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Build with Chrome

Build with Chrome | technologies |
Now you can build with LEGO® bricks using Google Maps as your baseplate. Imagine. Explore. Build online in Chrome.
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Build with Chrome, is a collaboration between Chrome and the LEGO Group which has brought colourful bricks to the web using WebGL, a 3D graphics technology. It was originally built by a team in Australia as an experiment, and now Google has opening it up to everybody. So now users can publish your wacky creations to any plot of land in the world.
There are a few new features to make it easier to build and explore this digital world of LEGO creations.
- Users can now sign in with a Google+ account to help find stuff that people in your circles have created.
- A new categorization system for completed Builds will help users sort and filter for specific types of structures.
- To hone skills users can explore the Build Academy, a series of short tutorials.

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The easiest way to take notes from videos. Everything synchronized!
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VideoNotes is a new tool for taking notes while watching YouTube videos. Load any YouTube video on the left side of the screen and on the right side of the screen VideoNotes gives you a notepad to type on.
Integrating with a Google Drive account, it allows users to share and collaborate on notes, just as they can do with a Google Document.
VideoNotes is an ideal tool for learners to use to take notes, ask questions, and answer questions while watching any "flipped environment" instruction videos (hosted on YouTube).

Learners can...
- share their notes with practitioners, enabling them to plan/structure their next face-to-face session;
- share their notes with peers for either collaborative work and/or peer reviews.

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WikiBrains | technologies |

Wikibrains is website designed to help users brainstorm/blue-sky in a web format.


The difference? When users brainstorm/blue-sky on Wikibrains they're also performing a basic Internet search at the same time.


To create a brainstorm/blue-sky web on Wikibrains...
- enter a word or phrase.
- users will be prompted to add more words by completing the phrase, "Makes me think off..."
- add a new word or phrase which,in turn, will be added to the web.


As words are added, on the right side of the screen, users will see links to search results about each word.


Note: by creating a Wikibrains account users can alter their brainstorm/blue-sky webs by adding custom paths and links between elements.


Another perk is the option to browse other users' webs and modify them for your own use.

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A tool that may help Learners and/or Practitioners organize and manage their tasks.


Create TO-Do lists, update them, change their order and or priorities.


The Standard Account is FREE  but has only one board with a max of 10 tasks per board (There is also advertising)

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Printable Calendar

Printable Calendar | technologies |

Printable Calendar is a utility providing a clean, simple calendar that you can print in your web browser.


By default, when users visit the Printable Calendar’s homepage, they will see a view of the current month’s dates. Month and year can then be changed and update the calendar to reflect the selections.


A Print button lets users print out the calendar just like they would any other page.

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SusTEACH Planning Tool

SusTEACH Planning Tool | technologies |

This SusTEACH Toolkit resource for lecturers and senior managers in Higher Education will be refined and developed further during the next few months.


The Toolkit includes a number or resources as well as the following tools:

- The SusTEACH Planning Tool – an online tool which helps lecturers and academic designers to rate their teaching delivery plan and produces personalised feedback on the likely environmental impacts associated with this plan.

- The SusTEACH Modelling Tool – an operational tool (Excel based) for lecturers and senior managers which permits the modelling of one or several courses/modules to estimate the energy impacts associated with different HE teaching methods within a qualification programme.


The SusTEACH carbon calculator will soon be available to help students and lecturers to calculate the energy impacts associated with their teaching and learning.


It is hoped that the tools will be used in Higher Education to integrate with teaching and learning initiatives, and to support the sustainability agenda.

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JISC TechDis Toolbox

The TechDis Toolbox TBX has a large number of resources to help individuals to work smarter, quicker and more efficiently.


-  Using technology section contains a large number of ideas to help adapt the technology used everyday; covers both Windows and Mac computers as well as using mobile devices and tablets.

- Planning and organisation section help users set priorities, focus on tasks and manage their time. 

- Communicating section or getting your message across is an essential part of working life.

- Teamworking section making it easier to connect with others.

-Different Needs section provides a range of technologies that can help different users.

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mySimpleSurface | technologies |

A tool for learners and/or practitioners to use to

- create webs and mind maps

- plan creative stories that they are going to write.

- plan video and other multimedia  projects.


My Simple Surface works on iPads too.


You don't have to register to try.

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SMART Goals | technologies |

101 SMART goals is a free online goal setting tool. With our application it's easy to privately create your life list and manage your goals online.


Most learners set out goals for themselves only to abandon them later due to lack of motivation. The lack of motivation often results because people lose sight of those goals. Here to help learners (and/or Practitioners) remind themselves of their goals and to track their completion is a web app called 101-Smart-Goals.

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Simple Surface

Simple Surface | technologies |
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Simple Surface is another tool for learners to use to create webs and mind maps to...

- plan creative stories,

- draft outlines for research reports, or

- diagram a set of concepts they're trying to connect.

Learners could also use Simple Surface as a storyboard tool to plan video projects.

In their words " Plan smarter and faster"

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Floor Styler - create floor plans,house plans and 3D plans with Floor Styler

Floor Styler -  create floor plans,house plans and 3D plans with Floor Styler | technologies |

FloorStyler is an online service helping learners design construction plans.

- Create an account on the website
- Verify the account via the received email
- Log into the application
- Begin designing floors by dragging various types of objects onto the canvas such as furniture, walls, doors, etc.
- Final work can be saved on the website or exported to a JPEG or PNG image.

NOTE: The free account of the site does not offer high resolution image exports or designing embedding. These features are offered by premium plans that begin from $9.90 per year.

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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (or other tablets)

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (or other tablets) | technologies |

Many learning providers have, or are considering, investing heavily in iPads (and other tablets) for classroom use.


This post, from edudemic highlights common mistakes many learning providers are making with iPads (and other tablets), mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives; they include...


1) Focusing on content apps

2) Lack of Teacher Preparation in Classroom Management of iPads  (or other tablets)

3) Treating the iPad (or other tablets) as a computer and expecting it to serve as a laptop.

4) Treating iPads (or other tablets) like multi-user devices

5) Failure to communicate a compelling answer to “Why iPads?” Or other tablets?

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Pedagogical Quickies

Pedagogical Quickies | technologies |

Every couple of months or so, Marc-André publishes a quick pedagogical clip that presents an educational issue along with solutions often inspired by technology.


Marc-André’s YouTube channel is aimed at dealing with educational issues ranging from content creation to professional development.


Ideal resources for stall development and/or as great conversation starters for "forward planning" meetings etc.

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technologies | technologies |

Do learners find themself forgetting homework assignments?


Well that is obviously not good for their grades.


With myHomework, there is a small yearly charge, that will not be a problem anymore.


myHomework will help learners keep track of their assignments.


Find out more at ;


- Track classes, assignments, tests & more!
- Sync between the website and iOS or Android devices.
- Receive due date reminders.

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MindMaple - Mind Mapping Software

MindMaple - Mind Mapping Software | technologies |

Mind Mapping, Concept Maps, Brain Mapping and Brainstorming Techniques to Improve Personal, Educational Productivity.


Learners can use MindMaple Lite (FREE) to...

- takes notes on lectures, books, and discussions.

- organise plans and ideas for projects.

- structure and categorize information visually, which allows them to maintain a focus on details as well as the bigger picture.

MindMaple also makes it easy to collaborate with peers and/or colleagues. 


All of this can help to improve their studying and learning experience. 

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kanban2go | technologies |

Kanban2go (Kanban means billboard in Japanese) is a task management service that has a highly visually-driven interface.


Kanban2go provides users with a virtual sticky note board that is divided into three columns.


To-do notes...

- are colour coded and sorted into columns of to-do, in progress, and completed.

- can be assigned a due date and a status.

- can be synched with Google Calendar, iCal, Outlook, and Evernote.


Users can share their assignment boards with others (e.g. Assessors) via email.

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WorkFlowy | technologies |

WorkFlowy is an organizational tool that makes life easier. It's a surprisingly powerful way to take notes, make lists, collaborate, brainstorm and plan.


WorkFlowy works in an intuitive outline format.

-   Click "+" to add an item and use the tab key to indent an item.


To set a due date type a hashtag like #today or #tomorrow to prioritize tasks.


When a task is completed, just click on it and strike it out.


WorkFlowy has a series of tutorial videos to help users discover all of the little tricks on offer.


WorkFlowy offers a simple and clear way for users to organize tasks that they need to complete. NOTE:- For students using iPads, WorkFlowy works on iPads too.

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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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