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2013 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

2013 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM | technologies |
The official site of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club is presented by IBM. Follow The Championships, get live scores and results, and see who will win this grand slam tennis tournament.
John Dalziel's insight:

The official Wimbledon site has a huge amount of information that can be used for independent research by learners.

The site features the latest news, player profiles, video / audio feeds and photo galleries.

Each year, when the competition starts, functional skills learners could use some of the statistics for data handling activities or, by using the timeline find out what happened in Wimbledon in the year they were born...

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ACLjohn's eMagazine - 2014: Issue 8

ACLjohn's eMagazine - 2014: Issue 8 | technologies |

Published 16th April 2014

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The second publication for April 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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Booktrack Classroom - Amplify your story

Booktrack Classroom - Amplify your story | technologies |
Booktrack has created a new genre of digital storytelling entertainment. The patented technology lets anyone add a synchronized movie-style soundtrack—including music, ambient audio and sound effects—to an e-Book or other digital text content, with the audio paced to each individual’s reading speed. This innovative platform enables users to create and share stories—on a mobile or tablet device—in a unique and exciting way, transforming the “written” word.
John Dalziel's insight:

Booktrack Classroom – delivers an experience for today’s generation of digital-savvy learners, providing new ways for learners to study and enjoy reading and writing.
Booktrack Classroom is a new technology that synchronizes audio with text to create an immersive reading experience.
Stories and essays published with Booktrack include a customised, movie-style soundtrack that complements the story.

Booktrack can be used in a variety of ways to engage with learners. Here are just a few examples:

Narrative Writing – Learners add music and audio to their original stories.Informative and Explanatory Writing – Learners compose essays and articles selecting suitable audio to accompany their text.Literature Study – Learners gain insight and increased understanding of the text by creating their own soundtracks for novels, stories, and plays they are reading in class.Read-Alouds – Practitioner and learner led read-alouds are enhanced through the addition of sound and music to the chapter or act being presented.

Booktrack Classroom can be used on both an individual basis as well as in group learning exercises.

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Songwriter101 | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Songwriter101 is recommended as a place to learn all things related to song-writing.
The site’s main draw is its collection of articles.
They’re split into eight categories that cover various facets of song-writing...
   - Artists,
   - Technology,
   - Song writing,
   - Publishing,
   - The Band,
   - The Biz,
   - Copyrights, and
   - Finance.
Whether you’re a newbie or veteran, hobbyist or professional, there is something here for everyone.
The site also has an active forum where visitors can meet and discuss the various aspects of music creation.

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BodyMaps: Explore the Human Anatomy in 3D

BodyMaps: Explore the Human Anatomy in 3D | technologies |
Learn about human anatomy, including organs, facts, and more with Human Body Maps, a free interactive tool. Explore 3D models of all human body systems.
John Dalziel's insight:

BodyMaps is an interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D.
With easy-to-use navigation, users can search multiple layers of the human anatomy, view systems and organs down to their smallest parts, and understand in detail how the human body works.
By offering rich, detailed anatomical images alongside links to relevant and useful health information, BodyMaps allows users to leam about their body and their health in a personalised and revolutionary new way.

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Surfkollen: What do you know about your online activity?

Surfkollen: What do you know about your online activity? | technologies |

Surfkollen is a Swedish add-on for either Firefox or Chrome. 

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Surfkollen is a Swedish add-on for either Firefox or Chrome. It analyzes the last 7 days of your online activity, and presents the results on a slick, colourful graph. Surfkollen can only analyze the last 7 days, so the insights you can get from at it at the moment are a bit limited.
However If you’re anything like me, a single week can easily represent your typical surfing habits.

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Clipix: Clip and organize everything related to courses being taken/delivered/etc.

Clipix: Clip and organize everything related to courses being taken/delivered/etc. | technologies |
Clipix helps you organize your life by giving you one central place where you can keep everything you see online and want to come back to. It's always free.
John Dalziel's insight:

Clipix will remind users of Pinterest or eduClipper in that they can "clip" images, videos, and links to save on digital clipboards.
Clipix however, also supports uploading files from a computer to Clipix clipboards.
Plus each of the clipboards that users create in their Clipix account can be kept private or made public. There is also a privately shared option that can be used for collaborating on clipboard creation.
Although Clipix's basic functions are very similar to other services, the user interface on Clipix feels less cluttered to me than that of some of its competitors.
Clipix also offers Android and iOS apps that will synchronize with a user online Clipix account.
Clipix could be ideal for learners who are looking for a tool to help them organize their research/resources/etc., by course.
Learners could create a different clipboard for each course that they are taking.

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calmCounter | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Calmness Counter can be used to show learners how loudly they are speaking.
The browser based application measures the volume of the noise in a learning environment and displays a dial meter to display the decibel level. Users can adjust the microphone input sensitivity directly on the Calmness Counter screen.
Note: to avoid feedback, it is esential to mute speakers.
Projecting the meters for all learners to see could be a good way to help them understand the appropriate volume for conversations while working on group activities in a learning environment.

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Penzu | technologies |
Free personal journal and online diary.
John Dalziel's insight:

With a simple design and paper-like interface, Penzu is extremely intuitive and easy to use.
Keeping a daily diary with Penzu couldn't be easier. Users can write at any time from anywhere.
Reflective Journals help learners to "Get Smarter" - Keeping a journal or diary can not only boost learners' "working memory" but their grades too.
The act of writing can be extremely therapeutic, especially when writing about thoughts that they don't share with others.
Questions to consider daily could include...
   - What did I do today?
   - Did I have any strong feelings, good or bad, about my day?
   - What would I like to remember (or forget)?
   - Do I remember feeling this way before?
   - If my day could have gone better or worse, how might it have unfolded?

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Scooped by John Dalziel! - Publish a Beautiful Blog Post - Publish a Beautiful Blog Post | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight: enables learners to publish the work they create immediately.
All they need to do is...
   - create a personal URL,
   - insert the written work onto their personal page,
   - enrich it with tags and images,
   - change the theme of the page and
   - publish a beautiful post
...all in a matter of minutes.
The service is extremely fast and simple to use; it requires no setup and doesn’t store any personal information or email addresses.

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Short-term File Sharing — Torpedo

Short-term File Sharing — Torpedo | technologies |
Share files, passwords, and more with self-destructing private links. Torpedo is easy to use short-term file sharing.
John Dalziel's insight:

Share files, passwords, and more with self-destructing private links. Torpedo’s share links self-destruct as soon as your file is downloaded.

Drag any file to the menu bar. Choose 48 hours or one download. Torpedo will automatically copy a link to your clipboard that you can send to anyone you’d like. All they need is a web browser. Ideal for practitioners and/or learners.

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Wavosaur free audio editor with VST and ASIO support

Wavosaur free audio editor with VST and ASIO support | technologies |
WAVOSAUR is a free audio editor for Windows with VST plugins support.
The program is ASIO compatible, can do loop points edition, auto-trim, noise removal
John Dalziel's insight:

If practitioners/learners...
   - have little space on their PC; and/or
   - do not want to download audio editing software which takes up too much space;and/or
   - are not allowed to add audio editing software to their PC...
...then this could be perfect for them. Wavosaur is quite powerful despite its small size. Users can just download the 269KB file, unzip it and they are ready to go.
Wavosaur supports many different audio formats and offers many features such as trim, cut, copy, paste, remove noise from background, normalize the audio file, fade in and fade out and many other features which are perfect for educational use.
Note: an appropriate "lame" file will also be required if users wish to export recordings as mp3files.

Lame files are available at... ;

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Engineering for Change

Engineering for Change | technologies |
Engineering for Change connects a growing community of engineers, technologists, social scientists, NGOs, local governments and community advocates, who are dedicated to improving the quality of life all over the world.
John Dalziel's insight:

On the Engineering for Change website there's a regular live, interactive webcast permitting participants to learn and interrelate with others in engineering, rather than a conventional learning site with videos, courses and lessons. < >
By signing up they'll automatically receive an email link to the next event. They’ll also earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for every webinar they attend – allthey have to do is fill out and submit a PDH Form and e-mail a completed Webinar Evaluation Form (located on the individual webinar page) to eab-ceuadmin@IEEE.ORG. Their certificate request will then be completed within 5-7 business days.
A fresh topic is suggested each month.

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Nationally (UK) developed Skills for Life resources

Nationally (UK) developed Skills for Life resources | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

These resources were developed over the period 2001 to 2010, to support the national Skills for Life Strategy and other Skills for Life developments. The documents and other resources were held on the Readwriteplus website which has been closed for some time.
Some of the material was developed some time ago and will be of interest for research, however the teaching and learning materials (generic Skills for Life teaching and learning materials, embedded learning materials, Skilled for Health materials, interactive materials) and the assessment materials (ESOL initial assessment, diagnostic assessment) remain current.
These materials will be of interest to a wide range of teachers in all settings, including Skills for Life, functional skills and key skills teaching and learning. Vocational, employability and community teachers will find useful resources in the embedded learning materials. All materials are downloadable and free of charge.

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EverySlide | Interactive Presentations | Audience Response System

EverySlide | Interactive Presentations | Audience Response System | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

EverySlide has the potential be an excellent tool for gathering feedback from learners while presenting.
EverySlide is a service that allows users to share their slides directly to the iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, and Android devices used by members of an audience.
As users move through their shared slides they can pop-up a poll to gather feedback from their audience.
EverySlide supports PowerPoint, Keynote slides and pdfs.
upload slides to EverySlide and when you're ready to present
give your audience the access code for your slides.
At the end of your presentation users can grab a spreadsheet of the responses to their poll questions.

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Virtual Tours and Webcams: Google Map

Virtual Tours and Webcams: Google Map | technologies |
Search the world's information, including webpages, images, videos and more. Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you're looking for.
John Dalziel's insight:

When I saw this Google map I immediately thought that it would be a great resource for...

   - geography,

   - history, and

   - world studies

...practitioners and/or learners.
It could also be useful for literature teachers to provide their learners with a real-life look at places mentioned in the books they read.

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Font Town - 30000+ free fonts to download

Font Town - 30000+ free fonts to download | technologies |
Download 30000+ free fonts from Font Town - the best free font search engine and archive.
John Dalziel's insight:

Font Town is a community of font designers and enthusiasts.
The website offers more than 30,000 free desktop and web font products which can be previewed on the site and then downloaded. Font Town's smart search feature makes it very easy to search and save the fonts users like or simply browse the fonts the way they want to.
Try it out by using the Search Link at the top of the screen.

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Google Cultural Institute

Google Cultural Institute | technologies |
The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum.
John Dalziel's insight:

Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world.

Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces.

Create your own galleries and share favourite finds with learners, peers, etc.

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Transum Software

Transum Software | technologies |
Free online software for Maths Teachers
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One for practitioners and learners delivering or on maths courses.
If they have not fully explored Transum’s excellent "Starter of the Day" pages then they should have another look, there are some gems there.
The homepage lists content for...
Learners and
The Topics Tab helps pinpoint specific Maths topics
All Transum Software is offered free however if it is used regularly they'd appreciate a contribution.
Suggested payments can be found under the Licence Tab.

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Studygeek: Free maths help online

Studygeek: Free maths help online | technologies |
Here you can find hundreds of free math lessons, answers and useful math solvers, which will help you with your math classes.
John Dalziel's insight:

Studygeek offers hundreds of free online mathematics tutorials.

The site features a combination of written tutorials and video tutorials sourced from the web.
Like similar sites, Studygeek organizes lessons according to subject and topic.
Studygeek targets high school and undergraduate mathematics learners.
Ideal for learners that need of a quick refresher or a little help when they get stuck on their course/homework.

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John Dalziel's latest podcast (April's 3rd) via - PodSnack

John Dalziel's latest podcast (April's 3rd) via - PodSnack | technologies |

Podcasts from John Dalziel - Learning before technology 

I know it's been said many times before, but I feel it's worth saying again.

Learning should always come before technology!

Find out more by listening to this podcast! 

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Latest Podcast- Learning before technology;- published 16th April 2014

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RSC Northwest's Post-16 TV April 2014's Loop

RSC Northwest's Post-16 TV on Livestream  - Watch live streaming Internet TV. 

John Dalziel's insight:

This month's loop, of 30 min 26 sec, includes an overview of events coming up in May, a video about the VLE - Evaluation Tool for Content, the planned Oldham TeachMeet, the CPD Forum & Livebinder,  the Equality & Diversity Livebinder, a chat/fairwell with Anita Holt via Skype and links to ACLjohn's Resources.

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Scrawlar: - web word processor & web whiteboard for learning providers; Create, collaborate and share.

Scrawlar: - web word processor & web whiteboard for learning providers; Create, collaborate and share. | technologies |
A web word processor and whiteboard for schools! Allow students to share, collaborate and edit on any computer, smart phone or tablet!
John Dalziel's insight:

Scrawlar – is a web word processor and whiteboard for learning providers/practitioners/learners and more.
   - Write,

   - edit,

   - collaborate,

   - save, and

   - share work on any tablet, phone, or computer.
No app, plugin, or installation required.
Practitioners add learners to their network.

Then those learners log in using the class code and their unique password.

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TwistedWave Online

TwistedWave Online | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

TwistedWave is a must have audio track creation and editing tool for learners and practitioners that using Chromebook. It's also good for those using other platforms.
The integration with Google Drive makes it easy for learners to save their works and share their recordings with their practitioners, and/or peers.
Users can create and edit spoken audio recordings from scratch.
Their completed tracks can then be exported to Google Drive and SoundCloud.
If users have existing audio tracks in their SoundCloud or Google Drive account they can also import them into TwistedWave and edit them.
TwistedWave's audio editing tools include options for...
   - fade-in,
   - fade-out,
   - looping,
   - sound normalization, and
   - pitch adjustments.
The editor also includes the typical track clipping tools that you would expect to see in an audio editing tool.
NOTE: Users will have to create a free TwistedWave account in order to create and or edit a track of more than thirty seconds in length.

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Homepage - ABPI - Resources for Schools

Homepage - ABPI - Resources for Schools | technologies |

Free teaching resources for primary and secondary schools. Supported by the UK pharmaceutical industry.

John Dalziel's insight:

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry "Resources..." provides interactive content for a wide range of learner age groups.
Topics covered for the 16+ age group include...
   - Science
   - Applied science
   - Biology
   - Human biology
   - Chemistry
   - Biotechnology
   - Business studies
   - Health and social care
   - Physical education
   - PSHE/Citizenship studies
   - Religious studies
   - Science in society
For Practitioners there are high quality animations and diagrams that they can display full screen size on their interactive whiteboard, or even download for inclusion in lesson plans.
The information on Curriculum Links for each Interactive Content Topic is continually updated to keep abreast of ongoing curriculum changes in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
There is also a series of Useful Links to other websites supported by the pharmaceutical industry.

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WebSID; Chrome music experiment...

WebSID; Chrome music experiment... | technologies |
An homage to the Commodore 64's SID sounds running inside your WebKit browser
John Dalziel's insight:

For some practitioners, especially if they’re a child of the 80′s,WebSID will definitely bring back some memories.
The WebSID is a digital recreation of the iconic SID sound chip, as used in the Commodore 64.
It’s very simple and easy to use, with a straightforward interface, and can be played using a computer keyboard.
The on-screen keyboard also responds to touch if users are accessing it on a smartphone or tablet or iPad.
WebSID also comes with a built-in delay effect for more sound design possibilities.
WebSID is also available on the Chrome Web Store so practitioners, and/or their learners, can play the synth offline.
Note: It's been built using the WebAudio API, so only works in browsers that support HTML5 audio.

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Scooped by John Dalziel! - Make your own grid paper. - Make your own grid paper. | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Gridzzly is a free on-line tool for designing...
   - lined,
   - grid, and
   - graph paper.
   - visit the site,
   - select the format for your paper (dots, lines, squares, or hexagons) then
   - choose the spacing for the paper and
   - print it (as a pdf?).
The rule at the top of the page indicates the spacing of the dots, lines, squares, or hexagons on the page being created.

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