view cataloging information when available,
   - export thumbnails, and
   - construct permanent URLs linking back to their favorite items or searches.
These images are available for free use under a CC BY-SA Creative Commons license.

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Pexels provides a useful source of Creative Commons pictures

Pexels  provides a useful source of Creative Commons pictures | technologies | Scoop.it
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Pexels – is a website which provides a useful source of Creative Commons pictures, that practitioners, and/or learners, can use everywhere for any purpose.
With Creative Commons, they have the freedom to use an image without payment to the maker of the image.
Pexels has high quality photos in various categories.

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PixTeller - Poster Maker!

PixTeller - Poster Maker! | technologies | Scoop.it
Create targeted image quotes, personalized greeting cards, beautiful posters or any amazing image you wish on PixTeller.com.
John Dalziel's insight:

Like most technology I write about,it isn't just for practitioners, it's also suitable for learners and other education stakeholders.
Pixteller is...
   - particularly relevant for creating illustrated quotes and short posters for a whole range of things;
   - completely free to use. And...
...while it can be used without registration, only registered members are able to download posters with no watermarks.

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Pablo by Buffer - Design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds

Pablo by Buffer - Design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds | technologies | Scoop.it
Buffer makes it super easy to share any page you're reading. Keep your Buffer topped up and we automagically share them for you through the day.
John Dalziel's insight:

Buffer allows users to schedule their post throughout the day; Pablo allows users to create more engaging posts by adding images with text overlays.

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Bad Maths

Bad Maths | technologies | Scoop.it
A place to store all those images of crazy special offers and examples of things that just don't add up. The aim is to use these in class as lesson starters!
John Dalziel's insight:

This "Bad Maths" Flickr group, is worth a closer look, contains lots of examples of bad maths spotted in stores and other public places.
Some of the bad maths is obvious, other examples are not as obvious.
Why not ask learners to take similar photographs or of other things where mathematics, in the real world is evident. Functional Skills Practitioners can certainly modify this to suit the different courses their learners are doing.

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Delt.ae - Online image quality assessment

Delt.ae - Online image quality assessment | technologies | Scoop.it
Webbased image quality assessment using testing for color reproduction accuracy and spatial accuracy
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DeltaE is a FREE open source web-based tool which'll help users assess image quality based on test- and calibration-targets present in their images..
DeltaE is a totally free, web based service that enables the user to...
   - create an account,
   - upload calibration files, and
...after uploading an image, targets will be automatically identified and analyzed.
The colour- and spatial accuracy will be reported upon, along with guideline conformity (FADGI, Metamorfoze or Metamorfoze light). Images containing ColorChecker or ColorChecker SG targets will also allow for custom ICC profile generation.
You may want to take a look at http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/blog/entry/colour-calibration-using-open-source-DeltaE for a more detailed overview 

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Public Domain

Public Domain | technologies | Scoop.it
Download thousands of historic media files for your creative projects.Completely free & made available by Pond5.
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The Public Domain Project will soon become an important resource for educators, offering “thousands of historic media files for their creative projects, completely free and made available by Pond5.
Currently (Jan 2015) the Public Domain Project offers...
   - 9768 pieces of footage,
   - 2758 audio files,
   - 64,639 images, and
   - 121 3D models
...including
   - digital models of NASA tools and satellites,
   - Georges Méliès’ 1902 film, A Trip To The Moon,
   - speeches by political figures like Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King, Jr.,
   - recordings of performances from composers like Beethoven, and
   - a laid-back picture of President Obama playing pool.

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Sketchpad 3.6 - Draw, Create, Share!

Sketchpad 3.6 - Draw, Create, Share! | technologies | Scoop.it
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 Sketch.io.
Sketchpad from Sketch.io 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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Freepik

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Download thousands of FREE vectors, stock photos, HD photos and PSD
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Created originally for graphic and web designers, Freepik’s image collection revolves around...
   - vectors,
   - icons and
   - illustrations.
These graphic designs and often modern artwork can be used directly by learners, but they are also an excellent source of inspiration for learners if they are creating their own digital pieces.

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Unsplash

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Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos. 10 new photos every 10 days. Subscribe
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Unsplash is a free photo archive that prides itself on offering “do-whatever-you-want, hi-res images.”
According to their licensing information, the images on the site are not copyrighted, which means practitioners and/or learners have free rein over how they use them.
Unsplash’s subscription service provides 10 new images delivered straight to a subscribers' inbox every 10 days.
NOTE: It’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for on Unsplash.
Users can view images by month of submission, but there is no way to browse by topic or any other category.

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Storyboard That: A FREE Online Storyboard Creator

Storyboard That: A FREE Online Storyboard Creator | technologies | Scoop.it
Looking for an amazing, fun, free, and easy to use online storyboard creator? See why students, screenwriters, and businesses love Storyboard That.
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Storyboard That is an on-line service that provides templates in which practitioners, and/or learners, can create their stories in a comic strip style.
Storyboard That provides...
   -  dozens of scenes,
   -  characters, and
   -  text bubbles
...to fill users' storyboard's frames.
Each element that's dragged into a storyboard frame can be...
   -  re-sized,
   -  rotated, and
   -  re-positioned.
The completed storyboard can be saved as...
   -  a comic strip,
   -  a set of images (one image for each frame), or
   -  a set of PowerPoint slides.
In the teachers' resources section there are lesson plans for teaching language arts through comic creation.
NOTE: the free version allows only 2 creations per week, only 3 and 6 cell comic strips and the Powerpoint and High Resolution exports are watermarked.

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Mi sembra di averlo già segnalato, ma meglio abbondare comunque.

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Google Sky

Google Sky | technologies | Scoop.it
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Short of buying a telescope, Google Sky (Map) provides an alternative way to look up into the night sky and browse the stars.

On second thoughts, it is the best way because clouds and pollution do not impede you.

Type the name of the planet or celestial body you want to view in the search box, and Google Sky pans to its location.

Visit https://www.google.com/sky/about.html to find out more...

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Chromecast Background Images

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Chromecast Background Images
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Chromecast Backgrounds – if any of you use Chromecast, you'll already know that it provides countless amazing high-definition backgrounds for the TV screen.
Well Chromecast Backgrounds provides you with 680 high quality images that you can download and use.

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YouiDraw, Online Vector Graphic Design, Drawing Online Logo Maker.

YouiDraw, Online Vector Graphic Design, Drawing Online Logo Maker. | technologies | Scoop.it
Online create stunning vector Graphic design with YouiDraw Drawing, Logo Maker and Painter. It’s like Adobe Illustrator but it works on html5 canvas.
John Dalziel's insight:

Create vector graphic design with YouiDraw online.
It’s like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw but it works with HTML5 and Google Drive.
There’s no software to download and users can access their work anytime, anywhere. An Online Logo Maker is available for creating...
   - high quality vector graphics,
   - headings,
   - HTML5 logos,
   - icons,
   - web site elements and buttons
...using hundreds of templates and styles.
There is a FREE option but users must Share their design(s) before they can Export; Monthly and yearly plans are, I feel, reasonably priced.

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Captain Icon

Captain Icon | technologies | Scoop.it
+350 Awesome free vector icons to empower your mobile and web designs
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Captain Icon – consists of more than 350 vector icons that practitioners, and/or learners, can freely use under Creative Commons for their mobile and/or web designs.
They can be scaled to any size without losing quality, and are available in EPS, PSD, PNG, SVG, and web font formats.
They cover categories such as...
   - design,

   - office,

   - social,

   - sports,

   - weather, and more.
Users will need to scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the download.

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