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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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May 2015's 1st eMagazine - Issue #9 - is now available

May 2015's  1st eMagazine - Issue #9 - is now available | technologies |

Published 28th April 2015; curations, tools, how-tos 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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Pictaculous - A Color Palette Generator (courtesy of MailChimp)

Pictaculous - A Color Palette Generator (courtesy of MailChimp) | technologies |

Generate a colour palette from PNG, JPG or GIF image/photo. Receive colour suggestions, download Photoshop swatches (.ACO)

John Dalziel's insight:

This Colour pallet generator lets learners, and/or practitioners, upload an image to the website where the application will pick out the key colour details in the photo or picture.
This is a really great tool if you have a specific piece of art work or an item which you would love to use, for example, as a basis for a room design.

   - take a picture of it and
   - upload to the Pictaculous website create a simple pallet to use in the design.

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ProjectWriter - learners can collaboratively write reports

ProjectWriter - learners can collaboratively write reports | technologies |
ProjectWriter - Conduct group nonfiction writing projects centered around Social Studies/History, Science, or Technical Subjects
John Dalziel's insight:

ProjectWriter is a service through which learners can collaboratively write reports while using vocabulary terms and dates that practitioners have assigned to them.
The benefit of using ProjectWriter for this process is that practitioners get to see each learner's contributions to the project in the 'teacher' dashboard.
They can also give feedback to learners...
   - individually or
   - to the whole group.
Check out ProjectWriter, for ideas about using it within education

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200 Free Documentaries Online

200 Free Documentaries Online | technologies |

Watch over 200 free documentaries online. The documentaries cover everything from music and cinema, to literature, religion, politics and physics. They're thought-provoking, eye-opening, and enlightening. For more great films, please visit our complete collection, .
John Dalziel's insight:

Looking for some interesting free documentaries to use with your learners and/or use for your own professional and intellectual growth?
This list, from Open Culture, is an excellent starting point.
It features around 200 free documentaries spanning a wide range of topics from history to arts and science.
All of the documentaries are provided with a short description about their content together with a link to the page where you can watch them and read more about the contextual information surrounding the topic they cover.
It takes some time to sift through the entire list but I'm fairly sure practitioners will come out with some good documentaries to share with their learners.

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Spruce - create text over images

Spruce - create text over images | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Spruce is really simple.
It’s text on a background, in essence, but enables users to make great looking social media images in seconds.
Spruce also provides the additional option... to search from a bank of millions of images, so users have more background options readily available than with similar tools.

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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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Adobe Color CC

Adobe Color CC | technologies |

Create colour schemes with the colour wheel or browse thousands of colour combinations from the Colour community.

John Dalziel's insight:

Learners, and/or practitioners, can use this colour wheel to create a vast array of pallets from complementary and contrasting, shades and monochromatic or even their own custom look.
A great tool not just for finding the right tones but also to explore colours that visitors to the tool may not have thought to use.
Learners, and/or practitioners, can also create a pallet from an image with Adobe Colour Wheel.

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British Photography - Artists - the Hyman Collection

British Photography - Artists - the Hyman Collection | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Take a look at more than 3000 classic British Photographs, spanning the 19th Century to the present day.
Visitors can browse by...
   - artist; and
   - themed exhibitions, such as 'Childhood', 'Country Life' etc;
Visitors can also look up details including...
   - photo size;

   - the year the shot was taken; and

   - captions.
There is a lot to enjoy

Jean Daubas's curator insight, May 3, 3:42 AM

very interesting and pedagogical resources!

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National STEM Centre - teaching resources

National STEM Centre - teaching resources | technologies |
The National STEM Centre eLibrary enables you to search thousands of teaching resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
John Dalziel's insight:

This community resource area is open to everyone to add in their own resources and teaching materials.
It's hoped that this community resource area will grow, with many teachers, lecturers and technicians sharing their own tried-and-tested resources for others to use.
If you’ve created something you use in your learning environment that you’re proud of – why not share it? Or why not visit the collection and comment on other people’s resources?
Visit the National STEM Centre eLibrary to browse the resources already submitted by the teaching community, and/or to add your first resource.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 1, 8:59 AM

Whoa! This is a goldmine! 

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A Maths Dictionary for Kids 2015 by Jenny Eather

A Maths Dictionary for Kids 2015 by Jenny Eather | technologies |
Interactive, animated maths dictionary for kids with over 600 common math terms explained in simple language. Math glossary with math definitions, examples, math practice interactives, mathematics activities and math calculators. © Jenny Eather 2001-2015.
John Dalziel's insight:

Understanding the language of maths is a barrier for many.
A Maths Dictionary for Kids, may help some learners, it has been around for along time.
Every year it is updated with more great content and not just for kids.
The dictionary provides simple and clear definitions of math terms.
Each definition includes a small diagram or simple activity to illustrate the term's definition.
A Maths Dictionary for Kids does not have a search option, but it doesn't need one as all definitions appear alphabetically just like in a physical dictionary.
Nearly all of the content in the dictionary can be printed.

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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.

Isabel Torres Macchiavello's curator insight, April 28, 4:13 PM

Very good resources...

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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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