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Facebook Help Center | Facebook

Facebook Help Center | Facebook | technologies | Scoop.it
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.

 

Facebook has announced a redesign for its Help Center.

 

The new Help Center is designed to “get users the information they need in just a few clicks”, and is even personalised according to things users may need help with.

 

Six new major topics are provided to help start browsing; these include...

- a “See what’s new on Facebook” category, where you can read about Facebook’s newest features.

 

Scroll further down, and users will find a list of “Top Questions”.

 

On the left of the webpage users will find the new simplified navigation interface, where they can start searching for any issues if the six major topics don't fit.

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Issue: 17 of ACLjohn's eMagazine, October 2014, is now available

Issue: 17 of ACLjohn's eMagazine, October 2014, is now available | technologies | Scoop.it

Published 1st October 2014; my 4th eMagazine since retiring.

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The first publication for October 2014 - Please feel free to share with anyone. 

Please Note: this is the fourth eMagazines created since retirement. It contain views that are my own and some previous elements have been removed and others added.

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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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Office Timeline

Office Timeline | technologies | Scoop.it
Easily create a beautiful timeline or Gantt chart for important presentations using this free, award winning timeline maker.
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Office Timeline enables practitioners to quickly create professional project/assignment visuals that impress learners, colleagues, and managers.
Office Timeline is the only Gantt chart and timeline maker software built for Knowledge Workers, right inside Microsoft PowerPoint.
It enables users to easily produces elegant Gantt charts and timelines that currently, as far as I'm aware, no other application can match.

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Airtable

Airtable | technologies | Scoop.it
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Managers, practitioners, learners, and others, STOP using spreadsheets as a database.
Airtable provides an alternative that is as fast and easy as editing a spreadsheet.
But only Airtable is backed by the power of a full database, giving users rich features far beyond what any spreadsheet can offer.
Plus with Airtable, users get seamless access from anywhere.

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CK-12 Foundation

CK-12 Foundation | technologies | Scoop.it
CK-12 Foundation provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts from arithmetic to history
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CK-12 is a great platform that provides high quality curated STEM content for both practitioners and learners.
Its library has over 5000 math and science materials ideal to use in learning environments.
CK-12 has now launched a new wonderful resource for physics practitioners.
"Physics Interactive Simulations" features a plethora of free online simulations to help learners understand different physics concepts.
NOTE: This service is still in beta but there are already more than 60 simulations embedded there.
Practitioners should browse through the different collections and see what you can pick up for their Learners.

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Freepik

Freepik | technologies | Scoop.it
Download thousands of FREE vectors, stock photos, HD photos and PSD
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Created originally for graphic and web designers, Freepik’s image collection revolves around...
   - vectors,
   - icons and
   - illustrations.
These graphic designs and often modern artwork can be used directly by learners, but they are also an excellent source of inspiration for learners if they are creating their own digital pieces.

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PALETTE.TOWN

PALETTE.TOWN | technologies | Scoop.it
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Palette Town is a website in which users can find out all of the colours of a picture, simply by dragging and dropping that picture onto the page.
They can also choose whether or not they want...
the HEX code, or
the RGB code
...for the colours.
When the picture is dropped on the page, the palette opens, with all the colours. Just click one to get the code.
One for designers from many fields of study.

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DreamBox Learning - Teacher Tools

DreamBox Learning - Teacher Tools | technologies | Scoop.it

Free DreamBox K-8 math virtual manipulatives to use with any whiteboard bring math to life for students in large-or-small group instructional settings.

John Dalziel's insight:

Dreambox Learning provides some excellent "Teacher Tools" (manipulatives) for visual/kinesthetic learners in Mathematics.
Ideal, in many cases, for use on Interactive White Boards, Chromecasts etc.
Also have potential for use within a "Flipped Learning" setup.

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Dimensions

Dimensions | technologies | Scoop.it
A tool for designers to measure screen dimensions
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Dimensions is a Chrome extension, providing a tool for designers to measure screen dimensions.
It enables users to measure between the following elements...
   -  images,
   -  input-fields,
   -  buttons,
   -  videos,
   -  gifs,
   -  text,
   -  icons.
Users can measure everything they see in the browser.
They can also set a keyboard shortcut in the Extension Settings to quickly enable and disable Dimensions.

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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 | Scoop.it
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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New Old Stock

New Old Stock | technologies | Scoop.it
Vintage photos from the public archives Free of known copyright restrictions.
John Dalziel's insight:

New Old Stock provides “vintage photos from the public archives” and promises that no known copyright restrictions exist on them.
Visitors can find photographs from times past at New Old Stock.
Note: A pain but, visitors can’t browse images by theme, topic or any other categories.
If however, you’re looking for some incredible vintage photography, this is one must visit place.

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Revs Digital Library

Revs Digital Library | technologies | Scoop.it
The Stanford University Revs Digital Library provides a web based platform for discovery of automotive research and images, connecting the past, prevent and future of the automobile.
John Dalziel's insight:

178,000 Images Documenting the History of the Car is now available on a "New Stanford Web Site".
The Revs Digital Library is built on top of the Stanford Digital Repository to provide a web based platform for discovery of automotive research and images.
By digitising materials and making them discoverable, content that was once available to a select few becomes useful and discoverable for a wide range of researchers.

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Storyboard That: A FREE Online Storyboard Creator

Storyboard That: A FREE Online Storyboard Creator | technologies | Scoop.it
Looking for an amazing, fun, free, and easy to use online storyboard creator? See why students, screenwriters, and businesses love Storyboard That.
John Dalziel's insight:

Storyboard That is an on-line service that provides templates in which practitioners, and/or learners, can create their stories in a comic strip style.
Storyboard That provides...
   -  dozens of scenes,
   -  characters, and
   -  text bubbles
...to fill users' storyboard's frames.
Each element that's dragged into a storyboard frame can be...
   -  re-sized,
   -  rotated, and
   -  re-positioned.
The completed storyboard can be saved as...
   -  a comic strip,
   -  a set of images (one image for each frame), or
   -  a set of PowerPoint slides.
In the teachers' resources section there are lesson plans for teaching language arts through comic creation.
NOTE: the free version allows only 2 creations per week, only 3 and 6 cell comic strips and the Powerpoint and High Resolution exports are watermarked.

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Mi sembra di averlo già segnalato, ma meglio abbondare comunque.

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Photogrammar

Photogrammar | technologies | Scoop.it
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An archive of 170,000 Photographs, Documenting the "Great Depression", has been launched by Yale.
The Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) hired photographers, during the Great Depression, to travel across America to document the poverty that gripped the nation, hoping to build support for New Deal programs being championed by F.D.R.’s administration.
Now Yale University has launched Photogrammar, a sophisticated web-based platform for...
   -  organizing,
   -  searching (by photographer), and
   -  visualizing
...these 170,000 historic photographs.
Photogrammar also offers a handy interactive map that lets users gather geographical information about 90,000 of the photographs in the collection.

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Planet Nutshell - Education Library

Planet Nutshell - Education Library | technologies | Scoop.it
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Explore Planet Nutshell's Teacher Library for Educational Videos
Planet Nutshell have produced videos on...
   - Internet Safety,

   - Financial Aid,

   - Climate Science,

   - Health,

   - Mathematics, and

   - Physics.
NOTE: Target Audience is USA so Financial Aid uses US Dollars not £s
All of the education videos are available in one section of the site labelled Teacher Library.

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Freeplay Music

Freeplay Music | technologies | Scoop.it
15,000 SONGS, FREE MUSIC FOR YOUTUBE AND MORE. THE SOUND OF YOUR NEXT PROJECT STARTS HERE.
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Freeplay Music hosts more than 15,000 music files that practitioners and/or learners can download to use within multimedia projects.
The Freeplay Music education license allows learners and practitioners to use the music, for free, within the confines of the learning provider.
Publishing those projects on YouTube requires a slightly different though still free license.

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Awareness

Awareness | technologies | Scoop.it
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Awareness is a ‘personal assistant’ that helps both practitioners and their learners to be aware of the time they spent on the computer.
Are we all aware that...
   - computers, smartphones and tablets now play an essential part in our daily lives;
   - watching a screen for long hours, we might suffer some ill effects such as eye-strain, blur vision and headache and
   - over-staring at a screen can even cause users to experience sleep disorders?
By using Awareness, an on-line app that can help reduce digital eye fatigue and strain, every continuous hour practitioners and their learners spent on computer, will trigger the software to play a Tibetan singing bowl.
In addition to that, Awareness will also show the amount of time being spent on the computer, without a break, in the menu bar.
Note: the software will never force users to stop using the computer.
Awareness is available for both Windows and OS X

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PitchGrub | How To Write The Best Startup Elevator Pitch

PitchGrub | How To Write The Best Startup Elevator Pitch | technologies | Scoop.it
PitchGrub provides a startup elevator pitch template to help entrepreneurs write the perfect pitch.
John Dalziel's insight:

Anyone starting a new business should be able to rattle out a quick concise summary of what the business is all about.
This could be for the benefit of investors or anyone simply curious.
PitchGrub helps users compile a pitch by asking them the questions which are the most important to a new business, and the pitch will be compiled from their answers.

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7 Sticky Notes - Fun, interactive, powerful and cool Sticky Notes for your Desktop!

7 Sticky Notes - Fun, interactive, powerful and cool Sticky Notes for your Desktop! | technologies | Scoop.it
7 Sticky Notes is a 100% free desktop notes software that creates Sticky Notes directly on your Desktop! It has a great good-looking realistic sticky note appearance with great features, and it is at the same time simple to use, reliable, and light!
John Dalziel's insight:

Post-its on the desktop or Start Screen can be extremely helpful for remembering small but important amounts of information.
Many practitioners and/or learners will prefer to stop cluttering up their desk and go digital.
7 Sticky Notes is an ideal option, for those either running Windows 7 still, or if they’re on Windows 8 but prefer the desktop over the Start Screen.
7 Sticky Notes offers plenty of options for formatting notes and the text within them.
After the installation...
   -  an icon appears in the notification tray (the area in the bottom right corner of your desktop).
   -  Right-clicking the icon provides the option to open a new note.
When a new note is opened, the Note Configuration Window will appear beside it allowing users to change...
   -  the colour of the note,
   -  the font,
   -  font size,
   -  font colour
...and more.
There’s also an option to set alarms.

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MAPfrappe - Move Outlines

MAPfrappe - Move Outlines | technologies | Scoop.it
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Countries have so many different shapes and sizes, so it can be hard to appreciate the true size of a country unless it is placed over another location. MAPfrappe is a Google Maps mashup in which users are provided with two maps.
On one map they can then “sketch” the initial area they want to use in their comparrison.
They can then use the second map to place it (overlap) wherever they wish.
Practitioners, and/or learners may want to show others what they’ve done, and/or want to come back to it at a later time. If that's the case, a button is provided that generates a permanent URL associated with current outlines and map views.
When users, and/or others, use the generated URL, they will return to the outlines and map that was created.

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Virtual Juicing Assistant

Virtual Juicing Assistant | technologies | Scoop.it
Juice, Drink, Live. Get healthy with Budget Direct’s Simply Smarter Juicing interactive
John Dalziel's insight:

Juicing Assistant is an interesting site where visitors can combine different fruits into a blender and it will make a "virtual juice" for them.
At the start, users are given the nutritional value of each fruit (to be fair they are not all fruits), and when the juice has been made, it will give them the nutritional numbers, as well as show them other juice recipes they may like.

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Air Pollution in World: Real-time Air Quality Index Visual Map

Air Pollution in World: Real-time Air Quality Index Visual Map | technologies | Scoop.it
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Air Pollution Visual Map – air pollution is a big problem across the world, and the level of pollution varies depending on where in the world you are. This “Visual Map” shows the pollution level in various locations around the globe. 

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Hover.css - A collection of CSS3 powered hover effects

Hover.css - A collection of CSS3 powered hover effects | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

Hover.css is a free CSS library to easily apply animation, within web-based resources, using the hover effect.
Users can apply the hover in call to actions, buttons, logos, images and much more.
The library comes with over 40 effects to choose from and they’re categorized according to the following...
   - 2D transforms,
   - border transitions,
   - shadow and glow transitions,
   - speech bubbles, and
   - page curls.
When dealing with the issue of trying to get a learners attention, hover is a great way to draw their attention to a link or button.

As I'm sure you're aware, hover normally works by changing the element colour or gradient state when users move their cursors over it. But, with a lot of features in CSS3, a lot of things can also be customised with the hover effect.

One of them is applying animation. And Hover.css can make it happen with ease.

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Unsplash

Unsplash | technologies | Scoop.it
Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos. 10 new photos every 10 days. Subscribe
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Unsplash is a free photo archive that prides itself on offering “do-whatever-you-want, hi-res images.”
According to their licensing information, the images on the site are not copyrighted, which means practitioners and/or learners have free rein over how they use them.
Unsplash’s subscription service provides 10 new images delivered straight to a subscribers' inbox every 10 days.
NOTE: It’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for on Unsplash.
Users can view images by month of submission, but there is no way to browse by topic or any other category.

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Home - Movie-Sheets.Com

Home - Movie-Sheets.Com | technologies | Scoop.it
movie-sheets.com has one of the largest collections of privately curated Movie Sheets available, in a wide variety of genres. ...
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When learners are researching a movie, Movie Sheets will help them find out more about the movie, such as...
   -  the plot,
   -  the actors in it,
   -  images,
   -  running time,
   -  ratings,
   -  release date,
...and more.
NOTE: Do click the "Legal" Tab and read the text carefully.

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Whats on the menu?

Whats on the menu? | technologies | Scoop.it
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The New York Public Library hosts an Archive of 17,000 menus.
A collection that could be a boon to researchers, as well as curious gourmands, foodies, and others.
It is also a resource that could be of use to design, catering, history and many other courses.
Be warned, it could make you feel very hungry and/or put you off food, depending on which menus you look at.

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ESL Fast - A free online English learning resource

ESL Fast - A free online English learning resource | technologies | Scoop.it
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Finding appropriate texts for ESL/EFL/ESOL/ELL/ etc., is a challenge for many practitioners. This website provides a range of texts to use with...
   -  Beginners and
   -  Intermediate
...ESL/EFL/ESOL/ELL/ etc., learners.
The Beginners resources include...
   -  Easy Conversations
   -  Super Easy Reading
   -  Easy Reading
   -  Children English: Start Reading
   -  English Level 1
   -  English Level 2 and
   -  English Level 3
The Intermediate resources include...
   -  Conversations
   -  Short Stories
   -  2 USA targeted resources and
   -  Sentence Structure Writing Practice.
I'm sure practitioners ESL/EFL/ESOL/ELL... practitioners will find these resources useful.

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