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using New and Emerging Technologies to enhance Learning Provider's "current Practice" - John is a retired eLearning Adviser, but keeping up to date, and all views are his own
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123D Circuits

123D Circuits | technologies | Scoop.it
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123D Circuits is a free tool from Autodesk for collaboratively designing electronic circuits online.
On 123D Circuits users can design their circuits and test them on the simulator in their browser.
They can create circuits from scratch or use and modify templates and other publicly shared projects.
NOTE: All projects are public unless users pay a subscription fee to make their projects private.

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2,014 free resources for designers | Design | Creative Bloq

2,014 free resources for designers | Design | Creative Bloq | technologies | Scoop.it
Happy New Year everybody! As every designer loves free stuff, we thought we'd make things even easier for you by bringing together 2014 brilliant freebies for 2014, covering everything from typography to 3D design, in one mammoth list.
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What is there to say? FREE - resources

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100 Top Tools for Graphic Designers | Graphic Design Classes

100 Top Tools for Graphic Designers | Graphic Design Classes | technologies | Scoop.it
search 100+ graphic design courses from accredited schools.
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If you or your learners are interested in improving design skills and knowledge, this list of 100 useful tools is for you.
Graphic designers, web developers and DIY people who want to learn something about design will also find the list useful as it covers all aspects of...

- typology,

- graphic design,

- font design,

- colours and

- photos,

...all nicely organized into categories.

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Construction: How Will Homes Look Like In 2020

Construction: How Will Homes Look Like In 2020 | technologies | Scoop.it
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The infographic in this post is an ideal resource for a range of subject areas; sustainability, catering, design, those studying construction related courses. The technology referenced is mostly available now and/or being developed.

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Amruta Helwatkar's comment, April 29, 2013 8:23 AM
This is how robotics is very shortly change every ones life.
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Floor Styler - create floor plans,house plans and 3D plans with Floor Styler

Floor Styler -  create floor plans,house plans and 3D plans with Floor Styler | technologies | Scoop.it

FloorStyler is an online service helping learners design construction plans.


- Create an account on the website
- Verify the account via the received email
- Log into the application
- Begin designing floors by dragging various types of objects onto the canvas such as furniture, walls, doors, etc.
- Final work can be saved on the website or exported to a JPEG or PNG image.


NOTE: The free account of the site does not offer high resolution image exports or designing embedding. These features are offered by premium plans that begin from $9.90 per year.

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geetapatel's comment, February 5, 2013 1:30 AM
Good to know Floor Styler - create floor plans,house plans and 3D plans with Floor Styler...you may like Contemporary House Plans India | Modern House Designs. Invite comments on http://bit.ly/Yz4jQJ
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ruul. Screen ruler

ruul. Screen ruler | technologies | Scoop.it

A fantastically simple on-screen ruler for lining up and measuring type, line height, strokes and just about anything on the web.

 

Ruul is a free to use browser extension for Google Chrome.

 

It enables Web designers to measure designs, that they find inspirational, in pixels.

 

Ruul lets users add an overlapping semi-transparent pixel measurements ruler onto the webpage they are viewing.

 

To add a ruler, users...
- click on the extension icon
- select the ruler colour they would like to use.
- align the ruler horizontally or vertically
- move it around one pixel at a time using the arrow keys on their keyboard.

 

Note: The mouse can also be used to click on the ruler and drag it.

 

To measure, users simply take down the reading from the ruler after placing it over the objects they want to measure.

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Picture to People - Online Graphic Effects

Picture to People - Online Graphic Effects | technologies | Scoop.it

Free online professional photo effects and free online realistic text effects.

 

Most learners (and many practitioners) have social networking accounts and or web presences that may benefit from adding special effects to images; adding to the visual appeal.

 

Online applications to add these effects, for this purpose, are preferred since they do not require any installation; we all know how difficult it is to get software added to Learning Provider PCs.

 

These applications can also be used on any computer with internet access.

 

Although convenient, not all online image effects websites offer a wide range of filters and images.

 

Check out “PicturetoPeople” if you are looking for an excellent website that offers not only a wide range of image effects but text effects as well.

 

Picture to People offers its users an invaluable source of image and text effects; the website’s use being free makes it even more special.

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Chrome Extensions For Designers & Developers

Chrome Extensions For Designers & Developers | technologies | Scoop.it

This post targets Google Chrome's extensions for web designers, web developers as well as bloggers.

 

Checkout these Google chrome extensions for designers and developers; they include...

- Live CSS Editor;

- Screen Capture;

- Stylish (has accessibility uses);

- Speed Tracer;

- Window Resizer;

- Check My Links;

- Eye Dropper;

- Comps;

- The Grids;

- Neo Vision;

- SEO site tools and

- Pendule.

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Take Me Back To

Take Me Back To | technologies | Scoop.it

Discover how the world looked like on a specific date in the past (1900 - 2010).

- What News was making the headlines?

- What were the top Hits and the most popular Movies?

- What were the fashion styles and

-What advertisements would you have seen?

 

All users have to do is type in a date and click on 'Go' and it will generate their results.

 

This is potentially a great tool to...

- generate materials for language work in the classroom

- use with History, media, fashion, design, music and many other learners.

 

See if learners can...

- guess the year / date

- research a date and make past tense sentences about the content.
- find out what was happening on the day they were born.
- compare results from different decades.

 

I found Take Me Back To be a really interesting site.

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The Artist's Toolkit: Explore

The Artist's Toolkit isn't a replacement for good classroom instruction, but it has potential for use within the "Flipped Classroom" approach and are suitable as a review or as supplementary resources for learners.

 

The toolkit provides learners with animated explanations of each design element and principle.

 

After viewing an animated explanation learners can test their skills in recognizing design elements in some short, self-paced activities.

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World of Kays | Look at the collection

World of Kays | Look at the collection | technologies | Scoop.it

A fascinating look at fashion through the ages.
World of Kays provides images from 80 years of their catalogue; 1920s to 1990s.
This project, from the University of Worcester, focuses on the changing attitudes to fashion.
The search tool allows users to compare pyjamas, for example, from different decades.

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Unlimited Mouse : Don’t Let Your Screen’s Border Stop Your Mouse Cursor | door2windows

Unlimited Mouse : Don’t Let Your Screen’s Border Stop Your Mouse Cursor | door2windows | technologies | Scoop.it
Unlimited Mouse is a free tool that allows you to move your mouse cursor from the right-end of your monitor screen to the left-end and vice-versa.

 

This has the potential to save both time and effort; I can think of a number of people who will benefit from using this. The annoying thing - it has taken too long for me to find it. :-)

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What Makes Someone Leave A Website?

What Makes Someone Leave A Website? | technologies | Scoop.it

Attracting a potential learners (prospects) is hard enough. Grabbing their interest and retaining them is even more difficult. It’s important to design a learning provider website so that user frustration is kept to a minimum, thereby maximizing prospects' retention. This resource provides some examples of what not to do when designing a website.

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Canva – Amazingly simple graphic design for blogs, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers and so much more.

Canva – Amazingly simple graphic design for blogs, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers and so much more. | technologies | Scoop.it
Canva makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.
John Dalziel's insight:

Graphic design software is often complicated or expensive, or both, and most of us probably won’t have the time to teach ourself how to use something like Adobe Photoshop.
Well Canva may well make our lives a whole lot easier.
Canva is a free web-based drag-and-drop graphic design application that helps users put together professional-quality...
   - infographics,
   - posters,
   - Facebook cover images
...and more, without needing to be familiar with graphics editing software.
Canva provides a large variety of layouts, backgrounds, fonts and stock images.

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Lucidpress

Lucidpress | technologies | Scoop.it
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Lucidpress is a web-based, drag and drop layout and design application.
An application that can help practitioners and learners create both beautiful print and digital documents.
Simpler than Adobe InDesign.

At the time of curating this, because Lucidpress is still in beta mode, users have access to all the premium features for free!
With Lucidpress users can...
- create stunning documents; Lucidpress have eliminated the frustration of traditional design and layout tools
— make flyers, brochures, newsletters, magazines, and photobooks.
- quickly create digital documents for viewing on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
- free themselves from the bounds of the printed page with scrolling areas, and engage audiences with videos, galleries, and interactivity.
- collaborate with anyone via any browser, anywhere. including live chat, document presence, and commenting,
- Receive feedback from colaborators directly on the document.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, October 3, 2013 6:13 PM

This is the web site "Lucidpress" . It is worth checking out and mentioning to your art students.

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My Learning - Learning with Museums Libraries and Archives

My Learning - Learning with Museums Libraries and Archives | technologies | Scoop.it
My Learning is a website for teachers and learners inspired by museum, library and archive collections. Content is created in consultation with teachers and is presented as resources designed to support different curriculum subjects and key stages.
John Dalziel's insight:

Free learning resources from arts, cultural and heritage organisations.
My Learning is a resource for practitioners and learners inspired by museum, library and archive collections. Resources are suggested sequences to learn about a particular curriculum topic.
Practitioners can search for a resource by subject, age group, museum or specific words. Resources are continually being added so please check regularly for new subjects and topics.
Subjects for Post 16 Learners include...
- Art and Design;
- Citizenship;
- Design and Technology;
- ESOL; and
- History.
The latest addition, at the time of curation, is "The M&S Company Archive"
The website has some excellent resources.

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Helen Rowling's curator insight, May 8, 2013 11:53 PM

Use the Museums to authenticate your work and aide visual understanding....

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The Plasma Screen & Whiteboard Room

The Plasma Screen & Whiteboard Room | technologies | Scoop.it
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A free website where practitioners in special schools can download teaching resources, created by other practitioners, that they can use on their plasma screens, interactive whiteboards, etc.  All the resources have been created by practitioners and are free to use for educational purposes.  Copyright remains with the owners of all the resources on the site.

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XYDiameter

XYDiameter | technologies | Scoop.it

Here is another useful tool for web designers.

 

Ideal for those who have a need to measure the angle or size of a picture or diagram on a computer screen.

 

As designers will realise, using a physical ruler won’t return the size in pixels and finding an angle by holding up a protractor is just silly.

 

For these tasks, XYDiameter is ideal for measuring...
- the width, height and diagonal edges of a rectangle,
- a circle’s radius and diameter and
- the angles and size of a triangle’s sides.

 

The XYDiameter tool displays the readings in a clean and easy to read interface and best of all it's FREE.

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Font Changer with Google Web Fonts™

Font Changer with Google Web Fonts™ | technologies | Scoop.it
Change the font on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Youtube or any other site. Test Google Web Fonts™.

 

This tool is very useful for web developers who want to see what font they should use on website they are producing.

 

Font Changer, with Google Web Fonts, allows users to change...
- the font;
- the weight;
- the style, and
- the size of the font,

...on a website; all of which is great for people with poor eyesight who need bigger text to read comfortably.

 

Users can use this Chrome extension to change fonts on all websites, or they can pick and choose certain fonts for certain sites.

 

This gives them the ability to make the web a more consistent or varied place, depending on their needs and/or taste.

 

When users click the extension’s icon they can choose to modify global fonts, which is how they will change all websites, or users can choose custom settings to set the font for a certain website.

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View Great Art For Free On These 6 Inspiring Websites

View Great Art For Free On These 6 Inspiring Websites | technologies | Scoop.it

The Internet’s boom brought many great things with it, including access to places we might otherwise never visit.

 

This post provides information and links to 6 websites "Art Learners" and/or practitioners will find useful in their studies/teaching.

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30 Top Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

30 Top Adobe Illustrator Tutorials | technologies | Scoop.it

Many practitioners and learners want to improve their skills in vector art; developing more illustrative skills means they can take on more tasks.

 

This post, from Fuel Your Creativity, doesn’t focused on tutorials for a specific version of Adobe Illustrator.

 

The tutorials aim to help users develop skills regardless of version — it's not always the  software, it's how it is used!

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Hair On The Brain - A Blog Full Of Hairbrained Ideas

Hair On The Brain - A Blog Full Of Hairbrained Ideas | technologies | Scoop.it

Although not currently being "updated" this blog has content that Design and Hair & Beauty Practitioners will find useful.

 

To see what I mean, click on the Browse Menu to access the 67 categories - saving alot of search time.

 

Remember it isn't the resource it is how you use it in your teaching and learning.

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Adobe Generation - Free courses, for creative students

Adobe Generation - Free courses, for creative students | technologies | Scoop.it
Adobe Generation is a series of free online courses from Adobe for young, creative talent.

 

Designed to help UK students aged 14-19 develop skills that will help them succeed in workplaces of tomorrow.

 

They are starting with a course in Games Design and further courses will be available from September covering topics such as Animation, Digital Imaging and Video Editing.

 

Learners have access to a VLE hosting a range of learning resources including video tutorials, ‘how to’ guides and a recording of each session which they can download and revisit at a later date.

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www.Black-Text.com

www.Black-Text.com | technologies | Scoop.it
Black-Text:– There are many Fancy image editors and converters on the Internet, but that does not stop people from making great use of these tools.

 

Black-Text is one such application.

 

The Black-Text tool takes an image and allows users to convert it into a readable text-laden photographs within seconds.

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10 Online HTML5 Tools For Web Designers | Tools

10 Online HTML5 Tools For Web Designers | Tools | technologies | Scoop.it

HTML5, the new language for presenting content on the Internet,

 

...brings new features making it easy to incorporate video, audio, fonts, drag & drop, web graphics & animations into web pages.

 

...is backwards compatible as well so don’t worry about your old designs in HTML 4 or XHML1 they will all work just the same!

 

...has the potential to replace flash.

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