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The Ultimate Word Search Maker

Make amazing interactive word search puzzles that you can put right on your website for your learners to play and enjoy.

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WordSearch Maker is a great free tool to create wordsearches for learners.

This could be to help with spelling words or it could be for curriculum specific words based around a particular topic.

Once finished, simply share the URL of the wordsearch with them or use the embed tool to embed it into a website or blog.

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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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Issue: 21 of ACLjohn's eMagazine, December 2014, is now available

Issue: 21 of ACLjohn's eMagazine, December 2014, is now available | technologies | Scoop.it

Published 18th December 2014; my 8th eMagazine since retiring.

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The second  publication for December 2014 (and the last for 2014) - Please feel free to share with anyone. 

Please Note: this is the eighth eMagazines created since retirement. It contain views that are my own.

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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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Physics4Kids

Physics4Kids | technologies | Scoop.it
Site map for Physics4Kids.com with tutorial list for the classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, modern physics, light, and optics topics.
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Physics 4 Kids is an on-line portal of basic lessons covering different key concepts of physics.
Practitioners can use the resources to expand learners' knowledge of physics and to also initiate them to those physics concepts they are planning to teach them in the learning environment.
Physics 4 Kids...
   - provides learners with guided tours that they can use by themselves to learn about physics.
   - embeds visual aids and video tutorials to enhance learner understandings.
Physics 4 Kids includes...
   - motion and mechanics,
   - electricity and magnetism,
   - modern physics,
   - light and optics
...and many more.

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TubeChop - Chop YouTube Videos

TubeChop - Chop YouTube Videos | technologies | Scoop.it
TubeChop allows you to easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video and share it.
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TubeChop is a good way to just show a snippet of a longer film or eliminate parts that may not be suitable to your audience.
TubeChop couldn’t be easier. Head to YouTube to grab the URL for your video. At the TubeChop page, just paste the URL and determine the start and end point of the clip you want to show; TubeChop provides a unique URL for showing or sharing. Take that embed code over to your PowerPoint presentation. On the ribbon, find the “Insert” tab and choose video. Select “Video from Web Site” and past the TubeChop embed code. A dynamic content box is pasted on your slide, which you can resize and move as you like.

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Weavly - Easily create GIF and video mashups!

Weavly - Easily create GIF and video mashups! | technologies | Scoop.it
Weavly is an easy and fun tool for creating stunning GIF and video mashups online. Give it a try on weavly.com!
John Dalziel's insight:

Weavly EDU provides a "web tool" that learners can use to create "video mash-ups" and runs directly in their browser.
Mash-ups can include both audio and video clips taken from popular multimedia sites such as...
   - YouTube,
   - SoundCloud, and
   - Vine
...without leaving the Weavly page.

 

Note: learners don’t have to sign up they can get started right away and, practitioners can group and monitor learners' activity during video editing assignments.

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Story Starters

Story Starters | technologies | Scoop.it
Websites for Writers
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Two tools to engage learners
   - First there's Scribble is a word game for kids, adults, families, and learning environments. The goal is to create as many words as possible (in a given time perhaps) using the ten letters that are randomly generated.
Then there's either...

   - Story Starter which randomly generates 215,572,250,880 story starters which can be used as starters for short stories, novels, plays, scripts, or just for fun.

OR
   - Story Starter, Jr. whichprovides 171,600 story starters for younger learners. All three links can be accessed when you take a closer look

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Easy Accents - Google Docs add-on

Easy Accents - Google Docs add-on | technologies | Scoop.it
This Add-on allows users to easily insert accents for different languages directly from a sidebar in their Google Doc.
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Knowing the right keyboard shortcuts to type the accents and characters is one of the challenges that learners face when learning and trying to type in a new language.
Easy Accents is a Google Docs Add-on that can eliminate that challenge.
Easy Accents provides a virtual keyboard that enables learners to quickly insert the letters and accents found in...
   - French,

   - German,

   - Spanish,

   - Māori, and

   - Sámi.

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Miss B's Resources

Miss B's Resources | technologies | Scoop.it
Sharing good practise, ideas and resources within the teaching community. Focussing on supporting maths teachers and teachers looking to enhance numeracy across the curriculum.
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This is an on-line portal that is...
   - supporting practitioners especially maths and Functional Skills practitioners and those looking to enhance numeracy across the curriculum,
   - sharing good practice,
   - sharing ideas and
   - sharing resources
...within the education community.

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Animaps - Create and view beautifully informative animated maps, for free!

Animaps - Create and view beautifully informative animated maps, for free! | technologies | Scoop.it
Create and view beautifully informative animated maps, for free!
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Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting users create...
   - maps with markers that move,
   - images and text that pop up on cue, and
   - lines and shapes that change over time.
When users share their Animap with peers, and/or others, it appears like a video - they will be able to...
   - play,
   - pause,
   - slow and speed up the action!

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ajouter votre aperçu ...

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Mapmaker Interactive - National Geographic

Mapmaker Interactive - National Geographic | technologies | Scoop.it
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MapMaker Interactive is an online tool that can be used to introduce concepts of map creation to learners.
It's been redesigned to support interactive mapping on tablets. And new features have been added to help users view and customize maps.
Three New Features:
   - Saving Maps - Customize the map and save to make it your own.
   - Bookmarks - Bookmarks let you experience and create geographic stories. Scroll through the bookmarks in the bottom bookmarks bar. Save your own customized views of the map as bookmarks.
   - Drawing Tools - Add location markers, draw on the map, and measure distances. You can add notes to markers and drawings from the link settings in the edit panel. Click the edit button and then click a marker or drawing to see the edit panel.

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Sketchpad 3.6 - Draw, Create, Share!

Sketchpad 3.6 - Draw, Create, Share! | technologies | Scoop.it
Sketchpad; multi-touch, multi-user, non-destructive drawing application written in HTML5.
John Dalziel's insight:

If you, and/or learners, are currently creating posters or drawings the traditional way and you'd like to offer an electronic method, I'd recommend checking out Sketchpad from Sketch.io.
Sketchpad from Sketch.io is an easy, online sketchpad that lets learners draw and create within their browser without the need to make an account.
Initially it may appear to be like all kinds of other online sketching tools you've seen.
But, if you dig into it more, you'll discover lots of features that many others lack.
The gear tool, for example, is highly customizable so that the gear can be practically any shape you'd like.
The real stand outs for me are the blending types, such as darken and overlay, that really move it up a notch. Add in layer control and it's a really full feature tool!

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TinyTap - Turn Moments Into Games

TinyTap - Turn Moments Into Games | technologies | Scoop.it

TinyTap is the best way to create personalised learning activities and games for learners on the iPad iPhone and Android devices.
TinyTap allows practitioners, parents, learners of all ages to turn the moments they share together into personal games. Free on the App Store and Google Play.

John Dalziel's insight:

Interactivity is an important ingredient when involving learners in any learning process.
The TinyTap app...
   - provides a free way to start building that interactivity into lessons.
   - is a simple but immensely powerful concept where static images and photos can be combined with recorded audio and digital hotspots to create fully interactive games and lessons.

Try it out, it's FREE

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eduCanon: interactive video. unleashed.

eduCanon: interactive video. unleashed. | technologies | Scoop.it
Flipped and Blended Interactive Video Learning Platform
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eduCanon is an excellent service for...
   - creating,
   - assigning, and
   - tracking learners' progress
...on flipped lessons.
eduCanon allows practitioners to...
   - build flipped lessons using YouTube and Vimeo videos,
   - create questions about the videos, then
   - assign lessons to their learners.
Once practitioners have found a video through eduCanon they can add questions to it at any point along its timeline.

Learners need to answer these questions before they move on to the next portion of the chosen video.
Practitioners can track their learners' progress within eduCanon.

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Free Broken Link Checker / Online URL Validator - finds dead / bad weblinks

Free Broken Link Checker / Online URL Validator - finds dead / bad weblinks | technologies | Scoop.it
Free Broken Link Checker / Online HTML Validator - find dead hyperlinks
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A "must take a closer look" for web designers and learning providers.
Why?
Because Dead hyperlinks on websites are not just annoying – their existence may cause some real damage to your reputation on the Internet!
As a result, learning providers, and/or others, may:
   - Lose some of the user base (current users sooner or later will get frustrated enough to never come back)
   - Get problems with getting new learners/clients (because of the dead weblinks people simply won't be finding things/pages they are looking for).
   - Damage your reputation online (most of online customers consider stale hyperlinks as demonstration of no respect to them from the web presence's owners)
   - Have negative impact on your website's ratings with major Search Engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing etc

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what a great tool....

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Art and artists | Tate

Art and artists | Tate | technologies | Scoop.it
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A must for those on Art courses...

Britain’s Tate Modern, gets into the digital archive arena with around 70,000 digitized works of art in their on-line gallery.
A separate digital archive—the Tate’s Archives & Access project—offers up a trove of materials you’re unlikely to encounter much, if at all, in their physical spaces.
This collection digitizes little-seen “artists’ materials, including photographs, sketchbooks, diaries, letters and objects, documenting the lives and working processes of British born and émigré artists, from 1900 to the present.

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Bioman Biology: The Fun Place to Learn Biology!

Bioman Biology: The Fun Place to Learn Biology! | technologies | Scoop.it
Video computer games, virtual labs and activities for learning and reviewing biology content. Great for students and teachers.
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Bioman Biology provides dozens of educational games and virtual labs designed to help students learn about topics related to biology.
The games and virtual labs are organized into eight topics...
   - physiology,
   - cells,
   - ecology,
   - genetics,
   - classification,
   - life chemistry,
   - respiration, and
   - scientific methods.
NOTE: Most the games are Flash-based but a handful of them are available as free iPad apps.
Bioman Biology also offers practitioners an option to track their learners' game scores.

When learners complete a game they have the option to enter their practitioners email address and have their scores sent them. Learners don't need to have email addresses of their own in order to send scores.

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StoryCorps

StoryCorps | technologies | Scoop.it
Our mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.
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StoryCorps website, USA based, has a couple of good tools for learners, across the world, who are going to interview others.
They provide learners with excellent questions that they can use when interviewing people about their lives or about the lives' of others.
Learners can select their own questions from "The Great Questions Lists" and "The Great Questions Generator" will help them select the best questions for the person or people they're planning to interview.

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Free Online Textbooks, Flashcards, Practice, Real World Examples, Simulations | CK-12 Foundation

Free Online Textbooks, Flashcards, Practice, Real World Examples, Simulations | 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 practitioners and learners. Its library has over 5000 maths and science materials ideal to use within learning environments.
Flexbook, one of the features on the website, provides a wide variety of free textbooks, available in multiple formats including: PDF format, Kindle and Nook and iPad, for practitioners to use in their learning environments. It even allows practitioners to create their own Flexbooks using materials from other textbooks on the site.

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TryEngineering

TryEngineering | technologies | Scoop.it
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Try Engineering is a website that hosts lesson plans and games designed to get learners interested in engineering.
The 100+ lesson plans...
   - are arranged according age and engineering topic. T
   - can be downloaded as PDFs.
The games section...
   - features 36 on-line games.
   - covers a variety of topics including solar energy, space science, and bio-engineering.
   - also includes links to a dozen iPad apps that learners can use to learn about engineering and programming

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Preso.tv

Preso.tv | technologies | Scoop.it
The hassle-free way to broadcast retina-quality presentations on smartphones, tablets, and computers in real-time, anywhere in the world
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Through Preso.tv practitioners can broadcast their slides to the laptops and iPads of everyone in the learning environment with them.
To broadcast slides they must first upload them and Preso.tv will provide them with a link to share with their audience.

When learners use the Preso.tv link they will be able to follow the slides on their laptops or iPads.
Preso.tv...
   - could be a good way to keep learners on the same slide that's projecting.
   - provides a good way for learners to share with peers.
Another plus is the chat feature built into Preso.tv. Learners could use this to ask clarifying questions about each slide that they see.

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Rewordify - Understand what you read

Rewordify - Understand what you read | technologies | Scoop.it
Rewordify.com helps you read more, understand better, learn new words, and teach more effectively.
John Dalziel's insight:

Rewordify is an on-line tool that practitioners can use with their learners to help them read difficult passages.
Rewordify simplifies complex passages and render them reader-friendly.

Learners...
   - can paste in difficult sentences, paragraphs, or whole chapters and then click on "Rewordify text".
   - will then get a paraphrased version of their text with a simpler and easier vocabulary.The reworded words are highlighted which means that learners can click on them to hear and learn the origin harder words.
Rewordify also allows users to obtain a simplified version of any web page. Just paste in the URL of the webpage you want to read in the yellow box and hit 'Rewordify'.

To learn more about how Rewordify works, watch the video at...

https://www.youtube.com/embed/yURGZ960wWc

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nkwiry - a Social bookmarking site for learning providers

nkwiry - a Social bookmarking site for learning providers | technologies | Scoop.it
A social bookmarking site for schools. Allow students to explore, learn, gather & share resources with everyone in the class. No student sign up required! Easily share resources with anyone in the class!
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Nkwiry...
   - empowers learners to curate the web for the best content and gather web-links based on specific topics,
   - provides a safe and secure way to showcase learners' work from other on-line sources e.g. Prezi and Bitstrips and keep them all in one place,
   - provides instant access to resources, curated in one location,
   - encourages collaboration & sharing;
   - provides opportunities for "peer reviews" with built in voting that moves items up the curated lists.

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CK-12 Simulations

CK-12 Simulations | technologies | Scoop.it
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On the CK-12 Simulations website, learners can chose from a LONG list of simulations that cover everything from the physics of sound to gravity's forces on water from a fountain...
How does it work?
   - The first step, once they've selected a simulation, is to learn about the physics behind the simulation.
   - Then they are taken into the simulation to put it to the test.
CK-12 Simulations website has prompts under the challenge button to see if the learner really knows their stuff.
I highly recommend that STEM practitioners check K-12 Simulations out

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instaGrok - search for any topic in a visually engaging way

instaGrok - search for any topic in a visually engaging way | technologies | Scoop.it
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InstaGrok is an interactive search engine that allows learners to search for any topic in a visually engaging way. When learners conduct a search query, InstaGrok finds the relevant information related to that query and present it in the form of interactive concept maps (grok).
Using InstaGrok, learners will be able to explore educational content including videos and images, evaluate sources, collect evidence and use it to craft a search report.
InstaGrok also allows learners to take notes while researching a topic and provides practitioners with a section where they can review learners work and create new assignments together with the ability to guides learners throughout research projects.

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blubbr - quiz creation linked to video clips

blubbr - quiz creation linked to video clips | technologies | Scoop.it
blubbr. Play & create video trivia with friends
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Blubbr provides a quiz creation service that's been about for some time.

Via Blubbr practitioners, and/or learners, can create interactive quizzes that are based on YouTube clips.
Their quizzes can be about anything of their choosing.
The structure of the quizzes has the viewer watching a short clip then, answer a multiple choice question about the clip.
Viewers will get feedback and know right away if they chose the correct answer or not.

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videoANT

videoANT | technologies | Scoop.it
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On VideoANT anyone can add annotations to any publicly accessible YouTube video.

To do this users...
   - copy the URL of a video and
   - paste it into the VideoANT annotation tool.
As the video plays click the "add annotation" button when users want to add an annotation.
Collaborative annotations...
   - Within education, a practitioner is the only person that has to have a VideoANT account;

   - their collaborators, learners and/or colleagues, do not need to have a VideoANT account to participate in the collaborative annotation process.
   - Just send chosen collaborators the VideoANT link.
Find out more at https://ant2.cehd.umn.edu/about

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Voxer

Voxer | technologies | Scoop.it
Voxer is a walkie talkie like system with live voice, text, and photos. Get started by signing up and downloading our app for iOS, Android, or Windows phones.
John Dalziel's insight:

Voxer is a live messaging application that brings push-to-talk technology to smartphones.
Their service features live and recorded voice - if users push the button to talk, they can be heard on the other end as they speak, but everything is also simultaneously recorded so they and the recipient(s) can play back any message later.
Unlike other push-to-talk services and systems, Voxer also has integrated text, photo, and location sharing which can be sent alongside voice messaging. Users can to talk to individuals or groups - select up to 5 chat participants to communicate with at once (or up to 500 using Voxer Pro or Voxer Business).
I feel that Voxer is worth a closer look as a potential tool for WBL Assessors and other practitioners.

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