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XYDiameter

XYDiameter | technologies | Scoop.it

Here is another useful tool for web designers.

 

Ideal for those who have a need to measure the angle or size of a picture or diagram on a computer screen.

 

As designers will realise, using a physical ruler won’t return the size in pixels and finding an angle by holding up a protractor is just silly.

 

For these tasks, XYDiameter is ideal for measuring...
- the width, height and diagonal edges of a rectangle,
- a circle’s radius and diameter and
- the angles and size of a triangle’s sides.

 

The XYDiameter tool displays the readings in a clean and easy to read interface and best of all it's FREE.

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Issue: 3 of ACLjohn's eMagazine, January 2015, is now available

Issue: 3 of ACLjohn's eMagazine, January 2015, is now available | technologies | Scoop.it

Published 31st January 2015; my 3rd eMagazine with curations, creations and more...

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The first  publication for February 2015 - Please feel free to share with anyone. 

Please Note: this eMagazines has changed, reflecting my "state of retirement" and, as always, contains views that are my own.

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

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Acclaim

Acclaim | technologies | Scoop.it
Acclaim facilitates constructive, educational discussions and feedback around video content.
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Acclaim is a web presence for practitioners facilitating discussion around video content.
It allows learners and practitioners to share questions, notes, and feedback by inserting time-specific comments that link to moments in each video.
Each comment is clickable, and once clicked, the video will jump to the specific moment that is being discussed.
Learners can see and respond to comments from their practitioner and peers at any time.
Users add videos to Acclaim in one of three different ways:
   - By embedding YouTube or Vimeo clips;
   - By uploading video files stored on a hard drive or mobile device; and/or
   - By using the built-in webcam feature to create and upload a video in real time.
Acclaim promotes learner engagement by encouraging discussion in a responsive and asynchronous format.
Using Acclaim as part of a flipped learning model, practitioners could...

   - assign video content for viewing as homework, and ask learners to share their thoughts and insights in the form of discussions with fellow classmates.
OR
   - in performance based-courses, such as dance, public speaking, and trial law, learners may record themselves using the webcam feature, and receive precise feedback from their practitioners and peers about areas of excellence, as well as points for improvement.
Acclaim hones critical thinking, listening, analytical and observational skills.
Acclaim also has built in privacy management, which can be reassuring to learners with anxiety about their performance or concerns about public critique.
Users can create secure folders based around course units and assignments, then grant access to specific learners or peers on a limited basis.
Visit this link to find out more, and/or request Instructor Access.

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Thinkific: Sell on-line courses on your own site

Thinkific: Sell on-line courses on your own site | technologies | Scoop.it
Create and sell online courses on your own site under your own brand. Thinkific is an online course hosting platform that allows you to create your own online academy.
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Want to build your own on-line education business and to get paid for being a great teacher?
Well Thinkific helps learning providers, and/or individual practitioners, to teach and sell their own on-line courses, on their own website.
They do this by creating technology to provide online learning experiences, both for the practitioner and their potential learners.
Thinkific takes away the pains of running an on-line teaching business, so practitioners can focus on what they do best: teaching great courses.

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Woodberry Poetry Room

Woodberry Poetry Room | technologies | Scoop.it
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Stream Classic Poetry Readings from Harvard’s Rich Audio Archive: From W.H. Auden to Dylan Thomas
Founded in 1931, the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University features (among other things) 6,000 recordings of poetry from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Here learners can find some of the earliest recordings of...
   - W. H. Auden,
   - Elizabeth Bishop,
   - T. S. Eliot,
   - Denise Levertov,
   - Robert Lowell,
   - Anais Nin,
   - Ezra Pound,
   - Robert Penn Warren,
   - Tennessee Williams
...and many others.
In the “Listening Booth,” a section of the Poetry Room website, visitors can listen to recordings of classic readings by nearly 200 authors

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What the World Eats

What the World Eats | technologies | Scoop.it
Daily diets vary considerably around the world.
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What the World Eats provides a "Comparison of Diets" of people around the world;
Infographics that can be used in health education, social studies education and more.
What the World Eats features a pie chart of six categories of food...
   - sugars & fats,
   - produce,
   - meat,
   - dairy & eggs,
   - grain, and
   - other.
By clicking on the pie chart...
   - users can see what percentage of the average person's diet is comprised of foods from each category.
   - users will be shown a comparison of diets across countries. e.g. they can compare the diets of people in China with those of people in the U.K.

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SolveMe Mobiles

SolveMe Mobiles | technologies | Scoop.it
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The premise, of the SolveMe Mobiles Math Puzzles, is fairly simple.
Learners/users are given a mobile that has beams balanced under a number.
They need to use their deduction skills to determine what the values of the different shapes are.
The more you answer, the harder they get.
There are 164 SolveMe puzzles and then even more available through the community.
For learners who need to be challenged even more, they can create their own puzzles to post in the SolveMe community.
The best thing is that SolveMe Mobiles is completely free and you don't need to create an account unless you want to track your progress.
It can be quite addictive.

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NASA

Here's a collection of NASA sounds from historic spaceflights and current missions. You can hear the roar of a space shuttle launch or Neil Armstrong's "One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for

John Dalziel's insight:

NASA's SoundCloud channel could be a good place, for practitioners, to find audio to support lessons on the development and evolution of the space program.
The recordings are in the public domain so both practitioners and their learners can download the recordings to re-use in media productions about space.
On NASA's SoundCloud channel visitors will find audio from...
   - Apollo,
   - Mercury, and
   - Discovery missions.
They'll also find audio of rocket sounds and space sounds.

The NASA Sounds web site also features a larger number of downloadable mp3s and they can be accessed at...
http://www.nasa.gov/connect/sounds/#.VMZhYf6sXaD ;

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Haiku Deck - Presentation Software that Inspires

Haiku Deck - Presentation Software that Inspires | technologies | Scoop.it
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Haiku Deck is free! It includes access to over 35 million free images and six free themes; additional themes as well as premium images from Getty Images are available for purchase on the iPad. Over time they will continue to add optional premium features, but the core functionality, they state, will remain free.
Slides created using Haiku Deck focus on imagery and graphics, with a few words per-slide, but users are free to customize their slideshows so they work best for the story they're trying to tell. To get a quick feel for how presentations might look, if you used the service, take a look at some of the examples in Haiku Deck's featured presentation gallery.
Users are free to upload and use their own images as well, or import them from sites like...
   - Instagram,
   - Flickr,
   - Dropbox,
   - Google+
   - Photos,
...and more.
Haiku Deck also has chart and graph building tools built-in so users can display their data.
Users, of Haiku Deck, have the choice to make their slideshow...
   - private,
   - public, or
   - restricted to a few people.

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Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover

Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover | technologies | Scoop.it
Get Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Once you’ve taken a selfie, do you feel it would be nice to...
   - get rid of the pimples,
   - remove the second chin, and the third eye… and
   - change the the hair colour. If you have any!
Yes to any of the above and this is why Perfect365 belongs on your phone.
Once you have snapped your selfie, you can run the picture through Perfect365 and get a “magazine-worthy digital makeover” (their words not mine).

If you have an Android, rather than an iPhone view at...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcsoft.perfect365&hl=en ;

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Publish a textbook with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Publish a textbook with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing | technologies | Scoop.it
Authors can prepare, publish and promote textbooks and other educational content in Kindle Stores for free, reaching millions of readers worldwide.
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Prepare, publish and promote textbooks and educational content in Kindle Stores, and reach millions of learners worldwide.
Amazon’s new Kindle Textbook Creator Beta helps practitioners convert PDFs of their...
   - textbooks,
   - course notes,
   - study guides and
   - other educational content
...that includes complex visual information like...
   - charts,
   - graphs and
   - equations
...into Kindle books.
Books created through Kindle Textbook Creator take advantage of features that enhance a student’s learning experience such as
   - dictionary look-up,
   - notebook,
   - highlighting and
   - flashcards.
Plus, preview the resulting book across all supported devices.
Currently this tool is available in English only.

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Public Domain

Public Domain | technologies | Scoop.it
Download thousands of historic media files for your creative projects.Completely free & made available by Pond5.
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The Public Domain Project will soon become an important resource for educators, offering “thousands of historic media files for their creative projects, completely free and made available by Pond5.
Currently (Jan 2015) the Public Domain Project offers...
   - 9768 pieces of footage,
   - 2758 audio files,
   - 64,639 images, and
   - 121 3D models
...including
   - digital models of NASA tools and satellites,
   - Georges Méliès’ 1902 film, A Trip To The Moon,
   - speeches by political figures like Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King, Jr.,
   - recordings of performances from composers like Beethoven, and
   - a laid-back picture of President Obama playing pool.

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appear.in - Get videochat on your web presence

appear.in  - Get videochat on your web presence | technologies | Scoop.it
Ever wanted to have video communication on your web page, but couldn’t figure out how to set it up easily? The appear.in Developer API is just as easy to use as appear.in, just copy, paste and publish. Instant video chat on any web page.
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Get videochat on your web presence in 5 minutes with Appear In! Video conversations with up to 8 people for free - no login, no downloads. - Create a video room; - Share the link; - Appear together. Practitioners may have experienced an urgent need to talk to Learners over video. Maybe there’s something they want to show them, or maybe they don’t feel like audio is enough. Appear In is one solution. Practitioners can embed an Appear In room on any web presence with a couple of clicks and no coding. This allows them to start a video conversation in a room, directly on their site. Learners will see the room when they visit the site, and Learners who click “Enter room” will end up in the conversation. Users can of course choose which room they want to embed.
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SymbolWorld

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SymbolWorld is a website created by Widgit Software specifically for symbol users.

It has material for all ages and includes...

   - news,

   - personal contributions,

   - stories and

   - learning materials.
SymbolWorld is designed to be easy to navigate, with the option to personalise the layout and colours to suit any reader’s needs.

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Penguin Jump Maths Free

Penguin Jump Maths Free | technologies | Scoop.it
Get Penguin Jump Maths Free on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Penguin Jump Maths is an interactive maths drill game where learners navigate the penguin back to its home by jumping on ice-block with correct answer over it for each questions presented on the screen. Whoever reaches home first, wins the game.
Learners can choose from 5 games...
   - Addition,
   - Subtraction,
   - Multiplication,
   - Division and
   - Mixed
Difficulty of drill can be changed by...
   - selecting question range between 0 to 20 and/or
   - Turn negative answer on or off and
Users can...

   - Choose from 4 different penguin avatars
Note: The Scoreboard keeps track of best time and ranking for each game type which can be saved as an image.
Users play against 3 opponent computer players.

Good practice for all levels of maths especially Functional Maths.

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Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for young learners

Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for young learners | technologies | Scoop.it
Get Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for Kids on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

Imagistory is a creative storytelling app which uses wordless picture books.
The idea behind the wordless books is that youngsters get to be the storytellers, simply by using their imaginations to tell the story using the pictures, creating it as they go.
It's a new way for learners and parents/teachers to share a story together, ones which can be told a different way every time.
Imagistory helps...
   - foster creativity,
   - imagination and
   - to develop language and early literacy skills.
Youngsters are already natural storytellers, so help them discover this and unleash their storytelling potential!

Could also be used for ESOL, EFL, ESL and Modern Language learning.

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Versal

Versal | technologies | Scoop.it
One idea can launch a million more
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Versal is a service that learning providers can use to create online classes that are bit more robust than your average flipped lessons.
On Versal they can build online courses that incorporate...
   - text documents,
   - images,
   - videos,
   - maps,
   - slideshows,
...and more.
When users build a course in Versal they build it lesson-by-lesson in an easy-to-follow outline.
Google Docs, and Microsoft OneDrive users can embed content from their accounts into their Versal courses.

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Teachers Media Lite

Teachers Media Lite | technologies | Scoop.it
Teachers.TV free education video clips and resources, teacher training, CPD, professional development on everything from story starters to teaching phonics
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If practitioners want to develop their...
   - teaching,
   - professional and
   - interpersonal skills,
...then take a closer look at Teachers Media Lite.
It's free to access any time, anywhere, Teachers Media Lite provides quality videos and resources for those who aspires to improve in education at all levels.
Teachers Media content shares good practice with access to insightful ideas and expert advice to help improve learning environment performance.
Teachers Media Lite features resources to aid reflection and collaboration, enabling practitioners to take responsibility for their own professional development.

NOTE: For whole school subscriptions visit Teachers Media Plus at...
http://www.teachers-media.com/teachers-media-plus ;

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Desmos Classroom Activities

Desmos Classroom Activities | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

From the practitioner's perspective, I like Desmos activities because they are able to see their learners' progress as they go through the games and have a record of their activity.
If I were using them in my learning environment, I would probably have the "teacher's dashboard" on screen (or even projected) so that I (or everyone) can see who is making progress.
NOTE: Practitioners and learners don't HAVE to be in the same room all together. On-line practitioners can see multiple learners at the same time.
Overall, I think that Desmos is a tool that math practitioners should check out. I think their learners would enjoy them, too.

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Streema - Listen to Live Internet Radio - Global AM and FM Online Radio Stations

Streema - Listen to Live Internet Radio - Global AM and FM Online Radio Stations | technologies | Scoop.it
Streema is a free online radio tuner to discover, share, and listen to radio stations with your friends. Listen to more than 70,000 radio stations and watch more than 10,000 TV stations here at the Streema directory.
John Dalziel's insight:

When I was young there was no internet and my family and I used a wireless (radio) to listen to music and/or the news.
It was an amazing device but it had its limitations. We couldn’t decide the music we could listen to — it decided for you. And the radio decided what news was the most important. Yes, I know I can hear many thinking "How old are you!
Radio stations have thrived online, there are...
   - portable radio apps,
   - radio smartphone apps, and
   - sites which bring you radio from all over the world, bringing a bit of international flavour into your life.
Streema is a free online radio tuner to discover, share, and listen to radio stations.
Listen to more than 70,000 radio stations and watch more than 10,000 TV stations via the Streema directory.
When you have found the station you want, a pop-up window opens with the radio player.
Note: In some cases, users may need to download Silverlight to make the player work.

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reveal.js - The HTML Presentation Framework

reveal.js - The HTML Presentation Framework | technologies | Scoop.it
A framework for easily creating beautiful presentations using HTML
John Dalziel's insight:

Reveal.js and, its online editor companion, Slides.com, are perfect for those who like their presentation tools free, open-source, and either hosted on the web or hosted on their own GitHub repository.
Reveal.js is framework that lets users build robust slide decks and presentations using HTML or Markdown, right in their browser, so they don't have to download anything. (Ideal for Chromebooks)
The builder is robust and well put together, not to mention simple and easy to use.
It may seem like a developer's dream presentation tool, but you don't have to be one to make the most of it, or the online editor. It's easy to create...
   - animations,
   - transitions, and
   - graphs and charts
Reveal.js makes it easy to...
   - check out presentations on the go, on any device, or
   - embed presentations in a blog or web site so people can see them when they visit.
Similarly, users can just send a link out to people to view their presentation, or save a PDF of your entire slideshow so pass around that way.
There are also a many advanced features available too - users can
   - create presentations and keep them private,
   - present their deck offline,
   - control their presentation from a mobile device,
   - sync their work to Dropbox if they choose,
...and more.

You can take a look at the full list of features, most of which are free, at...
http://slides.com/features ;

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MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers

MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers | technologies | Scoop.it
Get MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

If you, or your learners, fancy something different, then why not make a caricature selfie?
Make a funny image of yourself, based on a photo you take with the MomentCam app, or one that you choose from your photographs.
The resulting images are all GIF images so prepare to see some of the resulting images dancing around.
It’s worth a few smiles at least.

If you have an Android look at...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.manboker.headportrait&hl=en

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My Study Life

My Study Life | technologies | Scoop.it
A free cross platform planner app for students, teachers and lecturers designed to make your study life easier to manage.
John Dalziel's insight:

MyStudyLife is a Learner Planner for All Platforms, which could provide an excellent service for learners if they get into the habit of using it to keep track of their assignments.
My Study Life allows learners to organise...
   - their classes,
   - tasks and exams
...and never forget a lecture or assignment again
When learners start using the app they...
   - have to enter their courses, then
   - start to enter tasks into each course.
Each task is assigned a due date.
The My Study Life homepage shows them the tasks that have due dates approaching.
Whether or not MyStudyLife will help learners will be determined by whether or not they get into the habit of using it.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention it's free.

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Voice Recognition

Voice Recognition | technologies | Scoop.it
Type with your voice. Dictation turns your Google Chrome into a speech recognition app.
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Voice Recognition (former Dictation) is one of the most popular speech recognition apps in the Chrome store.
The Voice Recognition app works right from a Chrome browser, making use of Google’s integrated API speech’ software to transcribe the users voice into textual words.
It can be used to type...
   - long documents,
   - emails and
   - essays
...without touching the keyboard.
Voice Recognition is integrated with the popular cloud storage tools: Google Drive and Dropbox.
This means users can easily save and export their transcribed text to their accounts on these platforms. They can also use email to share their text with others.
Voice Recognition uses Chrome's Local Storage to save the transcriptions and thus users will never lose their work.

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Whitney Museum of American Art: Collection

Whitney Museum of American Art: Collection | technologies | Scoop.it
The Whitney Museum of American Art. Explore works, exhibitions, and events online. Located in New York City.
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The Whitney Museum of American Art has overhauled its on-line database and expanded its on-line collection from a mere 700 works to around 21,000.
The digital reserve now includes...
   - Edward Hopper,
   - Mike Kelley,
   - Martin Wong,
   - Jackson Pollock,
   - Georgia O’Keeffe, and
   - Andy Warhol
...available for visitor browsing pleasure.

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SmileTemplates - Free PowerPoint Templates & Backgrounds

SmileTemplates - Free PowerPoint Templates & Backgrounds | technologies | Scoop.it
SmileTemplates.com - free PowerPoint templates and backgrounds. We have the best collection for PowerPoint presentations ready for download.
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Try something new with professional graphics and high-quality free PowerPoint templates from SmileTemplates.
Categories include...
   - Abstract
   - Business
   - Education
   - Finance
   - Food & Drink
   - Health & Recreation
   - Industry & Production
   - Legal
   - Medical
   - Military
   - Nature
   - People
   - Real Estate
   - Religion & Holidays
   - Science
   - Sports
   - Technology
   - Transportation
The PowerPoint templates provided are easy to use.
Just select a free or an inexpensive design of your choice, and you'll be guided through the easy process of downloading and saving it to your computer.

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ulalala szykuje nam się darwmowy powerpoint nowej firmy ktora wproawdza swoj produkt... sweet!

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Browsershots - Check Browser Compatibility, Cross Platform Browser Test

Browsershots - Check Browser Compatibility, Cross Platform Browser Test | technologies | Scoop.it
Check Browser Compatibility, Cross Platform Browser Test
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Browsershots is an open source tool that allows users to perform browser compatibility tests and browsers right from their own browser without any hassle.
Alongside that, Browsershots comes with added features in the form of...

   - a web design gallery and

   - an icon search engine

...that is very easy to use and quite spectacular as well!

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