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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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Educational Apps | Facebook

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Educational Apps. FiTES (Find Try Evaluate & Share) - You are the experts in your field of work

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Sharing posts about apps and extensions I've found, tried and evaluated for the world of Education.
For learners, practitioners, and other stakeholders...
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Streamable - simple video sharing

Streamable - simple video sharing | technologies |
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Streamable allows users to upload any video and Share It Anywhere 
Streamable is one of those no-signup sites that you can use for free, so as soon as potential users visit, they are ready to use it. Just... 
 ► launch it, 
 ► upload a video, and 
 ► share the URL or embed it anywhere. 
Streamable is as simple as it gets, with no frills. 
NOTE: Apart from uploading, users can also capture a video via its URL; this works with most popular sites.
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Free Teleprompter On-line - Autocue QTV

Free Teleprompter On-line - Autocue QTV | technologies |
Welcome to the free web-based online teleprompter from Autocue! Simply enter your text in this box, select the options above and star
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Creating video clips involves research, communication, collaboration, organisation and planning. 
If you've never witnessed learners video taping each other, brace yourself. 
It can be painful as they frequently "mess up" or "forget what to say". 
But let's be real, practitioners do the same exact thing! 
If you already get your learners to create videos about topics they are studying and/or you're planning to try it out, the FREE digital teleprompter - Autocue - is worth a closer look. 
Just plug a laptop into a projector for ultra magnification or simply prop a laptop open in line of vision of the person/people being video taped. 
The Free Teleprompter, Autocue, provides... 
 ► a Black or white background 
 ► a Reverse (mirror) text (for back projection) and 
 ► the option to change size of text/magnification. 
This works on desktop as well as both an iPhone and iPad teleprompter! 
 ► enter the script/text in the box provided, 
 ► select the preferred options and 
 ► start prompting.
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Toontastic 3D - creative storytelling app

Toontastic 3D - creative storytelling app | technologies |
Toontastic 3D is a creative storytelling app that empowers kids to draw, animate, narrate, and record their own cartoons on their tablet, phone or Chromebook.
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Toontastic 3D allows learners to use their imagination and engage in creative tasks. 
They can use Toontastic 3D to construct many things including... 
 ► book and school reports, 
 ► design pitches, 
 ► narrating stories, 
 ► creating cartoons and 
...much more. 
Toonastic 3D is available for free download in both iOS App Store - - and Google Play Store - 
It also works with select Chromebooks. 
All learners need to do is move characters around on the screen and tell their story. 
It’s like a digital puppet theater… but with enormous interactive 3D worlds, dozens of customizable characters, 3D drawing tools, and an idea lab with sample stories to inspire new creations. Watch the video at to learn more about Toontastic 3D
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mysimpleshow - create your own explainer video in minutes

It has never been easier to create your own explainer video. mysimpleshow transforms any text into an animated video you will love.
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My Simpleshow is a free tool for creating explanatory videos. Ideal for creating resources as part of a Learning Provider's blended learning strategy. 
Using My Simpleshow can raise learner attention and/or inform interested learners. 
My Simpleshow can be used to... 
 ► Give an overview or provide context, 
 ► introduce topics or lessons, 
 ► create powerful presentations 
...and make learning fun again! 
To see what is involved, Richard Byrne's video clip "How to Create an Explainer Video on" is worth watching; view the clip at ;
I like the "tutorial" between each step of the process which is helpful for all users; for those who don't need them, they can be hidden. 
I also like the fact that users have to write a script on My Simpleshow before they can begin to use the video editing tools.
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Announcify - listen to articles on any website

Announcify - listen to articles on any website | technologies |
Listen to your web
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Announcify, another Chrome extension, reads out loud websites users choose. 
Announcify can be a powerful tool in the arsenal for learners who could use audio reinforcement as they read, and/or for learners with visual challenges.
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Tiki-Toki - a web-based timeline software

Tiki-Toki - a web-based timeline software | technologies |
Tiki-Toki is web-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.
John Dalziel's insight:
Tiki-Toki is a Timeline creation tool worth a closer look.
As always it's important to know what you would like to do before looking. 
e.g. do you want to... 
 ► embed video clips? 
 ► colour code elements? 
 ► have background images? 
 ► share with others? 
 ► create via collaboration? 
 ► be able to embed timelines on your site(s)? 
...the list goes on.
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MoocNote - Take notes on videos

MoocNote - Take notes on videos | technologies |
Take notes that are link back to the appropriate place in the videos and are collected into one central place.
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MoocNote is another free tool for adding time-stamped comments, questions, and links to videos. 
To do this on MoocNote users simply... 
 ► Import - paste a link to a YouTube video into the MoocNote editor; 
Once the video is imported users can start to add their... 
 ► comments, 
 ► questions, and 
 ► links. 
The link features is particularly useful for providing learners with additional resources for learning about the topics covered in the shared videos. 
Learners can then... 
 ► Watch, 
 ► Take Notes - that link back to the appropriate place in the videos 
 ► Access- Check notes anytime, anywhere. . 
MoocNote also allows users to organise playlists (MoocNote calls them courses) of videos according to topics that users identify. 
MoocNote could be a good tool for Further, Adult & Community Education and Skills (#FACEandS) who want to organise playlists of videos for their learners and add some clarifying information to those videos. 
Practitioners could also have learners use MoocNote to annotate videos to demonstrate an understanding of the topic at hand.
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VideoAnt - add annotations to any publicly accessible YouTube video

VideoAnt - add annotations to any publicly accessible YouTube video | technologies |
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Today's tool was one I've posted at in the past but it's been updated, it's now HTML5 rather than Flash based, making it mobile and multi-platform friendly. 
VideoANT is a University of Minnesota project that allows users to annotate any publicly accessible YouTube video with comments. 
To do this users... 
 ► copy the URL of a video and 
 ► paste it into the VideoANT annotation tool. 
Then as the video plays... 
 ► click the "add annotation" button when ever they want to add an annotation. 
If a user wants to collaborate with others, they can send them the VideoANT link. 
They are the only person that has to have a VideoANT account. Their collaborators do not need to have a VideoANT account to participate in the annotation process with them. 
IMPORTANT: Be careful with whom you share this URL. Don’t post it on a public forum or social media page if you want to keep others from seeing or making comments. 
Very much a tool for learners to view and make comments on YouTube videos without registering. 
 ► Practitioners can have learners view videos and add their thoughts. 
 ► Learners can share videos with their peers on a project. 
 ► Practitioners can make a bite-sized lesson out of clips by providing more information alongside the video, and 
 ► the resulting videos with comments can even be embedded in websites or other web presences. 
Well worth a closer look and/or revisit.
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wizer - creating a variety of interactive assignments

wizer - creating a variety of interactive assignments | technologies |

a useful tool for creating a variety of interactive assignments

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Wizer is a useful tool for creating a variety of interactive assignments including... 
► writing assignments, 
► multiple choice quizzes, and 
► labeling assignments. 
Practitioners can distribute their Wizer activities to their learners via Google Classroom and/or through the use of a link and pin system. 
It's worth looking at Richard Byrne's video demonstration of how to... 
► create an assignment in Wizer, 
► distribute it, and 
► view learners' responses to an assignment
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Anchor- bite-sized podcasts

Anchor- bite-sized podcasts | technologies |
Anchor is a free app that makes it easy to share your voice with the world.
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Looking for a simple way to create and publish short podcasts? If so then Anchor is worth a look. 
NOTE: 1: users can't record for more than two minutes at a time on the Anchor apps. I like that as the time limit forces users to get to the point rather than filling time with music, and/or other filler conversation that doesn't add any value to the podcast. 
2: a users podcast is open to voice responses from listeners. They reply by just hitting the "reply" button below any published recording then speaking into their phones. Some practitioners may think that the commenting system is too open, but Anchor could be a good platform for education stakeholders looking for an easy way to create professional development and/or other podcasts. 
Apps are available for... 
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Fraction Mash on the App Store

Fraction Mash on the App Store | technologies |
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Fraction Mash. Download Fraction Mash and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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Fraction Mash is a free iPad app that provides a fun way for learners to learn about fractions. 
The app lets learners insert two pictures then divide those pictures into... 
► grids, 
► columns, 
► pie slices, 
► triangles, or 
► rows. 
Once their pictures have been divided learners select the portions of one picture that they want to combine with the other picture. Learners' selections of image portions must equal 1 when the two images are combined. 
Fraction Mash lets learners choose how many pieces each picture is divided into. 
Completed image-based fractions problems can be saved to the camera rolls on their iPads. 
They, in turn, can share them with their practitioners in a variety of ways including through Google Classroom. 
Fraction Mash also includes an option for learners to write 'reports' about their fraction mashes. 
The reports templates let learners insert the images and the fraction problems they created into their reports. 
Those reports can be saved and shared with others.
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Digital Compass - Educational games for kids to help teach digital citizenship & digital literacy skills.

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Digital Compass is a tool, released by Common Sense Media, to help younger learners get to grips with the fundamentals of digital citizenship and digital literacy. 
This is achieved through playing interactive games designed specifically for grades 6-9. 
The games came in the form of a simulation of the digital world we live in and provides users with an informed understanding of the implications. 
Digital Compass is an educational game that gives younger learners the freedom to explore how decisions, made in their digital lives, can impact their relationships and future. 
Available for iPad, Android phone and tablet, and Chromebook.
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Would You Rather...?

Would You Rather...? | technologies |
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Would You Rather...? is a website with the purpose of sharing quick and fun real world maths challenges for learners.
Ideal for getting learners to choose their own path and to justify it. 
Would You Rather? presents a picture with a mathematics problem that asks “Would you rather?” 
Many of the questions have a financial aspect to them and, as the target audience is learners within the USA, may need adapting to an appropriate currency. 
Would You Rather? offers a simple worksheet that learners can use to analyse the choices presented to them within the challenges. 
Practitioners can use the Categories Menu to filter appropriate questions. 
Well worth a closer look.
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CommonLit | Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources

CommonLit | Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources | technologies |
CommonLit is a free digital collection of fiction and nonfiction texts and question sets, organized by theme, essential question and grade level.
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CommonLit is a free website designed to help learners develop advanced reading and writing skills. 
Learners within the USA are the target audience but, it is well worth a closer look here in the UK. 
CommonLit gives practitioners access to a full free digital curriculum that enables them to... 
 ● assign texts to learners, 
 ● score written responses, 
 ● send real-time feedback and 
 ● collect analytics on learner progress. 
CommonLit has recently released a new feature called text sets and they are available for free. 
Each text set contains 5-20 individuals lesson resources that share a common topic or historical period. 
Like all of the materials on CommonLit’s free website, the texts themselves can be assigned to classes or individual students via the platform. 
tudents answer a set of text-dependent questions on-line and practitioners access data analytics on learner progress. 
Each text also comes with... 
 ● a discussion guide, 
 ● recommended paired passages, 
 ● related media, and 
 ● a parent guide. 
Learning providers with limited technology can download printable versions of the resources. 
Another relatively new feature from CommonLit is Guided Reading Mode, designed specifically to help struggling readers understand difficult text. 
Watch the video at to learn more about this feature.
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theLearnia - Free virtual whiteboard that allows users to record video lessons

theLearnia - Free virtual whiteboard that allows users to record video lessons | technologies |
theLearnia helps teachers to flip their classroom by creating awesome video lessons within minutes and share with their students
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theLearnia is a virtual whiteboard that allows users to record video lessons using their voice while interacting with the whiteboard (write, draw, insert images). 
theLearnia even allows users to import their PowerPoint presentations and convert them into video lessons. 
theLearnia is free and, above all, very simple to use. 
Initially, users can add a wide variety of content to the whiteboard including text, images, lines, shapes etc. 
They can also arrange their content into multiple pages or simply import a PowerPoint presentation. 
Once their slides are ready they can start their recording. Whatever they sketch or draw on the canvas will be recorded as an animation. 
When done, users can watch a preview of their work and if it does not require any further editing they can proceed with sharing it with others via email or through social media websites. 
Watch the video at to learn more about how to create a video lesson using theLearnia.
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Dropbox - Paper :- a collaborative on-line editor

Dropbox - Paper :- a collaborative on-line editor | technologies |
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!
John Dalziel's insight:
Dropbox Paper is a collaborative on-line editor that is, at the time of posting, currently in open beta. 
All users need is a Dropbox account, and they can give the new service a try. 
Dropbox Paper has some excellent features that are worth a closer look. 
Adding and curating images is exceptionally easy, especially if users already use Dropbox as an image host. 
Similarly, users are able to embed YouTube, Vimeo, Spotify, SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Docs. 
As with Dropbox, collaboration and sharing is key. 
Sharing is as simple as clicking a little blue button, and selecting who users would like to share with. 
Another feature I really like, Dropbox Paper users can “@” people, even if they’re not currently collaborating. That person will receive a notification that the user would like to share, and also see what they’ve shared with them.
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timeStats - raise awareness of time spend on particular web pages.

timeStats - raise awareness of time spend on particular web pages. | technologies |
You will be surprised how much time you spent on particular web pages.
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An add-in for Chrome that will raise a users awareness of the time they spend on particular web pages. 
TimeStats is a handy extension that does just that, creating a colourful pie chart that could show users the amount of time they spend on time-wasting websites instead of studying/working/etc. Learners, and/or practitioners, might be surprised at how big a slice a seemingly harmless website can have. 
By having a better overview of their web activity, users, if they really want to, can act on it.
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Timeglider: web-based timeline software

Timeglider: web-based timeline software | technologies |
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Timeglider is another timeline creation tool worth a closer look
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Tagul - Word Cloud Art

Tagul - Word Cloud Art | technologies |
Tagul is an online word cloud generator that enables you to create amazing and unique word cloud art with ease. It's free for personal use.
John Dalziel's insight:
Today I'll flag up Word Clouds which consist of an image composed of words that are relevant to a particular topic. 
Tagul is an on-line word cloud generator that enables users (Practitioners or Learners) to create amazing and unique word cloud art with ease. 
Professional quality results can be achieved in no time at all, even for users with no prior knowledge of graphic design. 
Best of all the service is completely free for personal use! 
It is worth looking at the step by step example of Taguls use with younger learners; it can be found at ;
Yes there are other Word Cloud generators, but this is one that stands out from the crowd.
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ProQuest - Databases, eBooks and Technology for Research

ProQuest - Databases, eBooks and Technology for Research | technologies |
ProQuest powers research in academic, corporate, government, public and school libraries around the world with unique content, including rich academic databases, and technologies that connect people with information, simply and precisely.
John Dalziel's insight:
From historical archives to today’s scientific breakthroughs ProQuest empowers researchers and librarians around the world. For academic, corporate, government, school and public libraries, as well as professional researchers, ProQuest, another Databace Portal, provides services that enable strategic acquisition, management and discovery of information collections. Well worth a closer look.
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JSTOR - a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources

JSTOR - a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources | technologies |
JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.
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Another web tool worth looking at, for those on Initial Teacher Training Courses, is JSTOR - it's a growing digital library of academic...
► journals, 
► books, and 
► primary sources. 
Learn how to get connected by visiting
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Formative - real-time formative assessments

Formative - real-time formative assessments | technologies |
A platform for real-time formative assessments + a FREE next-generation student response system.
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"Formative" offers an nice way to create image-based quizzes, to gauge learner understanding of a topic. 
► Create an Assignment 
► Assign to Learners 
► Get Live Results 
► Give Feedback. 
The image-based quizzes, that users create in Formative, can be embedded into course blogs and/or other web presences where learners can then answer the questions within the quiz. 
When answering questions, learners can choose to type, draw and/or add images. 
To create an image-based quiz in Formative... 
► select the "add content" option 
► upload an image 
► click "add question." and then 
► click anywhere on the image to insert a multiple choice or short answer question. 
NOTE: Formative accounts are FREE for teachers and learners
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CaptureCast Chrome Screen Recording

CaptureCast Chrome Screen Recording | technologies |
CaptureCast Chrome is a free screen recording and lecture capture extension designed for educators to empower video in the classroom
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For Learning Providers who use Chromebooks, the free Chrome app called CaptureCast will allow learners to Record a Webcam Video on their Chromebook. 
CaptureCast, produced by Cattura Video, allows users to record the screen on their Chromebook as well as input from their webcam. 
To record a video with the webcam on a Chromebook... 
► open CaptureCast in the browser 
► allow it to access your webcam and microphone 
► specify the resolution to use when capturing the video and 
► choose the audio quality. 
Note: If users have an external microphone connected to their Chromebook, they must make sure they have it enabled before they start recording. 
When they've finished recording in CaptureCast they can... 
► save their video on their Chromebook or 
► upload it to YouTube, or 
► upload it to Vimeo, or 
► upload it to Google Drive. 
Rather than having learners write their blog posts, they can record short videos to talk about what they've learned in learning environments that week, or share their thoughts on a topic that practitioners have posted for discussion on their course blog. Including videos in blog posts is a good way to increase engagement on course blogs.
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EasyBib: The Free Automatic Bibliography Composer

EasyBib: The Free Automatic Bibliography Composer | technologies |
Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Now supports 7th edition of MLA.
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EASYBIB ADD-ON FOR GOOGLE DOCS! As many of you will know, EasyBib is a citation tool can help learners/researchers. 
What you may not know, is now learners/researchers can get an EasyBib Add-On for Google Docs! 
It is free and super simple. 
For a brief overview, watch the video clip at ;
Basically users can... 
► search, or create citations right in their Google Doc and 
► stay focused and build all at the same time. 
One size doesn't fit all but, EasyBib Add-on is one worth trying, at least!
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InternetSlang - common slang words, acronyms and abbreviations

InternetSlang - common slang words, acronyms and abbreviations | technologies |
Internet Slang words - Internet Dictionary. Internet Slang. A list of common slang words, acronyms and abbreviations as used in websites, ICQ chat rooms, blogs, SMS, and internet forums.
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A useful tool for everyone getting their head around "Technological Evolving Language". 
On the InternetSlang website visitors will find a list of... 
► slang terms, 
► acronyms and 
► abbreviations used in/on.. 
► websites, 
► Social Media (Facebook, Twitter,etc.) 
► ICQ chat rooms, 
► blogs, 
► SMS, and 
► Internet forums 
...providing a complete dictionary of "slang". 
Spot anything missing and visitors can make suggestions for consideration at - - just scroll down the page and submit the suggestion(s) for possible inclusion. 
I hope this wasn't TLTR.
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