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Word-Search Maker and Wordsearch Directory - From teachers-direct

Word-Search Maker and Wordsearch Directory - From teachers-direct | technologies |
Teachers Direct Wordsearch Maker is a free to use resource enabling teachers to produce professional printable and interactive wordsearch puzzles.
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A free resource allowing practitioners to create professional printable or interactive wordsearch puzzles in seconds or download and use ready made from the ever growing database.

A great way to reinforce key words and ideal for starter activities or homeworks.

The resource is completely free to use.

Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 9, 2013 3:00 PM

More people are running to charity tube to post free videos and watch free videos than posting on you tube. Try posting at charity tube and you will never leave. More visitors and more video views. Don't take our word for it, try it. Post one same video on youtube and put it on and return ater five hours and compare the viewers rate and decide for yourself. Create your very own group or forum and control who watch it and invite everyone to watch the video. Above all, post video in English or in any language and viewers can watch video description in their own language. Try it and let us know your experience. Above all it is absolutely free like youtube

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Rewordify | technologies | helps you understand more of what you read, faster. It translates hard English into easier English.
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Rewordify is a free website that converts advanced written language into less complex language (plain-English).
Ideal for helping learners to understand complex written language.
Paste or type the text that needs to be simplified into the box on the Rewordify web page, and within seconds a simplified version will appear.
Even more useful is to...
- type the URL of a website into the box
- click the Rewordify web site
...and within seconds a simplified version of the website will appear.

Stephanie Sapp's curator insight, October 8, 2014 2:28 PM

Great for ELL, ESL and any other special needs students.  (Looks great for everyone in fact!)

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NetLingo The Internet Dictionary

NetLingo The Internet Dictionary | technologies |
This site contains thousands of definitions about computers, the Internet, and the online world of business, technology & communication :-) A popular online dictionary it includes one of the largest collections of text messaging, acronyms and...
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The NetLingo Dictionary is structured in an easy-to-read layout and filled with easy-to-understand definitions, using layman's language. Its purpose is to educate, entertain, and empower users about the language used in the online world. All definitions are cross referenced and sorted by Category to give users the big picture. They encourage users to Add Their Own 'Lingo' and Become an Editor.

Eva Maier's curator insight, May 23, 2013 2:38 PM is not bad either :)

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ICTmagic - wiki

ICTmagic - wiki | technologies |
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The awarding winning ICTmagic wiki is packed full with thousands of free links and resources for educators.
Art, Craft & Design;
Early Years;
Food & Cookery;
ICT & Web Tools;
Music, sound & Podcasts; name but a few.

Graham O'Shanesy's curator insight, May 23, 2016 1:52 PM

Some links to some new and interesting ICTs - particularly like the look of Algodoo as a Physics playground

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Freerice is owned by and supports the World Food Programme.

For every correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated through the World Food Programme.

Users can answer questions in several categories. Learners can sign up (under 14s need parents permission) or login easily with their Facebook account to track their totals and join and create groups.

Practitioners can now register a class.

Ideal for revision, Functional English/Maths and more.

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Free Online Language Learning

Free Online Language Learning | technologies |
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Surface Languages could be a handy little resource for learners to use, to listen to pronunciations of words and phrases of the languages that they're studying.

Learners can use the free Surface Languages Android apps to continue their practice on the move. 

Adriana Basic's curator insight, October 21, 2014 11:10 PM

Could be very surface?

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The Ultimate Word Search Maker

Make amazing interactive word search puzzles that you can put right on your website for your visitors to play and enjoy.
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Wordsearch maker is a great free tool to create wordsearches for learners.

It could be for helping with spelling words or it could be for new words based around a particular topic, etc.

Once finished, simply share the URL of the wordsearch with the learners or use the embed tool to embed it into a website or blog or other web presence.

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CPD: How to Add Subtitles To Your Google+ Videos

CPD: How to Add Subtitles To Your Google+ Videos | technologies |

Closed Captions are subtitles for videos which are useful for people who...
- want to translate their videos into different languages or
- are trying to reach out to the hearing impaired.


For those who want captions or subtitles on their videos, Google allows them to add subtitle files to videos on Google+.


The subtitle files that Google+ currently supports are SRT and SUB files.


This CPD post shows readers how to...
- create the files that hold text information that, in turn, enables the video to determine what subtitles to show at certain points of the video.
- add those captions to the video.

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CAPL: Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon

CAPL: Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon | technologies |

To find Creative Commons licensed images, to use in teaching and learning...
- visit CAPL,

- click browse,

- select language to search for images that represent common words in that language.


The CAPL (Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon) galleries could be helpful in locating images for practitioners to use in developing their own language learning activities and/or helping learners create language learning games.

CAPL now supports thirteen languages.

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Spanish Is Your Amigo

Spanish Is Your Amigo is a series of video lessons delivered by Kristen Williams.


The lessons are designed for beginners and cover the basic things like...
- letter pronunciation,
- numbers,
- syllabic stress,
- verb conjugation,
- nouns and articles, and
- common Spanish phrases.


These video lessons, won't replace direct face-to-face instruction but can be good resources for learners...
- who need to workat their own pace (faster or slower)
- who need the means to review, skip, refresh etc.,


They can also be a good resources for practitioners who are considering trialing or who are using a "Flipped Classroom" approach.


These, and other clips, can also be used as examples of resources that can be produced to support teaching and learning.

Odyseey Students's curator insight, December 2, 2014 8:55 AM

Spanish, like any language, needs lots of practice! Check out these videos to get some help mastering your everyday phrases! (Katarina Hedstrom)

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SoundCloud - Share Your Sounds

Create, record and share the sounds recorded, with peers, practitioners etc., with SoundCloud, the world's largest community of sound creators.


Sound Cloud has many uses including languages courses.


Learners can record spoken tracks on Sound Cloud and share them their practitioner/teacher/assessor.


The practitioner/teacher/assessor uses the comment feature to provide feedback that is tied directly to each learner's recording.


The comments can be tied to the exact second at which a practitioner/teacher/assessor wishes to provide formative feedback.


Note:SoundCloud allows users to have up to two hours of recordings stored in their account at one time. After that they will need to either delete old recordings or upgrade to a paid plan.

Kulyias Swiney's curator insight, June 19, 2016 9:05 PM

Sound cloud has changed the game by giving independent artists a platform to share their creativity. 

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Duolingo | Learn English, Spanish and German for free

With Duolingo users learn a language for free, and simultaneously translate the Web.


Users read, listen to, and translate words and phrases.


They are shown words with translations and can can hear the words pronounced too.


To practice they type and or speak translations.


Activities start out with simple words and phrases and as they become more proficient, Duolingo gives them more challenging phrases.


Duolingo also awards users points and virtual badges.


Before Language practitioners become too anoyed, I want to emphasise Duolingo won't replace in-person instruction, but it is a good site for learners to use to practice writing and speaking a new language. One for ESOL learners as well.

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Quick Fix

Quick Fix | technologies |

BBC Languages - Learn in your own time and have fun with Quick Fix. Learn useful holiday phrases in 40 languages with audio.


The list of phrases include greetings and other essential polite phrases like "I'm sorry I don't speak xxx."


- All lists can be printed.

- users can hear all of the phrases pronounced; helping users learn pronunciations better than they could by reading the phrases.

- pronunciations can be downloaded as MP3 files to listento/play on an iPod or phone.


Not a replacement for actual instruction, but ideal to quickly learn a few phrases.

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GCSE revision and A level revision | S-cool, the revision website

GCSE revision and A level revision | S-cool, the revision website | technologies |
S-cool Revision is the UK’s leading FREE revision website. We provide high quality A Level and GCSE revision guides, revision questions and revision notes to over 3 million students a year!
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Does what it says! This site is idealfor learners preparing for assessments and or revisiting workcovered to refresh memories, practice, prepare etc.

MCS Learning Support's curator insight, November 4, 2013 6:55 AM

A free revision site that may help with particular topics.

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RoomRecess | technologies |
Free educational online games for children. Our games reinforce the skills that are vital to elementary students. We offer many math and reading games.
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Roomrecess is a free website listing free educational games,ideal for Family Learning.
The games are ideal for Infant/Junior School learners, with the goal of reinforcing fundamental learning concepts in...
- maths,
- reading,
- spelling,
- language arts, and
- basic problem solving.
Roomrecess offers seven math games and seven word games. Some of the games are one player games while others are two player games. All of the games can be played without creating an account.

Melissa Hobbs's curator insight, March 19, 2015 10:05 AM

This site features online games for elementary students.  Students can choose their game by subject area or by grade level,  Students can also choose to be a single or a dual person, when playing the games. 

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | technologies |
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.
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GeoGuessr is a simple game based on Google maps.
An image is provided of an unknown place somewhere in the world and users have to guess where it is and click that place on the map.
As it's based on Google maps street view, users can actually explore around the image and look for clues.
Once they click on the map they will see the real location and how close or far away they were.
Points are awarded depending on how close users are to the real Users have five turns to score as many points as possible.
Using an Interactive White Board, and Triptico to randomly select learners, practitioners can...
- show learners provided images
- ask them to guess where it is and
- ask them to justify their answers by describing what they can see.

A great way to bring the world into the learning environment; good for learners to explore inside the images and pan around to look for clues. Could be used for discriptive language development; get learners to write short descriptions of each of the five places visited during one game.
I found it fun and a little addictive.

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Online Virtual Keyboard Emulator. Search, Share, Translate, Save and Print in more than 50 languages! No need to download any software or plug-in!
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Practitioners,and/or learners can type, search, convert and translate in 53 languages, with no need to install any additional software.
Type in any of the available languages by clicking on the virtual keyboard buttons using a mouse. In case you have the chosen language characters on your physical keyboard, just use your keyboard to type the characters.

The keyboard key is displayed directly below the box in which your typed text appears.

Lite Type has some other convenient features like integrated search for images, videos, and websites.
Lite Type also has an integrated multilingual dictionary.

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Google Translate: Phrasebook

Le service Google gratuit de traduction en ligne permet de traduire instantanément du texte et des pages Web.
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Google has added a new feature for Google Translate called Phrasebook.
As the name suggests, Phrasebook can be used to save commonly used phrases.
This can be used, by learners (including ESOL/EFL/ESL etc.), as a language tool.
To begin with, Phrasebook will be empty, but learners can populate it with their phrases by clicking the star under a translation they’ve just made.
Now, even if they forget a word, they can click the Phrasebook icon above the upper-right corner of the box containing the translation to open their Phrasebook.
Select the word or phrase they want to use, loads it in the translation area with a click. They can filter phrases by language pair, or search for a specific phrase.
NOTE: The text-to-speech icons next to the phrases give them a vocal pronunciation.

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Online Newspapers: World Directory

Online Newspapers: World Directory | technologies |
An extensive directory of Online Newspapers from every country of the world provided to you by
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Learners can expand their knowledge of current events and other cultures by reading newspapers from around the world. Here they’ll find a comprehensive collection of digital newspapers organized by regions. From Madagascar to Hong Kong to Mexico, they’ll find more newspapers than they can manage. They are not translated, however, so they’ll need to know the native language or try using Google Translate or other translation software.

Krešimir TOMAS's curator insight, January 21, 2013 3:27 PM

Seznam časopisov v e-obliki po državah....

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UVic's Language Teaching Clipart Library

This library consists of about 3000 images that are useful in the teaching of basic vocabulary in a variety of languages.


The characters and objects depicted are culturally neutral.


It isn't a huge resource of graphics but does provide a set of basic, and useful for low-level language-teaching, graphics, that are easily searchable.


Practitioners may use GIF images from this library on their Website as long as they add an acknowledgement to the UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked Software somewhere on their site.

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Pictolang | technologies |

These Pictolang games could help support learners who are studying languages.


Pictolang is a CAPL service that offers four image-based language learning activities.


- The Visual Word Trainer is simply a flashcard activity that shows students an image and the word or words that picture represents.

- The Picture Match Game shows students one word and they have to find the picture to match it.

- Word Match Game shows students one picture and they have to find the word to match it.

- The Analyst Game is probably the most challenging of the activities. The Analyst Game shows students a picture and they have to identify where that picture came from.

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CaptionTube: a free tool for creating captions for YouTube videos.

After users import a YouTube video they own, they...
- play the video
- add captions as needed
- export the captions
- upload to YouTube.


By using Capture Tube, a free service, Learning Providers can now provide transcripts of videos they share with others and, if required, in different languages.


Practitioners can use CaptionTube to transcribe videos they share with their learners or the task could be given as an assignment for learners to work on. e.g. learners can be given a video and be told to use Capture Tube to caption it.


Why is it better than watching YouTube and editing my captions in a text editor?


CaptionTube provides improved precision with a scaleable timeline. You can also make changes to captions and preview them immediately. It also allows you to create multiple language tracks.


Capture Tube can also be used to illustrate tutorials and promote understanding of video content. The process isn't complicated and does not require any advanced technical skills.

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Next Vista for Learning

Next Vista for Learning | technologies | believes learning is stronger when it starts with an engaging introduction of each topic.


With practitioners and learners from all over the world contributing content, it will get easier and easier to find the presentation a learner needs to say, "I get it."


The library resources are available for free to anyone at any time, learners are able to learn when they are most ready to do so.


For practitioners, the available videos can be used in the classroom to generate discussion, or even when planning lessons to generate ideas.


Subject areas include...

- Careers
- Health and Fitness
- History and Culture
- Inspiration and Creativity
- Literature and Writing
- Maths
- Performing Arts
- Science
- Technology
- Visual Arts
- World Languages

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Knowmia | technologies |


- offers a collection of curated videos that have been vetted by teachers for quality and accuracy;

- has launched with 7,000 videos organized under the main headings of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology, and World Languages.


Users are encouraged to contribute so I expect that the collection will grow rapidly.


Most of the content is drawn from Youtube and Vimeo.


There is also a free iPad app, with effective tutorial support, that appears to be a powerful and extremely flexible tool for creating video lessons for upload to knowmia’s collection (Requires iOS 5.0 or later). Hopefully, an Android option will be available soon.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 16, 2014 8:38 PM

Lots of great content on Knowmia but do keep in mind that it is a subscription service. 

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TalkTyper - Speech Recognition in a Browser

TalkTyper - Speech Recognition in a Browser | technologies |

Looking for an easy to use, on-line, affordable Speech to text dictation software application?


Talk Typer, with its simple interface, is an option worth a closer look.



- click on the microphone icon to input your voice

- watch as the application translates it into text.

- copy the text to the clipboard,  or print it directly,  or e-mail, or share to Twitter.


For the language learners and practitioners, it also links to Google Translate for quick translations.


Note:- best used with Google Chrome since this browser has the best support for voice dictation.

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