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Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English.

Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English. | technologies |
Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English.
John Dalziel's insight:

Spell Up is a new word game and Chrome Experiment that helps learners improve their English using their voice—and a modern browser, of course.
It’s like a virtual spelling bee, with a twist.
Spell Up is both fun and educational.
The goal of the game is for users to correctly spell the words they hear and stack them to build the highest word tower they can...
   - letter by letter,
   - word by word.
The higher the tower gets, the more difficult the word challenges:
They’ll be asked to...
   - pronounce words correctly,
   - solve word jumbles and
   - guess mystery words.

They can earn bonuses and coins to level up faster.

Spell Up works best in Chrome on a computer and on Android phones and tablets. (It also works on iPhones and iPads, but they’ll need to type rather than talk.)
Whether they’re just learning English or they’re already a pro, check it out!

And if you’re a practitioner, I'd encourage you to try it out in your learning environments.

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The Public Domain Review

The Public Domain Review | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

This resource serves as a way for practitioners and/or learners to find works that are released from copyright into the public domain.
I've used the Public Domain Review to find items, mainly images and animated gifs, that are available for public use.

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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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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... ;

Derrick La'Shun Jefferson's curator insight, August 19, 11:53 AM

Wavosaur is an audio editors paradise. It has many features that allow you to take a particular sound and transform it into a masterpiece.

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UtellStory - Tell Stories, Share Topics, Make Impact

UtellStory - Tell Stories, Share Topics, Make Impact | technologies |
A multimedia storytelling and sharing community.
John Dalziel's insight:

UtellStory is a multimedia storytelling and sharing community where practitioners, and/or learners, can easily create and share stories with...
   - audio,
   - image,
   - video and
   - words.
Users don’t have to use all of these media together in one story but they can if its necessary.
A story can be as simple as one photo or can be a combination of multiple images, video, audio recording and background music.
The idea is to empower users to tell their stories, engage learners and make an impact.

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Vittle Free: Interactive Whiteboard Video Recorder

Vittle Free: Interactive Whiteboard Video Recorder | technologies |
Get Vittle Free: Interactive Whiteboard Video Recorder to Teach Concepts, Show Presentations, and Explain Everything You Need on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

Vittle is yet another iPad app that lets users easily narrate and annotate photographs and PDF slide decks to create highly engaging video clips.
Other features provided by Vittle include being able to...
   - Annotate,
   - sketch,
   - Resize elements,
   - move anything around the "page",
   - Zoom in to focus on key points,
   - Visually navigate through even complex topics.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 22, 2014 10:28 AM

By Qrayon, LLC.

Produce Video Presentations and Lectures, Right on your iPad.

Vittles combine your photos, handwriting, and voice into engaging videos that can be instantly shared with anyone.


Get your point across, clearly and exactly, every time.

Vittle works like a magic whiteboard that records what you write and say:

- Annotate images and sketch using the ultra-smooth ink of our proprietary Inkflow Engine,
- Resize and move anything around the page,
- Zoom in to focus on key points,
- Describe even complex topics in a clear and engaging way.

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PaperPort Notes

PaperPort Notes | technologies |
Get PaperPort Notes on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

PaperPort Notes is a digital note taking tool for the iPad that is transforming the way practitioners, and/or learners, create and share information.
Leverage Dragon voice recognition to capture their ideas and notes simply by speaking.
- documents,
- web content,
- audio
- typed text as well as
- hand written notes
...into a single document.

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Nature Soundmap

Nature Soundmap | technologies |
Hear the world like never before. Nature soundscapes and wildlife sounds from all over the planet.
John Dalziel's insight:

Nature Sound Map provides an excellent way to explore the soundscape of the natural world.
On the Nature Sound Map practitioners and their learners will find placemarks containing recordings of nature.
The recordings have been added to the project by professional sound recordists.
Some of the recordings, that users will find, feature the sounds of...
just one animal, the sounds of a jungle, sounds of a marsh, sounds of a storm, or sounds of oceans and rivers.
For some there are video clips available as well.

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Calibrated Background Noise Generators | Online & Free

Calibrated Background Noise Generators | Online & Free | technologies |
The ultimate collection of online background noise generators, drones and soundscapes shaped to your personal hearing thresholds!
John Dalziel's insight: is a collection of background noises, ranging from synthetic noises such as white noise or impulse noise, to natural sounds of waves and tropical forest, to manmade noises like Tibetan meditation, traffic and whispers.
The sounds provided have various presets that generate variations of selected sounds.
Every sound is also accompanied by an equalizer that lets users increase or decrease the power of individual bands of frequencies to vary outputs.

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PEDIAPHON EN | technologies |
Readout Wikipedia with Pediaphon
John Dalziel's insight:

If your learners travel a lot, they may want to listen to Wikipedia articles. Pediaphon provides a way to do this.
Learners need to enter the specific article name, or they will simply get an MP3 file of a page of links to possible matches for their search term.
They should go to Wikipedia first, find their article, and then enter the exact article name in the edit box.
Next they should select the type of voice from the voice drop-down list and the speed at which they want the voice to speak from the speaking speed drop-down list.
Then they should select MP3 download/Podcast/old iPhone/Shoutcast from the last drop-down list (other formats are also available). Finally Clicking start.
To save the file to disk, they should right-click on the MP3 link and select Save Link As from the popup menu, and use the dialog box that displays to select a location for the file and to save it.
It's as easy as that.

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Voices of Science - The British Library

Voices of Science - The British Library | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

This is a new section on the British Library website that features...
- videos and
- audio clips
...charting scientific and engineering discoveries.
Interviews are professionally recorded and there are also full transcripts available.

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Kaizena · Give Great Feedback · Voice Comments for Google Drive

Kaizena · Give Great Feedback · Voice Comments for Google Drive | technologies |
Kaizena is the best place to help students improve their work. Import from Google Drive, add voice comments and attach mini-lessons.
John Dalziel's insight:

Kaizena is a good tool for providing audio feedback to learners.
To use Kaizena practitioners will have to authorize it to access their Google Account.
Having done that, practitioners can then...
  - open any document,
  - highlight a selection of text, and
  - record their comments for learners to listen to.
Giving feedback to learners is, for many, faster with Kaizena than typing, and far faster than a red pen.
Every feature is designed to save practitioners time.
For learners, Voice Comments make the feedback personal.
Last, but equally important, practitioners can address common problems with reusable mini-lessons. By adding a link once, practitioners can quickly reuse it every time they encounter that problem again.
Practitioners get to stop repeating themself, and their learners get clear next steps to improve.
(Note: Kai·zen - is a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement)
When you visit the website, scroll down the page to find out more.

Tom Callos's curator insight, October 28, 2013 1:25 PM

Trying this, for sure.


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ButtonGen | Radioplayer

ButtonGen | Radioplayer | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

For those of us based in the UK, add radio stations to your web-presence using the Button Generator from Radioplayer.

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PoodLL | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

PoodLL is free, and open source, and designed around the needs of language courses.
However it is being used in a wide range of ways.

The feature comprises a collection of various plugins for the Moodle vle that include...
   - audio player,

   - recording audio and video clips,

   - draw pictures directly in real time.
You will also find there are really interesting little widgets that include a...
   - Flashcard widget,
   - stopwatch,
   - countdown timer,
   - click counter,
   - webcam broadcaster,
   - webcam subscriber,
   - set of dice,
   - audio/video pairs,
   - calculator and more.

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All of Bach

All of Bach | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Thanks to the new and certainly ambitious All of Bach web site, learners and their practitioners can eventually watch the Netherlands Bach Society (founded in 1921) perform each and every one of those 1080 compositions by Bach.
The site, at the time of posting this, features six performances, which means there’s only another 1074 to go.
A new Bach recording will go live every Friday.

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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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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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World War One: BBC

World War One: BBC | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

A new, (March 2014) website from the BBC that uses audio, video and photographs to capture what life was like in Britain during the conflict.
230+ stories, with 100+ to be added later this year.

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Theremin - interactive touch audio synthesizer

Theremin - interactive touch audio synthesizer | technologies |
An online interactive musical instrument modelled on the classic Moog theremin
John Dalziel's insight:

This site provides a simple on-screen theremin, the staple musical instrument of 1950s sci-fi movies, which lets users control the volume and pitch by clicking and dragging around the screen.
I've not tried it on an interactive whiteboard but I'm sure it will work just as well as it does with a mouse.
It would be good in science lessons to look at different pitches and volumes and I'm sure it will also be of interest to music teachers and those working in media courses and more.

John Dalziel's comment, February 21, 2014 10:51 AM
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Sokratik, create and share html5 audio-visual presentations

Sokratik, create and share html5 audio-visual presentations | technologies |
Sokratik - a way to create audio-visual presentations in your browser and share them with the world
John Dalziel's insight:

Sokratik is a new service for creating audio slideshows.
To create a presentation on Sokratik, simply add...
- a picture, and/or
- video, and/or
- text... each slide and when finished, record an audio over each one.
Sokratik can be a good, simple tool for creating audio slideshows to use as part of a flipped teaching & Learning.

Vipula Sharma's curator insight, February 16, 2014 3:23 AM

Anyone tried this for MFL?

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Music Timeline

Music Timeline | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Google has released this interesting music timeline that documents the variations in the music industry during the last six decades.
The timeline is basically a coloured visualization that chronicles how different artists and musical genres have gained or dropped in popularity since 1950 to now.
Each musical genre is given a particular colour.
Click on any of the coloured regions and users will be provided with more details on that musical genre .
They will also be able to see the major artists falling under its genre.
By clicking on any artist users can read about his/her story or go to Google Play to listen to their hits.
I would think that this is a must access for anyone engaged with music.

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oTranscribe | technologies |
A free HTML5 app to take the pain out of transcribing interviews. Useful for journalists, academics and anyone else transcribing audio. And it's open source, too.
John Dalziel's insight:

oTranscribe – is a free web app to take the pain out of transcribing recorded interviews.
No more switching between Quicktime or Windows media player and Word.
Users can...
- Pause,

- rewind and

- fast-forward
...without taking their hands off the keyboard.
They can navigate through their transcript with interactive timestamps.
Work is automatically saved to their browser’s internal storage every second and,as a result, their audio files and transcripts never leaves their computer.

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Quick and Dirty Tips

Quick and Dirty Tips | technologies |
Quick and Dirty Tips : Helping you do things better.
John Dalziel's insight:

Quick and Dirty Tips creates and distributes digital content that has much to offer Functional Skills Practitioners.

NOTE: Some resources may need adapting for UK learners as they target USA Learners.

With planning and careful selection, the content available offers short, actionable advice from friendly and informed authorities that will help learners succeed at work and in life.

Whether they want to...


manage their time and money better,communicate more effectively,observe the correct rules of etiquette, orimprove their performance in other home and workplace endeavors,


...Quick and Dirty Tips shows learners that education and entertainment can go hand in hand, and that learning can happen no matter what stage of life they’re in.

Quick and Dirty Tips content is available as...


PodcastsVideosArticles based on the podcast episodeseNewslettersAudiobooks
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EDpuzzle: Build video lessons

EDpuzzle: Build video lessons | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

EDpuzzle– is a resource for practitioners to make their own video lessons, using videos already on the Internet in places like YouTube, Khan Academy and more. When you have specified the URL, crop it to the part you need, and change the audio to your own voice explaining things your own way, also including questions, quizzes, notes, clarifications and a conclusion.

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Noisli - background noise and colour generator ideal for working and relaxing.

Noisli - background noise and colour generator ideal for working and relaxing. | technologies |

Noisli is a fantastic background noise and colour generator ideal for working and relaxing.

John Dalziel's insight:

Noisli is a background noise and colour generator ideal for use within media production or working and relaxing.
Noisli includes many high-quality sounds to help practitioners, and/or learners, focus while working, relief anxiety or to just relax while reading or before going to sleep.
Noisli also provides a colour changing background.

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