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Anatomy Arcade

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Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome games, interactives and videos.
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If you want to make learning anatomy a little more fun, try Anatomy Arcade. This game collection is made to teach learners about the human body.

They can look for games by body system or game type.

Learners love the jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and matching games.
Go on try it out, you know you want to...

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Issue: 18 of ACLjohn's eMagazine, October 2014, is now available

Issue: 18 of ACLjohn's eMagazine, October 2014, is now available | technologies | Scoop.it

Published 19th October 2014; my 5th eMagazine since retiring.

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The second publication for October 2014 - Please feel free to share with anyone. 

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

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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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The Bézier Game

The Bézier Game | technologies | Scoop.it
A game to help you master the pen tool
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The Bezier Game – can be a difficult but yet strangely addictive game, designed to help users learn how to use the Pen tool in Photoshop.
It provides learners with a variety of shapes and then shows them which way you need to move the Pen to succeed.
Learners then have to move the Pen with their mouse in the same way as they were shown. Easy? You’d be surprised.

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Knoema's World Data Atlas

Knoema's World Data Atlas | technologies | Scoop.it
Detailed international and regional statistics on more than 2500 indicators for Economics, Energy, Demographics, Commodities and other topics. Tables, charts, maps free to download, export and share.
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Knoema's World Data Atlas provides a huge collection of...
   - data sets,
   - maps, and
   - charts
...for almost every country in the world.
There are many data categories to pick from.
Some of the data categories that users will find include...
   - GPD Per Capita,
   - Government Debt,
   - Migration,
   - Housing,
   - Energy Consumption, and
   - Agricultural Production.
Each data set, map, and chart can be...
   - exported,
   - downloaded, or
   - embedded into a blog post or webpage.
Note: Registered Knoema users can use the data sets to create their own data visualizations.
Excellent resource for social studies, environmental science and more.

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Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People

Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People | technologies | Scoop.it
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Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People...

   - is a free ebook created by Toby Rush at the University of Dayton.

   - covers everything from the basics of reading key signatures to advanced topics in composition.

   - can be downloaded in parts or in whole. is released under a Creative Commons license that allows practitioners to use it for instruction.

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Make Beliefs Comix e-books from Bill Zimmerman

Make Beliefs Comix e-books from Bill Zimmerman | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Make Beliefs Comix e-books are PDFs that learners customise by filling in the blanks within the document.
If learners use Chrome, they can complete the PDF in their web browsers.
The Make Beliefs Comix e-books provide a nice source of writing prompts for learners.

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Xim - share photos, not your devices

Xim - share photos, not your devices | technologies | Scoop.it
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Practitioners and/or learners, share your photos, not your phone, tablet or other devices.
Xim photographs that are on a camera roll, or a favourite service, to peers, colleagues, learners etc., devices.
Swipe, pan and zoom together for all to enjoy, even those who don’t have the app.
There's no need to project onto an Interactive White Board or huddle around one small screen or even be in the same learning environment – just xim instead so everyone can see the images on their own device. Xims swipe and zoom together, so everyone stays in sync automatically.

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GPlates Web Portal

GPlates Web Portal | technologies | Scoop.it
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A super-detailed map of the ocean floor’s topography based on satellite measurements of subtle lumps on the ocean’s surface. These lumps of water, which are subtle, low, and wide on the ocean’s surface, are caused by the gravitational pull of underwater features like mountains and ridges. The team of scientists have wrapped their data around a Google Earth globe, so practitioners, and/or learners, can explore it themselves.

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Planet Nutshell - Education Library

Planet Nutshell - Education Library | technologies | Scoop.it
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Explore Planet Nutshell's Teacher Library for Educational Videos
Planet Nutshell have produced videos on...
   - Internet Safety,

   - Financial Aid,

   - Climate Science,

   - Health,

   - Mathematics, and

   - Physics.
NOTE: Target Audience is USA so Financial Aid uses US Dollars not £s
All of the education videos are available in one section of the site labelled Teacher Library.

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Freeplay Music

Freeplay Music | technologies | Scoop.it
15,000 SONGS, FREE MUSIC FOR YOUTUBE AND MORE. THE SOUND OF YOUR NEXT PROJECT STARTS HERE.
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Freeplay Music hosts more than 15,000 music files that practitioners and/or learners can download to use within multimedia projects.
The Freeplay Music education license allows learners and practitioners to use the music, for free, within the confines of the learning provider.
Publishing those projects on YouTube requires a slightly different though still free license.

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Awareness

Awareness | technologies | Scoop.it
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Awareness is a ‘personal assistant’ that helps both practitioners and their learners to be aware of the time they spent on the computer.
Are we all aware that...
   - computers, smartphones and tablets now play an essential part in our daily lives;
   - watching a screen for long hours, we might suffer some ill effects such as eye-strain, blur vision and headache and
   - over-staring at a screen can even cause users to experience sleep disorders?
By using Awareness, an on-line app that can help reduce digital eye fatigue and strain, every continuous hour practitioners and their learners spent on computer, will trigger the software to play a Tibetan singing bowl.
In addition to that, Awareness will also show the amount of time being spent on the computer, without a break, in the menu bar.
Note: the software will never force users to stop using the computer.
Awareness is available for both Windows and OS X

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PitchGrub | How To Write The Best Startup Elevator Pitch

PitchGrub | How To Write The Best Startup Elevator Pitch | technologies | Scoop.it
PitchGrub provides a startup elevator pitch template to help entrepreneurs write the perfect pitch.
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Anyone starting a new business should be able to rattle out a quick concise summary of what the business is all about.
This could be for the benefit of investors or anyone simply curious.
PitchGrub helps users compile a pitch by asking them the questions which are the most important to a new business, and the pitch will be compiled from their answers.

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7 Sticky Notes - Fun, interactive, powerful and cool Sticky Notes for your Desktop!

7 Sticky Notes - Fun, interactive, powerful and cool Sticky Notes for your Desktop! | technologies | Scoop.it
7 Sticky Notes is a 100% free desktop notes software that creates Sticky Notes directly on your Desktop! It has a great good-looking realistic sticky note appearance with great features, and it is at the same time simple to use, reliable, and light!
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Post-its on the desktop or Start Screen can be extremely helpful for remembering small but important amounts of information.
Many practitioners and/or learners will prefer to stop cluttering up their desk and go digital.
7 Sticky Notes is an ideal option, for those either running Windows 7 still, or if they’re on Windows 8 but prefer the desktop over the Start Screen.
7 Sticky Notes offers plenty of options for formatting notes and the text within them.
After the installation...
   -  an icon appears in the notification tray (the area in the bottom right corner of your desktop).
   -  Right-clicking the icon provides the option to open a new note.
When a new note is opened, the Note Configuration Window will appear beside it allowing users to change...
   -  the colour of the note,
   -  the font,
   -  font size,
   -  font colour
...and more.
There’s also an option to set alarms.

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MAPfrappe - Move Outlines

MAPfrappe - Move Outlines | technologies | Scoop.it
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Countries have so many different shapes and sizes, so it can be hard to appreciate the true size of a country unless it is placed over another location. MAPfrappe is a Google Maps mashup in which users are provided with two maps.
On one map they can then “sketch” the initial area they want to use in their comparrison.
They can then use the second map to place it (overlap) wherever they wish.
Practitioners, and/or learners may want to show others what they’ve done, and/or want to come back to it at a later time. If that's the case, a button is provided that generates a permanent URL associated with current outlines and map views.
When users, and/or others, use the generated URL, they will return to the outlines and map that was created.

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BEhereBEthere: - Fun & Free Business English Courses

BEhereBEthere: - Fun & Free Business English Courses | technologies | Scoop.it
BEhereBEthere offers fun and free courses which improve your business english. Select your study level Watch videos, take tests and complete activities.
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The BEhereBEthere site is still under construction, but the courses and materials that are there already are really useful for either a self-study Business English learner or for a practitioner working with groups of Pre-intermediate to Upper Intermediate business learners.
To find the course materials, just click on ‘Free Courses’ and choose...
   - either 'Talk Business'
   - or 'Business Bites'.
The current materials rely heavily on video, but these aren’t just the usual talking head type video. The videos have been well produced and developed and all the points in the monologue are well illustrated to support learners understanding.
The interactive activities are clear and intuitive and simple for learners to navigate. There is also feedback given to learners when they get the answers wrong.
Business English practitioners, should check out the content and sign up to get information when new courses are added.

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BioDigital Human: Anatomy and Health Conditions in Interactive 3D

BioDigital Human: Anatomy and Health Conditions in Interactive 3D | technologies | Scoop.it
The BioDigital Human is a virtual 3D body that brings to life thousands of medically accurate anatomy objects and health conditions in an interactive Web-based platform
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BioDigital Human offers interactive 3D models of the human...
   - skeleton,
   - muscle systems, and
   - nervous system.
Users can turn on and off different views according to which body systems you want to view.
The models can be rotated 360 degrees and the labels have an audio play-back option.
In addition to the website, BioDigital Human is available as an iPad app and as Android app.

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Tech Video Timeline | ITN Source

Tech Video Timeline | ITN Source | technologies | Scoop.it
From the Wright Brothers and the Atomic Bomb to the Apple iPad and the Internet; the world has seen some of the most incredible advances in science and technology in the last century. Check out our fascinating interactive video timeline, showcasing a celebration in how technology has changed our lives!
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ITN is a UK television news service which has been around for decades covering all the major technology news events as they happened.
Now they have assembled these news reports into one easy timeline which you can view by moving the slider along to the year you want to see.
Note: video clip start automatically.

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FREE Printables from MakeBeliefsComix

FREE Printables from MakeBeliefsComix | technologies | Scoop.it
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If learners don't have access to computers, take a look at the Make Beliefs Comix printable templates to use as writing prompts. I'm sure there is a category that will provide appropriate resources for learners.

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TakeItApart

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Photo-driven disassembly guides. See how to take apart everyday things, and find things to do once inside.

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TakeItApart – is a place...
   - where practitioners and learners can share photo-driven disassembly guides.
   - to see how to take apart everyday things, and
   - to find things to do once inside.
Note: It will void the warranties of devices, but in the process, visitors to TakeItApart may learn a lot about how a device works internally; it also provides ideas for presenting visual tutorials and more.

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Vertex42 - Excel Templates, Calendars, Calculators and Spreadsheets

Vertex42 - Excel Templates, Calendars, Calculators and Spreadsheets | technologies | Scoop.it
Excel templates, calendars, calculators, spreadsheets, and other Excel solutions for business, home, and educational use.
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One of the reasons why staying afloat is so challenging, for many learners, is because money, for many, is...
   - such an abstract concept.
   - just numbers on a page, or pieces of paper in a wallet.
Functional Skills, I hear many of you thinking!
But what if that wasn’t the case?
What if learners could easily and accurately visualize their financial health?
Wouldn’t it be great if they knew where their money was, at all times?
Vertex42 has a range of spreadsheets that make this possible), and more (Note: They need adapting for UK use as they use US Dollars not £.

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EnjoyCSS

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EnjoyCSS is an advanced CSS3 generator that saves your time. Its handy and simple UI allows you to adjust rich graphical styles quickly and without coding.
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EnjoyCSS – is an advanced CSS3 generator that allows users to get rid of routine coding.

Its handy and easy-to-use UI allows users to adjust rich graphical styles quickly and without coding.

All the required CSS code will be automatically generated by EnjoyCSS.

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Office Timeline

Office Timeline | technologies | Scoop.it
Easily create a beautiful timeline or Gantt chart for important presentations using this free, award winning timeline maker.
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Office Timeline enables practitioners to quickly create professional project/assignment visuals that impress learners, colleagues, and managers.
Office Timeline is the only Gantt chart and timeline maker software built for Knowledge Workers, right inside Microsoft PowerPoint.
It enables users to easily produces elegant Gantt charts and timelines that currently, as far as I'm aware, no other application can match.

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Airtable

Airtable | technologies | Scoop.it
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Managers, practitioners, learners, and others, STOP using spreadsheets as a database.
Airtable provides an alternative that is as fast and easy as editing a spreadsheet.
But only Airtable is backed by the power of a full database, giving users rich features far beyond what any spreadsheet can offer.
Plus with Airtable, users get seamless access from anywhere.

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CK-12 Foundation

CK-12 Foundation | technologies | Scoop.it
CK-12 Foundation provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts from arithmetic to history
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CK-12 is a great platform that provides high quality curated STEM content for both practitioners and learners.
Its library has over 5000 math and science materials ideal to use in learning environments.
CK-12 has now launched a new wonderful resource for physics practitioners.
"Physics Interactive Simulations" features a plethora of free online simulations to help learners understand different physics concepts.
NOTE: This service is still in beta but there are already more than 60 simulations embedded there.
Practitioners should browse through the different collections and see what you can pick up for their Learners.

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Freepik

Freepik | technologies | Scoop.it
Download thousands of FREE vectors, stock photos, HD photos and PSD
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Created originally for graphic and web designers, Freepik’s image collection revolves around...
   - vectors,
   - icons and
   - illustrations.
These graphic designs and often modern artwork can be used directly by learners, but they are also an excellent source of inspiration for learners if they are creating their own digital pieces.

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PALETTE.TOWN

PALETTE.TOWN | technologies | Scoop.it
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Palette Town is a website in which users can find out all of the colours of a picture, simply by dragging and dropping that picture onto the page.
They can also choose whether or not they want...
the HEX code, or
the RGB code
...for the colours.
When the picture is dropped on the page, the palette opens, with all the colours. Just click one to get the code.
One for designers from many fields of study.

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DreamBox Learning - Teacher Tools

DreamBox Learning - Teacher Tools | technologies | Scoop.it

Free DreamBox K-8 math virtual manipulatives to use with any whiteboard bring math to life for students in large-or-small group instructional settings.

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Dreambox Learning provides some excellent "Teacher Tools" (manipulatives) for visual/kinesthetic learners in Mathematics.
Ideal, in many cases, for use on Interactive White Boards, Chromecasts etc.
Also have potential for use within a "Flipped Learning" setup.

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