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calmCounter | technologies |
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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 |
Free Online Tools for Software Developers
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A Software developers toolbox 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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Writefull: - Tutorial

Writefull: - Tutorial | technologies |
Writefull Writefull is a writing assistant tool that works with a small popover (on Mac) or pop-up window (on Windows). Unlike many other apps,
John Dalziel's insight:

Writefull is a writing assistant tool that works with a small popover (on Mac) or pop-up window (on Windows).
Writefull comes in two editions: the free Google Books edition, which uses the English Google Books database, and the paid Web edition, which uses the Internet.
I've tried the Free edition and feel it is a useful tool for all Learners. (We are all learners!)
Writeful uses data from Google Books (5+ million books) and the Web to give users language support.
All users need to do is...
   - select a chunk from your text,
   - activate the Writefull popover (Ctrl + Space), and
   - choose one of Writefull's options.
The options include...
   - Checking the number of results
   - Comparing the number of results
   - See examples in context
   - Find words in context and
   - Find synonyms in context

I suggest you start here on the Tutorials page.

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Expresso | technologies |
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A big thank you to Bill Pearson, from Reaseheath College (UK) for bringing this to our attention. Thanks Bill!
Expresso is a practical tool to analyze, edit and compare text styles in English.
It is built on top of Python Natural Language Toolkit package by Mikhail Panko, a PhD student in computational neuroscience and high-tech enthusiast.
Expresso will teach users to express themself through writing more efficiently and help make their texts more readable, precise, and engaging.
The interface Tabs provides support for users and include...
   - How to use,
   - Learning about text style Metrics, and
   - a quick interface Tutorial.

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Teachit Timer

Teachit Timer | technologies |
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The Teachit Timer is a free online timer that allows you display a countdown timer and a count-up timer on the same screen.

The Teachit Timer also allows users to choose an alarm sound.
Ideal when practitioners have long blocks of instructional time; they can break it up with short breaks and/or timed hands-on activities.
This online tool can help to prevent the learners and/or practitioners from stretching the "break/activity times".

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Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro

Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro | technologies |
Moovly is an online tool that allows you to create animated videos, tutorials, explainers, presentations, infographics, video clips, display ads or e-cards.
John Dalziel's insight:

Moovly is a free online tool that lets practitioners and/or learners create interesting presentations and animations.
Moovly lets users...
- add voice,
- add sounds and
- add music
...and synchronize everything using the simple timeline interface. Animations can be added via the timeline.
Some of the clips from the library also have their own animations attached to them, such as globes which spin or chickens which feed.
Videos can be published via YouTube or Facebook, or, for those working in OLASS, can be downloaded for offline use as Flash or Movie files.
Note: Free videos are watermarked with a Moovly Logo.
Sadly there doesn’t seem to be a way to embed them directly from the Moovly website.
Registering is Free but, there is an annual fee if users want the more advanced features and options.

Geemik Maria Açucena Da Silva's curator insight, November 21, 2013 3:52 AM

Une solution gratuite est proposée.

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Media Tools – Google

Media Tools – Google | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Google Media Tools – a starting point for practitioners, and/or learners, to engage with Google’s suite of digital tools that can enhance newsgathering and exposure across...

- television,

- radio,

- print and

- online.
Whether it’s refining learners' advanced search capabilities, improving audience engagement through Google+, or learning how to visualize data using Google Maps, this website is intended to guide visitors through all the resources Google offers to journalists.

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Metronome | technologies | is your free online metronome and tempo tool. Improving your metronomic state is easy as one, two, three! Pick a pattern and find the rhythm.
John Dalziel's insight:

The Metronome has come full circle with this free online version from 123.
Music practitioners and/or learners can choose from a wide range of Beats Per Minute, patterns and beats.
Musicians will make use of this tool as this app will be a big help.

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ThinkBinder | technologies |
ThinkBinder is an app for real-time collaboration
John Dalziel's insight:

ThinkBinder may change the way learners study with their peers.
Thinkbinder allows learners to create study groups and learn collaboratively using a shared whiteboard.

Students can also share files, links and videos.
The study group environment, provided by ThinkBinder, is focused around a simple set of tools that allows learners to work more efficiently.
Group discussions, shared notes and real-time interactions are maintained in a private webpresence, free from the clutter of e-mail and generic cloud hosting solutions.

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Freemake | Free Video Downloader

Freemake | Free Video Downloader | technologies |
Freemake provides quality freeware - Free Video Converter, Free Video Downloader, Free Audio Converter. Download and convert any video or audio free and in two clicks!
John Dalziel's insight:

NOTE: I've only tried the Free Video Downloader

Apart from the care needed when downloading Freemake (to avoid addins you don't want), it is a joy to use.
- copy a video URL to your clipboard
- click the blue “Paste URL” button; this will automatically detect the video, and open the format dialog.
- choose the format, quality and destination folder you want the clip saved in,
- the video will start downloading to the path of you've choosen.
Note: users can restrict the download speed, if they’re trying to save bandwidth.
Note: as with all downloader tools, it is your responsibility to ensure you are not breaking any copyright laws etc.

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Copyright in a Copy Paste World

Copyright in a Copy Paste World | technologies |

A website dedicated to informing learners and their practitioners of copyright law, plagiarism policies, and caveats in order to uphold literary integrity and digital ethics through a compilation of various media.

John Dalziel's insight:

Note: Guidance for learners outside the USA, will need some adaptions especially in the way sources are referenced. That said...

The Essential Questions...

- Is it really stealing?
- Why should I care?
- What does it look like?
- What tools can I use?
...Student tools
...practitioner tools and
...administrator tools
- How can I usemy own brain?
and the Digital Ethics sections, of this website, have someexcellent content andvideo clips.


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The Plagiarism Checker

The Plagiarism Checker | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Sometimes learners get lazy and use the web in ways that are inappropriate in an academic setting - i.e. by plagiarising work from web sources.
Even though the benefits of the web far outweigh the risk of inappropriate use, as educators, we should strive to train our learners on acceptable web behaviour.
This includes the habits of summarising, quoting, and citing sources. Despite our best efforts, some students choose to bend/break the rules of fair use.
"The Plagiarism Checker", from, is a free, simple, program for practitioners,learners. other stakeholders.


Practitioners: Just...
- paste in text from a suspect paper and The Plagiarism Checker will quickly perform a Google search of multiple portions of the submitted text in an effort to find matches.


Learners: Just...
- paste in text from your paper, before submission, and The Plagiarism Checker will quickly perform a Google search of multiple portions of the submitted text in an effort to find matches.


NOTE: The basic service is free to use. A more advanced and, in their words, accurate checker is available for $8/month.


NOTE: Papers are not be stored for any purpose. Some other sites do make a copy of the paper.

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Plagiarism checking tool - the most accurate and absolutely FREE! Try now!

Plagiarism checking tool - the most accurate and absolutely FREE! Try now! | technologies |
The best FREE plagiarism checker. Check your paper online! The most accurate results, easy and usable report
John Dalziel's insight:

PlagTracker can be used by learners to check their written work for any accidental plagiarism. It is easy to use and free.

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QwikSlides: Presentation creator from

QwikSlides: Presentation creator from | technologies |
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
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.
   - 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 |
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
Why not sign-up for the Free Version and have a go!

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Microsoft Office Online - Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the web

Microsoft Office Online - Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the web | technologies |
Collaborate for free with online versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. Save documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online, in OneDrive. Share them with others and work together at the same time.
John Dalziel's insight:

Microsoft’s Office Online is a completely free, web-based version of Microsoft Office.

This online office suite is clearly competing with Google Drive, but it’s also a potential replacement for the desktop version of Office.
Unlike all of Microsoft’s other Office products, Office Online at is completely free.
This is Office Online’s biggest advantage over desktop versions of Microsoft Office.

It  can be used on all the PCs you want without paying for additional boxed copies or subscribing to Office 365, Microsoft’s subscription service for Office.
Because it’s a web application that runs in your browser, Office Online will run on everything, from Linux PCs and Chromebooks to iPads and Android tablets.

It doesn't require any special plug-in and works in any popular browser, including Firefox, Chrome, and Safari — not just Internet Explorer.
Should you use Office Online?

Well, that’s up to you. If you’d like a completely free version of Office it’s a compelling option.

On the other hand, you may need the more advanced features in the desktop version of Office.
NOTE: it does provide access to learners who can't afford the desktop version of office.

Andy Kenworthy's curator insight, February 27, 6:21 AM

This could be very handy for editing documents on the move when a desktop or laptop running the full suite isn't available and for collaborating with a team. I will be looking in to this further. 

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InstaDown | Download Instagram Videos

InstaDown | Download Instagram Videos | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Similar to the numerous websites that let practitioners, and/or learners download YouTube videos, all InstaDown needs is a URL.

To get the video’s URL, open an Instagram Web profile, click on the video you want download, and copy the URL from the address bar.
Paste this URL into InstaDown and click on the the yellow “Instadown” button.

Within seconds, the browser will start downloading the MP4 file. Users can also click on the blue “Get BB Link” button to get a direct link to the video for sharing outside of Instagram.

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Best Metronome

Need metronome for music practice. Use Best Metronome online.
It's a free metronome and it's online so there is no need to install anything.
It's precise, user friendly and natural. Get it now.
John Dalziel's insight:

A Simple, free online program that displays a traditional metronome that allows practitioners and/or learners to adjust the volume and/or tempo.

A useful free resource for music classes.

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Maths Everywhere

Maths Everywhere | technologies |
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Maths Everywhere, an interactive learning tool to help deal with the numbers & calculations in everyday life.
Ideal for Functional Maths.

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compileonline | technologies |
Compile and Execute Programs Online - You can compile and run, execute your source code related to Java, JSP, Cold Fusion, C, C++, Pascal, Fortran, PHP, Perl, Ruby and Python programs onnline using your browsers, iPhone, iPad or any other online...
John Dalziel's insight:

Compile and Execute a whole range of programming languages online.
Just select, when online in your favourite browser, any of the...
- Web Technologies;
- Text Formatting; and/or
- Programming Languages... proceed!
All that without having any setup on your local machine.
Having selected the programming language you want to write...
- Write it in the text editor provided, then
- click the button to see the output.
Compile on line is neat, tidy and free.

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Team Maker

Team Maker by Chirag Mehta and Tamara Swedberg - create random teams and groups easily
John Dalziel's insight:

Looking for quick ways to separate learners into randomized teams?
There are a number of options but Team Maker is fast, easy to use, and effective.
- Input a plain text list of names, one name per line.
- Input a separate list of potential team names.
- Select how many teams you want to generate the names for.
Based on those inputs, Team Maker will generate teams for you.
Note: The default result is an HTML output directly on the site, but you can export to an Excel CSV file if preferred.

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Epic Pen

Epic Pen | technologies |
A windows tool for drawing over your desktop and applications
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A windows tool that allows practitioners or learners to draw over their Windows desktop and applications.
Easy to use and supports hotkeys.

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Beluga Learning

Beluga Learning | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

On the Beluga Learning website, learners are provided a series of tools in order to gain an appreciation of a mathematical scenario.
These tools are a growing set of physically manipulable objects that learners can experiment with.
Practitioners can also use Beluga tools to demonstrate concepts in their learning environment.
e.g. Geoboards: for learning about many aspects of geometry, from simple properties of shapes to trigonometry and circle theorems.
Clock tool: an environment to pose questions, think about them then use the clock to see if their solution is correct.

And there is more to come!

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8 Helpful Assistive Technology Tools For Your Classroom

8 Helpful Assistive Technology Tools For Your Classroom | technologies |
This post shares 8 assistive technology tools for disabled and ECE students in the classroom.
John Dalziel's insight:

This post looks at eight Helpful electrical and computer engineering (ECE) Technology Tools For learning environments. Including...
- Screen Readers
- Word Talk
- Word Prediction
- Supernova Access Suite
- Video Magnifiers
- Close Captioning and Subtitling
- FaceMouse
- Sip-and-Puff Systems
These technologies can make an enormous difference to learners by increasing accessibility and academic performance. No matter what programs you decide to implement or suggest to learners, it is important to remember that learners using these technologies may require more time to complete assignments and participate in online forums.

Steven Blomdale's curator insight, May 18, 2013 9:10 PM

Great resource suggestions for integrating ICT to facilitiate students with impairments and learning difficulties. Allows them to learn and use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively, and in their lives beyond school in the 21st century.

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Download Stopwatch - Stay On Top Stopwatch

Download Stopwatch - Stay On Top Stopwatch | technologies |
A Free flash online stopwatch, quick easy to use flash stopwatch! also a countdown timer!
John Dalziel's insight:

Everybody needs a stopwatch and/or countdown timer at some point -- and for many, there's never one around!
Sometimes counting down the time needs to be more engaging / entertaining.
Well Online Stopwatch provides Simple, Fast Flash Online Stopwatch and Online Countdown timers always available when required.
And there is more! is letting practitioners and/or learners download their stopwatch and countdown timers for free!
This will let them use the stopwatch when they are not on the internet.
NOTE: All of the stopwatches/countdowns require Adobe Flash Player to work on user desktops.

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