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Free Online Children's Storybooks | Story Time For Me

Free Online Children's Storybooks | Story Time For Me | technologies |
By making reading more interactive and animating the illustrations, "StoryTimeForMe" not only provides free books for young children, it puts reading up there with video games.
StoryTimeForMe encourages young children to pay more attention to reading, the free books are...
* made available and played as slow animations within a web browser. The animation of the books develops young children's interest;
* provide young readers with an interactive experience.
The text within each of the books is simple and highlighted while being read. The highlighting again develops young children's interest and encourages them to read the words that are displayed.
Through the controls located at the bottom of the page users can turn off the animation and the audio, highlight the narrated phrase, and manually turn pages of the book.
Clicking on individual words in the text results in them being read again and if underlined a pop-up image appears as well, to help understanding.
That's not all StoryTimeForMe has to offer; the books often contain socially relevant topics e.g. the books illustrate why children should not bully, why the environment should be cleaned, etc. Therefore StoryTimeForMe not only works to excite and engage children about reading, it also tries to teach them moral lessons.
Family Learning Practitioners, parents, guardians and carers will surely appreciate StoryTimeForMe
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ACLjohn's eMagazine - 2014: Issue 8

ACLjohn's eMagazine - 2014: Issue 8 | technologies |

Published 16th April 2014

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The second publication for April 2014

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Please Note: these eMagazines have been collated as part of my CPD (Continued Professional Development), for my personal use, when supporting Learning Providers, delivering presentations etc.; they may contain views that are my own and not those of my employer.

Catriona Moore's curator insight, February 11, 10:34 AM

Always a handy point of reference to find out what's new out there in the world of e-learning

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Studygeek: Free maths help online

Studygeek: Free maths help online | technologies |
Here you can find hundreds of free math lessons, answers and useful math solvers, which will help you with your math classes.
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Studygeek offers hundreds of free online mathematics tutorials.

The site features a combination of written tutorials and video tutorials sourced from the web.
Like similar sites, Studygeek organizes lessons according to subject and topic.
Studygeek targets high school and undergraduate mathematics learners.
Ideal for learners that need of a quick refresher or a little help when they get stuck on their course/homework.

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John Dalziel's latest podcast (April's 3rd) via - PodSnack

John Dalziel's latest podcast (April's 3rd) via - PodSnack | technologies |

Podcasts from John Dalziel - Learning before technology 

I know it's been said many times before, but I feel it's worth saying again.

Learning should always come before technology!

Find out more by listening to this podcast! 

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Latest Podcast- Learning before technology;- published 16th April 2014

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RSC Northwest's Post-16 TV April 2014's Loop

RSC Northwest's Post-16 TV on Livestream  - Watch live streaming Internet TV. 

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This month's loop, of 30 min 26 sec, includes an overview of events coming up in May, a video about the VLE - Evaluation Tool for Content, the planned Oldham TeachMeet, the CPD Forum & Livebinder,  the Equality & Diversity Livebinder, a chat/fairwell with Anita Holt via Skype and links to ACLjohn's Resources.

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Scrawlar: - web word processor & web whiteboard for learning providers; Create, collaborate and share.

Scrawlar: - web word processor & web whiteboard for learning providers; Create, collaborate and share. | technologies |
A web word processor and whiteboard for schools! Allow students to share, collaborate and edit on any computer, smart phone or tablet!
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Scrawlar – is a web word processor and whiteboard for learning providers/practitioners/learners and more.
   - Write,

   - edit,

   - collaborate,

   - save, and

   - share work on any tablet, phone, or computer.
No app, plugin, or installation required.
Practitioners add learners to their network.

Then those learners log in using the class code and their unique password.

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TwistedWave Online

TwistedWave Online | technologies |
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TwistedWave is a must have audio track creation and editing tool for learners and practitioners that using Chromebook. It's also good for those using other platforms.
The integration with Google Drive makes it easy for learners to save their works and share their recordings with their practitioners, and/or peers.
Users can create and edit spoken audio recordings from scratch.
Their completed tracks can then be exported to Google Drive and SoundCloud.
If users have existing audio tracks in their SoundCloud or Google Drive account they can also import them into TwistedWave and edit them.
TwistedWave's audio editing tools include options for...
   - fade-in,
   - fade-out,
   - looping,
   - sound normalization, and
   - pitch adjustments.
The editor also includes the typical track clipping tools that you would expect to see in an audio editing tool.
NOTE: Users will have to create a free TwistedWave account in order to create and or edit a track of more than thirty seconds in length.

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Homepage - ABPI - Resources for Schools

Homepage - ABPI - Resources for Schools | technologies |

Free teaching resources for primary and secondary schools. Supported by the UK pharmaceutical industry.

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The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry "Resources..." provides interactive content for a wide range of learner age groups.
Topics covered for the 16+ age group include...
   - Science
   - Applied science
   - Biology
   - Human biology
   - Chemistry
   - Biotechnology
   - Business studies
   - Health and social care
   - Physical education
   - PSHE/Citizenship studies
   - Religious studies
   - Science in society
For Practitioners there are high quality animations and diagrams that they can display full screen size on their interactive whiteboard, or even download for inclusion in lesson plans.
The information on Curriculum Links for each Interactive Content Topic is continually updated to keep abreast of ongoing curriculum changes in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
There is also a series of Useful Links to other websites supported by the pharmaceutical industry.

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WebSID; Chrome music experiment...

WebSID; Chrome music experiment... | technologies |
An homage to the Commodore 64's SID sounds running inside your WebKit browser
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For some practitioners, especially if they’re a child of the 80′s,WebSID will definitely bring back some memories.
The WebSID is a digital recreation of the iconic SID sound chip, as used in the Commodore 64.
It’s very simple and easy to use, with a straightforward interface, and can be played using a computer keyboard.
The on-screen keyboard also responds to touch if users are accessing it on a smartphone or tablet or iPad.
WebSID also comes with a built-in delay effect for more sound design possibilities.
WebSID is also available on the Chrome Web Store so practitioners, and/or their learners, can play the synth offline.
Note: It's been built using the WebAudio API, so only works in browsers that support HTML5 audio.

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Scooped by John Dalziel! - Make your own grid paper. - Make your own grid paper. | technologies |
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Gridzzly is a free on-line tool for designing...
   - lined,
   - grid, and
   - graph paper.
   - visit the site,
   - select the format for your paper (dots, lines, squares, or hexagons) then
   - choose the spacing for the paper and
   - print it (as a pdf?).
The rule at the top of the page indicates the spacing of the dots, lines, squares, or hexagons on the page being created.

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YouTube Help - YouTube

YouTube Help - YouTube | technologies |
Subscribe for tutorials, troubleshooting, and tips from the YouTube Help team. MOBILE MONDAY: Use YouTube on the go? Get tips and how-to's for YouTube on And...
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YouTube Help offers helpful playlists for learning tips and tricks about YouTube and the YouTube mobile apps.
The Tips and Tutorials 3 playlists are particularly useful and include the...
   - "Did You Know?" playlist that covers an assortment of search and editing tips;
   - Mobile Mondays which is dedicated to tips about the YouTube mobile apps; and
   - How-To's which is all about the editing options built into YouTube.

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Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) - Animals - Plants - Pictures & Information

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) - Animals - Plants - Pictures & Information | technologies |
The Encyclopedia of Life is an unprecedented effort to gather scientific knowledge about all animal and plant life where pictures, information, facts, and mo...
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What is EOL? - Information and pictures of all species known to science, it is an Encyclopedia of Life.
Knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth - of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria - is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere.
EOL's dream is to gather it all together and make it available to everyone – anywhere – at a moment’s notice.

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Mobento - Search and view educational videos

Mobento - Search and view educational videos | technologies |
Fully searchable videos.
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Mobento – provides a free to use library of some of the world’s best educational videos.
They scour the public web and work with the world’s best practitioners and learning providers to provide a one stop shop for video learning.
It’s a bit like a You Tube of education.
The library is comprehensive and high quality.
They are rigorous in only uploading high quality, fascinating videos from established academic learning providers.

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Aspire to Inspire

Aspire to Inspire | technologies |
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A must view resource for Equality & Diversity from NASA. Women in...

     - Science
     - Technology
     - Engineering and
     - Maths

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Clipix: Clip and organize everything related to courses being taken/delivered/etc.

Clipix: Clip and organize everything related to courses being taken/delivered/etc. | technologies |
Clipix helps you organize your life by giving you one central place where you can keep everything you see online and want to come back to. It's always free.
John Dalziel's insight:

Clipix will remind users of Pinterest or eduClipper in that they can "clip" images, videos, and links to save on digital clipboards.
Clipix however, also supports uploading files from a computer to Clipix clipboards.
Plus each of the clipboards that users create in their Clipix account can be kept private or made public. There is also a privately shared option that can be used for collaborating on clipboard creation.
Although Clipix's basic functions are very similar to other services, the user interface on Clipix feels less cluttered to me than that of some of its competitors.
Clipix also offers Android and iOS apps that will synchronize with a user online Clipix account.
Clipix could be ideal for learners who are looking for a tool to help them organize their research/resources/etc., by course.
Learners could create a different clipboard for each course that they are taking.

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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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Penzu | technologies |
Free personal journal and online diary.
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With a simple design and paper-like interface, Penzu is extremely intuitive and easy to use.
Keeping a daily diary with Penzu couldn't be easier. Users can write at any time from anywhere.
Reflective Journals help learners to "Get Smarter" - Keeping a journal or diary can not only boost learners' "working memory" but their grades too.
The act of writing can be extremely therapeutic, especially when writing about thoughts that they don't share with others.
Questions to consider daily could include...
   - What did I do today?
   - Did I have any strong feelings, good or bad, about my day?
   - What would I like to remember (or forget)?
   - Do I remember feeling this way before?
   - If my day could have gone better or worse, how might it have unfolded?

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Scooped by John Dalziel! - Publish a Beautiful Blog Post - Publish a Beautiful Blog Post | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight: enables learners to publish the work they create immediately.
All they need to do is...
   - create a personal URL,
   - insert the written work onto their personal page,
   - enrich it with tags and images,
   - change the theme of the page and
   - publish a beautiful post
...all in a matter of minutes.
The service is extremely fast and simple to use; it requires no setup and doesn’t store any personal information or email addresses.

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Short-term File Sharing — Torpedo

Short-term File Sharing — Torpedo | technologies |
Share files, passwords, and more with self-destructing private links. Torpedo is easy to use short-term file sharing.
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Share files, passwords, and more with self-destructing private links. Torpedo’s share links self-destruct as soon as your file is downloaded.

Drag any file to the menu bar. Choose 48 hours or one download. Torpedo will automatically copy a link to your clipboard that you can send to anyone you’d like. All they need is a web browser. Ideal for practitioners and/or learners.

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Wavosaur free audio editor with VST and ASIO support

Wavosaur free audio editor with VST and ASIO support | technologies |
WAVOSAUR is a free audio editor for Windows with VST plugins support.
The program is ASIO compatible, can do loop points edition, auto-trim, noise removal
John Dalziel's insight:

If practitioners/learners...
   - have little space on their PC; and/or
   - do not want to download audio editing software which takes up too much space;and/or
   - are not allowed to add audio editing software to their PC...
...then this could be perfect for them. Wavosaur is quite powerful despite its small size. Users can just download the 269KB file, unzip it and they are ready to go.
Wavosaur supports many different audio formats and offers many features such as trim, cut, copy, paste, remove noise from background, normalize the audio file, fade in and fade out and many other features which are perfect for educational use.
Note: an appropriate "lame" file will also be required if users wish to export recordings as mp3files.

Lame files are available at... ;

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Engineering for Change

Engineering for Change | technologies |
Engineering for Change connects a growing community of engineers, technologists, social scientists, NGOs, local governments and community advocates, who are dedicated to improving the quality of life all over the world.
John Dalziel's insight:

On the Engineering for Change website there's a regular live, interactive webcast permitting participants to learn and interrelate with others in engineering, rather than a conventional learning site with videos, courses and lessons. < >
By signing up they'll automatically receive an email link to the next event. They’ll also earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for every webinar they attend – allthey have to do is fill out and submit a PDH Form and e-mail a completed Webinar Evaluation Form (located on the individual webinar page) to eab-ceuadmin@IEEE.ORG. Their certificate request will then be completed within 5-7 business days.
A fresh topic is suggested each month.

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Nationally (UK) developed Skills for Life resources

Nationally (UK) developed Skills for Life resources | technologies |
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These resources were developed over the period 2001 to 2010, to support the national Skills for Life Strategy and other Skills for Life developments. The documents and other resources were held on the Readwriteplus website which has been closed for some time.
Some of the material was developed some time ago and will be of interest for research, however the teaching and learning materials (generic Skills for Life teaching and learning materials, embedded learning materials, Skilled for Health materials, interactive materials) and the assessment materials (ESOL initial assessment, diagnostic assessment) remain current.
These materials will be of interest to a wide range of teachers in all settings, including Skills for Life, functional skills and key skills teaching and learning. Vocational, employability and community teachers will find useful resources in the embedded learning materials. All materials are downloadable and free of charge.

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Incompetech: Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs

Incompetech: Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs | technologies |
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Every STEM learner, and/or practitioner, that I know needs graph paper.
If you're one of those people and find yourself running short on graph paper or you need a graph paper that is different from what's available, try Incompetech.
Incompetech offers more than forty different graph and lined paper templates. The offerings from Incompetech even includes sheet music ledger.

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UtellStory - Tell Stories, Share Topics, Make Impact

UtellStory - Tell Stories, Share Topics, Make Impact | technologies |
A multimedia storytelling and sharing community.
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UtellStory is a multimedia storytelling and sharing community where practitioners, and/or learners, can easily create and share stories with...
   - audio,
   - image,
   - video and
   - words.
Users don’t have to use all of these media together in one story but they can if its necessary.
A story can be as simple as one photo or can be a combination of multiple images, video, audio recording and background music.
The idea is to empower users to tell their stories, engage learners and make an impact.

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World Food Clock

World Food Clock | technologies |
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World Food Clock – is a constantly updating set of figures in real-time, showing various statistics such as the world’s food...
   - produced,
   - consumed, and
   - wasted.
Scrolling down, users will also see other stats such as...
   - agriculture resources, and
   - the number of starving people.
Note: the figures shown are based on report estimates from...

   - FAO (Food Wastage Footprint 2013 & State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013),

   - IMECHE (Global Food Report 2013) and

   - UNDP (Human Development Report 2006) -

...Clock values are averaged over seconds per year.

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Exposure - Create Beautiful Photo Narratives

Exposure - Create Beautiful Photo Narratives | technologies |
Exposure enables photographers to easily tell vibrant stories with their photos. Assemble a more complete narrative than you could with a feed or lonely photo on a permalink page.
John Dalziel's insight:

This is for photographers who want a more meaningful and effortless way to publish their work — in the context of a narrative, instead of a feed or single photo on a permalink page.
Exposure helps users tell a great story, while putting their photography front and centre.
Just Drag-and-drop to create photo sets laid out in creative grids that look good on all devices.

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Map of Life

Map of Life | technologies |
By bringing together all types of information about species distributions, providing model-based integration, and providing a system for users to build upon our knowledge, the Map of Life project hopes to support our community in understanding and saving the world's biodiversity.
John Dalziel's insight:

The Map of Life resource is ideal for learners studying ecology or biology.
This mapping project, sponsored in part by Yale and the University of Colorado, offers the option to see distribution of a species around the world.
select a species from the species menu and
placemarks for that species will be displayed on the map.
Map of Life also provides the option to see a distribution of animals closest to you. Just select "what lives near me."

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