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Classmill - Create classes with links, videos, images & files.

Classmill - Create classes with links, videos, images & files. | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Classmill could be a good platform...
   - through which learning providers build self-paced professional development courses for their staff and/or
   - for building on-line teaching courses.
Practitioners can create public or private (invitation-only) courses; the courses built as a series of modules.
If they make their course private they will have to email invitations to their learners.
Practitioners will find an abundance of learning tools to use to create their classes such as...
   - links,
   - videos,
   - images,
   - files,
...and more.
Practitioners can also embed games and interactive simulations into each module.
A discussion forum is automatically added to each module within a course.
Best of all practitioners can monitor and track learner progress while differentiating instruction.

It's also nice place for learners to find and register for on-line classes for free.

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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 |
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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eduCanon: interactive video. unleashed.

eduCanon: interactive video. unleashed. | technologies |

Flipped and Blended Interactive Video Learning Platform

John Dalziel's insight:

eduCanon is a free service for creating, assigning, and tracking learners' progress on flipped lessons.
eduCanon allows practitioners to...
- build flipped lessons using YouTube and Vimeo videos,
- create questions about the videos,
- assign lessons to their learners.
Practitioners can track the progress of their learners within eduCanon.
To create lessons start by identifying a topic and objective then searching YouTube and Vimeo from within the eduCanon site.
Once users have found a suitable video they can build multiple choice questions throughout the timeline of their chosen video.
Practitioners can create as many lessons as they like and assign them to their learners at any time.

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Free Online Training Software: Create Online Training & Online Course

Free Online Training Software: Create Online Training & Online Course | technologies |
Create a course or training online for free with the best training software for work, school or educational course. Share online.
John Dalziel's insight:

There are many websites where practitioners can create courses to engage with learners.
ProProfs Trainer Maker is looking to be a serious contender in online learning. Practitioners can create professional courses for all kinds of reasons, the uses limited only by their imagination.
Creating a course is as simple as naming it and adding the content. The content is divided into chapters, making it easy to organize content; a way that will make sense to learners.
Practitiuoners can add...
- images,
- links,
- videos and
- all kinds of other useful content their chapters, to help instill the message they are trying to deliver.
Note: Free and premium creation options available.

Yuan Guo's curator insight, April 8, 2013 11:38 AM

free online training software

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Tildee: Create Tutorials in One Click!

Tildee: Create Tutorials in One Click! | technologies |

Tildee is a free on-line tool to help practitioners create and share tutorials on any subject.


Tildee has a clear and user friendly interface allowing users to get straight to the point; writing their own tutorial.


Users are able to add maps, images and even videos to any step in a tutorial. One click and it's done !


Tildee is easy to share as every tutorial has its unique short URL.

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Spongelab | A Global Science Community

Spongelab | A Global Science Community | technologies |

When teaching science, practitioners need to explain science in simple terms to keep learners engaged; on the other hand, it's important not to oversimplify things.


Spongelabs provides teaching tools such as lesson plans, visual aids, and a class management dashboard to facilitate learning activities online.


Search and the results are organized into graphics and images, games, animation, case studies, lesson plans, and more. Practitioners can then add any item to their list and turn them into a complete lesson.


Practitioners can then track the progress of their classes by checking the time spent using, time spent exploring, games scores and more.


Learners can also join multiple classes and view assigned lessons.


Spongelab is a good example of digital education at work.

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Claroline . NET - Home

Claroline . NET - Home | technologies |

Open source software is the perfect choice for learning providers - it’s free (which is great for those with very limited budgets), and the software’s flexibility and open nature suits the learning environment.


Claroline is well-suited for building online courses and managing online and collaborative environments.


As usual I highly recommend you check out the demo.


For a DIY: Set-up visit

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YouTube - Professor Moodle's Channel

YouTube - Professor Moodle's Channel | technologies |
ProfessorMoodle has created some tutorials on Youtube for Moodlers, highlighting Moodle 2.0.
The videos are easy to watch, short (most under 6 minutes) and have clear audio narration.
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Versal | technologies |
One idea can launch a million more
John Dalziel's insight:

Versal is a service that learning providers can use to create online classes that are bit more robust than your average flipped lessons.
On Versal they can build online courses that incorporate...
   - text documents,
   - images,
   - videos,
   - maps,
   - slideshows,
...and more.
When users build a course in Versal they build it lesson-by-lesson in an easy-to-follow outline.
Google Docs, and Microsoft OneDrive users can embed content from their accounts into their Versal courses.

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Classroom for Google Apps for Education

Classroom for Google Apps for Education | technologies |
Classroom is a new product in Google Apps for Education that enables teachers to send assignments, make announcements, and conduct question & answer with students. Classroom was designed hand-in-hand with teachers to help them save time, keep their classes organized, and improve communication with students.
John Dalziel's insight:

Classroom, a new, free tool in the Google Apps for Education suite.

It helps practitioners...


create and organize assignments quickly,provide feedback efficiently, andcommunicate with their learners with ease.


Classroom is based on the principle that educational tools should be simple and easy to use, and is designed to give practitioners more time to teach and learners more time to learn.

Learners’ privacy is critical. Like the rest of Google's Apps for Educationservices, Classroom contains no ads, never uses practitioner content or learner data for advertising purposes, and is free for learning providers.

Time Scale...


Currently, practitioners can apply for a preview of Classroom.Based on the requests Google receive, they’ll be inviting a limited number of educators to try Classroom in about a month.By September, Classroom will be available to any learning provider using Google Apps for Education.


Google have been working with more than a dozen pilot schools and universities to try out Classroom and provide feedback.

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Ofsted | Virtual Learning Environments: e-portfolio

Ofsted | Virtual Learning Environments: e-portfolio | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

This suite of materials on Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) reflects what Ofsted have been seeing on inspection, or as the result of visits and research, and offers resources and ideas for those looking to improve their Virtual Learning Environments.

Mark Ayton's curator insight, June 11, 2013 7:15 AM
Want to know what Ofsted considers appropriate use of technology? This is what we've waited for! Ofsted examples of good practice. VLEs and ePortfolios first. All good stuff and hopefully more to come. Thanks to @ACLjohn for passing this on.
Pauline Farrell's curator insight, June 11, 2013 9:00 AM

loving ePortfolio's especially in light of workplace diaries

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105 free moodle video tutorials

Feel Free to Embed the Slideshare Presentation at your site or blog! 105 Free Moodle Video Tutorials! We know that you love Moodle. This is why we created the f
John Dalziel's insight:

I'm sure there is something here for all practitioners and/or learning providers who are thinking about using Moodle to enhance their current practice. CPD resources for Moodle beginners and/or existing users.

Chris Legg's curator insight, May 21, 2013 5:48 AM

Very helpful tutorials for moodle users

Emma Herrod's curator insight, June 29, 2013 1:19 PM

A collection of Moodle video tutorials for your reference. 

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WizIQ | technologies |

WizIQ have announced that they are now giving out free 1 year accounts to those who have an email account that is associated with an education domain. ( being one such domain)


This provides an opportunity...

- to connect face to face with learners, anywhere in the world
- run a complete online learning programme


WizIQ is a good platform for...
- creating virtual classrooms and teaching online.
- practitioners to toggle between showing their screen, showing their slides, using their webcam etc.


The built-in chatroom makes it easy to get an active back-channel going.


For individuals or learning providers looking for a platform to use...
- to teach a full course
- as a place to host some online tutoring sessions,
...WizIQ's free accounts could be just what you need.


This may also be an opportunity to try a supported  "Flipped Classroom" approach

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Coursekit | technologies |

FE and Skills Practitioners are always on the lookout for better ways to interact with their learners.



     - is a free to use web service for practitioners and learners.

     - lets practitioners manage any course they are teaching online.

     - allows users to fill in the details of their course such as the syllabus, calendars, resources, etc.

     - allows users to invite learners by providing them with an online course code that can be used by them to enroll.
     - allows users to share grades with learners to keep them updated about their scores.


All of these features work together to make Coursekit an excellent resource for practitioners.

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Screenr - Screencasts by @sbrandt

Screenr - Screencasts by @sbrandt | technologies |
These video screencasts are on They have been created by Shawn Brandt (@sbrandt) and, out of the 120 videos he has posted a large number of them are all about Moodle.

The topics range from beginner to more advanced and most videos are under 5 minutes.

Note:- many appear to have reference to a Moodle training course that is not available publicly; that doesn’t detract from the great ideas and processes that are outlined in the clips. Among other topics they include...

* adding events and using the calendar
* using assignments
* creating pages and resources
* displaying directories
* using .zip files to upload multiple files
* improving your course aesthetics
* and so much more.
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