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officevideos - YouTube

officevideos - YouTube | technologies |
The official Microsoft Office channel for great video content on Office products and services.


Having posted a JiTT (Just in Time Tutorial) for OneNote via The FE Blog (News and views from the Microsoft UK Education Team) I've located the YouTube Office Videos Channel.


Great support resources for a "Flipped Classroom" approach to Teaching & Learning with Business, ICT, Functional Skills, and many more learners.

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using New and Emerging Technologies to enhance Learning Provider's "current Practice" - John is a retired eLearning Adviser, but keeping up to date, and all views are his own
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June 2015's 1st eMagazine - Issue #11 - is now available

June 2015's  1st eMagazine - Issue #11 - is now available | technologies |

Published 1st June 2015; curations, tools, how-tos, walks and more...

John Dalziel's insight:

As always I hope you find something of interest/use in the eMagazine - Please feel free to share with anyone. 

Please Note: this eMagazines contains views that are my own.

Catriona Moore's curator insight, February 11, 2014 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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Remind | Remind101 is now Remind

Remind | Remind101 is now Remind | technologies |
Remind (formerly Remind101) is a safe, free way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.
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Need to remind learners of assignments and exams?
Want to make learning environments more interactive?
Try Remind – this application has been a round for a while, but recently it added a few features like ‘Chat’ which make it a very robust tool.
Practitioners can create an account with their Google Account for free. Then they can either post the QR code or the "Class Code" (both provided by Remind) and learners, employers or any other stakeholders, with the code, can sign up.
Practitioners can then send SMS, emails or chat with their users.
Added to this they can attach documents or pdfs to share with their learners.
Ideal for on-line courses, this is the simplest tool I have seen that can make a huge impact!

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Get TeleStory on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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TeleStory takes users behind the scenes to create and broadcast their own...
   - TV show!
   - music video,
   - teleport to an alien planet,
   - film of a high-speed-chase, or
   - performance on a reality TV show
TeleStory provides a TV studio in learners' pockets. Here is how it works: They...
   - Pick a theme, then mix and match over 30 animated scenes to film their own story
   -  craft a script using the provided options (or write their own)
   - Dress up in 50 different digital costumes with face tracking
   - Perform and record their own show with animated settings and special effects
   - Broadcast their resulting video, by exporting it to the camera roll and then sharing their creation with peers and/or family and/or friends and/or tutor etc. around the world!

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 26, 9:32 AM

This could be fun for a creative class!

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FIO - Figure it Out

FIO - Figure it Out | technologies |
FIO - Figure it Out
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FIO lets users see the current time of locations around the world based on their choices.
As far as on-line courses are concerned, it works best for learners that need to collaborate remotely and across continents, and who may need help figuring out the timezones of their peers.
Also useful to practitioners to arrange face-to-face on-line skype/hangouts/etc., with learners, and/or learner groups.

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The Opera Platform

The Opera Platform | technologies |
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The Opera Platform
Lets Learners Watch First-Class Operas Free Online
Yes everyone can watch full-length performances anywhere with an internet connection.
The Opera Platform...
   - offers one “showcase opera” per month, viewable free, in full, with subtitles available in six different languages;
   - provides a host of supplementary materials, including documentary and historical materials that put the month’s featured opera in context;

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NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive

NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

National Geographic's Map Maker Interactive offers seven base maps on which learners can create custom map displays.
After choosing a base map learners can then choose layers to add on top of the map.
Map Maker Interactive provides a drawing tool and marker icons that can be added to any of the maps.
Learners can also measure distances on Mapmaker Interactive by selecting the polygon drawing tool on the left side of the map.
As learners draw lines the distances appear on the map.
NOTE: National Geographic's Map Maker Interactive maps cannot be embedded into other sites. But they can can be downloaded, printed, and/or learners can share links to them.

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Pictaculous - A Color Palette Generator (courtesy of MailChimp)

Pictaculous - A Color Palette Generator (courtesy of MailChimp) | technologies |

Generate a colour palette from PNG, JPG or GIF image/photo. Receive colour suggestions, download Photoshop swatches (.ACO)

John Dalziel's insight:

This Colour pallet generator lets learners, and/or practitioners, upload an image to the website where the application will pick out the key colour details in the photo or picture.
This is a really great tool if you have a specific piece of art work or an item which you would love to use, for example, as a basis for a room design.

   - take a picture of it and
   - upload to the Pictaculous website create a simple pallet to use in the design.

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ProjectWriter - learners can collaboratively write reports

ProjectWriter - learners can collaboratively write reports | technologies |
ProjectWriter - Conduct group nonfiction writing projects centered around Social Studies/History, Science, or Technical Subjects
John Dalziel's insight:

ProjectWriter is a service through which learners can collaboratively write reports while using vocabulary terms and dates that practitioners have assigned to them.
The benefit of using ProjectWriter for this process is that practitioners get to see each learner's contributions to the project in the 'teacher' dashboard.
They can also give feedback to learners...
   - individually or
   - to the whole group.
Check out ProjectWriter, for ideas about using it within education

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200 Free Documentaries Online

200 Free Documentaries Online | technologies |

Watch over 200 free documentaries online. The documentaries cover everything from music and cinema, to literature, religion, politics and physics. They're thought-provoking, eye-opening, and enlightening. For more great films, please visit our complete collection, .
John Dalziel's insight:

Looking for some interesting free documentaries to use with your learners and/or use for your own professional and intellectual growth?
This list, from Open Culture, is an excellent starting point.
It features around 200 free documentaries spanning a wide range of topics from history to arts and science.
All of the documentaries are provided with a short description about their content together with a link to the page where you can watch them and read more about the contextual information surrounding the topic they cover.
It takes some time to sift through the entire list but I'm fairly sure practitioners will come out with some good documentaries to share with their learners.

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Spruce - create text over images

Spruce - create text over images | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Spruce is really simple.
It’s text on a background, in essence, but enables users to make great looking social media images in seconds.
Spruce also provides the additional option... to search from a bank of millions of images, so users have more background options readily available than with similar tools.

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Pear Deck

Pear Deck | technologies |

With Pear Deck, bring interactive, engaging slide presentations to your classroom. Real-time formative assessments and discussions enhance understanding and empower your students’ learning process.

John Dalziel's insight:

Pear Deck...
   - enables practitioners to take a PowerPoint, Google Presentation, or PDF and incorporate various learner activities to check for understanding and engagement.
   - is free for learners and practitioners (there is also a higher end, paid premium model);
   - fully integrates with Google Apps for Education.
   - sign up/in to a Pear Deck account,
   - create a new interactive lesson by selecting “New Deck.”
   - create a slideshow from scratch or import a PowerPoint, Google Presentation, or PDF.
Then go through and edit the slides incorporating...
   - free response (text),
   - free response (number), and
   - multiple choice questions
...within the slide.
NOTE: If users have the premium option (they offer a free 30 day trial) users can also use draggable features as well as freehand drawing for learners to demonstrate understanding, such as crafting an image, indicating a point on a map, and more.
All of this allows practitioners to do a quick check for understanding and/or have learners engage with the material as it's presented.

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PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations

PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations | technologies |
Free educational simulations covering a diverse topics designed by the University of Colorado available in various languages.
John Dalziel's insight:

PhET is a platform that offers free interactive simulations designed to assist learners in developing an informed understanding of a variety of phenomena covering...
   - science,
   - physics and
   - maths.
These simulations come to life via the use of...
   - graphics,
   - interactive controls,
   - sliders and
   - radio buttons.
Learners can easily manipulate the intuitive interface and even get animated feedback and responses as they navigate their way through the various simulations.
All of the simulations provided by PhET are...
   - free to use and
   - easily integrated within educational instruction.
NOTE: To be able to access them users need to make sure their browser runs Flash and Java because all of these interactive simulations are written in Java and Flash.

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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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Mind42 | technologies |
Free social and collaborative online mind mapping software. Mind mapping can be free, fast and simple. Features import/export, mind map publishing and live collaboration.
John Dalziel's insight:

Mind Mapping tools can be used for...
   - brainstorming,
   - organizing thoughts to write a paper or undertake a project,
   - creating unique presentations,
...and so much more.
When they can be collaboratively edited, they become that much more powerful!
Mind42 is both free and provides that kind of functionality.
You may find the Mind42 Tutorial (YouTube) worth a closer look - at...

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Google Tone

Google Tone | technologies |
Broadcast any URL to computers within earshot.
John Dalziel's insight:

Early Days as yet but, Google has launched a new experimental Chrome extension that lets users (e.g.practitioners) transmit the URL of a website to other nearby computers (Used within the learning environment) using nothing but sound.
To try the feature...
   - all computers must first have the Google Tone Chrome extension installed and
   - all computers must be within reasonable earshot of each other.
Then when the practitioner is on a webpage they’d like to share...
   - they hit the little Google Tone tab in their browser and they’ll hear a little succession of beeps — not too dissimilar to an old ZX Spectrum computer loading a game.
   - nearby machines receive a notification with the sender’s Google profile and picture embedded within the message, and
   - the learners can open the URL on their own PC.

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Classkick | technologies |
Give students more feedback than ever! Classkick is a magic whiteboard that
students work on and get help instantly from their teacher and peers.
John Dalziel's insight:

For learning environments that have iPads for every learner, Classkick could be a great tool not only for distributing assignments but also for providing individualized feedback to learners while they are working. The option, for practitioners, to record their voice, to create questions, could be a great aid to learners who struggle with reading but otherwise would be able to answer a question or explain a process to them.

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Doceri - The Interactive Whiteboard for iPad.

Doceri - The Interactive Whiteboard for iPad. | technologies |
Doceri is a scalable suite of products that allows a teacher or presenter to control a computer's desktop, to control audiovisual technology, and to annotate any presentation in real time with the Apple™ iPad™. Doceri is an intuitive interface that can replace interactive whiteboards and expensive AV touch panels.
John Dalziel's insight:

Doceri is a versatile app that lets practitioners, and/or learners, create, share, annotate and control presentations, and they can also record and share screen-casts.
At the time of curating this, the iPad version is free, and a Windows 8.1 version costs $4.99.
Trying to record voice narration while also recording or annotating a presentation can, for many, be challenging, and Doceri simplifies this process with a timeline-based editor that lets users capture a presentation first, then go back and add voice narration where appropriate. Users can also pause a recording as many times as they need.
Doceri also gives users many options for uploading or sharing screencasts; they can...
· share a screencast directly to YouTube or Facebook;
· send it privately as an e-mail attachment;
· save it to their camera roll;
· transfer it to their computer via iTunes;
· upload it to a LMS (learning management system) or Google Drive;
· incorporate it into iBooks Author; or
· import it into iMovie, Adobe Premiere or other video editing software.

Maria Sara de Lasa's curator insight, May 18, 8:00 AM

New IWB tools 

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HailPixel’s Colour tool

HailPixel’s Colour tool | technologies |
Color picker for data driven design
John Dalziel's insight:

HailPixel’s Colour tool is a handy web app that allows learners to explore unique colours by moving their mouse.
Just move...
   - Left or Right to change the Hue;
   - Up or Down to change the 'Lightness'; and
   - Scroll for Saturation.
Users can...
   - select colours by left-clicking,
   - obtain the selected colour's hex code and
   - repeat the process for more colours and combinations.
HailPixel’s Colour tool is deal for learner’s to choose colour combinations.

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Adobe Color CC

Adobe Color CC | technologies |

Create colour schemes with the colour wheel or browse thousands of colour combinations from the Colour community.

John Dalziel's insight:

Learners, and/or practitioners, can use this colour wheel to create a vast array of pallets from complementary and contrasting, shades and monochromatic or even their own custom look.
A great tool not just for finding the right tones but also to explore colours that visitors to the tool may not have thought to use.
Learners, and/or practitioners, can also create a pallet from an image with Adobe Colour Wheel.

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British Photography - Artists - the Hyman Collection

British Photography - Artists - the Hyman Collection | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Take a look at more than 3000 classic British Photographs, spanning the 19th Century to the present day.
Visitors can browse by...
   - artist; and
   - themed exhibitions, such as 'Childhood', 'Country Life' etc;
Visitors can also look up details including...
   - photo size;

   - the year the shot was taken; and

   - captions.
There is a lot to enjoy

Jean Daubas's curator insight, May 3, 3:42 AM

very interesting and pedagogical resources!

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National STEM Centre - teaching resources

National STEM Centre - teaching resources | technologies |
The National STEM Centre eLibrary enables you to search thousands of teaching resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
John Dalziel's insight:

This community resource area is open to everyone to add in their own resources and teaching materials.
It's hoped that this community resource area will grow, with many teachers, lecturers and technicians sharing their own tried-and-tested resources for others to use.
If you’ve created something you use in your learning environment that you’re proud of – why not share it? Or why not visit the collection and comment on other people’s resources?
Visit the National STEM Centre eLibrary to browse the resources already submitted by the teaching community, and/or to add your first resource.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 1, 8:59 AM

Whoa! This is a goldmine! 

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A Maths Dictionary for Kids 2015 by Jenny Eather

A Maths Dictionary for Kids 2015 by Jenny Eather | technologies |
Interactive, animated maths dictionary for kids with over 600 common math terms explained in simple language. Math glossary with math definitions, examples, math practice interactives, mathematics activities and math calculators. © Jenny Eather 2001-2015.
John Dalziel's insight:

Understanding the language of maths is a barrier for many.
A Maths Dictionary for Kids, may help some learners, it has been around for along time.
Every year it is updated with more great content and not just for kids.
The dictionary provides simple and clear definitions of math terms.
Each definition includes a small diagram or simple activity to illustrate the term's definition.
A Maths Dictionary for Kids does not have a search option, but it doesn't need one as all definitions appear alphabetically just like in a physical dictionary.
Nearly all of the content in the dictionary can be printed.

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Art History Books with full text online - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art History Books with full text online - The Metropolitan Museum of Art | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts 437 art history books on-line.
All of the books can be read on-line or downloaded as PDFs (warning, some of them are massive files).
Visitors, learners and/or practitioners, can search through the catalogue of books by...
   - thematic category,
   - format, and
   - publication type.
And, of course, they can search through the books by...
   - title,
   - author, and
   - keyword.

Isabel Torres Macchiavello's curator insight, April 28, 4:13 PM

Very good resources...

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Google Forms FINALLY Loves Math

Google Forms FINALLY Loves Math | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

I've posted about g(Math) < > for Google Forms before but, here is the good news...
     "g(Math) for Google Forms can now be used by learners to respond to questions that practitioners have added to Google Forms."
As users will be aware, g(Math) had previously only supported the creation of questions in Google Forms.
That, at the time, was a great feature as it allowed practitioners to easily insert graphs and equations into any Google Form.
BUT - this update allows learners to use the same Add-on to reply to questions.
Yes, g(Math) for Forms now...
   - allows learners to create graphs and equations while answering Google Forms questions.
   - includes an option for submitting handwritten responses.
John Stevens put together this post outlining, with screenshots, the steps to deploying g(Math) for Forms for learners.
You may also like to take a look at Richard Byrne's short video clip of the process at ;

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Hemingway | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Hemingway is a free tool designed to help learners analyse their writing.
   - offers a range of information about the passage they've written or copied and pasted into the site;
   - highlights the parts of their writing that use passive voice, adverbs, and overly complex sentences.
All of those factors are accounted for in generating a general readability score for their passage.
Note: A new beta version (you can opt-into it) includes tools for formatting text within the Hemingway editor.

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Word Map

Word Map | technologies |
This experiment brings together the power of Google Translate and the collective knowledge of Wikipedia to put into context the relationship between language and geographical space.
John Dalziel's insight:

This is for those studying languages.
   - Type in any word in any language, from Arabic to Zulu, then...
   - Click any of the links on the map to hear it spoken.
The map shows how words spread around the World, and what languages share the same spelling.
Clicking a word in a country tells users more about the language with a link to its Wikipedia page.
Note: it works best with simple words.

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