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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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The 2nd eMagazine for April - 2015's Issue #8 - is now available

The 2nd eMagazine for April - 2015's Issue #8 - is now available | technologies |

Published 16th April 2015; my 8th eMagazine this year, with curations, creations and more...

John Dalziel's insight:

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

This issue looks at alternatives for YouTube

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

Catriona Moore's curator insight, February 11, 2014 10:34 AM

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

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Pear Deck

Pear Deck | technologies |

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

John Dalziel's insight:

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

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

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

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

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Classmill - Create classes with links, videos, images & files.

Classmill - Create classes with links, videos, images & files. | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Classmill could be a good platform...
   - through which learning providers build self-paced professional development courses for their staff and/or
   - for building on-line teaching courses.
Practitioners can create public or private (invitation-only) courses; the courses built as a series of modules.
If they make their course private they will have to email invitations to their learners.
Practitioners will find an abundance of learning tools to use to create their classes such as...
   - links,
   - videos,
   - images,
   - files,
...and more.
Practitioners can also embed games and interactive simulations into each module.
A discussion forum is automatically added to each module within a course.
Best of all practitioners can monitor and track learner progress while differentiating instruction.

It's also nice place for learners to find and register for on-line classes for free.

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Dropbox for Gmail (Beta)

Dropbox for Gmail (Beta) | technologies |
Send and preview Dropbox files and links without leaving your Gmail window.
John Dalziel's insight:

Dropbox has released an add-on for Gmail that makes it easier for practitioners, and/or learners, to add and send files.
Once installed it places a Dropbox icon at the bottom left of the Compose Mail box.
   - Click it,
   - Sign into your Dropbox account,
   - click the file you want to attach and
   - click the blue "Insert link" button.

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WhatsDue: Never Miss A Due Date

WhatsDue: Never Miss A Due Date | technologies |

WhatsDue puts all of your due dates for all of your classes in 1 easy to use todo list

John Dalziel's insight:

How do your learners know WHAT’S DUE, 2015 Style?
The WhatsDue Free App Makes it so easy for practitioners to keep their Learners, and/or other stakeholders (employers, administrators etc.), up to Date with - What’s Due!
The process for practitioners is straight forward – just...
   - go to
   - click on the "Teacher Signup" Button and
   - sign up.
When signed-up...
   - enter assignments, tests, etc., fact anything that has a due date that they want their learners to be aware of.
What about the learners?
The learners just...
   - download the free app (available in the Apple Store and on Google Play) and
   - enter a code for their course (this is a short code users will see in the web interface)
...and WOW!, they see what’s due and when it's due in a simple easy to read display.
The whole process is...
   - totally straightforward,
   - highly functional, and
   - 100% free.

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ExtractPDF - a Free online PDF Extractor

ExtractPDF - a Free online PDF Extractor | technologies |
Get Images, Text or Fonts out of a PDF File with this free online service. No installation or registration necessary.
John Dalziel's insight:

PDFs are a different beast to Office documents — by their very nature, they’re designed so that their content can’t be meddled with — so different tools are required to extract an image from them. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available, many of which can be utilized straight from a browser.
A key concern is security. If learners, and/or practitioners, are uploading a PDF to an online tool, they should be confident that the site isn’t going to do anything untoward with the file. This might not be much of an issue in many instances, but if there’s sensitive information in the file they’re attempting to extract an image from, security should be of paramount importance.
ExtractPDF stands out from the crowd thanks to its speed and ease of use — it takes your PDF file and breaks it up into its individual sections...
   - the images,
   - the text,
   - the fonts, and
   - the metadata.
All of this information can be downloaded. Just take what you need and leave the rest.

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Gliffy diagrams - Google Docs add-on

Gliffy diagrams - Google Docs add-on | technologies |
Create professional-looking diagrams quickly and easily in Google Docs. Draw flowcharts, wireframes, UML, ERD and more.
John Dalziel's insight:

Gliffy is a very good diagram editor that is also integrated with Google Drive allowing users to easily and instantly create and share diagrams and flowcharts.

Gliffy provides a wide variety of features that include:
   - an easy-to-use diagram editor that helps users communicate their ideas quickly
   - an extensive shape library with hundreds of industry-standard shapes and connectors
   - a Snap-to-grid,
   - drawing guides, and
   - shape alignment and distribution tools
Gliffy is also great for drawing...
   - a basic diagram,
   - a flow chart,
   - a UI mockup,
   - a site map,
   - a network map,
   - a business process model,
   - an org chart,
   - a floor plan,
   - venn diagrams,
   - a SWOT analysis,
...and other technical diagrams.

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Analyze My Writing

Analyze My Writing | technologies |
An Online Writing Sample Content and Readability Analyzer: analyze your writing and get statistics on words you use most frequently, word and sentence length, readability, punctuation usage, and more.
John Dalziel's insight:

No this isn't just another word cloud tool like Wordle, there's much more to it than a word cloud generator.
Users just paste their text into Analyze My Writing and it will generate a large amount of information about your writing.
Analyze My Writing will...
   - give users a break-down of the readability of their writing on five indices;
   - include listings of the most common words and most common word pairs in their writing; and
   - provide a listing of how frequently they use punctuation and punctuation types.
Oh yes, and finally, a word cloud is included at the end of the analysis of their writing.
Analyze My Writing could be a great resource for learners to use when editing their assignments.

Beyond the readability of the their papers learners will receive important information about the words and phrases they have used repetitively in their writings.

Well worth looking at, and/or trying out.

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Twine - an open-source tool for telling interactive, non-linear stories

Twine - an open-source tool for telling interactive, non-linear stories | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Twine 2.0 can be used to tell interactive stories; it runs in a web browser, so practitioners, and/or learners can check out the on-line version or download it and run their own copy locally.
Twine is a user-friendly, open source tool for creating interactive, branching stories.
Twine can be used to create interactive, online lessons.
Historical or literary narrative can easily be transformed into an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure story.
Learners could learn by taking an active part in the narrative and making choices that impact their experience.
Every branching choice can lead learners down a different path, allowing them to experience a different story and learn new details with each play-through.

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GraphFree | technologies |
GraphFree is an incredibly flexible online graphing tool, boasting capabilities not found even in the most popular graphing calculators. Whether you’re a teacher who wants to make better graphs for tests, or a student looking for homework help, it’s time to try GraphFree.
John Dalziel's insight:

GraphFree is an on-line Graphing Tool for Learners and Practitioners providing an alternative to some expensive graphing calculators and apps.
On GraphFree users can...
   - enter plot graph points manually or
   - enter an equation or function see a graph generated.
Each graph can then be saved as an image to use in
   - a document,
   - a presentation, or
   - a SMART Notebook folder.
Note: GraphFree provides a helpful gallery of tutorial videos and an extensive guide for new users.
For many, GraphFree will provide all of the functions that they need.

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TouchCast | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Video and the web are coming together. Experience both like never before with TouchCast- a new medium that looks like video, but feels more like the web.
TouchCast provides...
   - Professional Camera Controls
   - the ability to switch between the front- and back-facing cameras on    - the iPad or between multiple HD cameras on the Desktop
   - a built-in teleprompter.
   - adjustable focus and mic levels.
   - the ability to import video and place vApps and graphics over the existing video.

So many applications within education especially media courses.

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MeetingWords: Realtime Collaborative Text Editing

MeetingWords: Realtime Collaborative Text Editing | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

I've always liked Google Documents as a tool for collaborative writing, but not everyone has Google Documents.
Google Documents also requires sign-in in order to track changes.
So when groups want to quickly collaboratively create a set of notes, MeetingWords is a good option to try.
MeetingWords is a free service for creating both an online notepad and a chat room. Via MeetingWords groups can quickly create an online place to collaboratively create documents with one or more collaborators.
There's no need to register in order to use the service. Members of the collaborative group can chat in real-time while creating a document.
Every individual that's contributing to the documents being build is assigned a highlight colour so that it's easy to track who wrote what in the document.
NOTE: People who have used EtherPad (now offline) or TitanPad will notice that MeetingWords is very similar to those tools; this similarity is due to the fact that they use the same code.

Vittorio Canavese's curator insight, April 2, 3:04 AM

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

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

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

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Google Forms FINALLY Loves Math

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

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

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Hemingway | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

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

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Word Map

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

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

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autoCrat: Document Merge in Google Drive

autoCrat: Document Merge in Google Drive | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

FELTAG = more on-line courses.
If practitioners need to provide professional learning credits or proof of online participation, the Autocrat add-on will save them hours over the long term.
   - create an evaluation survey for participants to complete using a Google Form. Making sure all the information required for a participation certificate is included. Then...
   - open the spreadsheet for the results from the form and
   - use the Autocrat add-on to create a document that will auto-fill each respondent’s information and e-mail it out to all of them.
To find out more, take a look at this YouTube tutorial video

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The Jigsaw Classroom

The Jigsaw Classroom | technologies |

The jigsaw technique is a cooperative learning approach that reduces racial conflict among learners, promotes better learning, improves learner motivation, and increases enjoyment of the learning experience.

John Dalziel's insight:

I wonder how many learners, attending Initial Teacher Training courses, are made aware of the "Jigsaw" Teaching Strategy?
If they are, I guess it will be as "just one in a number of cooperative learning strategies".
In fact, researchers have found that Jigsaw in particular improves learners’ social-emotional learning; learners demonstrated increased feelings of...
   - autonomy,
   - competence, and
   - intrinsic motivation (Hänze & Berger, 2007).
Jigsaw learners also demonstrate...
   - improved attitudes toward their peers and
   - reduced indicators of racial prejudice (Walker & Crogan, 1998).
Many practitioners are looking for ways to help learners become more independent learners who also function well in groups.
Used, as and when appropriate, Jigsaw can fulfil those needs.

If you’re new to the Jigsaw strategy a video that will show you how to do it or, if you've tried Jigsaw without success, may help you fine-tune , is available to view at... ;

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The Barefoot Project: primary computing

The Barefoot Project: primary computing | technologies |
Barefoot computing provides free cross-curricular resources to help you teach the computer science elements of the new primary computing curriculum.
John Dalziel's insight:

The Barefoot Computing Project is a DfE funded project.
Its aim is to provide primary teachers of computing with a range of materials for classroom teaching and professional development.
Developed by Computing At School (CAS), the package contains...
   - workshops,
   - exemplar teaching materials and
   - subject-knowledge enhancement materials.
These enable non-specialists to teach the important transferable skills and understanding coming under the umbrella-term of ‘computational thinking’, such as...
   - algorithms,
   - decomposition,
   - abstraction,
   - pattern recognition
...and so on.
The children are helped to develop mental models that have been shown to underpin and strengthen learning in computing.
With a cross-curricular scope and employing a range of fun and engaging teaching approaches, there is something for all teachers and young learners in infant and primary settings.
A must for Initial Teacher Training and those tasked with delivering the computer science elements of the primary computing curriculum!

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eEtiquette – 101 Guidelines for the Digital World

eEtiquette – 101 Guidelines for the Digital World | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

eEtiquette is a website that features digital etiquette tips for everyone.
The tips cover...
   - email etiquette,
   - social network etiquette,
   - cell phone etiquette
...and more.
Although the subtitle of this website says there are 101 guidelines there are actually more than 101 guidelines included.
Some of the best etiquette guidelines are available on a free poster that practitioners and/or their learners can download from eEtiquette.
NOTE: One word of caution about eEtiquette. The comments section of the website doesn't appear to be closely moderated so users may run into some spam comments in it.

After reviewing the digital etiquette tips on the site, Learners could test their knowledge using the free eEtiquette app (iOS only at the time of writing this) at...

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Omeka | technologies |

Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its five-minute setup makes launching an online archive or exhibition as easy as launching a blog.

John Dalziel's insight:

Omeka is a powerful content management system specifically designed for creating scholarly collections of...
   - textual,
   - audio, and
   - visual resources.
At the time of posting this, the new release of Omeka improves both accessibility and usability;
Omeka is already easy to use, but the new enhancements make for a better workflow.
If you have never used or heard of Omeka, check out the Omeka showcase < > to see projects built using Omeka, or try the Omeka Sandbox...

< >

...for a sample installation.
If visitors like what they see, they can download Omeka and a large number of add-ons from the Omeka website. If they do not want to host their own installation,—a hosted version with free and paid payment plans—provides an alternative.

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3D Gallery Template from

3D Gallery Template from | technologies |
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I've tried out the Classtools 3D Gallery Generator which enables learners, or others, to create a virtual 3D gallery of images and videos.
Each gallery can have up to ten images and or videos.
Below each image or video users can insert captions to provide explanations of the significance of the visuals in their galleries.
My experiment with this tool can be seen at... ;

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Google Tips

Google Tips | technologies |
Tips and tricks you didn't know you could do with Google for on the go, at work and having fun.
John Dalziel's insight:

Google Tips is an on-line resource, launched in 2013 by Google, to help Google users develop a working understanding of how Google products operate.
As the name suggests, it provides a wide variety of tips and tricks geared towards enhancing users knowledge of different services including...
   - Chrome,
   - Google+,
   - Google maps,
   - Google Drive,
   - Gmail,
   - YouTube and
   - Google Search.

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Scooped by John Dalziel! a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals | technologies | A comprehensive index of over 1 million hymn texts, hymn tunes, and hymnals, with information on authors and composers, lyrics and scores of many hymns, and various media files. also incorporates the Dictionary of North American Hymnology, an extensive collection of hymnals published before 1978.
John Dalziel's insight:

Hymnary is a comprehensive index of over 1 million...
   - hymn texts,
   - hymn tunes, and
   - hymnals,
...with information on
   - authors and composers,
   - lyrics and scores
...of many of the hymns

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Google Maps Special Collections

Google Maps Special Collections | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Google Maps Special Collections is a great place to find and explore the Street View imagery of interesting places all over the world.
The Street View imagery allows learners to virtually explore places in a way that can't be done by simply flipping through static pictures in a book or on websites.

They can also be embedded in blogs, websites etc.

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