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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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Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover

Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover | technologies | Scoop.it
Get Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

Once you’ve taken a selfie, do you feel it would be nice to...
   - get rid of the pimples,
   - remove the second chin, and the third eye… and
   - change the the hair colour. If you have any!
Yes to any of the above and this is why Perfect365 belongs on your phone.
Once you have snapped your selfie, you can run the picture through Perfect365 and get a “magazine-worthy digital makeover” (their words not mine).

If you have an Android, rather than an iPhone view at...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcsoft.perfect365&hl=en ;

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Nibbler - Test any website

Nibbler - Test any website | technologies | Scoop.it

Free tool for testing how good your website is, and what you can do to improve it. Check accessibility, SEO, social media, compliance and more.

John Dalziel's insight:

Nibbler is an on-line test tool that evaluates and scores any website for various factors including...
   - Code Quality,
   - Mobile Compatibility, and
   - Accessibility.
It’s handy for web designers who want to run a final check for their website before launch.

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aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Free Broken Link Checker / Online URL Validator - finds dead / bad weblinks

Free Broken Link Checker / Online URL Validator - finds dead / bad weblinks | technologies | Scoop.it
Free Broken Link Checker / Online HTML Validator - find dead hyperlinks
John Dalziel's insight:

A "must take a closer look" for web designers and learning providers.
Why?
Because Dead hyperlinks on websites are not just annoying – their existence may cause some real damage to your reputation on the Internet!
As a result, learning providers, and/or others, may:
   - Lose some of the user base (current users sooner or later will get frustrated enough to never come back)
   - Get problems with getting new learners/clients (because of the dead weblinks people simply won't be finding things/pages they are looking for).
   - Damage your reputation online (most of online customers consider stale hyperlinks as demonstration of no respect to them from the web presence's owners)
   - Have negative impact on your website's ratings with major Search Engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing etc

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what a great tool....

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GPlates Web Portal

GPlates Web Portal | technologies | Scoop.it
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A super-detailed map of the ocean floor’s topography based on satellite measurements of subtle lumps on the ocean’s surface. These lumps of water, which are subtle, low, and wide on the ocean’s surface, are caused by the gravitational pull of underwater features like mountains and ridges. The team of scientists have wrapped their data around a Google Earth globe, so practitioners, and/or learners, can explore it themselves.

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Awareness

Awareness | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

Awareness is a ‘personal assistant’ that helps both practitioners and their learners to be aware of the time they spent on the computer.
Are we all aware that...
   - computers, smartphones and tablets now play an essential part in our daily lives;
   - watching a screen for long hours, we might suffer some ill effects such as eye-strain, blur vision and headache and
   - over-staring at a screen can even cause users to experience sleep disorders?
By using Awareness, an on-line app that can help reduce digital eye fatigue and strain, every continuous hour practitioners and their learners spent on computer, will trigger the software to play a Tibetan singing bowl.
In addition to that, Awareness will also show the amount of time being spent on the computer, without a break, in the menu bar.
Note: the software will never force users to stop using the computer.
Awareness is available for both Windows and OS X

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Dimensions

Dimensions | technologies | Scoop.it
A tool for designers to measure screen dimensions
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Dimensions is a Chrome extension, providing a tool for designers to measure screen dimensions.
It enables users to measure between the following elements...
   -  images,
   -  input-fields,
   -  buttons,
   -  videos,
   -  gifs,
   -  text,
   -  icons.
Users can measure everything they see in the browser.
They can also set a keyboard shortcut in the Extension Settings to quickly enable and disable Dimensions.

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ViewPure / videos without clutter

ViewPure / videos without clutter | technologies | Scoop.it
Watch YouTube videos without comments, ads, related videos, or any other distractions. It's great for teachers, parents, and organizations alike - or really, anybody.
John Dalziel's insight:

The ViewPure website and ViewPure browser bookmarklet are great tools for practitioners who want to show a YouTube video in their learning environment, but don't want to risk displaying "related" sidebar content. 

ViewPure has been around for a four or five years.
The site has been updated to offer helpful search tools.
Practitioners can now search for YouTube videos through the ViewPure website.
NOTE: ViewPure is not a work-around if your learning provider blocks YouTube and it is not a tool for downloading YouTube videos.

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ExamTime - Changing the way you learn

ExamTime is a personal learning environment that allows students & teachers to create, discover and share learning resources. Transform your learning and achieve your goals with ExamTime

John Dalziel's insight:

ExamTime is a personal learning environment that allows learners & practitioners to...
   - create,
   - share & discover resources
   - build mind maps, flashcards, quizzes & notes

... and all for free!
Why reinvent the wheel!
Transform learning and make goals achieveable with ExamTime

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VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos!

VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos! | technologies | Scoop.it
The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos!
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VideoNotes...
   - is a neat tool for taking notes while watching videos.

   - allows users to load any YouTube video on the left side of their screen

   - gives users a notepad to type on, on the right side of the screen
   - integrates with a users Google Drive account.
Note: By integrating with Google Drive VideoNotes allows users to share their notes and collaborate just as they can do with a Google Document.
Practitioners can use VideoNotes to have learners submit questions to them and/or each other while watching videos.
Practitioners can also insert questions into the conversation for their learners to answer too.

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VideoNotes...
   - is a neat tool for taking notes while watching videos.

   - allows users to load any YouTube video on the left side of their screen

   - gives users a notepad to type on, on the right side of the screen
   - integrates with a users Google Drive account.
Note: By integrating with Google Drive VideoNotes allows users to share their notes and collaborate just as they can do with a Google Document.
Practitioners can use VideoNotes to have learners submit questions to them and/or each other while watching videos.
Practitioners can also insert questions into the conversation for their learners to answer too.

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Check My Links

Check My Links | technologies | Scoop.it
Check My Links is a link checker that crawls through your webpage and looks for broken links.
John Dalziel's insight:

Check My Links – is a Chrome Browser link checker that crawls through webpages and looks for any broken links.
‘Check My Links’ is an extension developed primarily for web designers, developers and content editors.
When you’re editing a web page that has lots of links, wouldn’t it be handy to be able to quickly check that all the links on the page are working ok?

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Sophia for Teachers | Sophia Learning

Sophia for Teachers | Sophia Learning | technologies | Scoop.it
Sophia provides teachers with resources to change and improve the way they operate their classroom with online tutorials, quizzes, playlists, and analytics.
John Dalziel's insight:

Sophia makes it easier than ever for practitioners to flip their learning environments with their free "teacher tools" for blended learning.
Transform learning environments into an active learning environment with their...
   - groups,
   - quizzes, and
   - tutorials features.
Practitioners can also track learner progress every step of the way with Sophia's data and analytics.
In addition, they offer ways for practitioners to continue their professional development.
And it’s all free.

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QwikSlides: Presentation creator from ClassTools.net

QwikSlides: Presentation creator from ClassTools.net | technologies | Scoop.it
Create a multimedia presentation in just a few seconds and embed it on your blog, website or wiki!
John Dalziel's insight:

QwikSlides is a new tool (March 2014) developed by Russel Tarr at ClassTools.net.
QwikSlides allows users to quickly create slideshows that live on the web and can be viewed on any device that has an up-to-date web browser.
Their slides will automatically resize to accommodate the size of the screen on which they're being
QwikSlides are also touch-enabled so that viewers can swipe through them on a touch screen devices.
To create a set of slides just...
   - go to the site
   - click the edit icon (it's a pencil), then on the next screen

   - write what you want to appear on each slide.
NOTE:
   - A separate slide will be created for each line written. The more users write on a line, the smaller the resulting text will be.
   - To include a picture or a video in a slide it has to be hosted on-line somewhere. Put the link to your picture or video on a line in the slide editor and a slide will be created containing that media.
   - To save your slides just...
     *click the save icon and choose a password for editing.
     *Saved QwikSlides projects can be embedded into blog posts and webpages.
QwikSlides doesn't require users to register which makes it accessible to more learners than similar tools on the market.

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Learning Wall - On-line Resources in your learning environments

Learning Wall - On-line Resources in your learning environments | technologies | Scoop.it
The Schudio Learning Wall empowers and inspires teachers, students and support staff with access to the best apps and tools available anywhere online. We do all the research to make sure you keep right up to date with the latest advances.
John Dalziel's insight:

Although designed to provide Learning Providers with a one-stop shop to bring all the very latest on-line applications and technology into the learning environments, I feel schudio's Learning Wall has so many other Educational uses.
My first effort can be seen at http://acljohn.schudio.com/
Why not sign-up for the Free Version and have a go!

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Browsershots - Check Browser Compatibility, Cross Platform Browser Test

Browsershots - Check Browser Compatibility, Cross Platform Browser Test | technologies | Scoop.it
Check Browser Compatibility, Cross Platform Browser Test
John Dalziel's insight:

Browsershots is an open source tool that allows users to perform browser compatibility tests and browsers right from their own browser without any hassle.
Alongside that, Browsershots comes with added features in the form of...

   - a web design gallery and

   - an icon search engine

...that is very easy to use and quite spectacular as well!

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Mapmaker Interactive - National Geographic

Mapmaker Interactive - National Geographic | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

MapMaker Interactive is an online tool that can be used to introduce concepts of map creation to learners.
It's been redesigned to support interactive mapping on tablets. And new features have been added to help users view and customize maps.
Three New Features:
   - Saving Maps - Customize the map and save to make it your own.
   - Bookmarks - Bookmarks let you experience and create geographic stories. Scroll through the bookmarks in the bottom bookmarks bar. Save your own customized views of the map as bookmarks.
   - Drawing Tools - Add location markers, draw on the map, and measure distances. You can add notes to markers and drawings from the link settings in the edit panel. Click the edit button and then click a marker or drawing to see the edit panel.

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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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Airtable

Airtable | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

Managers, practitioners, learners, and others, STOP using spreadsheets as a database.
Airtable provides an alternative that is as fast and easy as editing a spreadsheet.
But only Airtable is backed by the power of a full database, giving users rich features far beyond what any spreadsheet can offer.
Plus with Airtable, users get seamless access from anywhere.

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7 Sticky Notes - Fun, interactive, powerful and cool Sticky Notes for your Desktop!

7 Sticky Notes - Fun, interactive, powerful and cool Sticky Notes for your Desktop! | technologies | Scoop.it
7 Sticky Notes is a 100% free desktop notes software that creates Sticky Notes directly on your Desktop! It has a great good-looking realistic sticky note appearance with great features, and it is at the same time simple to use, reliable, and light!
John Dalziel's insight:

Post-its on the desktop or Start Screen can be extremely helpful for remembering small but important amounts of information.
Many practitioners and/or learners will prefer to stop cluttering up their desk and go digital.
7 Sticky Notes is an ideal option, for those either running Windows 7 still, or if they’re on Windows 8 but prefer the desktop over the Start Screen.
7 Sticky Notes offers plenty of options for formatting notes and the text within them.
After the installation...
   -  an icon appears in the notification tray (the area in the bottom right corner of your desktop).
   -  Right-clicking the icon provides the option to open a new note.
When a new note is opened, the Note Configuration Window will appear beside it allowing users to change...
   -  the colour of the note,
   -  the font,
   -  font size,
   -  font colour
...and more.
There’s also an option to set alarms.

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Otus: Free Multifunction iPad App for 1:1 Learning Environments

Otus: Free Multifunction iPad App for 1:1 Learning Environments | technologies | Scoop.it
Otus is an easy-to-use, yet powerful classroom tool that brings the best iPad and Chromebook education features together into one secure environment, and uses a single Google login.
John Dalziel's insight:

Otus provides a nice on-line learning environment, originally designed to be a service for practitioners to distribute...
   -  assignments,
   -  quizzes,
   -  polls,
   -  reading materials, and
   -  essential information
...from their iPads to their learners' iPads.

Otus has progressed supporting use within a web browser on laptops and Chromebooks.
As a result, it's well worth a closer look to see if it meets your needs.

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Mail Markup: Inline annotations and markup in Gmail, Email markup, Email annotations

Mail Markup: Inline annotations and markup in Gmail, Email markup, Email annotations | technologies | Scoop.it
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Mail Markup in Gmail is a Chrome extension which enables practitioners to preview an attachment from their learners without downloading it.
They can...
   - annotate the attachment,
   - add comments,
   - add those comments directly into the email, and
   - then send it back.
Potentially, a huge time saver.

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Random Item / Person selector / Generator fruit machine

Random Item / Person selector / Generator fruit machine | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Random Name Selector from Primary Technology is a simple tool for picking names from a list users have created.
Users have the option of limiting question/feedback/answer times by launching a one minute to seven minute countdown timer.
To use the selector just type in or copy a list of names then hit "go."
Users also have the option to remove a name from the list after it has been selected which can ensure everone within a group is asked once during contact time.
P.S. Ideal for Teachmeets as well!

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The Random Name Selector from Primary Technology is a simple tool for picking names from a list users have created.
Users have the option of limiting question/feedback/answer times by launching a one minute to seven minute countdown timer.
To use the selector just type in or copy a list of names then hit "go."
Users also have the option to remove a name from the list after it has been selected which can ensure everone within a group is asked once during contact time.
P.S. Ideal for Teachmeets as well!

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Colourco.de - find your colour scheme

Colourco.de - find your colour scheme | technologies | Scoop.it
colourco.de is an online designer tool, which allows you to easily and intuitively combine colours.
John Dalziel's insight:

Getting the right colour scheme may require designers a lot of manual effort (and subjective opinions).
Good news is, there are tools that can help making your life easier.
ColourCode is a web-based tool to find colour schemes easily. ColourCode lets you pick colors based on HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) values. It has a few modes that let you pick complementary colours with just a few clicks and you can also download the colour swatches in a few formats.

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John Dalziel's insight:

Getting the right colour scheme may require designers a lot of manual effort (and subjective opinions).
Good news is, there are tools that can help making your life easier.
ColourCode is a web-based tool to find colour schemes easily. ColourCode lets you pick colors based on HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) values. It has a few modes that let you pick complementary colours with just a few clicks and you can also download the colour swatches in a few formats.

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Evernote Clearly | Evernote

Evernote Clearly | Evernote | technologies | Scoop.it
Clearly makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. Save them to Evernote to read them anywhere.
John Dalziel's insight:

Evernote Clearly is one of my favourite tools that I also feel will enhance any learner's on-line reading experience.
Evernote Clearly provides a distraction free environment where users can...
   - enjoy their reading
   - customize their reading experience by changing the text fonts
   - choose a theme for the background of their page
   - highlight passages and save the whole page with highlights to their Evernote account (If they have one) and
   - Premium users can also benefit from the text to speech functionality
An ideal extension for learners to use when reading online.

Evernote Clearly is available for free download for Chrome, Opera and Firefox.

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calmCounter

calmCounter | technologies | Scoop.it
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Calmness Counter can be used to show learners how loudly they are speaking.
The browser based application measures the volume of the noise in a learning environment and displays a dial meter to display the decibel level. Users can adjust the microphone input sensitivity directly on the Calmness Counter screen.
Note: to avoid feedback, it is esential to mute speakers.
Projecting the meters for all learners to see could be a good way to help them understand the appropriate volume for conversations while working on group activities in a learning environment.

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Toolz Online: - Tools for Software Developers (Free)

Toolz Online: - Tools for Software Developers (Free) | technologies | Scoop.it
Free Online Tools for Software Developers
John Dalziel's insight:

A Software developers toolbox
Online-Toolz.com provides Free Online Tools for Software Developers, the type of tools they need in their daily work like...
   - Validation,
   - Formatting,
   - Escaping,
   - Generation,
   - Date and String Functions,
   - Encryption,
   - Conversions,

   - Encoding and Decoding etc

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