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Librables | Download free eBooks and documents

Librables | Download free eBooks and documents | technologies |
Your N°1 Place to download free books, eBooks, manuals and documents is Librables. Discover new amazing free eBooks in the Internet.
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Librables – allows users to find a wide range of...
- documents and official manuals (pdf, txt, word, ppt, etc),
- books and
- eBooks.
The default page starts with the best-sellers section.
Tabs allow users to look at...
- Horror
- Fantasy,
- Mystery,
- Suspense,
- Science fiction,
- Thrillers,
- Literary
...and if users are looking for documents or manuals they can use the search button found at the far right of the tabs.

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Issue: 16 of ACLjohn's eMagazine, September 2014, is now available

Issue: 16 of ACLjohn's eMagazine, September 2014, is now available | technologies |

Published 14th September 2014; my 3rd eMagazine since retiring.

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The second 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.

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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Dimensions | technologies |
A tool for designers to measure screen dimensions
John Dalziel's insight:

Dimensions is a Chrome extension, providing a tool for designers to measure screen dimensions.
It enables users to measure between the following elements...
   -  images,
   -  input-fields,
   -  buttons,
   -  videos,
   -  gifs,
   -  text,
   -  icons.
Users can measure everything they see in the browser.
They can also set a keyboard shortcut in the Extension Settings to quickly enable and disable Dimensions.

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Otus: Free Multifunction iPad App for 1:1 Learning Environments

Otus: Free Multifunction iPad App for 1:1 Learning Environments | technologies |
Otus is an easy-to-use, yet powerful classroom tool that brings the best iPad and Chromebook education features together into one secure environment, and uses a single Google login.
John Dalziel's insight:

Otus provides a nice on-line learning environment, originally designed to be a service for practitioners to distribute...
   -  assignments,
   -  quizzes,
   -  polls,
   -  reading materials, and
   -  essential information
...from their iPads to their learners' iPads.

Otus has progressed supporting use within a web browser on laptops and Chromebooks.
As a result, it's well worth a closer look to see if it meets your needs.

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New Old Stock

New Old Stock | technologies |
Vintage photos from the public archives Free of known copyright restrictions.
John Dalziel's insight:

New Old Stock provides “vintage photos from the public archives” and promises that no known copyright restrictions exist on them.
Visitors can find photographs from times past at New Old Stock.
Note: A pain but, visitors can’t browse images by theme, topic or any other categories.
If however, you’re looking for some incredible vintage photography, this is one must visit place.

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Revs Digital Library

Revs Digital Library | technologies |
The Stanford University Revs Digital Library provides a web based platform for discovery of automotive research and images, connecting the past, prevent and future of the automobile.
John Dalziel's insight:

178,000 Images Documenting the History of the Car is now available on a "New Stanford Web Site".
The Revs Digital Library is built on top of the Stanford Digital Repository to provide a web based platform for discovery of automotive research and images.
By digitising materials and making them discoverable, content that was once available to a select few becomes useful and discoverable for a wide range of researchers.

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Storyboard That: A FREE Online Storyboard Creator

Storyboard That: A FREE Online Storyboard Creator | technologies |
Looking for an amazing, fun, free, and easy to use online storyboard creator? See why students, screenwriters, and businesses love Storyboard That.
John Dalziel's insight:

Storyboard That is an on-line service that provides templates in which practitioners, and/or learners, can create their stories in a comic strip style.
Storyboard That provides...
   -  dozens of scenes,
   -  characters, and
   -  text bubbles fill users' storyboard's frames.
Each element that's dragged into a storyboard frame can be...
   -  re-sized,
   -  rotated, and
   -  re-positioned.
The completed storyboard can be saved as...
   -  a comic strip,
   -  a set of images (one image for each frame), or
   -  a set of PowerPoint slides.
In the teachers' resources section there are lesson plans for teaching language arts through comic creation.
NOTE: the free version allows only 2 creations per week, only 3 and 6 cell comic strips and the Powerpoint and High Resolution exports are watermarked.

Vittorio Canavese's curator insight, September 5, 6:12 AM

Mi sembra di averlo già segnalato, ma meglio abbondare comunque.

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Photogrammar | technologies |
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An archive of 170,000 Photographs, Documenting the "Great Depression", has been launched by Yale.
The Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) hired photographers, during the Great Depression, to travel across America to document the poverty that gripped the nation, hoping to build support for New Deal programs being championed by F.D.R.’s administration.
Now Yale University has launched Photogrammar, a sophisticated web-based platform for...
   -  organizing,
   -  searching (by photographer), and
   -  visualizing
...these 170,000 historic photographs.
Photogrammar also offers a handy interactive map that lets users gather geographical information about 90,000 of the photographs in the collection.

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Save As Doc - Google Sheets add-on

Save As Doc - Google Sheets add-on | technologies |
Convert any Google Sheets spreadsheet into a Google Document for improved legibility of lengthy cell text entries.
John Dalziel's insight:

If practitioners use Google Forms to create and deliver quizzes/assessments to learners (and if not why not?) the only real problem we face is when we add-in short answer or essay questions.

The responses spreadsheet, if we're honest, becomes unwieldy and difficult to read.
Save As Doc, a free Google Spreadsheets Add-on, can solve that problem!
It allows users to select the cells containing learners' short answer/essay responses and turns them into a document that will appear in their Google Drive dashboard (it might take a minute or two to appear if users have selected a large set of cells); practitioners can then easily view, edit, read, download as a pdf, grade and/or, if they have to, print the resulting document.

Another must have tool for making life easier!
You can also find out more at...

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Your guide to physics on the web. 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
John Dalziel's insight:

Have a question about physics or simply interested in the subject?
Check out 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 |
Enjoy all of ooVoo's features on your PC. It's free!
John Dalziel's insight:

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!

alistairm 's curator insight, September 9, 5:54 AM

Always useful to have an alternative to Skype! I like the option to record and upload to YouTube.

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The Rubbish Diet | The Rubbish Diet landfill waste Challenge

The Rubbish Diet | The Rubbish Diet landfill waste Challenge | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

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 |
Chromecast Background Images
John Dalziel's insight:

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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Scooped by John Dalziel! | technologies | - a whole new take on search. What are you looking to discover? Try it now!
John Dalziel's insight: provides a visual search engine which, for some learners and/or practitioners, could enhance engagement. 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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Virtual Juicing Assistant

Virtual Juicing Assistant | technologies |
Juice, Drink, Live. Get healthy with Budget Direct’s Simply Smarter Juicing interactive
John Dalziel's insight:

Juicing Assistant is an interesting site where visitors can combine different fruits into a blender and it will make a "virtual juice" for them.
At the start, users are given the nutritional value of each fruit (to be fair they are not all fruits), and when the juice has been made, it will give them the nutritional numbers, as well as show them other juice recipes they may like.

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Air Pollution in World: Real-time Air Quality Index Visual Map

Air Pollution in World: Real-time Air Quality Index Visual Map | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Air Pollution Visual Map – air pollution is a big problem across the world, and the level of pollution varies depending on where in the world you are. This “Visual Map” shows the pollution level in various locations around the globe. 

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Hover.css - A collection of CSS3 powered hover effects

Hover.css - A collection of CSS3 powered hover effects | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Hover.css is a free CSS library to easily apply animation, within web-based resources, using the hover effect.
Users can apply the hover in call to actions, buttons, logos, images and much more.
The library comes with over 40 effects to choose from and they’re categorized according to the following...
   - 2D transforms,
   - border transitions,
   - shadow and glow transitions,
   - speech bubbles, and
   - page curls.
When dealing with the issue of trying to get a learners attention, hover is a great way to draw their attention to a link or button.

As I'm sure you're aware, hover normally works by changing the element colour or gradient state when users move their cursors over it. But, with a lot of features in CSS3, a lot of things can also be customised with the hover effect.

One of them is applying animation. And Hover.css can make it happen with ease.

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Unsplash | technologies |
Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos. 10 new photos every 10 days. Subscribe
John Dalziel's insight:

Unsplash is a free photo archive that prides itself on offering “do-whatever-you-want, hi-res images.”
According to their licensing information, the images on the site are not copyrighted, which means practitioners and/or learners have free rein over how they use them.
Unsplash’s subscription service provides 10 new images delivered straight to a subscribers' inbox every 10 days.
NOTE: It’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for on Unsplash.
Users can view images by month of submission, but there is no way to browse by topic or any other category.

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Home - Movie-Sheets.Com

Home - Movie-Sheets.Com | technologies | has one of the largest collections of privately curated Movie Sheets available, in a wide variety of genres. ...
John Dalziel's insight:

When learners are researching a movie, Movie Sheets will help them find out more about the movie, such as...
   -  the plot,
   -  the actors in it,
   -  images,
   -  running time,
   -  ratings,
   -  release date,
...and more.
NOTE: Do click the "Legal" Tab and read the text carefully.

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Whats on the menu?

Whats on the menu? | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

The New York Public Library hosts an Archive of 17,000 menus.
A collection that could be a boon to researchers, as well as curious gourmands, foodies, and others.
It is also a resource that could be of use to design, catering, history and many other courses.
Be warned, it could make you feel very hungry and/or put you off food, depending on which menus you look at.

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ESL Fast - A free online English learning resource

ESL Fast - A free online English learning resource | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Finding appropriate texts for ESL/EFL/ESOL/ELL/ etc., is a challenge for many practitioners. This website provides a range of texts to use with...
   -  Beginners and
   -  Intermediate
...ESL/EFL/ESOL/ELL/ etc., learners.
The Beginners resources include...
   -  Easy Conversations
   -  Super Easy Reading
   -  Easy Reading
   -  Children English: Start Reading
   -  English Level 1
   -  English Level 2 and
   -  English Level 3
The Intermediate resources include...
   -  Conversations
   -  Short Stories
   -  2 USA targeted resources and
   -  Sentence Structure Writing Practice.
I'm sure practitioners ESL/EFL/ESOL/ELL... practitioners will find these resources useful.

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Google Sky

Google Sky | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Short of buying a telescope, Google Sky (Map) provides an alternative way to look up into the night sky and browse the stars.

On second thoughts, it is the best way because clouds and pollution do not impede you.

Type the name of the planet or celestial body you want to view in the search box, and Google Sky pans to its location.

Visit to find out more...

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Institute of Physics (IOP) Education

Institute of Physics (IOP) Education | technologies |
Institute of Physics: Education
John Dalziel's insight:

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 |
Discover a new way to visualise Wikipedia.
Choose from over 1.5 million events to create and share timelines in minutes.
John Dalziel's insight:

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 |
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...
John Dalziel's insight:

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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Scooped by John Dalziel! - Improve your team productivity - Improve your team productivity | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

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 |
Generate favicon pictures and HTML code for all major platforms at once.
John Dalziel's insight:

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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