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Visme - Create Interactive Online Presentations, infographics, animations & banners in HTML5

Visme - Create Interactive Online Presentations, infographics, animations & banners in HTML5 | technologies |
Make Professional Presentations & Infographics Online with Visme's amazingly simple free tool with 1000's of templates & graphics. Publish
John Dalziel's insight:
As Educational Practitioners, we need to find different ways to represent material to learners. One of the reasons I share these 'finds' with you, the readers, is that I am always looking for new ways to present information and enhance what I currently do!. Visme is a simple tool allowing users to translate their ideas into... 
  - presentations; 
  - infographics; 
  - reports; 
  - web content; 
  -  product presentations and 
  - wire frames. 
Visme comes in both a free and paid version. 
Once a free account has been created, users can choose which type of presentation that they would like to create (i.e. Presentation, Infographic, Banner, or Blank). 
When they've decide what they would like to create, Visme provides them with a variety of templates to choose from. 
Once they've chosen what they want to create, they are now ready to begin adding content. 
Visme provides an easy-to-use platform for adding content, graphics, shapes, charts, data, and multimedia. 
If users would like to add a video or audio, they can easily add them to their Visme presentation! 
When users are ready to share their Visme with the world, they can choose to publish. 
1: The free version provides users with the ability to publish to the web, share via social media, embed into a website / blog, or download as a JPG. 
2: The premium version provides users with more options and tools, such as downloading as a PNG or PDF and/or making creations private. 
The advantages of Visme? 
  - Once a user creates a Visme presentation, it can be presented anywhere and on any device! No more need to carry a storage device! 
  - Visme provides users with powerful tools to give a presentation or communicate their ideas, statistical information, reports, or web content. 
  - The interface is engaging and interactive, which adds another dimension to a user's presentations. 
  - Last but not least, presentations can be downloaded or shared via a link or social media. 
Must be worth taking a look yourself!
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Woot Math - On-line Personalized Instruction for fractions, decimals & Ratios

Woot Math - On-line Personalized Instruction for fractions, decimals & Ratios | technologies |
Woot Math is a new hands-on approach to teaching fractions, decimals, and ratios using novel digital manipulatives, personalized video instruction, and research-backed adaptive learning technology. Our teacher dashboard provides standards-aligned, printable reports to keep the teacher in the loop.
John Dalziel's insight:

With a focus on fractions and decimals, Woot Math(s) allows learners many inroads to understanding.
Woot Math(s) can be used in any classroom configuration whether it be...
 •1:1 devices,
 • shared devices,
 • whole-class,
...or as intervention.
The Woot Math(s) system works on...
 • the web,
 • iPads, or
 • Chromebooks
...seamlessly; ideal for any learning environment!
Woot Math(s) is super user-friendly, and gives practitioners the ability to customize for each learner on their course as a starting point.
Woot Math(s) is adaptive, as learners use it, it gets “smart” and creates learning pathways based on the specific needs of the learner.
Beginning with foundational rational math concepts, Woot Math(s) makes these necessary foundational skills accessible for all learners.
If learners don’t understand a problem, the program adapts to approach the learning in a new way.
Woot Math(s) gives learners a solid understanding of fractions, laying the necessary ground work for algebra, geometry, physics, chemistry, and statistics.
NOTE: Woot Math is totally free for the 2015-2016 school year! No indication of future costs.
There are some great practitioner resources to download to help users implement Woot Math(s).

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Bitrix24: Social Intranet, Task and Project Management, Activity Stream, Online Storage, CRM, Instant Messenger, File Sharing, Calendars and much more!

Bitrix24: Social Intranet, Task and Project Management, Activity Stream, Online Storage, CRM, Instant Messenger, File Sharing, Calendars and much more! | technologies |
Bitrix24 is a free (for small businesses) social enterprise platform. It is a united work space which handles the many aspects of daily operations and tasks. Create your own social intranet in minutes!
John Dalziel's insight:

This system is free for up to 12 users and supports unlimited projects. Bitrix24..
   - can be cloud based on their server or self-hosted,
   - has checklists,
   - has task reports,
   - has report builders and even
   - has free Gantt charts.
Manage time better and get started for free.

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Welcome to Flubaroo

Welcome to Flubaroo | technologies |
Multiple choice quizzes are still used by practitioners for a variety of purposes. If you use multiple choice quizzes for any purpose, using Google Docs and grading it with Flubaroo could save a lot of time that individuals can put to better use on other tasks.
* is a free script that practitioners can use to grade the quizzes that they administer through Google Docs;
* provides step-by-step directions for using the script.
To use Flubaroo...
* create a multiple choice quiz using Forms in Google Docs;
* take the quiz yourself (this provides the correct answers for the grading process);
* get your learners to take the quiz (it can be embedded in a webpage or provide learners with the URL for the form); then
* insert the Flubaroo script by selecting it from the "insert" menu in your spreadsheet;
* once the Flubaroo script is inserted users can...
o select it and it will grade the quiz for them;
o get reporting and analysis on learner performance; and
o email learners their scores.
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Sway: Create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more.

Sway: Create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more. | technologies |
Sway is an easy-to-use digital storytelling app for creating interactive reports, presentations, personal stories and more. Its built-in design engine helps you create professional designs in minutes. With Sway, your images, text, videos, and other multimedia all flow together in a way that enhances your story. Sway makes sure your creations look great on any screen.
John Dalziel's insight:
Today it's a heads-up for Microsoft Sway that allows learners, and/or practitioners, to create and share visually appealing presentations, newsletters, personal stories and interactive reports. 
The process is simple and easy: users... 
► choose the designs they want to use for their creations, 
► add their own content and when done 
► share it with others through a generated link. 
Users can add a wide variety of multimedia materials to their creation including... 
► videos, 
► images, 
► text, 
► charts…etc. 
They can also use the website’s internal search functionality to help them locate relevant media content to add to their work. 
In addition to all that, ‘Sway’s design engine instantly puts all their content together, into a nice, cohesive layout.'  
Users can choose from multiple designs in the Layout gallery, customise them to add finishing touches, and they’re ready to go. When it comes to the sharing options, users can, with a single click, generate unique links to share their end products. 
Anyone with the generated link can see the end product without having to sign up or download additional software. 
Another one worth a closer look.
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Teamreporter - there's no need for status meetings

Teamreporter - there's no need for status meetings | technologies |
Teamreporter kills your status meetings by replacing them with scheduled report mails. Used by teams, project managers and CEO's.
John Dalziel's insight:

Teamreporter removes project, and/or other, status meetings, or conference calls, by replacing them with scheduled report emails.
   - Teamreporter will ping team members with scheduled emails and ask for the day’s progress, problems and most important events.
   - Based on the replies Teamreporter will send an overview of the team’s status to the team the next day.
   - The whole team is informed about the activities and progress in the team. Future challenges and problems will be noticed and solved together early. Individuals can focus on their important tasks – keeping the team up to date is Teamreporter’s job!
Teamreporter is free for small teams (up to 4 members), ideal for an evaluation exercise.

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Gradebook | LearnBoost

Gradebook | LearnBoost | technologies |

LearnBoost claims to be the best gradebook software on the web - and it’s free! Although aimed at schools this has potential for practitioners working in the Further Education and Skills sectors.


What do users get?


- Gradebook: easy inputs, statistics, standards, grading, weighting, etc.;


- Attendance: Track, notice trends, and print off records;


- Lesson Plans: helps connect planning and instruction to grading and assessing; Create lesson plans, align to imported standards, and add enriching media and picture files;


- Reporting: easy-to-interpret charts and reports automatically update, giving practitioners information required;


- Parent (substitute Employer) & Learner: enabling employer and student accounts and users will create inroads for communication and collaboration.; and


- Other Goodies: seating, schedules, calendars etc.

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