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Vectr - Free Online Vector Graphics Editor

Vectr - Free Online Vector Graphics Editor | technologies | Scoop.it
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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PicCollage - create  collages with your photographs

PicCollage - create  collages with your photographs | technologies | Scoop.it
Pics + Text + Stickers = A Party with Your Photos!
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PicCollage enables users to create amazing collages with their photographs. 
Yes there are a number of Apps, websites and extensions that allow practitioners and/or learners create collages with photographs they have taken. 
PicCollage's Drawing Tool however, allows practitioners and learners to personalise collages with original artwork, adding another layer of authenticity to educational activities and projects. 
PicCollage also allows users to add fonts, gifs and videos... ...curently providing 1500+ Stickers, 80+ Backgrounds and 60+ Templates. It's worth checking out some of the screenshots showcasing this simple yet powerful addition to this educational tool!
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Snapseed - A complete and professional photo editor

Snapseed - A complete and professional photo editor | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Snapseed. Download Snapseed and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
Snapseed is an excellent photo editor app developed by Google, providing users with over 20 tools and filters to apply to their photos. 
Snapseed Help - https://support.google.com/snapseed#topic=6155507 - provides guidelines on how to use each of the tools and features provided by this app. 
The Snapseed app is free of charge and is compatible with iOS9.0. 
If Practitioners, and/or learners, don't have access to photo editing software, Snapseed is well worth a try.
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Block Posters

Block Posters | technologies | Scoop.it
A free poster maker to create massive wall posters from your own images! Free!
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I'm sure that many practitioners, and/or learners have at times wished they could take a really cool image, infographic or flyer and transform it into a poster. 
If you are one of those people, check out Block Posters a free web-based tool, practitioners (and learners) can utilise to create huge personalised posters using a standard inkjet or laser printer. 
► Upload an image to the Block Posters interface (jpg or gif format only), 
► determine the desired printing preferences (number of pages, paper size, orientation), 
► click the “Create My Poster!” button and voila! 
You’re ready to download the file containing your poster. 
All that’s left to do is print the file and assemble the resulting giant poster! 
Yes, it’s that simple! 
Go on, try it out, you know you want to...
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ToonyTool - Create and share cartoons, comics and memes

ToonyTool - Create and share cartoons, comics and memes | technologies | Scoop.it
Create comics, cartoons and memes online. Share your creations on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Free online cartoon maker and comic creator.
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ToonyTool.com is a free on-line cartoon maker and comic creator tool for quickly creating single frame comics.
Users can create and share their own cartoons, comics and memes on-line for free. 
Just... 
   ♥ Choose a background or upload your own background. 
   ♥ Add your own or ToonyTool's characters and 
   ♥ choose from ToonyTool's text clouds. 
Users can also add Meme texts or props. 
Then... 
   ♥ download or 
   ♥ print or 
   ♥ email the resulting cartoon or 
   ♥ save it on-line and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. NOTE: ToonyTool does not require an email address or any kind of site registration in order to create comics. In that regard it is a good option for learners who don't have or don't want to share their email addresses with yet another service.on-line
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phrase.it - an on-line Speech Bubble Photo Editor 

phrase.it - an on-line Speech Bubble Photo Editor  | technologies | Scoop.it
Put speech bubbles on your photos and create your own comic strips within minutes! Great looking results, no sign-up needed, 100% free. phrase.it is probably the best speech bubble photo editor on the web.
John Dalziel's insight:
Phrase.it is a web tool that allows users to edit and customise their images by adding speech bubbles and different image effects. 
Learners could use Phrase.it to create picture stories and share them with others.
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Alphabetimals - help children to learn the alphabet

Alphabetimals - help children to learn the alphabet | technologies | Scoop.it
Alphabetimals combines animals and letter shapes to make learning the ABCs easy and fun! Get Apps, coloring books, posters and personalized kids clothes.
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Alphabetimals offers some nice little resources to help practitioners help children to learn the alphabet. 
For those who are not artistically inclined, the option to type a word and print it in an alphabetimalized version could be a nice way to print and display vocabulary words in their learning environments.
One feature I like, on the Alphabetimals website, is a dictionary of animals and the sounds that they make. 
On the Alphabetimals dictionary page children can find a group of animals listed, for each letter of the alphabet. 
When they click on a letter they hear the sounds made by the animal in the picture. 
Clicking on the animals name will give children the audio pronunciation of the animal in the picture.
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ezGIF - Animated GIF editor and GIF maker

ezGIF - Animated GIF editor and GIF maker | technologies | Scoop.it
Fast online animated GIF Maker and Editor. Upload and edit GIF images for free. Create, crop, resize, reverse, optimize and split animated gifs with ease.
John Dalziel's insight:
Gifs have progressed and are being used in the world of education; both practitioners and learners are learning how to use them creatively with an emphasis on being clever and not annoying.
ezGIF can be useed to...
● create,
● resize,
● crop,
● reverse,
● optimize, and
● apply some effects to gifs.
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BeFunky: Free Online Photo Editing and Collage Maker

BeFunky: Free Online Photo Editing and Collage Maker | technologies | Scoop.it
BeFunky Photo Editor lets you apply photo effects, edit photos and create photo collages with collage maker. Online Photo editing and creating collages has never been easier.
John Dalziel's insight:

Befunky is another image editing tool with the essentials plus the ability to add filter effects and artsy features like...
● cartoonize,
● impressionist,
● pointilism,
● watercolor,
...and others.
Users can also add...
● frames,
● graphics,
● overlays,
● text and/or textute
...to enhance their photos.
NOTE: Their Basic account is free to use and provides users with access to a library of 125 digital effects. Their BeFunky Plus account currently (Jan 2016) costs $24.95 a year, provides users with higher resolution output, offers users expanded rights use, plus a number of other features.

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Pixlr - Photo editor on-line

Pixlr - Photo editor on-line | technologies | Scoop.it

PIXLR EXPRESS Apply a quick fix or add a personal touch with creative effects, overlays, and borders. LAUNCH WEB APP

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Pixlr Editor allows users to edit images with features much like those found in Photoshop, the...
● lasso tool,
● smudge tool,
● blurring tool,
● clone stamp,
...and more.
If you’re looking for a Photoshop alternative, this is worth a closer look.

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Type to Design (non commercial use only): Text, in Instagram Photos

Type to Design (non commercial use only): Text, in Instagram Photos | technologies | Scoop.it
An Instagram generated font
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Framed photos of letters alongside each other, together spelling a name or word, is a growing trend offline. If practitioners and/or learners want to make something similar online, Type To Design is the site they’re looking for.
Using the Instagram photos from #36daysoftype, this easy to use web site will turn anything users type into a series of photos.
By just start typing they will see their collage, instantly.
NOTE: If they don’t like any of the letters they see, they just need to click it and it will change.
If they’re wondering where any particular letter came from, hover over it; a link to the original image on Instagram will pop up on the right.
Once users are happy with everything, they can download the image for sharing on social networks or anywhere else as long as it's a non commercial use.

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Loupe - create shapes with your photographs

Loupe - create shapes with your photographs | technologies | Scoop.it
Shape your photos the way you want in seconds
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Loupe Collage literally turns any user's pictures into a shape (or word) collage.
Users choose the pictures, then they choose the shape, image, or word you would like to make a collage.
Loupe Collage can access usersphotos from...
► their computer,
► Facebook,
► Dropbox,
► Flickr,
► Instagram,
...and even more!

Take a look at my first effort at http://www.getloupe.com/v/enj0cqei

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Mockup Everything | Realistic Mockups For Designers

Mockup Everything | Realistic Mockups For Designers | technologies | Scoop.it
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Free device mock-ups for practitioners and/or learners to drop their screenshots/photographs/images onto.

7 Free options and the choice to go Pro.

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Everypixel - Free Image Search Engine - More Than 40 Best Sources

Everypixel - Free Image Search Engine - More Than 40 Best Sources | technologies | Scoop.it
All free stock images in one place! Everypixel Stock Image Search Engine aggregates free photos and vectors from more than 40 image sources.
John Dalziel's insight:
Finding quality free photographs to use on-line can be a real pain. Everypixel changes all of that with a powerful new search engine that lets users search by keywords & uploaded photos. 
Yes Users can literally upload a photo from their computer and it’ll automatically search dozens of stock photo sites to find related pictures. 
How good is that! 
By default, Everypixel crawls all 50+ stock photo sites in their repository. 
 Everypixel has to be a "Must try it" resource!
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A search engine for free stock images? Yes, please!

Easy to use, customizable, size, type, direction, & more!

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TechSmith Snagit | Screen capture and screen recorder

TechSmith Snagit | Screen capture and screen recorder | technologies | Scoop.it
Snagit screen capture is award-winning software for Windows and Mac. Quickly get images and videos with a simple screen recorder. Start your free trial today!
John Dalziel's insight:
Snagit software gives practitioners, and/or learners, the complete tool for screen capture and video recording on both Windows and Mac. 
Snagit combines traditional screenshots, video recording, image editing, and file sharing. 
It's fast and easy to visually explain anything that is on-screen. 
Snagit allows users to capture images and video off their own screen, just as they view it on their own devices. 
Users can then add text, lines and shapes to images and save everything to their devices or upload them to Google Drive, YouTube and other locations. 
Take a look at... 
► Why SnagIt is the ideal tool for flipped learning at https://www.youtube.com/embed/JBJ4R611EYs and/or 
► 20 ways Snagit can improve life in the classroom at http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/02/04/20-ways-snagit-can-improve-life-in-the-classroom/ and/or 
► SnagIt Editor Productivity Tips at http://superstamps.co/snagit-editor-productivity-tips/ ;
No it's not free but, it's well worth the current one-off payment.
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SlideBot - Create Powerful Presentations

SlideBot - Create Powerful Presentations | technologies | Scoop.it
In seconds, SlideBot automatically creates unique and powerful presentations that are individually tailored to your content. Try it now.
John Dalziel's insight:
Spend less time designing presentations and allocate the time saved to working on the content. 
Creating powerful presentations takes up time and energy
Slidebot handles this process for users. 
Slidebot aims to bring engaging TEDx-style presentations into the learning environment by enabling practitioners (and learners) to create entire presentations in under 10 seconds using Machine Learning (or AI) based around design. 
Within seconds of providing the text users want included in their slide deck, SlideBot automatically designs for them a beautiful and unique presentation. 
Each slide is specifically tailored to their content and they are able to... 
♥ present it, 
♥ edit it and 
♥ export it right away. 
SlideBot is trusted by TEDx speakers and is the easiest and quickest way to create engaging presentations. 
Every session practitioners deliver can now have the same-standard of presentation that they see at the biggest conferences in the world.
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Momentum - Chrome extension keeping users focused at at the start of their day

Momentum - Chrome extension keeping users focused at at the start of their day | technologies | Scoop.it
Replace new tab page with a personal dashboard featuring todo, weather, and inspiration.
John Dalziel's insight:
Momentum is a Chrome extension for keeping users focused at the start of their day. 
Momentum provides... 
 ► a beautiful daily photo, 
 ► an encouraging quote and 
 ► the weather in the users current location. 
Momentum also provides a quick links for 
► Gmail, 
► Chrome Apps and 
► any specific links users want to add. 
Momentum also allows users to create a ‘Daily Focus’ which is a simple idea that users will focus on for the day. 
Plus, if users make "ToDo" lists, Momentum incorporates Todoist - https://en.todoist.com/ - another Extension that allows for the creation of a running list of things to do. 
With all of this in one single Extension surely you'd be silly not to give Momentum a try!
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Science360 on the App Store

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Science360. Download Science360 and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions. Content is either produced by NSF or gathered from... 
► scientists, 
► colleges
► universities, and 
► NSF science and engineering centres.
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Canva - Free Photo Editor 

Canva - Free Photo Editor  | technologies | Scoop.it
Easily edit your photos with Canva's photo editor! Add filters, frames, text, and effects with our free online photo editing tool!
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Canva is a simple, drag-and-drop, design software that’s completely on-line and free to use. 
Practitioners, and/or learners, can quickly... 
♥ filter, 
♥ resize or 
♥ edit 
...their photographs. 
No apps or plugins required.
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Google Spaces

Google Spaces | technologies | Scoop.it
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Google Spaces is a new platform (May 2016) on which users can create small communities in which they share links, notes, and pictures. 
 Google Spaces could be a good tool for collaboration, projects and more; ideal for building discussions around shared resources. 
The 'Google Spaces' Chrome extension also makes it easy to share links with people in their 'Course Spaces'. 
You can learn how to create a Google Spaces community by watching Richard Byrne's Video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/-fHZFkUMpp8 ;
 Google Spaces also has the potential of hosting on-line discussions for learners.
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Polarr On-line Photo Editor 3

Polarr On-line Photo Editor 3 | technologies | Scoop.it
Lighting-fast professional online photo editor running in your web browsers. No downloads, 100% free.
John Dalziel's insight:

Polarr is the ideal photo editor for...
● bloggers,
● students, and
● photo professionals
Polarr lets users...
● batch export their photos,
● add a watermark, and
● work with keyboard shortcuts.
There is also a Polarr Photo Editor available on the Chrome Store, which lets users edit their photos while on the Chrome browser as long as they enable WebGL 2D acceleration on their Chrome. Ideal for ChromeBooks.

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Fotor - Photo Editor

Fotor - Photo Editor | technologies | Scoop.it
Fotor Photo Editor is a free online designer and editing tool catering to all your photographic and image creation needs! Add filters, frames, text, stickers and effects; create a photo collage, card, facebook cover, twitter cover, youtube channel art or design graphics with Fotor free online photo editor. Edit photos with Fotor now!
John Dalziel's insight:

Fotor is a tool to edit your photos and provides basic editing features...
● crop,
● rotate,
● adjust color,
...and more, on top of the ability to add effects such as lomo and vintage to enhance photographs.
Users can also...
● create collages with various templates
● pick a layout in the right size (e.g. Facebook covers) for use on social media.

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Zotero - Grab your research with a single click

Zotero - Grab your research with a single click | technologies | Scoop.it
Zotero is a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that
helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then
share the results of your research.
John Dalziel's insight:

Zotero provides means to collect all users research in a single, searchable interface. They can add...
► PDFs,
► images,
► audio and video files,
► snapshots of web pages,
...and more.
Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of the resulting library, enabling users to find exactly what they're looking for with just a few keystrokes.
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help users...
► collect,
► organize,
► cite, and
► share
...their research sources.

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Fake Handwriting: Type Anything; See It Written by Hand

Fake Handwriting: Type Anything; See It Written by Hand | technologies | Scoop.it
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Fake Handwriting is a fascinating project that uses machine learning algorithms to actually replicate handwriting in messy ways, making the sorts of mistakes that we humans make.
It’s fascinating to play with.
Has many uses e.g. Enables users to capture more relaistic images, to use within eLearning scenarios; i.e. samples of customer communications

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FotoJet - Free Online Collage Maker | Photo Card Editor and Poster Creator

FotoJet - Free Online Collage Maker | Photo Card Editor and Poster Creator | technologies | Scoop.it
FotoJet helps you to create collage, poster and photo card online with the easiest way. Try it now.
John Dalziel's insight:

FotoJet is a free on-line collage maker that helps users create...
● collages,
● photo cards,
● posters,
● social media works,
...and more, without the hassles of downloading and registering.
It has a very clean and straightforward interface. Using it is as easy as moving and dragging your mouse.
FotoJet offers some professionally designed templates. There are categories users can choose from like...
● 3-D templates,
● Art,
● Classic,
● Creative and
● Modern,
There are also categories offered for..
● Fun Photo,
● Photo Card,
● Social Media,
...and more.
Many editing tools for the images used are available including...
● Flip,
● Rotate, and
● Zoom.
Further more, text can be edited with double-click and be customized with different font, colour, and size.
Users may like to check the various samples to see what they could develop with FotoJet.

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