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Home - | technologies | is a resource for those who want to launch some kind of business by themselves, and/or a non-profit venture.

     - is free,
     - provides information for those who want to...
          - be independent workers,
          - add some extra income to their regular earnings.
     - provides articles with information and guidance on...
          - how to start a business,
          - funding options,
          - lists of mentoring programs,among many other resources.
     - also includes tips on how to balance work and private life.

WebToTheRescue is not a place to just get information, it's more where users can learn about how to create their own business.

NOTE: some content is USA specific and further research may be needed in other countries.

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Mozilla Learning - helping people to read, write and participate in the digital world.

We want more people to see themselves as citizens of the web. The Mozilla Learning Network offers programs and a global community dedicated to helping people learn the most important skills of our age: the ability to read, write and participate in the digital world.
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Mozilla Learning Network... 
 ► provides a wide range of web literacy materials to help education stakeholders incorporate the digital skills of the 21st century learning. 
  ► offers free resources that include programs, tools, guides, and step-by step teaching activities that they can use in learning environments with learners to help them develop an ability to read, write and participate in an openly networked world.
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VideoAnt | technologies |
A tool for adding annotations and comments to web-hosted videos; ideal for blended and flipped learning environments.
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VideoAnt is a tool for adding annotations and comments to web-hosted videos; ideal for blended and flipped learning environments. 
 VideoAnt supports annotation of different video files as well as YouTube videos. 
 VideoAnt's terminology...
► Ants refer to VideoAnt annotated videos and
► Ant Farm is a users account dashboard. 
NOTE: To be able to save and access your collection of Ants, users need to have their own free account. 
When a new Ant is created, users are directed to the annotation page where they can add and manage annotations and edit privacy and sharing settings. 
 Finished Ants can be shared publicly using different sharing options including an embed code to use in a website or blog. Users can also share Ants with groups of users. 
Practitioners may want to create a group for their course(s) and invite learners to join in; that way they can instantly share Ants with the whole group with a single click. 
By granting learners permission to annotate, they can also annotate Ants and comment on each others videos.
As you can see, from what I've said so far, VideoAnt is ideal for educational purposes and can be used for a variety of instructional purposes some of which include... 
► creating lecture presentations, 
► using VideoAnt as group discussion, 
► student VideoAnts as critical reflection or self-assessment, and 
► student VideoAnt as peer review or small group discussion. VideoAnt is one to try at least!
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Science in the Classroom

Science in the Classroom | technologies |
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Science in the Classroom is a free resource for practitioners from Science Magazine. 
On the Science in the Classroom website, users will find research papers containing interactive annotations to help learners understand the content of the papers. 
In the right hand margin of each paper they will find a section called "learning lens." 
Learning lens offers seven types of interactive annotations that learners can enable. 
Of those seven types of annotations, the glossary annotation is the one that learners will probably use most often. 
The glossary annotations highlight key words and terms in the article. 
Clicking on a highlighted annotation reveals a definition. 
In addition to the interactive annotations, Science in the Classroom provides practitioners with... 
 ► discussion and reading comprehension questions and 
 ► a list of suggested learning activities.
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Context Menu Search

Context Menu Search | technologies |
Use the right-click menu to search for selected text in different search engines
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When people want to look up a word or a phrase that they have come across on a web page, they usually... 
 ► select the relevant text,
 ► copy the text (Ctrl+C)
 ► open Google, Wikipedia, YouTube etc. in a new tab,
 ► paste the copied text there (Ctrl+V), and
 ► hit the search button. 
Well, the Context Menu Search extension allows you to search for the selected text using the context menu (right-click menu) i.e. without leaving the page that you’re on. 
The search engine options that you’d like to see in the context menu and whether you want the search results to open in a focused tab or a background tab is up to individuals. 
Click on the Options link listed below the search engines in the context menu to set up custom search engines and specify tab behaviour preferences. 
An excellent Chrome extension for everyone, saving so much time!
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Word Clouds :- Free online word cloud generator and tag cloud creator

Word Clouds :- Free online word cloud generator and tag cloud creator | technologies | is a free online word cloud generator and tag cloud generator, similar to Wordle. Create your own word clouds and tag clouds. Paste text or upload documents and select shape, colors and font to create your own word cloud. can also generate clickable word clouds with links (image map). Save or share the resulting image.
John Dalziel's insight:
A Fun Tool for Making Word Clouds in Fun Shapes 
Word cloud generators, like this, still provide learners with a nice way to visualize the most frequently used words in a passage of text. 
WordClouds allows users to create word clouds in a variety of shapes and sizes with a wide array of colour schemes. WordClouds works like other word cloud generators in that users need to provide the text. 
This can be done in one of the following ways... 
► Type or paste text 
► Upload a Microsoft Office document (.doc, .docx, .pptx, .xlsx) 
► Upload a PDF document (.pdf) 
► Upload a text document (.txt) 
The finished word clouds can be downloaded from WordClouds in JPG, PNG, PDF, or SVG format. 
NOTE: Richard Byrne has produced a video clip to show Google Docs users how to create word clouds within their documents; take a look at the video at
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Ratatype: - Typing test. Take free on-line typing speed test and get a certificate 

Ratatype: - Typing test. Take free on-line typing speed test and get a certificate  | technologies |
Test your typing speed online, find out how fast can you type with Ratatype WPM typing test and get online typing certificate
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Touch typing is, without a doubt, an important skill; sadly overlooked by many learning providers. 
Practitioners in Further, Adult & Community Education and Skills (#FACEandS) and/or Higher Education, often will not accept hand written assignments. 
This because typed pages are much easier for them to read, edit and auto-mark. 
Even an entry level job at the local Supermarket or fast food place will require at least some rudimentary typing skills so employees can swiftly and accurately enter customer or order information. 
The first step toward learning how to properly touch type is to learn where your typing skills currently stand. 
The easiest way to do that is to take an on-line typing test, like this one. 
It provides them with three numbers... 
 ● a gross typing speed, 
 ● an accuracy percentage, and 
 ● an adjusted typing speed. 
Beginners can usually manage about 35 words per minute, and practiced typists have been clocked at more than 100 wpm. 
The world record for typing on a QWERTY formatted keyboard is 216 words per minute. 
Ratatype allows users... 
 ● to test themselves, and 
 ● learn how to touch type
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Swite: create a website with posts, photos and videos from your social networks

Swite: create a website with posts, photos and videos from your social networks | technologies |
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Swite provides users with a simple and intuitive platform to create a website with the content (e.g posts, photos and videos) they share on their social media accounts such as... 
 ♥ Facebook,
 ♥ Twitter, 
 ♥ Google Plus and 
 ♥ Instagram. 
The resulting Swite website is automatically synchronized with a users social media networks and updates itself every time they post new content. 
Practitioners could use Swite for a variety of educational purposes including... 
♥ curating digital content for their course/class, 
♥ use it as a digital portfolio to showcase what they have been sharing
 ...and many more. 
There are several pre-designed templates to choose from. Users have to provide a valid email address to access the resulting website’s editor. From there they can choose which of their social media profiles they want to connect. The free version of Swite allows you to do all the things I've have talked about so far, however, if users want more functionalities (no Swite brand, a customized domain name, 3 email 5GB) they will need to go pro, which isn't free!
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Watch Free Documentaries Online - Documentary Addict

Watch Free Documentaries Online - Documentary Addict | technologies |
Watch a massive collection of full-length documentaries for free online. Are you a Documentary Addict?
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Documentary addict offers a massive library of educational and entertaining documentaries embedding over 5300 on-line documentaries. 
 Visitors can use the menu on the left hand side to browse through the collections. 
Documentaries are sorted into the following categories: 
► Best Documentaries, 
► 9/11, 
► Art/Music, 
► Comedy, 
► Nature, 
► Media, 
► History, 
► Politics, 
► Religion, 
...and many more.
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RefME | Free Referencing Generator - Harvard, APA, MLA and 7,500 more!

RefME | Free Referencing Generator - Harvard, APA, MLA and 7,500 more! | technologies |
Create references in any style, in seconds with RefME's FREE referencing generator. Harvard, APA, MLA, Chicago and 7,000 more – we've got it covered!
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RefME for Word helps Learners Succeed (and we are all learners). RefME is available for Word 2016 on Windows, Mac and Word for iPad. 
RefME is a unique multi-platform tool that empowers learners, researchers and educators to broaden their research sources and generate accurate citations in Microsoft Word, as they write. 
The new Microsoft features are also available through RefME’s institute edition called RefME Institute. 
Developed to support the whole university/Learning Provider community, Learning Providers can gain customised referencing styles, library support, single sign-on authentication and access to all the premium features, including Word 2016 for Windows, Mac and Word for iPad. 
The new RefME Plus features include... 
► RefME for Word: cite as you write and manage your bibliography from within Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows, Mac, or Word for iPad 
► Photo Quotes app feature that uses OCR technology to turn printed text into digital text with a smartphone camera and save it as a quote 
►Folders (coming soon): an organisational feature that enables users to rearrange projects or drag-and-drop them into folders to keep citations organised.
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Adobe Spark - Communicate with impact

Turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos—in minutes. It's free, start now on the web or in the app store.
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Adobe Spark is an excellent application with huge educational potential. 
 Practitioners can use Spark to create a wide variety of multimedia materials to include in their course delivery. 
There are three main types of creations users can build and share on Spark... 
 ♥ Post (this is especially useful for sharing announcements, invitations, and inspiration quotes), 
  ♥ Page (great for photo journals, event recaps, portfolios, catalogs..etc) and 
  ♥ Video (great for creating animated stories, presentations, lessons and many more).
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Math Worksheets Land - Tons of Printable Maths Worksheets For All Grade Levels

Math Worksheets Land - Tons of Printable Maths Worksheets For All Grade Levels | technologies |
The largest and most comprehensive K-12 math worksheets site aligned directly to the core curriculum.
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Math Worksheet Land provides a wide range of maths worksheets created by a dedicated team of sixteen maths teachers. 
 There are over 61,000 practice worksheets and lessons spanning nearly 50 different maths topics from addition to vectors. 
 Members can browse worksheets by... 
► grade level (preschool to high school) or 
► maths topics. 
NOTE: Math Worksheets Land’s materials are not free and only active members are granted copyright access for unlimited printing. 
Their materials cannot... 
► be used for commercial purposes 
► be shared with non-members or students of non-members. There is a section in the site for maths tests and topi/skill based quizzes for members to download and use with their learners.
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Open Library :creating a webpage for every book written

Open Library :creating a webpage for every book written | technologies |
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OpenLibrary’s main goal is to create a webpage for every book ever written. 
 That in itself makes this a hugely valuable resource, but what really makes it stand out is its eBook library. 
 At the time of posting this, it offers more than 1,000,000 free eBooks that can be “borrowed” in either PDF, ePub, or online form.
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Google Computer Science Education

Google Computer Science Education | technologies |
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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Math is Fun - Maths Resources

Math is Fun - Maths Resources | technologies |

Math explained in easy language, plus puzzles, games, quizzes, worksheets and a forum. For Learners and teachers.

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Math is Fun is a free website that offers maths games, puzzles, and tutorials.
Well worth a closer look.
The resource that many learners will find useful is the illustrated mathematics dictionary; found at
The Math is Fun dictionary offers more than 700 definitions of mathematics terms. 
All of the definitions include an illustration. 
Nearly 200 of the definitions include an animation. Some of the animations are interactive tutorials.
For some learners, one of the obstacles to understanding how to solve maths problems is understanding the vocabulary used in the problem. Once they understand the meaning of terms they have an easier time understanding and solving the problems. This glossary of terms could helps learners get to the heart of a mathematics problem.
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The Teacher Toolkit

The Teacher Toolkit | technologies |
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TheTeacherToolkit hosts a range of engaging techniques for effective teaching. 
I think it's fair to say that it targets Learners on Educator Certification courses, the USA's equivalent of Initial Teacher Training. 
The practitioners and learners seen on this website are from the Central Texas area and are all successful graduates of their program. 
For every tool on the website, visitors will find... 
 ► An explanation of how and when to use it 
 ► A template they can use to implement the tool 
 ► A place to take notes about how you use each tool (NOTE: this one is available if visitors register on the website) 
TheTeacherToolkit is also adding videos that will show visitors the strategies in action. 
Tool Categories include... 
 ► Classroom Management 
 ► Opening Activities 
 ► Checks for Understanding 
 ► Reading Strategies 
 ► Games 
 ► Closing Activities 
...and more. 
A should take a closer look website!
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Sideplayer™ -Watch YouTube While You use other on-line software or Browse The Web.

Sideplayer™ -Watch YouTube While You  use other on-line software or Browse The Web. | technologies |

Watch YouTube While You  use other on-line software or Browse The Web.

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Sideplayer is a floating player for YouTube videos. 
In other words, users can watch a YouTube video in a tiny, always-on-top side window from any web page that they’re on. This particularly handy when they’re, for example, using a YouTube tutorial and don’t want to switch back and forth between their on-line notebook/software/etc., and YouTube, as they make notes/ practice/etc. 
Installing Sideplayer will add a Play in Sideplayer button beneath every video on YouTube. 
 Users click on this button if they wish to play any video in a popup window at the top right. 
Users can switch tabs, as the playing video will follow them remaining above the new tab. 
 1: Restart Chrome after installing Sideplayer.
 2: wait for the YouTube page to load completely before bringing up Sideplayer; if you don't, you might see an error message.
An extension to consider as learners, especially if using video tutorials, Flipped Learning and more
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Discovering Literature: 20th century. British Library's rare collections

Discovering Literature: 20th century. British Library's rare collections | technologies |
Explore the ways in which key 20th-century authors experimented with new forms and themes to capture the fast-changing world around them.
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British Library Digitizes over 300 Literary Treasures from 20th Century Authors: 
► Virginia Woolf,
► T.S. Eliot,
► James Joyce 
...& More 
Now anyone with a computer has access to a significant portion of the British Library’s rare collections, thanks to the British Library’s new on-line collection: “Discovering Literature: 20th Century." 
This on-line library offers a paradise for readers and also a heaven for scholars. 
 The collection also tucks in some wonderful artifacts from previous eras, such as...
► a collection of manuscript poems by John Keats, including the Odes and 
► Robert Burton’s encyclopedic 1628 study of depression, The Anatomy of Melancholy. 
Until now, these treasures could only be viewed in the British Library Reading Rooms or on display in exhibitions.
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Bookboon - On-line Textbooks for Free

Bookboon - On-line Textbooks for Free | technologies |

Download free eBooks and textbooks

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Bookboon offers more than 500 free etextbooks to high school and college learners. 
There are etextbooks available in ten core subject areas with additional subtopics with each subject area. 
The bulk of the etextbooks are focused on... 
 ► economics, 
 ► engineering, and 
 ► IT. 
Visitors to Bookboon can... 
 ► browse the title lists to find a book they want or 
 ► search Bookboon by keyword. 
Bookboon hosts books... 
 ► written in five languages. 
 ► that are all free to download. 
NOTE: Users have to provide an email address before they can download the books. 
Although Bookboon's books are, in the main, targeting university students, some of the books could be used with high/secondary school learners; practitioners can use excerpts to supplement other materials that they are already using in their learning environments.
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Asana: an easy way for "teams" to track their work

Asana: an easy way for "teams" to track their work | technologies |
It’s free to use, simple to get started, and powerful enough to run your entire business. Sign up for free today.
John Dalziel's insight:
Asana is an application to help learners and/or practitioners enhance their workflow and increase their productivity. 
Asana allows users to create... 
 ● tasks,
 ● to-dos, and
 ● reminders 
...and collaborate with others on 'projects' that matter to them. Users can... 
 ● add due dates,
 ● assignees,
 ● followers and
 ● details their tasks. 
They can also upload files and attachments to tasks and share visuals directly to Asana from other apps. 
Asana also provides users with a variety of organizational features to help them arrange their tasks into projects and keep track of what their team is doing. 
They can... 
 ● send notifications when tasks are completed,
 ● search across all of their projects to quickly find data they need,
 ● comment on tasks,
 ● use conversations to make announcements to their team,
 ● ask questions in a project 
 ...and more.
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British Library - Sounds Archive

British Library - Sounds Archive | technologies |
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The British Library’s “Sounds” Archive Presents 80,000 Free Audio Recordings including... 
 ♫ music, 
 ♫ drama and literature, 
 ♫ oral history, 
 ♫ wildlife 
♫ environmental sounds 
...and more
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FreeDocumentaries.Org - Watch Free On-line Documentary Films and Free Documentaries

Watch powerful documentary films for free. The Documentaries are fact checked by our community.
John Dalziel's insight: streams full-length documentary films free of charge, with no registration needed. 
For severalof the films available, they even offer the ability to watch trailers or to download the actual film.
The films are gathered by their researchers and they adhere to all copyright laws and honour the wishes of the producers.
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Google Spaces

Google Spaces | technologies |
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Google Spaces is a new platform (May 2016) on which users can create small communities in which they share links, notes, and pictures. 
 Google Spaces could be a good tool for collaboration, projects and more; ideal for building discussions around shared resources. 
The 'Google Spaces' Chrome extension also makes it easy to share links with people in their 'Course Spaces'. 
You can learn how to create a Google Spaces community by watching Richard Byrne's Video at ;
 Google Spaces also has the potential of hosting on-line discussions for learners.
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BioDigital: 3D Human Visualization Platform for Anatomy and Disease

BioDigital: 3D Human Visualization Platform for Anatomy and Disease | technologies |
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
John Dalziel's insight:
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, 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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Curiosity Makes You Smarter

Curiosity Makes You Smarter | technologies |
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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OneLook Reverse Dictionary

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“It’s on the tip of my tongue!” 
You know what the word is, but you just can’t remember it. OneLook Reverse Dictionary might help – type the concept or definition and it’ll throw back a list of possible words that match.
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