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Docs.Zone converter: Convert Word/Excel/JPG to PDF!

Docs.Zone converter: Convert Word/Excel/JPG to PDF! | technologies |
Create, Convert, and Merge PDF files online. Convert PDF to Word and back to PDF. You do NOT have to install software. 100% WEB-BASED!
John Dalziel's insight:

One issue of BYOD, and/or learners submitting assignments, is the different formats used.
By using Docs.Zone converter, practitioners are just one click away from changing the many different formats to PDF.
It saves them from the hazardous and daunting effort of installing different software for the accomplishment of this process.
Docs.Zone provides range of services for such operations such as...
   - PDF merge tool,
   - web page grabber,
   - PDF to Word file converter and
   - PDF to Excel file converter etc.
Users just...
   - enter the address of website Docs.Zone in their web browser.
   - select the tab “convert file to PDF”,
   - brows for the file in their drives
   - click the “Select file” option, which adds the file to convert.
If users want to add multiple files at a time, there is another option for this operation, “Add Files”. They can add multiple files at a time.
After the selection of their required file...
   - click the “start” button for conversion.
After the conversion is finished, users can download the file from the table titled “Inbox”.
To download the file, click the download button opposite to the file name.
Once a file is converted, users can download it within a duration of 6 hours - the file will be deleted at that point.
Their original file will not be affected even after the conversion.

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Listen - Convert Text to Speech (MP3) Online

Listen - Convert Text to Speech (MP3) Online | technologies |
Listen is an online text to MP3 conversion tool to help you convert written words into spoken voice using Google's Text to Speech API.
John Dalziel's insight:

This is a text-to-speech application that converts typed words into audio.
Listen's daily quota has been dropped and users can now enjoy unlimited sessions.
Idealfor learners who find it difficult to read but, can understand spoken English.

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calibre - E-book management

calibre - E-book management | technologies |
calibre: The one stop solution for all your e-book needs. Comprehensive e-book software.
John Dalziel's insight:

calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a wide range of features divided into the following main categories:
- Library Management
- E-book conversion
- Syncing to e-book reader devices
- Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
- Comprehensive e-book viewer
- Content server for online access to your book collection

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Google Swiffy

Google Swiffy | technologies |
Swiffy converts SWF files to HTML5, allowing you to reuse Flash content on devices without a Flash player.
John Dalziel's insight:

Swiffy, one of a number of Third-party converters that exist, can transform SWFs into HTML5. The resulting HTML5 can then be embedded into browser-based resources. This enables learners, using iPhones and/or iPads etc., to view what was Flash Content.

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Mobile Media Converter online

Mobile Media Converter online | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Mobile Media Converter...
- allows users to convert YouTube videos to audio files.
- offers 4 audio output formats: MP3, OGG, AAC, and WMA
- allows users to select from 3 sound qualities: worst, medium, and best


It sends email notifications when conversions are complete.

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SoundGecko | technologies |

SoundGecko is a service that let’s users listen to any article on the web, on the go, anywhere.


Many learners/practitioners etc., commute to their learning environment and back every day, spending up to 40 minutes or more on the bus/train etc.


SoundGecko provides an easier way to catch up/keep up with web content, without squinting at the tiny text on their mobile - they just listen.


There’s three different ways of sending articles to SoundGecko: website, email or a browser (Chrome) plugin.


In a matter of seconds, SoundGecko will send users an email with a link to the MP3 file that they can listen to, on any device.


Users can do all of this for free, without downloading an app and without registration.


If users do register, they get to use the iPhone app and also Google Drive/Dropbox sync that lets them listen to all your articles easily. 

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Conversion guides - How to cook - BBC Good Food

Conversion guides - How to cook - BBC Good Food | technologies |

BBC GoodFood highlights some functional skills opportunities within catering courses.


As well as the usual measurement converter, users have access to a guide on oven temperatures, cake tin sizes, and sugar temperature guide.


The metric to imperial converters are a good aid for those learners.

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Nitro's free PDF to Word service

Nitro's free PDF to Word service | technologies |
Just trying Nitro's new accurate way to convert PDF to Word — totally free
John Dalziel's insight:

PDF To Word or Excel or Powerpoint does exactly what the name says.
Users select a file on their PC, upload it to the site and it emails them the chosen office document a minute or two later.
The advantage of this is that users can use Microsoft Office, Google Drive or other software to edit document and, if required, resave the document as a PDF.
No credit card is required for the FREE Basic Single User; just Sign Up.
It's designed for the occasional user.
There are limits however...
5 New documents per month
5 Conversions
5 Signature or collaboration workflows and
Documents are limited to 50 pages or 5MB

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PDF to Word Converter - Free

PDF to Word Converter - Free | technologies |
Convertii is a free, fast and accurate PDF-to-Word conversion service. Upload a PDF and get it back as a Word document you can edit. Converts scanned documents too, and you can use it from your mobile device!
John Dalziel's insight:

PDFs are a good file format, accessible by a much wider audience, but if the file is protected, learners, and/or others will find it difficult to edit.
For those people it would be good to be able to convert the file to, for example, Microsoft Word.
Convertii is a site which does exactly that. Users simply...
   - upload the PDF file,
   - specify an email address,
...and the converted file will be emailed to them.

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Need to convert a Pdf eBook to Kindle format?

Need to convert a Pdf eBook to Kindle format? | technologies |
Simple. No download required and it's free to use. Works on all platforms: Mac, Linux and Windows
John Dalziel's insight:

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to read pdfs on a kindle or other eBook reader?

Easier to carry around,read on the bus/train etc.
pdf4kindle is a web service that lets users convert PDF files into MOBI format supported by Kindle, other eBook Readers and smartphones.
To convert a pdf file simply...
- go to the website,
- click “Upload pdf file”
- locate and select the pdf file
- wait while the file is converted and once it is finished
- download the .mobi file to the Kindle orother device.
NOTE: the conversion process might take some time based on the size of the PDF document.
Some learning providers may find that learners may prefer documents in MOBI format.

At least ask them or raise their awareness of pdf4kindle.

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Convert Audio Online - Free MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA file conversion & streaming

Convert Audio Online - Free MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA file conversion & streaming | technologies |
Convert multiple music files to MP3, WAV, OGG, or WMA at once or stream your audio files over the internet for free.
John Dalziel's insight:

Start uploading, converting, and streaming your audio files absolutely free. Just follow these simple steps to generate your first playlist or convert your audio files.

BrowseSelectWait for uploadConvert or Stream

Note: there is a maximum audio file size of 15MB and currently it is unable to provide a service for converting M4P files.

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Metric Conversion

Metric Conversion | technologies |

Metric Conversion calculators, tables and formulas for temperature, length, area, volume and weight metric conversions.


Ideal for Functional Maths, STEM subjects and more.

Melanie Cagle's curator insight, May 3, 12:45 AM

A little something for our QualiCal Online School Students!


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Metric Food Measurement Converter for Recipe Ingredients

Metric Food Measurement Converter for Recipe Ingredients | technologies |
Convert Dry & Liquid Food Ingredients for Use in Cooking Recipes from Metric Measurement Units on


Epicurious is a recipe search and food site.


The food measurement chart shows users the multiplication factors for all metric equivalents, whether they are using imperial units or measuring with a teaspoon and cup. 


An ideal tool not just for catering; it also provides an opportunity to include functional skills within the curriculum.

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RoboBraille Online -

RoboBraille Online - | technologies |
RoboBraille with a webinterface

There is now an alternative to the well-known e-mail interaction with RoboBraille, users don't need to keep track of all the different e-mail accounts, this makes it easier and faster to use RoboBraille.

Users can achieve the same results as before, simply by following a step by step guide.

* Start by uploading a document;

* Choose the format to convert to (mp3 audio, daisy full text and audio, document conversion, braille).
Depending on what format you choose, the site will expand and give you opportunity to either choose...
o language,
o contraction level or
o target format.
* Finally, add the e-mail at the bottom of the page and

* Press the submit button.

* Users will receive an e-mail with the document attached, after a short delay.
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