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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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ACLjohn's eMagazine - 2014: Issue 15 September

ACLjohn's eMagazine - 2014: Issue 15 September | technologies | Scoop.it

Published 28th August 2014; my 2nd eMagazine since retiring.

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The first publication for September 2014 - Please feel free to share with anyone. 

Please Note: this is the second eMagazines created since retirement. It contain views that are my own and some previous elements have been removed and others added.

There will be two publications for this month.

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

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Institute of Physics (IOP) Education

Institute of Physics (IOP) Education | technologies | Scoop.it
Institute of Physics: Education
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Explore this "Education" section to find out about the IOP's...
   - latest curriculum development initiatives,
   - Affiliated Schools Scheme and
   - professional development courses.
There are also resource links and information about the various support networks available.

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Histropedia - The Timeline of Everything

Histropedia - The Timeline of Everything | technologies | Scoop.it
Discover a new way to visualise Wikipedia.
Choose from over 1.5 million events to create and share timelines in minutes.
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Histropedia is an interactive to that grabs content from wikipedia and presents it as a combination of...
   - timelines,
   - maps and
   - trends.
This enables "visual learners" to explore historical events visually rather than wading through information.
It's a good idea to click the "Featured Timelines" to get an idea of Histropedias potential.
Double clicking any panel lets users switch between content on Wikipedia and other sites like, for example, YouTube.

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Internet Archive Book Images

Internet Archive Book Images | technologies | Scoop.it
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to...
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Internet Archive is a new collection at Flickr where practitioners, and learners, can search through an archive of 2.6 million public domain images, all extracted from books, magazines and newspapers published over a 500 year period.
This new Flickr archive accomplishes something quite important, it concentrates on images.
How do you search through the archive? (It’s not entirely obvious)
From the home page of the archive, users can do a keyword search. As they’re filling in the keyword, Flickr will produce a dropdown which includes the words “Internet Archive Book Images’ Photostream.”
Users must make sure they click on those words, or else their search results will include images from other parts of Flickr.
NOTE: All images can be downloaded for free. They’re all public domain.

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Beesy.me - Improve your team productivity

Beesy.me - Improve your team productivity | technologies | Scoop.it
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Beesy provides an all-in-one platform for helping users plan and coordinate projects, set-up to-dos and deadlines, communicate with clients and co-workers and much more.
Beesy is available both on the web and as an iPad app.
The online and iPad versions of Beesy use five main sections...
the Dashboard, which provides an overview of tasks and calendar appoints;
a Notes section for meeting notes and minutes;
a list of Actions created by users and tasks to assigned to other people;
a People section for user contacts; and
a section for planning Projects and goals.
The features in the iPad version of Beesy are more useful than on the online version. e.g. users can actually send an email from the app, draw and write on downloaded web pages, and record and save audio files.

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Real Favicon Generator - Generate favicon pictures and HTML

Real Favicon Generator - Generate favicon pictures and HTML | technologies | Scoop.it
Generate favicon pictures and HTML code for all major platforms at once.
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This is one for learners studying to become a web designer or developer - Real Favicon Generator generates all the pictures and HTML code they'll need to get a mobile- and tablet-ready favicon.

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Teaching U.S. History

Teaching U.S. History | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Centre for History and New Media (CHNM) has created the Teaching History website with the goal of making U.S....
   - history content,
   - teaching strategies,
   - resources, and
   - research
...accessible to History Practitioners, to support the teaching of U.S. History education within Learning Environments.

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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | technologies | Scoop.it
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.
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Regardless of the age of learners, a common challenge exists for many practitioners:

Given that varied reading levels may exist within a single learning environment, it can seem virtually impossible to have all learners access the same content in a way that allows them to comprehend the material.
NEWSELA solves this by providing practitioners with a database of non-fiction articles.
In addition, each article can be adjusted by Lexile for up to five different reading levels, and some articles include comprehension quizzes.
One for Functional Skills practitioners I feel.

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Tackk Edu: (@TackkLessons)

Tackk Edu: (@TackkLessons) | technologies | Scoop.it
Browse Tackks about Tackk Lessons (@TackkLessons)
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Visit Tackk Edu to see...
   - science,
   - maths,
   - social studies,
   - art, and
   - language arts lesson plans that utilize Tackk.
Note: To create a Tackk page you do not need to register for an account, but unregistered Tackk pages expire after seven days.
I suggest practitioners registering for a free Tackk account before creating their first page. To create a Tackk page just...
   - upload an image
   - add text in the customizable fields above and below the image.
Tackk pages can also accommodate...
   - videos,
   - audio files, and
   - maps.

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John Dalziel's insight:

Visit Tackk Edu to see...
   - science,
   - maths,
   - social studies,
   - art, and
   - language arts lesson plans that utilize Tackk.
Note: To create a Tackk page you do not need to register for an account, but unregistered Tackk pages expire after seven days.
I suggest practitioners registering for a free Tackk account before creating their first page. To create a Tackk page just...
   - upload an image
   - add text in the customizable fields above and below the image.
Tackk pages can also accommodate...
   - videos,
   - audio files, and
   - maps.

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Born To Build

Born To Build | technologies | Scoop.it
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The new Born to Build website highlights the huge range of roles in construction, and along the way explodes a few myths about the industry...

Construction is one of the biggest industries to work in, both in the UK and worldwide. To illustrate this, it employs ten per cent of the UK working population and needs to recruit a further 185,000 over the next five years.

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The new Born to Build website highlights the huge range of roles in construction, and along the way explodes a few myths about the industry...

Construction is one of the biggest industries to work in, both in the UK and worldwide. To illustrate this, it employs ten per cent of the UK working population and needs to recruit a further 185,000 over the next five years.

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ExamTime - Changing the way you learn

ExamTime is a personal learning environment that allows students & teachers to create, discover and share learning resources. Transform your learning and achieve your goals with ExamTime

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ExamTime is a personal learning environment that allows learners & practitioners to...
   - create,
   - share & discover resources
   - build mind maps, flashcards, quizzes & notes

... and all for free!
Why reinvent the wheel!
Transform learning and make goals achieveable with ExamTime

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Tellagami - a stepping stone for learners who may be hesitant or uncomfortable speaking in front of an audience

Tellagami - a stepping stone for learners who may be hesitant or uncomfortable speaking in front of an audience | technologies | Scoop.it
Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated Gami video.
John Dalziel's insight:

Tellagami is a great idea and stepping stone for learners who may be hesitant or uncomfortable speaking in front of an audience.
Practitioners can ask their learners to record or script their own presentation based on a topic of study.
Tellagami is an app that's gaining more and more popularity in learning environments with a fun and interactive take on creating animated videos.
Tellagami lets learners create their own virtual performances using 3D digital avatars that they can design and customize themselves. By recording their own voice or simply typing the script, they can watch their own digital character bring their story to life.

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MyBnk - Delivering expert-led financial education & enterprise

MyBnk - Delivering expert-led financial education & enterprise | technologies | Scoop.it
We are a charity who deliver financial education and enterprise experiences directly to 11-25 years olds in schools and youth organisations.
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MyBnk, working with young people, have created high impact and high energy financial and enterprise education programmes on topics such as...
   - saving and budgeting,
   - survival money management,
   - social enterprise and
   - start up entrepreneurship.
Useful resources for Functional Skills.
MyBnk are a charity who deliver financial education and enterprise experiences directly to 11-25 year olds in schools and youth organisations.

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physics.org

physics.org | technologies | Scoop.it
Your guide to physics on the web. physics.org is the place to be if you have a burning physics question, or if you just want to browse articles and interactive features about physics
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Have a question about physics or simply interested in the subject?
Check out physics.org for...
   -  facts,
   -  experiments,
   -  games and
   -  revision advice.
One for learners I feel.

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ooVoo Video Chat: Free Video Chat for PC, Mac & Mobiles

ooVoo Video Chat: Free Video Chat for PC, Mac & Mobiles | technologies | Scoop.it
Enjoy all of ooVoo's features on your PC. It's free!
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Oovoo provides free video chat and instant messaging for up to 12 people.
The list of features includes screen and file sharing, as well as video voice mail.
Users can also record a session and upload it to YouTube for learners who are unable to attend the live meeting.
Practitioners can use this tool for exam review sessions, for example, and learners can set up small study groups.
Note: The link is for PCs but there is one for Mac & Mobile from the landing page!

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The Rubbish Diet | The Rubbish Diet landfill waste Challenge

The Rubbish Diet | The Rubbish Diet landfill waste Challenge | technologies | Scoop.it
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This one for all of us!
Packed with advice about what to do with unwanted...
   - food,
   - plastic,
   - packaging and
   - household/other junk
...rather than just chucking it away!
Visitors can also...

   - share their own "rubbish tips" and request ideas about how to recycle specific items.

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Chromecast Background Images

Chromecast Background Images | technologies | Scoop.it
Chromecast Background Images
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Chromecast Backgrounds – if any of you use Chromecast, you'll already know that it provides countless amazing high-definition backgrounds for the TV screen.
Well Chromecast Backgrounds provides you with 680 high quality images that you can download and use.

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Leap.it

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Leap.it - a whole new take on search. What are you looking to discover? Try it now!
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Leap.it provides a visual search engine which, for some learners and/or practitioners, could enhance engagement.
Leap.it results come up displayed on cards.
For each search, it integrates social links, searching into Twitter streams, with real-time news and historical information.
If practitioners and their learners log in and create an account they can curate and share their own search ‘perspectives’ with others.

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Google Noto Fonts

Google Noto Fonts | technologies | Scoop.it
Beautiful and free fonts for all languages. Noto is Google’s font family that aims to support all the world’s languages. Its design goal is to achieve visual harmonization across languages.
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Noto fonts are under Apache License 2.0. Simply select a region of your interest and pick languages. You will then be provided with download links for each one.

Ideal for learners on language courses or for learners who want to communicate with family and/or others in their native tounge

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GIF YouTube | Make Animated GIFs from Youtube

GIF YouTube | Make Animated GIFs from Youtube | technologies | Scoop.it
Gif Youtube brings you the fastest way to create animated GIFs from YouTube
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A meme is a funny picture (often with a caption attached) which can go viral around the Internet. One form of this meme can be a GIF image. GIF YouTube enables you to take a scene from a YouTube video and turn it into a GIF image. All you have to do is type “gif” before “youtube” in the URL.
GIF YouTube can also be used to provide educational clips, (10sec max) to emphasise specific things.

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ViewPure / videos without clutter

ViewPure / videos without clutter | technologies | Scoop.it
Watch YouTube videos without comments, ads, related videos, or any other distractions. It's great for teachers, parents, and organizations alike - or really, anybody.
John Dalziel's insight:

The ViewPure website and ViewPure browser bookmarklet are great tools for practitioners who want to show a YouTube video in their learning environment, but don't want to risk displaying "related" sidebar content. 

ViewPure has been around for a four or five years.
The site has been updated to offer helpful search tools.
Practitioners can now search for YouTube videos through the ViewPure website.
NOTE: ViewPure is not a work-around if your learning provider blocks YouTube and it is not a tool for downloading YouTube videos.

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Simple Steps Save Lives

Simple Steps Save Lives | technologies | Scoop.it

Eight educational videos about pool and spa safety

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Every year, about 300 children under the age of 5 drown in pools and spas.
Thousands more are hospitalized.
These deaths and injuries are preventable.
This series of eight videos covers the steps to put in place to prevent a drowning.

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Mail Markup: Inline annotations and markup in Gmail, Email markup, Email annotations

Mail Markup: Inline annotations and markup in Gmail, Email markup, Email annotations | technologies | Scoop.it
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Mail Markup in Gmail is a Chrome extension which enables practitioners to preview an attachment from their learners without downloading it.
They can...
   - annotate the attachment,
   - add comments,
   - add those comments directly into the email, and
   - then send it back.
Potentially, a huge time saver.

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Digital Image Collection-Folger Shakespeare Library

Digital Image Collection-Folger Shakespeare Library | technologies | Scoop.it
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The rare materials held at the Folger are meant to be actively used; Henry Folger once called the collection “a fine kit of tools for scholars.”

Today, the Folger Library continues to make its books, manuscripts, and artworks as accessible as possible within the limits set by their rarity and, in many cases, fragility.
For the general public, world-wide, access to the Folger collection is provided via their freely-accessible Digital Image Collection.
The Folger's Digital Image Collection offers online access to over 75,000 images from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection, including...
   - books,
   - theater memorabilia,
   - manuscripts,
   - art,
...and more.
Images are available in high resolution and users can...
   - show multiple images side-by-side,
   - zoom in and out to see fine detail,
   - view cataloging information when available,
   - export thumbnails, and
   - construct permanent URLs linking back to their favorite items or searches.
These images are available for free use under a CC BY-SA Creative Commons license.

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John Dalziel's insight:

The rare materials held at the Folger are meant to be actively used; Henry Folger once called the collection “a fine kit of tools for scholars.”

Today, the Folger Library continues to make its books, manuscripts, and artworks as accessible as possible within the limits set by their rarity and, in many cases, fragility.
For the general public, world-wide, access to the Folger collection is provided via their freely-accessible Digital Image Collection.
The Folger's Digital Image Collection offers online access to over 75,000 images from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection, including...
   - books,
   - theater memorabilia,
   - manuscripts,
   - art,
...and more.
Images are available in high resolution and users can...
   - show multiple images side-by-side,
   - zoom in and out to see fine detail,
   - view cataloging information when available,
   - export thumbnails, and
   - construct permanent URLs linking back to their favorite items or searches.
These images are available for free use under a CC BY-SA Creative Commons license.

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Boost Your ROI: 12 Clever Areas of Use for Online Meeting Software

Boost Your ROI: 12 Clever Areas of Use for Online Meeting Software | technologies | Scoop.it
We all know that there are many uses for online meeting software besides generic meeting scenarios. This free guide shows you how to creatively adapt your use of online meeting software to get greater return.
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This free guide will highlight several real-world instances in which online meeting software can be a tremendous asset.

It will also help you think of new ways you can leverage on-line meetings for your own use. Download this free, complete guide if you want to:
- Increase your ROI on your online meeting software
- See concrete applications of online meeting technology in day-to-day operations
- Gain new insights into how online meetings can be creatively used in several industries
- Empower yourself to truly get the most out of your desktop sharing software purchase

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John Dalziel's insight:

This free guide will highlight several real-world instances in which online meeting software can be a tremendous asset.

It will also help you think of new ways you can leverage on-line meetings for your own use. Download this free, complete guide if you want to:
- Increase your ROI on your online meeting software
- See concrete applications of online meeting technology in day-to-day operations
- Gain new insights into how online meetings can be creatively used in several industries
- Empower yourself to truly get the most out of your desktop sharing software purchase

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earth

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An animated map of global wind and weather. Visit the community at https://www.facebook.com/EarthWindMap

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As we are all aware, at any one time, wind currents are flowing around the world, at different temperatures and speeds.
This Animated Map, Earth, enables users to...
   - spin the globe with their mouse
   - zoom in and out with the scroll wheel and
   - see where the wind currents are, and which ones are the strongest.
Open the full menu by clicking on the word "earth" at the bottom left of the screen; this, among other things, will allow users to view the wind, as it was earlier and/or will end up next!

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As we are all aware, at any one time, wind currents are flowing around the world, at different temperatures and speeds.
This Animated Map, Earth, enables users to...
   - spin the globe with their mouse
   - zoom in and out with the scroll wheel and
   - see where the wind currents are, and which ones are the strongest.
Open the full menu by clicking on the word "earth" at the bottom left of the screen; this, among other things, will allow users to view the wind, as it was earlier and/or will end up next!