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BioDigital: 3D Human Visualization Platform for Anatomy and Disease

BioDigital: 3D Human Visualization Platform for Anatomy and Disease | technologies | Scoop.it
The BioDigital Human is a virtual 3D body that brings to life thousands of medically accurate anatomy objects and health conditions in an interactive Web-based platform
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BioDigital Human lets users check out every inch of the human body in a Google Maps-like interface. 
It’s a fascinating, detailed look at every nook and cranny of the male or female body, including... 
■ a bare-bones skeletal body, 
■ individual organs, 
■ muscles, 
■ veins and arteries, 
 ...to a fully fleshed out body. 
From a menu on the left, users can choose what system they want to look at (like the respiratory system or the cardiovascular system) and only that will be highlighted, along with a clear explanation of what it does. 
 In the same way, the “Conditions” tab highlights common ailments or medical procedures like an angioplasty or diabetic kidney problems, complete with a detailed explanation. 
NOTE: BioDigital Human has a premium version, but the free version will, for most users, be good enough.
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Google Computer Science Education

Google Computer Science Education | technologies | Scoop.it
Google Computer Science Education Programs, Resources and Tools
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Google has recently launched this new website, called Computer Science Education, to help visitors learn coding and computer science. 
 Google Computer Science Education provides a collection of powerful tools, resources and programs to engage individuals in learning about the wonders of computer science. 
It also provides them with a number of scholarships, internships, residences and several other resources to help them develop their professional and technical skills. 
The three main sections in the website are: 
► Learn Computer Science - resources and programs designed specifically for learners and educators, plus a number of key tools learners can use to write computer programs. 
► Participate in Academic Opportunities - programs that offer a wide variety of opportunities to help individuals expand their Computer Science knowledge and cultivate valuable professional experience. Also includes ‘scholarships to support learners world-wide’. 
► Access Career Opportunities - resources to help individuals develop professional and technical skills.
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Access Maths - resources, games and a maths blog

Access Maths - resources, games and a maths blog | technologies | Scoop.it
Maths Teaching Resources, teaching blog and maths games.
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This website was created by a Maths teacher from Birmingham. Access Maths was created to share and store maths resources and maths games for maths practitioners. Its aim, to inspire both practitioners and learners in the field of mathematics.
The resources are aimed to help practitioners engage learners within the maths curriculum, by presenting the work in a way which will help them learn.

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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.
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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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audioBoom

audioBoom | technologies | Scoop.it
Share audio content online and completely free of charge with audioBoom. Post it here and to other social networks. Sign up now or download the free app.
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AudioBoom is an easy Podcast feeder, which means users can setup a free account and then subscribe to any number of Podcasts they like.
Explore...
   ► sports,
   ► Music
   ► News and current Affairs
   ► Business
   ► Culture
...much more.
An added benefit of AudioBoom is that as educators, practitioners can setup a free Education Account and then podcast for their learners.
If any of you are a flipped classroom adopters, this is a great tool.
Also there are various Learning Providers that are putting out podcasts as part of their curriculum.
Worth a look!

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Digital Vaults - USA National Archives Experience

Digital Vaults - USA National Archives Experience | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Digital Vaults is a project of United States’ National Archives and Records Administration and provides a vast portal to historical digital artefacts recording both major and minor events.
Practitioners and/or learners can browse the digital records for educational fun and/or browse seriously for research.
The Pathway Challenge is worth visiting if visitors fancy themselves as a historical detectives.
Learners could use the Digital Vaults to create a History Poster or create a Movie with any assets they collect from the "Digital Vault".

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Stock Footage : Free Movies : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Stock Footage : Free Movies : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive | technologies | Scoop.it
A collection of stock footage clips submitted by Internet Archive users. These clips are designed to be used in other videos. All clips in this collection must have one of the following Creative Commons Licenses: Public Domain Attribution (by) Attribution Share Alike (by-sa) Attribution...
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Archive.org offers stock footage of notable events in history as well as more mundane visuals, and all are absolutely free.

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Astonishing Engineering - Engineering and Technologies

Astonishing Engineering - Engineering and Technologies | technologies | Scoop.it
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Astonishing Engineering was launched in May 2015 to promote engineering education among younger learners through creating educational articles, sharing hidden engineering history facts and new findings.
Astonishing Engineering provides resources for students (and/or practitioners) looking to learn more about various engineering industries, including but limited to...

   ● Gas and Chemical industry,
   ● Architecture and Construction,
   ● Mechanical Engineering,
   ● Geology and mining
   ● Metallurgy
   ● Electrical Engineering
   ● Transport
   ● Power engineering,

Astonishing Engineering...
   ● offers specific engineering tips and tools to help learners solve challenges within learning environments and in everyday life;
   ● contains the large collection of in-depth engineering and technology articles

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The British Library’s albums | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The British Library’s albums | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | technologies | Scoop.it
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Over 1,000,000 images that practitioners and/or their learners can use for assignments, presentations, etc!
Well worth a closer look at this great resource!

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The Opera Platform

The Opera Platform | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Opera Platform
Lets Learners Watch First-Class Operas Free Online
Yes everyone can watch full-length performances anywhere with an internet connection.
The Opera Platform...
   - offers one “showcase opera” per month, viewable free, in full, with subtitles available in six different languages;
   - provides a host of supplementary materials, including documentary and historical materials that put the month’s featured opera in context;

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200 Free Documentaries Online

200 Free Documentaries Online | technologies | Scoop.it
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Watch over 200 free documentaries online. The documentaries cover everything from music and cinema, to literature, religion, politics and physics. They're thought-provoking, eye-opening, and enlightening. For more great films, please visit our complete collection, .
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Looking for some interesting free documentaries to use with your learners and/or use for your own professional and intellectual growth?
This list, from Open Culture, is an excellent starting point.
It features around 200 free documentaries spanning a wide range of topics from history to arts and science.
All of the documentaries are provided with a short description about their content together with a link to the page where you can watch them and read more about the contextual information surrounding the topic they cover.
It takes some time to sift through the entire list but I'm fairly sure practitioners will come out with some good documentaries to share with their learners.

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The Barefoot Project: primary computing

The Barefoot Project: primary computing | technologies | Scoop.it
Barefoot computing provides free cross-curricular resources to help you teach the computer science elements of the new primary computing curriculum.
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The Barefoot Computing Project is a DfE funded project.
Its aim is to provide primary teachers of computing with a range of materials for classroom teaching and professional development.
Developed by Computing At School (CAS), the package contains...
   - workshops,
   - exemplar teaching materials and
   - subject-knowledge enhancement materials.
These enable non-specialists to teach the important transferable skills and understanding coming under the umbrella-term of ‘computational thinking’, such as...
   - algorithms,
   - decomposition,
   - abstraction,
   - pattern recognition
...and so on.
The children are helped to develop mental models that have been shown to underpin and strengthen learning in computing.
With a cross-curricular scope and employing a range of fun and engaging teaching approaches, there is something for all teachers and young learners in infant and primary settings.
A must for Initial Teacher Training and those tasked with delivering the computer science elements of the primary computing curriculum!

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Analyze My Writing

Analyze My Writing | technologies | Scoop.it
An Online Writing Sample Content and Readability Analyzer: analyze your writing and get statistics on words you use most frequently, word and sentence length, readability, punctuation usage, and more.
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No this isn't just another word cloud tool like Wordle, there's much more to it than a word cloud generator.
Users just paste their text into Analyze My Writing and it will generate a large amount of information about your writing.
Analyze My Writing will...
   - give users a break-down of the readability of their writing on five indices;
   - include listings of the most common words and most common word pairs in their writing; and
   - provide a listing of how frequently they use punctuation and punctuation types.
Oh yes, and finally, a word cloud is included at the end of the analysis of their writing.
Analyze My Writing could be a great resource for learners to use when editing their assignments.

Beyond the readability of the their papers learners will receive important information about the words and phrases they have used repetitively in their writings.

Well worth looking at, and/or trying out.

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Interesting way to get some feedback on the way you write.

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Curiosity Makes You Smarter

Curiosity Makes You Smarter | technologies | Scoop.it
Get informed with 5 new amazing topics, delivered daily.
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The Curiosity website complies videos on almost any topic from all the various video services out there, presenting them all on one easy-to-digest webpage. 
 Hover the cursor over 'Browse' to view and select from the drop-down category menu. 
Create an account, tell the Curiosity website what you’re interested in, and their algorithms will do the rest.
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Pindex - a Pinterest for education

Pindex - a Pinterest for education | technologies | Scoop.it

Pindex is a pinboard for learning. Collect and discover the best material. Love teaching. Love learning.

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Pindex is a self-funded on-line platform that creates and curates educational videos and infographics for practitioners and learners.
Pindex calls itself “a Pinterest for education.”
It's well worth looking at the guide to Pindex itself, which explains how to use the site and what users can get out of it going forward, whether as a teacher, a student, or just someone into learning as much as possible; it's available at http://www.pindex.com/b/curiosity/a-guide-to-pindex-
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Pindex is a self-funded on-line platform that creates and curates educational videos and infographics for practitioners and learners.
Pindex calls itself “a Pinterest for education.”
It's well worth looking at the guide to Pindex itself, which explains how to use the site and what users can get out of it going forward, whether as a teacher, a student, or just someone into learning as much as possible; it's available at http://www.pindex.com/b/curiosity/a-guide-to-pindex-
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Bedtime Maths — fun, real world, mathematics activities

Bedtime Maths — fun, real world, mathematics activities | technologies | Scoop.it

Helping learners love maths!

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Bedtime Math provides fun, real world, mathematics activities for elementary school and middle school learners and, although the activities are designed for learners to do at home with their parents, they could also be used/adapted for older learners.
The Bedtime Maths activities incorporate common household objects. In addition to the written maths lessons Bedtime Maths has a few math videos that practitioners may want to check out.

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Instructional Design

Instructional Design | technologies | Scoop.it
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InstructionalDesign.org provides information about instructional design principles and how they relate to teaching and learning. Instructional design (or instructional systems design), is the analysis of learning needs and systematic develoment of instruction.
An ideal resource for those on Initial Teacher Training, as well as those engaged in instructional design.

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SHOW ME - browse Games, Events, Exhibitions & More

SHOW ME - browse Games, Events, Exhibitions & More | technologies | Scoop.it
Browse all of Show Me's featured games, collections, videos, stories, homework help and family days out information from museums, galleries and archives.
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The UK creators of "Show Me" know that browsing through all museum galleries and archives can take a few lifetimes. The site is a shortcut through the historical bylanes and the dusty corners, providing...
     ● games,
     ● videos,
     ● stories, and
     ● course assignment support.
Visitors to the website, can sort through the collections by topic or tag and find out where they are being displayed.
Show Me is an educational tool for both practitioners and learners. The short descriptions provided can spark more searches, or encourage visitors to visit the exhibitions if they are nearby.

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MashUp Math - YouTube

MashUp Math - YouTube | technologies | Scoop.it
MASHUPmath is our creative solution to ineffective traditional teaching methods, which often fail to meet the unique needs of visual learners. We believe tha...
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MashUp Math is a YouTube channel for teaching maths to visual learners.
Studies show that 65% of the population has a visual learning preference. Those who learn visually rely on imagery in order to process information. Such imagery is often absent in maths instruction and replaced with written notes and equations on a white board. One of the results of this absence of visual maths instruction is a growing population of disinterested learners who embrace the false idea that they are not “maths people.”
Anthony Persico, a high school maths and special education practitioner (and the founder of MashUp Math), is a visual learner himself, and began to make animated lessons and sharing them with his learners on YouTube.
The animated maths lessons translate information in a way that can...
   ● motivate learners,
   ● trigger learner emotions, and
   ● make learning maths a fun experience
His lessons are branded under the name MashUp Math and are on a YouTube channel with an ever-growing library of animated maths lessons.
The lessons are extremely popular with flipped classroom educators and learners seeking visual representations of difficult mathematics concepts.
The clips teach maths using animations that help learners to visualize concepts and organize and guide their thinking through colour coordination and movement.
NOTE: new lessons are added each week.

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Cazoom Maths - Effective Maths Worksheets and Teaching Resources

Cazoom Maths - Effective Maths Worksheets and Teaching Resources | technologies | Scoop.it
Your gateway to differentiated maths worksheets and visual maths teaching resources. Each worksheet is visual and engaging. Huge and expanding library.
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Cazoom Maths provides visually dynamic content i.e. the content is always changing, it gets progressively more difficult as the learner engages with it.
Worksheets can involve...
   ● investigations,
   ● word problems,
   ● puzzles and searches
...and need not be a traditional 1 to 20 question activity.
Cazoom Maths also incorporates technology and paper worksheets together.
Learners and practitioners can log in and access the worksheets anywhere, on mobile devices or on desktop computers.

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Measure Yourself - Functional Maths

Measure Yourself - Functional Maths | technologies | Scoop.it
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Measure Yourself, a fun, educational activity featured on the Lawrence Hall of Science website, could be a fun way to support Functional Skills (Maths) learners with measurement using the metric system.
The activity provides learners with some familiar animals by which to gauge metric measurements.
Learners are asked to measure the size of their...
● ears,
● feet, and
● overall height
...in centimeters
They're then are shown a list of animals that have similar dimensions.
Well worth trying it out yourself; also a good resource for younger learners.

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ITNedu - a source of educational video content

ITNedu - a source of educational video content | technologies | Scoop.it
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Like the BBC, ITN is branching into the education business with the use of video in education.
How?
By provide publishers and digital learning providers with captivating video content to enhance their educational resources, making them more relevant and memorable.
ITN has one of the world's largest video archive resources to hand, ITN Source, which owns or represents global archives spanning 120 years, including Reuters, ITN, ITV Studios, Fox News, Fox Movietone, CCTV and ANI.
Although early days, ITNedu is offering incredible video from real world events designed to engage learners, whether making a ‘dry’ subject fun, or helping learners to relate their studies to real life situations.
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National STEM Centre - teaching resources

National STEM Centre - teaching resources | technologies | Scoop.it
The National STEM Centre eLibrary enables you to search thousands of teaching resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
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This community resource area is open to everyone to add in their own resources and teaching materials.
It's hoped that this community resource area will grow, with many teachers, lecturers and technicians sharing their own tried-and-tested resources for others to use.
If you’ve created something you use in your learning environment that you’re proud of – why not share it? Or why not visit the collection and comment on other people’s resources?
Visit the National STEM Centre eLibrary to browse the resources already submitted by the teaching community, and/or to add your first resource.

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STEM Center Library

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PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations

PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations | technologies | Scoop.it
Free educational simulations covering a diverse topics designed by the University of Colorado available in various languages.
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PhET is a platform that offers free interactive simulations designed to assist learners in developing an informed understanding of a variety of phenomena covering...
   - science,
   - physics and
   - maths.
These simulations come to life via the use of...
   - graphics,
   - interactive controls,
   - sliders and
   - radio buttons.
Learners can easily manipulate the intuitive interface and even get animated feedback and responses as they navigate their way through the various simulations.
All of the simulations provided by PhET are...
   - free to use and
   - easily integrated within educational instruction.
NOTE: To be able to access them users need to make sure their browser runs Flash and Java because all of these interactive simulations are written in Java and Flash.

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eEtiquette – 101 Guidelines for the Digital World

eEtiquette – 101 Guidelines for the Digital World | technologies | Scoop.it
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eEtiquette is a website that features digital etiquette tips for everyone.
The tips cover...
   - email etiquette,
   - social network etiquette,
   - cell phone etiquette
...and more.
Although the subtitle of this website says there are 101 guidelines there are actually more than 101 guidelines included.
Some of the best etiquette guidelines are available on a free poster that practitioners and/or their learners can download from eEtiquette.
NOTE: One word of caution about eEtiquette. The comments section of the website doesn't appear to be closely moderated so users may run into some spam comments in it.

After reviewing the digital etiquette tips on the site, Learners could test their knowledge using the free eEtiquette app (iOS only at the time of writing this) at...
https://itunes.apple.com/app/eetiquette-quiz-101-leitlinien/id578978209

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