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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.

John Dalziel's insight:

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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ACLjohn's eMagazine - 2014: Issue 13

ACLjohn's eMagazine - 2014: Issue 13 | technologies |

Published 2nd July 2014 at the Jisc RSC-Northwest Annual Event; created as a presentation to show delegates the way that I use Mindmeister, Microsoft Office, and Flipsnack to produce the publication.

John Dalziel's insight:

The first publication for July 2014

Please feel free to share with anyone. 

Please Note: these eMagazines have been collated as part of my CPD (Continued Professional Development), for my personal use, when supporting Learning Providers, delivering presentations etc.; they may contain views that are my own and not those of my employer.

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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Animagraffs - Animated infographics by Jacob O'Neal

Animagraffs - Animated infographics by Jacob O'Neal | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Have you searched websites for resources, to show learners how something works?
Are you looking for resources that allows users to dismantle something just to look inside and see all the moving parts?
If so, you will like Animagraffs.
It's a website that shows visitors how something works, by going inside the object.
It includes how a car engine works, and Inside a Jet Engine.

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Dulux - Inspiration, advice and information about decorating with Dulux paints and creating colour schemes

Dulux - Inspiration, advice and information about decorating with Dulux paints and creating colour schemes | technologies |
Find the perfect colour scheme for your home. Get inspiration, colour scheming help and decorating advice from Dulux.
John Dalziel's insight:

The ‘Dulux Visualizer’ app – helps users see any room in any colour, LIVE!

Using unique augmented reality technology, users/clients can see realistic Dulux paint colours appear on walls with just a tap of the screen.

Experiment with bolder colours or narrow down colour choices with confidence.

A must for Painting & Decorating Courses or similar.

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Smarty Pins: Trivia & Google Maps

Smarty Pins: Trivia & Google Maps | technologies |
Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.
John Dalziel's insight:

Google has released this new game called Smarty Pins which uses Google Maps for its layout.
It's a game that tests players geography and trivia skills. It could be ideal for use with learners.
Players in Smarty Pins are asked a wide variety of geography-based questions to which they have to provide answers by dragging and dropping a pin in Maps. 
Scores are converted into miles and players are given 1000 miles at the start of the play .
With each incorrect answer a number of miles are subtracted from the players' score.
The trick is to answer questions as quickly as possible before the number of miles reaches zero.
First select a category. The categories available are...
   - Arts and Culture,
   - Science and Geography,
   - Sports and Games,
   - Entertainment,
   - History and Current Event.
Players will then be provided with a question.
If they find the question too hard to answer they can get help by using the "take a hint" button.
To answer the question players need to drop the pin on the correct location.
The final score you reach can be shared with others using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

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WudaTime – Free Time Tracking & Project Management app

WudaTime – Free Time Tracking & Project Management app | technologies |
WudaTime is a free Time Management web based software. Time tracking, Project Management and To-do Lists, all in one app. Nice & Simple."
John Dalziel's insight:

WudaTime – is a free web based basic project management tool which allows groups to easily keep track of their dedication.

It is a simple time management application perfect for curriculum teams, course projects and collaborative tasks.
The progress bars give visual information on project and task status.
Use the to-do lists to keep track of progress.

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Engage: Engaging Science

Engage: Engaging Science | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

ENGAGE is a new project from the science upd8 team, bringing up-to-date science into learning environments across Europe.
At the time of writing this, they offered two new activities to get learners talking and thinking:
   - Car Wars: It's 2020, and these fun activities get learners comparing pros and cons of different fuels to choose a new car
   - Grow your own body: help learners apply knowledge of cells and organs and get-up-to-speed with the exciting technology of lab-grown organs

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Eskeletons | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

eSkeletons, produced by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, features interactive models of mammal skeletons.

It providers learners with an option to compare bones across models
   - Select a model from the menu on the home page
   - click on any bone in the model to view it in detail.
After select a bone to view users can choose from a menu of viewing angles.

In many cases eSkeletons offers a short video display of the bone you've selected from the menu.
   - Select two or more animals from the menu
   - select a bone and a small gallery of comparative images will be generated.
eSkeletons also offers a glossary of terms and a legend to help learners understand what they are viewing.
Even without the models, the glossary is a good resource for anatomy learners.

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Zaption - Interact With Video

Zaption - Interact With Video | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Zaption is a tool for creating video-based quizzes.
Zaption allows practitioners to display questions for learners to answer as they watch a video.
To create a quiz on Zaption users start by creating a "tour" in their account.
A tour is a combination of videos, images, and text arranged into a sequence.
After choosing a video, just start watching it then pause it when you want to add a question.
You can add questions in the form of...
   - multiple choice,
   - open response, or
   - check box response.
When learners watch the video they will see your questions appear in the context in which you set them.
As I've said, Zaption tours can include images and passages of text along with your video.
Users can add questions over images and or between images and text.
Just take a look at the Zaption showcase for some great examples of Zaption tours that incorporate video, images, and text.
Zaption could be a great tool for creating flipped lessons to share with learners.
NOTE: learners do not have to have Zaption accounts in order to use the tours that you create; the free version of the service allows users to include one video per tour (they can have unlimited tours).

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Check My Links

Check My Links | technologies |
Check My Links is a link checker that crawls through your webpage and looks for broken links.
John Dalziel's insight:

Check My Links – is a Chrome Browser link checker that crawls through webpages and looks for any broken links.
‘Check My Links’ is an extension developed primarily for web designers, developers and content editors.
When you’re editing a web page that has lots of links, wouldn’t it be handy to be able to quickly check that all the links on the page are working ok?

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Captain Icon

Captain Icon | technologies |
+350 Awesome free vector icons to empower your mobile and web designs
John Dalziel's insight:

Captain Icon – consists of more than 350 vector icons that practitioners, and/or learners, can freely use under Creative Commons for their mobile and/or web designs.
They can be scaled to any size without losing quality, and are available in EPS, PSD, PNG, SVG, and web font formats.
They cover categories such as...
   - design,

   - office,

   - social,

   - sports,

   - weather, and more.
Users will need to scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the download.

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Quill | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Quill is a free, on-line, interactive grammar lesson platform that essentially has learners practice grammar skills by editing and revising engaging pieces of pre-written literature.
Quill also allows practitioners to personalize curricula and assign individual lessons to individual learners.

This is perfect for those practitioners who have learners who need specialised intervention, while allowing other learners to continue as needed.
One for Functional Skills I feel.

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Shutterfly: How To Take The Perfect Photo

Shutterfly: How To Take The Perfect Photo | technologies |
Follow these photo tips from Shutterfly and learn how to take the perfect picture on a DSLR, Point and Shoot or Smartphone.
John Dalziel's insight:

Practitioners may already encourage their learners to collaborate on the development of a picture Library that they can use whenever they need images for slideshow and video assignments.
Shutterfly's interactive guide to taking the perfect photo could be just the resource to use with learners before sending them off to take pictures to use in assignments.
   - select the type of camera used (DSLR or smartphone or point-and-shoot);
   - select a photo type, there are twelve to choose from.
Users then receive a set of tips on taking the perfect photo.

Some of the photo types include...
   - selfie,

   - portrait,

   - candid, and

   - action.

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Can We Image: Search for images with links directly to its usage rights page

Can We Image: Search for images with links directly to its usage rights page | technologies |
search wikimedia commons for public domain images and other images
John Dalziel's insight:

The Can We Image site was created to make it easier for users to find images on the web.
The site searches and displays results from Wikimedia Commons, an enormous repository of images and other digital resources.
Searching Wikimedia Commons instead of another site like Google Images provides a benefit for both learners and practitioners who want to use the digital resources legally.
All resources displayed in the search results on this site link directly to the resource's usage rights page. That page will help users decide whether they can use the resource elsewhere.
To be fair searching for images here instead of going directly to Wikimedia Commons just provides a simpler interface.
Search results appear in an easy-to-digest format that we've all grown accustomed to.
It combines the great resources of Wikimedia Commons with the interface of Google Images.

Llandrillo Library's curator insight, June 9, 4:09 AM

Creative commons image searching - all learners should be aware of the need for accurate referencing and use of digital images. 

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✿ Copy Paste Character - Our favourite set

✿ Copy Paste Character - Our favourite set | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Copy Paste Character is a very easy website to use. It's designed for as an application to use on Chromebooks, the web and iPhone/smartphones.
It provides a way to copy the ‘hidden’ characters, that come with desktop computer’s typefaces, which can then be pasted into emails, tweets, text documents, forums and whatever else you or your learners might need to "spice up" with an extra ♔, ฿ or, ❒.
   - Just click to copy a character.
Several sets are available, note the drop down menu located in the centre of the screen below the horizontal line.
It is also possible to save your favourites from the sets available by creating an account.

I created two sets that you can see here... ;

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Maths-resources - Free Maths Resources, Worksheets & Games

Maths-resources - Free Maths Resources, Worksheets & Games | technologies |
Free Maths Resources. Worksheets, Games, Graphs, Calculators.
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Free maths teaching resources!
In fact an Aladdins Den of Maths teaching resources available for free.

Take time to go through the site and download resources...
   - Maths games and puzzles,
   - worksheet generators,
   - graphing tools,
   - UKMT questions and a whole load more
...that you require or use the online tools.

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Plickers - Transforming Student Assessment and Data Collection

Plickers - Transforming Student Assessment and Data Collection | technologies |
Affordable clickers for classrooms. Plickers transforms how teachers assess their students and collect data
John Dalziel's insight:

Plickers is a Student Response System for Learning Environmentss that aren't 1:1
Plickers uses a practitioner's iPad or Android tablet in conjunction with a series of QR codes to create a learner response system.
   - Learners are given a set of QR codes on large index cards.
   - The codes are assigned to learners.
   - Each code card can be turned in four orientations.
   - Each orientation provides a different answer.
   - When the practitioner is ready to collect data, he or she uses the Plickers mobile app to scan the cards to see a bar graph of responses.
Plickers could be a good Learner response system to use in learning environments in which learners don't have laptops or tablets to use.
Using Plickers to poll learners instead of asking them to raise hands to indicate if they "get it" or not allows learners to reply anonymously by holding up their cards.

Have all learners hold up their cards at the same time, scan them, and see the results.

Students won't know who said they "got it" or not because each code is unique to each student.

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ThingLink - Make Your Videos Interactive

ThingLink - Make Your Videos Interactive | technologies |
ThingLink for Video
John Dalziel's insight:

As I hope you already know, ThingLink is a popular tool for
collaboratively creating interactive images.
But now, practitioners and learners can use ThingLink to
create interactive videos too.
ThingLink Video allows users to select any public video on
YouTube and add interactive pinmarks to it.
Each pinmark can contain...
   - embeds of other videos,
   - maps,
   - text, and
   - links to other pages of information.
ThingLink Video could be a great tool for learners to use
to add additional information to videos, that they publish
on YouTube, enhancing their video projects.

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81DASH - a communication Platform for educators.

81DASH - a communication Platform for educators. | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

81 Dash provides a place for practitioners to create chat rooms to use with learners to host conversations and share files.
Once registered practitioners can begin creating rooms where messages and files can be exchanged.
As the owner of a room practitioners can delete messages written by their learners; this resolves the complaint many practitioners have about many other backchannel tools.
What's the complaint?
Not having a way to delete messages or delete a room if learners write inappropriate things in the backchannel.
Learners join an 81 Dash room by going to the URL that is assigned to their room.
When they arrive in the room for the first time they will be asked to register.
There are two registration options; registering as a "guest user" does not require learners to enter email addresses.
A big plus for a backchannel is it allows "shy" learners to ask questions and share comments.
To be fair it also provides a good outlet for more outspoken learners who want to comment on everything.

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ACLjohn's latest podcast (June's 4th) via - PodSnack

ACLjohn's latest podcast (June's 4th) via - PodSnack | technologies |

Podcasts from John Dalziel -
"Retirement Calls"

Find out more by listening to this podcast! 

John Dalziel's insight:

Latest Podcast- Retirement Calls...;- published 26th June 2014 will probably be the last linked to John's work; he is retiring at the end of July 2014

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Create your original resume online for free. | Kickresume

Create your original resume online for free. | Kickresume | technologies |
Create your original resume online in minutes! Simply fill in your details and download beautiful resume in PDF for FREE.
John Dalziel's insight:

Kickresume will help learners, and/or practitioners, create a CV in the simplest way in no time.
It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to set up a resume.

   - choose a design you like,
   - fill in the information about yourself, or
   - import data from your LinkedIn profile, then
   - Save it
...and you’re good to go.

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Math Chimp - Math Games, Videos, and Worksheets

Math Chimp - Math Games, Videos, and Worksheets | technologies |
Math Chimp has free math games, videos, and worksheets. We create and collect the best math activities online and organize them by the Common Core Standards.
John Dalziel's insight:

Math Chimp is a catalogue of more than one hundred on-line mathematics games and although aimed at elementary school and middle school learners, can be ideal for Functional Maths learners.
Practitioners can review games on Math Chimp by selecting a grade and then selecting a standard or objective. After those selections are made, Math Chimp will direct them to an appropriate mathematics game for their learners.
Math Chimp also offers a small library of instructional videos for each grade level. The videos are matched to the skills learners practice in games for the same grade level. To find an appropriate video just select a grade and a skill.

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E-Driver | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Too many car crashes involve young people as drivers and as passengers.
Many of them are injured as a result and some unfortunately die.
This short programme will provide information about the following:
   - Numbers of deaths and injuries
   - Causes of car crashes
   - The role of passengers
   - Consequences of car crashes.

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RSC Northwest's Post-16 TV: June 2014's Loop

RSC Northwest's Post-16 TV on Livestream. 

John Dalziel's insight:

This month's loop, of 32 min includes...

   - an overview of events coming up in June and beyond,

   - a video about creating a Google Customised Search Engine,

   - a CPD clip about Google Maps how to Create Placemarks, Layers & Polygons-  and

   - links to ACLjohn's Resources.

I hope you find something of use/interest; I'm always open to constructive suggestions :-)

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PixTeller - Poster Maker!

PixTeller - Poster Maker! | technologies |
Create targeted image quotes, personalized greeting cards, beautiful posters or any amazing image you wish on
John Dalziel's insight:

Like most technology I write about,it isn't just for practitioners, it's also suitable for learners and other education stakeholders.
Pixteller is...
   - particularly relevant for creating illustrated quotes and short posters for a whole range of things;
   - completely free to use. And...
...while it can be used without registration, only registered members are able to download posters with no watermarks.

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Free Salon Education

Free Salon Education | technologies |
Free salon education video Website for Salon Owners and Hair Stylists. Fastest growning library of Free how-to videos for haircutting, coloring, and hairstyling
John Dalziel's insight:

A site dedicated to providing the highest quality step by step education on a weekly basis for anyone who wants to log in, be inspired, and learn!
Stylists can expect education on cutting, colouring, styling, barbering, and business tips.
You can also look forward totally free live web classes straight from their website.

Access the YouTube Channel at...

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Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa | technologies |
Access information on more than 200,000 objects in Te Papa's collections. Get up close to our collections through collected specimens and thousands of zoomable images.
John Dalziel's insight:

30,000 images from the Museum of New Zealand.
On their blog, the Museum of New Zealand write: “Today we are extremely happy to let you know about our latest development; over 30,000 images downloadable, for free, in the highest resolution we have them.”
“Over 14,000 images are available under a Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND,” (which means you can make non-commercial use of these images, so long as you give attribution to the artist.)
“But even better are the 17,000 images that are downloadable for any use, any use at all.
These images have no known copyright restrictions.”

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