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Google Story Builder

Google Story Builder | technologies | Scoop.it
Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.
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With Google Story Builder, Practitioners, and/or their learners, can build a video story that looks like it is being typed live between two collaborators in a Google doc.
It couldn’t be simpler, any age could create a fantastic little video with this tool!
Users can then choose music to accompany their video.
That is it!
When users are finished with their video, they can share it via a weblink.

View my 1st effort, complete with spelling error, at http://goo.gl/4QRPXm

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Math Worksheets Land - Tons of Printable Maths Worksheets For All Grade Levels

Math Worksheets Land - Tons of Printable Maths Worksheets For All Grade Levels | technologies | Scoop.it
The largest and most comprehensive K-12 math worksheets site aligned directly to the core curriculum.
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Math Worksheet Land provides a wide range of maths worksheets created by a dedicated team of sixteen maths teachers. 
 There are over 61,000 practice worksheets and lessons spanning nearly 50 different maths topics from addition to vectors. 
 Members can browse worksheets by... 
► grade level (preschool to high school) or 
► maths topics. 
NOTE: Math Worksheets Land’s materials are not free and only active members are granted copyright access for unlimited printing. 
Their materials cannot... 
► be used for commercial purposes 
► be shared with non-members or students of non-members. There is a section in the site for maths tests and topi/skill based quizzes for members to download and use with their learners.
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Open Library :creating a webpage for every book written

Open Library :creating a webpage for every book written | technologies | Scoop.it
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OpenLibrary’s main goal is to create a webpage for every book ever written. 
 That in itself makes this a hugely valuable resource, but what really makes it stand out is its eBook library. 
 At the time of posting this, it offers more than 1,000,000 free eBooks that can be “borrowed” in either PDF, ePub, or online form.
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Google Computer Science Education

Google Computer Science Education | technologies | Scoop.it
Google Computer Science Education Programs, Resources and Tools
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Google has recently launched this new website, called Computer Science Education, to help visitors learn coding and computer science. 
 Google Computer Science Education provides a collection of powerful tools, resources and programs to engage individuals in learning about the wonders of computer science. 
It also provides them with a number of scholarships, internships, residences and several other resources to help them develop their professional and technical skills. 
The three main sections in the website are: 
► Learn Computer Science - resources and programs designed specifically for learners and educators, plus a number of key tools learners can use to write computer programs. 
► Participate in Academic Opportunities - programs that offer a wide variety of opportunities to help individuals expand their Computer Science knowledge and cultivate valuable professional experience. Also includes ‘scholarships to support learners world-wide’. 
► Access Career Opportunities - resources to help individuals develop professional and technical skills.
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PDFMate - Easily Convert PDF to Word / Text / EPUB / Image / HTML / SWF and Restructure PDF

PDFMate PDF Converter Free is a 6-in-1 PDF program to easily convert your PDF to editable Text and Word files, common images, EPUB Ebooks, HTML files, and even SWF files freely. It also can modify the layout and page size of PDF file.
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PDFMate is an ideal conversion tool. PDFMate accurately converts PDFs to... 
► Word,
► Text,
► EPUB,
► HTML,
► SWF, and
► JPEG 
 ...formats. 
It features a very simple interface, it is free, and comes with some handy additional tools, such as batch conversions, document encryption, multi-language support, and a host of other customizable settings.
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Swipe – make your presentations personal & interactive

Swipe – make your presentations personal & interactive | technologies | Scoop.it
Turn your PDF into an interactive live presentation to anyone, anywhere, on any device. Control your slides and interact with live polls and questions.
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Swipe is an excellent presentation platform that allows users to upload their existing presentations or create new ones from scratch and share them live with others through a generated link.
Swipe works across different devices and browsers allowing users to project their presentation on a bigger screen and remotely control it via their mobile device. 
Users will also have access to a number of features to interact with their audience and get their feedback through interactive polls. 
Other interesting functionalities provided by Swipe include... 
♦ upload PDFs and images (no limit on file size), 
♦ create slides with markdown, 
♦ a responsive interface that adjusts the content of presentations to any size screen, 
♦ include videos (from YouTube and Vimeo) and web content to decks, 
♦ work with collaborators by allowing them to edit, present or just view presentations, 
♦ get stats about who has viewed or is viewing presentations and many more.
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Google Doc Publisher - publish good looking Google Docs

Google Doc Publisher - publish good looking Google Docs | technologies | Scoop.it
Google Docs are nice, but they look ugly when published to the web. Well... not anymore!
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Google Doc Publisher is... 
● a web tool that enables users to publish their Google documents in a "good looking format". 
● completely free and 
● very simple to use. 
 Simply... 
♥ grab the URL of any Google Doc and 
♥ paste it in Google Doc Publisher 
...and users will be provided with a new URL for their document to share with others.
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StoryTop Story Maker -- The digital storytelling tool

StoryTop Story Maker -- The digital storytelling tool | technologies | Scoop.it
Tool for storytelling, create stories or make cartoons and share with your club
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StoryTop is an excellent web-based tool that learners (and/or practitioners) can use for digital storytelling projects. It is easy to use, free, does not require any software download, and login is not required in order to save or share stories. 
StoryTop provides a number of key elements for creating stories including: pre-made backgrounds, pictures of people and things, anime, text, speech bubbles and many more. 
With a simple drag and drop,users... 
► pick the clip arts they want to use in their stories, 
► type in their data and 
► share their creations using a generated code. 
Users can add as many pages as they want. 
If they haven't already done so, they will be prompted to add a title to their story once they click on the 'save' or the arrow button. 
When their story is completed, they just click on 'Share' and grab the generated link to share with others.
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SnapType - helps many learners keep up with their peers, especially if their hand-writing skills holds them back.

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about SnapType for Occupational Therapy. Download SnapType for Occupational Therapy and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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SnapType helps many learners keep up with their peers, especially if their hand-writing skills holds them back. 
Learners can easily complete worksheets with the help of an iPad or iPhone. With SnapType, learners can... 
► take a pictures of worksheets, or import worksheets from anywhere on their device. 
 ► then use their iOS device keyboard to add text to these documents and
...then print, email, or share their end product. 
It is a potential solution for children, and even adults, who struggle with their handwriting. 
 It's worth taking a look at the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/xoYfMsC4tFo ;
NOTE: there is a Free (for Occupational Therapy) version and a Pro version.
Also reduces the use of paper (Green)
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Triptico Plus - interactive resources to create engaging learning

Triptico Plus - interactive resources to create engaging learning | technologies | Scoop.it
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Triptico is a collection of interactive resources which enable practitioners to create engaging learning for their learning environments. 
Potential users can sign up for a free Triptico account on the home page. 
Free accounts provide a free trial of Triptico Plus. 
Users can then decide if they would like to subscribe or simply use their account to access the free resources. 
Creating, saving, adapting and sharing interactive learning content is very easy with Triptico.
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Printliminator - Save Ink & Paper When You Print

Printliminator - Save Ink & Paper When You Print | technologies | Scoop.it
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Printliminator is another handy little bookmarklet, like PrintWhatYouLike, for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. 
 Printliminator allows users to highlight a webpage and select only the elements which they wish to print. 
Users can install Printliminator in seconds by just clicking and dragging it into their browser's toolbar. 
To get a more detailed overview, users may find the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/Dt8hpqEIL1c worth watching.
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join.me – Free Screen Sharing, Online Meetings & Web Conferencing

join.me – Free Screen Sharing, Online Meetings & Web Conferencing | technologies | Scoop.it
Free screen sharing, online meetings and team collaboration are all fast and easy at join.me - no registration required. Show work who’s boss.
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Join.me is a free service, offered by Log Me In, that allows Mac and Windows users to quickly share their screens with each other and work together. 
NOTE - to use Join.me users do need to download the Join.me client. 
Once they've downloaded the client users can start sharing their screen with anyone they like. They just give their nine digit access number to their collaborators to give them access to their screen and to converse with them.
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Mika Auramo's curator insight, March 19, 2:07 AM
This works well at least on desktop.
Maite Goñi's curator insight, March 19, 1:59 PM
This works well at least on desktop.
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200 Free Textbooks: A Meta Collection

200 Free Textbooks: A Meta Collection | technologies | Scoop.it
Discover a meta collection of Free textbooks (or "open textbooks") written by knowledgable scholars. A great way to learn and save money...
John Dalziel's insight:
This link is basically to a collection of 200 free textbooks spanning different subject categories. These include ...
● art and history,
● biology,
● business and management,
● chemistry,
● classics,
● computer science and information systems,
● earth sciences,
● education,
● history,
● languages,
● law,
● mathematics,
● psychology,
● sociology,
● political science
...and many more.
These open textbooks belong to different universities and colleges most of which are in North America.
eTextbooks are especially useful because of the numerous interactive features and tools they provide including things such as...
● highlighting,
● annotating,
● note taking,
● quick in-built searches,
● easy access
...and many more.
NOTE: While most of the eTextbooks can be read on any digital device, a few of them require special e-readers. Always make sure the eTextbook is compatible with your device before you download, rent or purchase it.
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Music Resources | ArtsAlive.ca Music

Music Resources | ArtsAlive.ca Music | technologies | Scoop.it
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This music dictionary is compiled and shared in ArtsAlive which is an educational website that belongs to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Besides this dictionary, ArtsAlive also provides some very useful materials and resources for music and arts teachers.
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Curiosity Makes You Smarter

Curiosity Makes You Smarter | technologies | Scoop.it
Get informed with 5 new amazing topics, delivered daily.
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The Curiosity website complies videos on almost any topic from all the various video services out there, presenting them all on one easy-to-digest webpage. 
 Hover the cursor over 'Browse' to view and select from the drop-down category menu. 
Create an account, tell the Curiosity website what you’re interested in, and their algorithms will do the rest.
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OneLook Reverse Dictionary

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“It’s on the tip of my tongue!” 
You know what the word is, but you just can’t remember it. OneLook Reverse Dictionary might help – type the concept or definition and it’ll throw back a list of possible words that match.
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DocentEDU - turn webpages or Google Docs into interactive Lessons

DocentEDU - turn webpages or Google Docs into interactive Lessons | technologies | Scoop.it
Turn any online text into an interactive, engaging, and rich learning experience with only a few clicks.
John Dalziel's insight:
DocentEDU is a web tool and mobile app to use with your learners. 
It is particularly useful for both Blended and Flipped learning. DocentEDU allows users to easily turn any webpage or published Google Doc into an interactive lesson where they can... 
♦ add comments, 
♦ private discussions, 
♦ highlight passages, 
♦ embed videos/maps/simulations/quizzes, 
 ♦ add questions and 
 ...much more. 
 When learners log in to the website they will be able to see all the annotations, questions and content the practitioners have added. 
 Learners can also use DocentEDU to take their notes and add their own annotations to the text. 
NOTE: Learners' answers, to the questions added, are saved in private from the rest of the learners. 
DocentEDU works on various platforms including iOS, Android, the web and Chromebooks. 
HEADS-UP: DocentEDU is not free but it does offer discounts and training for learning providers. 
To learn more about DocentEDU, take a look at the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/fSmgBrMI1Gw
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FlowVella - Presentation Software | Interactive Presentation Apps 

FlowVella - Presentation Software | Interactive Presentation Apps  | technologies | Scoop.it
Presentation software for Mac iPad and iPhone. Easiest way to create beautiful presentations.
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FlowVella... 
■ is another good presentation software tool that enables users to create interactive multimedia-driven slideshows to share with others. 
■ provides users with a set of professionally-designed templates to choose from. 
These include... 
▫ video presentations, 
▫ reports, 
▫ portfolios, 
▫ photo galleries 
...and many more. 
With a simple drag and drop users can include... 
● photos, 
● videos, 
● sounds, 
● text, 
● GIFs, 
● PDFs and 
● images
...from major cloud based services like Google Drive and Dropbox right into their Flows. 
Additionally, FlowVella works offline allowing users to create presentation without Internet connection. 
All user Flows can be shared via a customizable link that works across different devices. 
Other sharing options include... 
► print via AirPrint, 
► export to PDF, 
► embed link, and 
► share to social media network. 
Remote presentation is also supported. 
Users can present straight from their iPad, connect to a projector, or use AirPlay.
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Seesaw - empowers learners to independently document what they are learning

Seesaw - empowers learners to independently document what they are learning | technologies | Scoop.it
Seesaw - Student Driven Digital Portfolios. For iOS, Android, Chromebooks
and Computers with Chrome or Firefox. Free for teachers!
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Seesaw empowers learners to independently document what they are learning. 
 They can “show what they know” using... 
■ photos, 
■ videos, 
■ drawings, 
■ text, 
■ PDFs, and 
■ links. 
 They can also import directly from most popular apps. 
When learners add to their Seesaw journal, content is uploaded, organized by student, and immediately accessible to practitioners from any device. 
This makes it easy for practitioners and learners to review progress over time and demonstrate growth. 
Practitioners can... 
■ browse work from their entire "class", or for an individual. 
■ use folders to organize work by subject area or project. Seesaw also provides support for learners to use QR code sign in and/or email/Google account sign.
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Annotation types - YouTube

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YouTube Video Editor is a powerful tool to use to add annotations and text to your videos. 
It supports five different types of annotations namely... 
► speech bubbles, 
► spotlight, 
► notes, 
► titles, and 
► labels. 
 Users can add annotations right from Video Manager tab in their YouTube channel 
This links to a video that provides a - "HowTo" tutorial
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Quizzy - create and publish self-paced review quizzes

Quizzy - create and publish self-paced review quizzes | technologies | Scoop.it
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Quizzy is a free tool that allows practitioners to quickly create and publish self-paced review quizzes for learners. 
NOTE: The nice thing about Quizzy is that learners don't need to create usernames and passwords to take the practice quizzes. The downside to that is you don't have a good way to see which learners have used your review quizzes and which learners haven't used your review quiz. 
 The video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/qhUG2ZN8Rdk created by Richard Byrne, provides an excellent overview of Quizzy. 
Oh yes, they are printable as well!
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Kaizena - Fast, Personal Feedback on Learner Work

Kaizena - Fast, Personal Feedback on Learner Work | technologies | Scoop.it
Give your students fast, high quality feedback on their work. Record voice comments to convey emotion, embed videos to explain complex concepts, and track skills
John Dalziel's insight:
Kaizena makes it easy to provide learners faster feedback on their work. 
Practitioners can save time and provide more personal feedback by...
► using their voice instead of text 
► Share feedback privately with learners one-on-one 
► Access and review feedback anytime, anywhere, on Kaizena.com or on an iPhone, iPad or iPod 
Learners can share their work with their practitioner anytime for feedback; practitioners can also enable their learners to give feedback to each other, all in a safe environment. 
When practitioners provide feedback, learners can receive notifications in the app, on the web, and by email. 
You might find the first of three clips, at https://www.youtube.com/embed/yiNFn0tIizw , worth looking at.
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Quill - Free Literacy tool providing writing and grammar activities.

Quill - Free Literacy tool providing writing and grammar activities. | technologies | Scoop.it
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Quill is a is a free, web-based literacy tool that provides personalized, interactive writing and grammar activities. 
Those using Quill learn writing and grammar skills by writing sentences and proofreading passages. 
Practitioners can create a class in Quill and invite their learners to join it using the generated code. 
Once learners join they will be able to access the worksheets assigned to them. 
NOTE: Quill has recently released a new feature called activity packs at https://www.quill.org/activities/packs . These are activities created in collaboration with practitioners and are a simple way to assign a group of activities to learners quickly.
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Quill is a is a free, web-based literacy tool that provides personalized, interactive writing and grammar activities. 
Those using Quill learn writing and grammar skills by writing sentences and proofreading passages. 
Practitioners can create a class in Quill and invite their learners to join it using the generated code. 
Once learners join they will be able to access the worksheets assigned to them. 
NOTE: Quill has recently released a new feature called activity packs at https://www.quill.org/activities/packs . These are activities created in collaboration with practitioners and are a simple way to assign a group of activities to learners quickly.
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PrintWhatYouLike - Save paper & ink printing only what you want

PrintWhatYouLike - Save paper & ink printing only what you want | technologies | Scoop.it
Format any web page for printing in seconds with this free online editor
John Dalziel's insight:
Take a look around a network printer in most learning providers and you'll find a pile of discarded paper. That discarded paper is often the result of someone printing way more than they needed to. Learning providers need to teach their staff and learners about conserving paper when they print. The easiest way to save paper is to simply make sure that users are only printing what they need. 
PrintWhatYouLike lets them print the parts of any web page they want, while skipping ads and other junk. 
Add the PrintWhatYouLike Bookmarklet to a browser - it's also available as a Chrome extension. 
Use PrintWhatYouLike and Save Ink & Paper When You Print
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From @ACLjohn
 
"Take a look around a network printer in most learning providers and you'll find a pile of discarded paper. That discarded paper is often the result of someone printing way more than they needed to. Learning providers need to teach their staff and learners about conserving paper when they print. The easiest way to save paper is to simply make sure that users are only printing what they need. 
 
PrintWhatYouLike lets them print the parts of any web page they want, while skipping ads and other junk. 
Add the PrintWhatYouLike Bookmarklet to a browser - it's also available as a Chrome extension. 
Use PrintWhatYouLike and Save Ink & Paper When You Print"
 
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Literature Map - The Tourist Map of Literature

Literature Map - The Tourist Map of Literature | technologies | Scoop.it
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Literature Map could be useful for learners who have read all their favourite author's books and are looking for other good books to read.
To use Literature Map just type an author's name into the search box and a webbed list of authors will be displayed. The authors' names closest to the author, whose name a user enters, are the authors whose work they're most likely to enjoy.
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Cloudschool | A free teaching platform

Cloudschool | A free teaching platform | technologies | Scoop.it
Cloudschool is a free teaching platform. It's the easiest way for teachers to create and deliver lessons.
John Dalziel's insight:
Cloudschool is a free service for creating and publishing multimedia lessons.
Users of the free Cloudschool can create courses of study for their learners.
Within each course they can create and distribute multimedia lessons arranged in a variety of formats...
► those that are purely text-based or
► those that incorporate images, audio files, and videos.
Users can also add discussion questions for their learners to reply to within their Cloudschool course environment.
Cloudschool lessons can be made public or private.
NOTE: If lessons only includes text and images, it can be downloaded as a PDF or DOC to print and hand-out to learners.
Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/7NG9VbxZRw8 to learn more about how Cloudschool works.
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