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Crafty's Chrome Extensions

Crafty's Chrome Extensions | technologies |

improve your productivity, communication and efficiency

John Dalziel's insight:
Crafty's Extensions are digital tools for all educational practitioners. These Chrome extensions will help improve their productivity, communication and efficiency. The three I use are... Crafty Cursor (CC), CraftyText (CT) and Crafty Zoom (CZ). My video tutorial at shows you how those three extensions work.
Note: once installed, close and reopen Google Chrome to enable the extensions...
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OER Commons - open educational resources

OER Commons - open educational resources | technologies |
OER Commons is a dynamic digital library and network. Explore open education resources and join our network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvement.
John Dalziel's insight:
Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons is a platform that provides open access to a wide variety of open educational resources that are either in the public domain or are licensed under Creative Commons. 
Resources include things such as... 
  - full courses, 
  - course materials, 
  - modules, 
  - textbooks, 
  - streaming videos, 
  - tests, 
  - software, 
...and other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. 
Practitioners/Teachers can re-use and adapt these instructional resources for their own teaching situations and according to the needs of their learners. 
The OER Commons website also provides tools to allow educators to contribute their own educational materials. 
To contribute their educational materials, users can use... 
  - Open Author to create media rich documents, 
  - Lesson Builder to create interactive lessons, or 
  - Module Builder to design interactive modules. 
OER Commons has an internal search functionality that allows users to easily locate any resource they want. 
Users can refine their search by... 
  - subject, 
  - grade level and/or 
  - standards. 
To learn how to search OER Commons watch the video at ;
Well worth a closer look!
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Book Creator - the simple way to create beautiful ebooks

Book Creator - the simple way to create beautiful ebooks | technologies |
Book Creator is a simple EdTech tool to create ebooks on iPad, Android and Windows tablets. Create a book and publish it to Apple's iBooks Store.
John Dalziel's insight:
With Book Creator 5.1 users can now publish their books and make them available on the web. 
Practitioners can also share their learners’ work with... 
  - specific people and/or 
  - a global audience and/or 
  - embed books into course blogs or learning provider's website 
  - tap the export icon beneath your book, and instead of choosing ePub, PDF or video, choose ‘Publish on-line’. 
NOTE: The first time you do this, you’ll be prompted to create a "Teacher account", which you can do with your email address or with an existing Google account. 
All modern browsers are supported on laptops, desktops, tablets and mobile. 
What about privacy? 
Learners cannot publish their own books. It will always be the teacher using their own account that chooses whether or not a book can be shared on-line. 
Once published, books are not publicly searchable on Google or other search engines. 
Books can only be accessed using their private link. It’s up to practitioners to decide how and with whom they share the link. 
What about cost? 
For starters, "every teacher can publish 10 books for free" Ideal for writing courses and more. 
Has to be worth a closer look...
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Watch Frame by Frame - Watch YouTube & Vimeo videos frame by frame 

Watch Frame by Frame - Watch YouTube & Vimeo videos frame by frame  | technologies |
Watch Frame by Frame allows you to watch YouTube and Vimeo videos frame by frame and in slow motion.
John Dalziel's insight:
Video Clips are being used more and more within teaching and learning and there are many ways to watch on-line videos.
'Watch Frame by Frame' enables users to watch YouTube or Vimeo Video Clips in slow motion and/or frame-by-frame. Viewing videos at slower than usual speed can help learners catch things they tend to miss at normal speed. 
Users just need to... 
  - type (or paste) in the video link from YouTube or Vimeo and 
  - choose the appropriate settings. 
There are four controls users can tweak. 
  1: Next to the frame-by-frame playback controls there is a clock which can be toggled to show the movement of frames. 
  2 - 4: allow users to set the steps at a set speed and frames per second. 
Practitioners can share links with their learners - e.g. - but may also wish to suggest the settings to use when viewing. NOTE: I'm sure you are aware that YouTube does already have playback speed settings hidden in plain sight. 
  - Click the Settings icon in the lower-right corner of the playback window (the little cog symbol). 
  - Select Speed from the pop-up overlay which appears. 
  - Choose 0.25 or 0.5 for slow speeds. You can also speed it up by choosing a higher speed. 
Watch Frame by Frame is a useful tool to enhance visual learning!
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Paper & Pencil by FiftyThree

Paper & Pencil by FiftyThree | technologies |
FiftyThree builds tools for mobile creation. Our first product, Paper, is the easiest and most beautiful way to create on the iPad and iPhone. FiftyThree is the space to create.
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Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes 
When inspiration occurs, put it on Paper. 
Paper is an excellent way for Practitioners, and/or learners, to... 
 - capture and connect their notes, photos, and sketches; 
 - create checklists; 
 - spotlight details in photos, and 
 - sketch diagrams with unbeatable speed and ease. 
Paper is like a wall of sticky notes for everything! 
Well worth a closer look!
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Bamboo Paper - an excellent notebook app

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John Dalziel's insight:
Bamboo Paper is an excellent notebook app practitioners and/or learners can use for sketching, drawing, or taking notes. 
Bamboo Paper provides a number of interesting features that makes writing/drawing experience on it resemble a real pen and paper experience. 
Bamboo Paper can be used to engage in a wide variety of creative multimedia activities from drawing beautiful art works to plotting story timelines. 
By using one of Bamboo Paper’s six expressive pens and brushes users can start their writing, drawing or sketching. 
Images and photos can be imported and users can then annotate them. 
The resulting notebooks can be easily synced to other mobile platforms and devices. 
NOTE: - For advanced note-taking or sketching, try the thin-tip pressure sensitive stylus products from Wacom: Bamboo Stylus fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2. 
The free version of Bamboo Paper comes with limited features, the paid version has more advanced functionalities. 
Check it out and see if you like it. 
Bamboo Paper is available for... Windows - ;
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Sticky Notes HD – iPad/iPhone/Windows Phone note taking app worth trying out

Sticky Notes HD – iPad/iPhone/Windows Phone note taking app worth trying out | technologies |
a great iPad/iPhone/Windows Phone note taking app worth trying out
John Dalziel's insight:
If like me, you are used to Google Keep, Sticky Notes HD has almost the same functionalities. 
Sticky Notes HD allows users to create memorable sticky notes using a wide variety of features that include... 
► 20 colours, 
► stunning graphics and visuals, 
► customizable notes size, 
► text and colour. 
Users can organise their notes using colour-codes and be able to sort them by priority, alphabetically or inverse. 
Users also have the option to password protect their notes. NOTE: All of a users sticky notes can be automatically synced to other devices, no set up is required. 
Another educational plus provided by Sticky Notes HD, is the ability to create note pics with different backgrounds and filters and post them to social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. 
Additionally, users can share their notes with others from within the app using one of the following options... 
► mail, 
► social media, or 
► messages. 
Besides recording notes, users can use Sticky Notes HD to create... 
► reminders, 
► memos, 
► lists and much more. 
Give it a try and see if you like it!
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World of Phenomena - naturally occurring events in our world, solar system and universe

World of Phenomena - naturally occurring events in our world, solar system and universe | technologies |
Facts and information about different types of natural phenomena found in the world and universe. Includes weather, geology, space and other types of phenomena.
John Dalziel's insight:
Phenomena can be broken down into various categories. 
The World of Phenomena website breaks them down into six main categories: Geological, Weather, Oceanic, Electromagnetic, Space and Physical. 
These categories are subjective and at times an event could be placed into another category. 
The World of Phenomena website is designed to be an easy to use website for learners and anyone interested in the subject matter. 
Well worth a closer look!
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Telegraph - a minimalist publishing tool

Telegraph - a minimalist publishing tool | technologies | is a minimalist publishing tool that allows you to create richly formatted posts and push them to the Web in just a click. Telegraph posts also get beautiful Instant View pages on Telegram.
John Dalziel's insight: gives practitioners, and/or learners, a simple place to publish their writing and pictures without the need to create an account on the site. 
To publish users simply go to and start writing. 
As well as including pictures in their writing, users can also include videos. 
Richard Byrne has created a video clip to show how users can publish a multimedia story on - watch it at ;
The end result is given its own URL that users can share with those that they want to read their work. 
The whole process of publishing on Telegraph is quick and easy.
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Unplag - Effective Plagiarism Checker Provides Users with Real-Time Reporting

Unplag - Effective Plagiarism Checker Provides Users with Real-Time Reporting | technologies |
Unplag is a perfect fit for students, educators and writers. Make use of its free plagiarism checks and ensure the checker works accurately providing handy reports.
John Dalziel's insight:
► is an effective plagiarism checker; 
► checks academic papers literally on the fly; 
► checks up to 5 papers on-line simultaneously; 
► performs real-time check against real-time web index ensuring users receive the most accurate similarity results. 
Note: Unplag plagiarism checker doesn't save the users files unless users keep their files in Unplag system and build their Personal papers Library along the way. 
Well worth a closer look!
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TechSmith Snagit | Screen capture and screen recorder

TechSmith Snagit | Screen capture and screen recorder | technologies |
Snagit screen capture is award-winning software for Windows and Mac. Quickly get images and videos with a simple screen recorder. Start your free trial today!
John Dalziel's insight:
Snagit software gives practitioners, and/or learners, the complete tool for screen capture and video recording on both Windows and Mac. 
Snagit combines traditional screenshots, video recording, image editing, and file sharing. 
It's fast and easy to visually explain anything that is on-screen. 
Snagit allows users to capture images and video off their own screen, just as they view it on their own devices. 
Users can then add text, lines and shapes to images and save everything to their devices or upload them to Google Drive, YouTube and other locations. 
Take a look at... 
► Why SnagIt is the ideal tool for flipped learning at and/or 
► 20 ways Snagit can improve life in the classroom at and/or 
► SnagIt Editor Productivity Tips at ;
No it's not free but, it's well worth the current one-off payment.
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Snapseed - A complete and professional photo editor

Snapseed - A complete and professional photo editor | technologies |
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Snapseed. Download Snapseed and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
Snapseed is an excellent photo editor app developed by Google, providing users with over 20 tools and filters to apply to their photos. 
Snapseed Help - - provides guidelines on how to use each of the tools and features provided by this app. 
The Snapseed app is free of charge and is compatible with iOS9.0. 
If Practitioners, and/or learners, don't have access to photo editing software, Snapseed is well worth a try.
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SlideBot - Create Powerful Presentations

SlideBot - Create Powerful Presentations | technologies |
In seconds, SlideBot automatically creates unique and powerful presentations that are individually tailored to your content. Try it now.
John Dalziel's insight:
Spend less time designing presentations and allocate the time saved to working on the content. 
Creating powerful presentations takes up time and energy
Slidebot handles this process for users. 
Slidebot aims to bring engaging TEDx-style presentations into the learning environment by enabling practitioners (and learners) to create entire presentations in under 10 seconds using Machine Learning (or AI) based around design. 
Within seconds of providing the text users want included in their slide deck, SlideBot automatically designs for them a beautiful and unique presentation. 
Each slide is specifically tailored to their content and they are able to... 
♥ present it, 
♥ edit it and 
♥ export it right away. 
SlideBot is trusted by TEDx speakers and is the easiest and quickest way to create engaging presentations. 
Every session practitioners deliver can now have the same-standard of presentation that they see at the biggest conferences in the world.
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Everypixel - Free Image Search Engine - More Than 40 Best Sources

Everypixel - Free Image Search Engine - More Than 40 Best Sources | technologies |
All free stock images in one place! Everypixel Stock Image Search Engine aggregates free photos and vectors from more than 40 image sources.
John Dalziel's insight:
Finding quality free photographs to use on-line can be a real pain. Everypixel changes all of that with a powerful new search engine that lets users search by keywords & uploaded photos. 
Yes Users can literally upload a photo from their computer and it’ll automatically search dozens of stock photo sites to find related pictures. 
How good is that! 
By default, Everypixel crawls all 50+ stock photo sites in their repository. 
 Everypixel has to be a "Must try it" resource!
GwynethJones's curator insight, May 14, 6:09 PM

A search engine for free stock images? Yes, please!

Easy to use, customizable, size, type, direction, & more!

Scooped by John Dalziel! - Create a web page in seconds, by sending an email. - Create a web page in seconds, by sending an email. | technologies |
The quickest way to create a web page. No account or sign up needed. Send us an email with your content to publish online, and we'll reply instantly with a link to your new web page.
John Dalziel's insight: is the latest in a string of relatively new services offering a quick and easy way for practitioners, and/or Learners, to publish their writing on-line. lets users create simple webpages by just sending an email to 
The email that they send, to that address, will be turned into a webpage in a matter of seconds. 
They will be emailed a link to their new page. 
In pages users can include text and images, but video isn't supported. 
NOTE: The service does have some drawbacks... 
  - users can delete their page but they cannot edit their page once it is published; 
  - anything that appears in a users email signature will be published - e.g. if an email signature includes the users phone number, they'll need to delete their signature before sending an email to 
Ideal for... 
  - creating a web page 
  - publishing lists 
  - sharing newsletters 
...and much more.
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MathPickle - Fun and Challenging Math Puzzles

MathPickle - Fun and Challenging Math Puzzles | technologies |
Put your students in a pickle!
John Dalziel's insight:
Math Pickle is a free site that offers dozens of fun and challenging maths puzzles for learners of all ages. 
The puzzles are arranged by both grade level and topic. 
The puzzles... 
  - can provide practitioners with a new way to challenge their learners to use their mathematics and reasoning skills and... 
  - are designed so that all learners will eventually experience a "failure" and a "break-through" during the process of completing the puzzle in groups/teams. 
The Math Pickle puzzles are designed to foster collaborative problem solving over the course of 45 to 60 minutes. 
Most of the Math Pickle puzzles are presented as a series of small, connected problems that learners have to solve to complete the puzzle presented to them. 
The puzzles themselves can be viewed as slides and or downloaded as PDFs.
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OneTab extension for Google Chrome and Firefox - save up to 95% memory and reduce tab clutter

OneTab extension for Google Chrome and Firefox - save up to 95% memory and reduce tab clutter | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:
Managing tabs within Google Chrome or Firefox is not only something that adults need to master, it is an essential skill that practitioners can teach their learners. 
What is OneTab? 
The OneTab extension can be used to quickly gather open tabs, reduce the amount of memory used, and convert your tabs into a list. 
Your list can be restored, shared, and organised. 
How does it work? 
To see how easy the OneTab extension is to use, watch the video at ;
Why would Educational Practitioners Use The OneTab extension? Well OneTab gives users the ability to save time and work smarter. 
OneTab is an ideal tool to automatically generate, and/or share... 
  - a whole range of course appropriate lists to share with Learners; 
  - a list of links for presentations; 
  - a list of links for 'flipped learning'; 
  - a list of links for assignments... 
...and more. 
I wish I'd known about this before I retired and for Chromebook users and those who collaborate I would think it's a must try out! NOTE: When using the OneTab extension, Pinned Tabs are not included withing the lists.
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Slick Write | Proofread online | Check your grammar and more

Slick Write | Proofread online | Check your grammar and more | technologies |
Slick Write is a powerful, FREE tool that makes it easy to check your writing for grammar errors, potential stylistic mistakes, and other features of interest. Whether you're a blogger, novelist, SEO professional, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take your writing to the next level.
John Dalziel's insight:
Slick Write is a free service that students can use to help them analyze... 
 - their own writing and/or 
 - written work of other writers. 
Slick Write identifies typical things like... 
 - word counts, 
 - readability, and 
 - an estimated reading time for a document. 
Slick Write will also analyse use of adverbs and prepositional phrases throughout a document. 
Users can pick and choose what they want Slick Write to identify within a passage. 
Watch Richard Byrne's video at it shows how easy it is to use Slick Write.
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Check123 - Video Encyclopedia that helps teachers and learners find educational videos

Check123 - Video Encyclopedia that helps teachers and learners find educational videos | technologies |
Check123 is the web's first Video Encyclopedia. Come and learn about arts, history, science, space, animals and more in 1, 2, or 3 minute Videos!!
John Dalziel's insight:
A lot of time can be spent looking for appropriate videos to use in learning environments and/or for flipped learning. 
Check123 is a website that aims to help teachers and learners find such educational videos. 
The "123" aspect of the name Check123 refers to the length of the videos on the site. 
All of the videos are either one, two, or three minutes long. 
Check123 users can... 
  - refine their search results according to length of video, subject, and topic and/or 
  - search by keyword and/or browse the subject categories. Watch how it works at Well worth a look!
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Seesaw - Student Driven Digital Portoflios

Seesaw - Student Driven Digital Portoflios | technologies |
Seesaw - Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication.
For iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Chromebooks and Computers with Chrome or
Firefox. Free for teachers!
John Dalziel's insight:
SeeSaw is a free digital 'portfolio' enabling learners to express their knowledge in different ways through written text, drawings, images, video and web links. 
SeeSaw has also just launched a new feature to share files from Google Drive! 
Here's how it works... 
► Click on the Add button and choose Add File. 
► Add files from Google Drive. 
Then SeeSaw converts the file into a PDF copy, which can be shared with others and annotated! 
To watch it in action look at the video from SeeSaw at ;
SeeSaw allows practitioners to see how their learners are using Google Tools to create and showcase learning without the hassle. 
Well worth a closer look!
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ViewedIt - Screen, Voice and Webcam Recorder for Practitioners who use Google Chrome and/or Chromebooks

ViewedIt - Screen, Voice and Webcam Recorder for Practitioners who use Google Chrome and/or Chromebooks | technologies |
Video for All
John Dalziel's insight:
ViewedIt is a free Chrome extension that makes it quick and easy to create and share screencast videos. 
ViewedIt could be a good screencasting tool for teachers who use Chromebooks and want to share tutorial videos with their learners. 
Being able to track when learners watch their videos is an added bonus. 
With the extension installed users can record their entire screen or just one window tab. 
ViewedIt will let users record themselves with their webcam as well. 
To record on ViewedIt users simply have to... 
  - click the extension icon  
  - choose what they want to record. 
...when they're done recording (max time of 1 hour per video), their video is automatically stored on ViewedIt. 
From ViewedIt users can share their video via email and social media. 
If they choose to share via email, they will be able to track who watched their video and the percentage of the video they watched. 
There is no limit to the number of videos users can record. 
NOTE : To be honest, ViewedIt has the following shortcomings... 
  - it doesn't let users download their videos and 
  - it doesn't let users upload their videos to YouTube or other platforms. 
Still worth a closer look, especially if practitioners are engaging with "Flipped Learning" and/or only have Chromebooks. 
My first effort can be viewed at
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PicCollage - create  collages with your photographs

PicCollage - create  collages with your photographs | technologies |
Pics + Text + Stickers = A Party with Your Photos!
John Dalziel's insight:
PicCollage enables users to create amazing collages with their photographs. 
Yes there are a number of Apps, websites and extensions that allow practitioners and/or learners create collages with photographs they have taken. 
PicCollage's Drawing Tool however, allows practitioners and learners to personalise collages with original artwork, adding another layer of authenticity to educational activities and projects. 
PicCollage also allows users to add fonts, gifs and videos... ...curently providing 1500+ Stickers, 80+ Backgrounds and 60+ Templates. It's worth checking out some of the screenshots showcasing this simple yet powerful addition to this educational tool!
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GoReact | Affordable Online Video Assessment

GoReact | Affordable Online Video Assessment | technologies |
Video record presentations and give instant, time-coded feedback
John Dalziel's insight:
GoReact is an ideal platform for teaching, among many other things, communication skills. 
GoReact makes it easy to... 
► capture and grade learner videos give feedback on a presentation; and 
► provide synchronous feedback from instructors and/or peers By watching themselves present on screen and getting time-coded feedback directly from their practitioner(s), learners can raise their self-awareness and hone their presenter skills simultaneously. 
GoReact is also a great tool for instructors to model positive feedback for learners and moderate peer comments before showing them to presenters. 
It’s a win-win for everyone. 
GoReact is the video coaching platform for presentations that learners will actually like to use and, at the same time, help them address any Oral communication apprehension (OCA) they may have. 
Instructor Accounts are FREE
NOTE: Oral communication apprehension (OCA)—is caused by three main factors in a learner... 
► fear of humiliation in front of their peers, 
► negative past experiences with presenting, and 
► insufficient preparation.
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Loom - a web tool for creating quick video tutorials

Loom - a web tool for creating quick video tutorials | technologies |
Loom is a video communication platform helping individuals and teams unlock the power of video in the workplace. Unlimited recording and storage. HD quality. Instantly ready to share.
John Dalziel's insight:
Loom is an excellent web tool for creating quick video tutorials to share with learners or peers. 
The tool is very simple and easy to use, and most importantly, it is integrated with several services including Gmail, Google Docs, Dropbox, Trello, Asana and many more. 
This means that any video users record can be watched directly where it is shared. 
To start recording a video... 
■ users need to install the Loom extension. Once installed, click on its icon and log in; 
■ users need to adjust the recording settings: users can specify whether they want to capture the current tab, the entire desktop or use the camera only. Users can also choose whether to use audio or camera in their recording(s). Once done... 
■ users then proceed to do the recording. 
Watch the video at to learn more about how to use Loom. 
And yes... Loom is completely free of charge.
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'FMath Editor' Docs add-on - build equations and insert the resulting image(s) into documents

'FMath Editor' Docs add-on - build equations and insert the resulting image(s) into documents | technologies |
Professional 'Math Editor' used to insert equations into documents.
John Dalziel's insight:
FMath Editor is a professional 'Mathematics Editor' used to build equations and insert the resulting image(s) into documents. Users can easily add... 
► variables, 
► constants, 
► operators, 
► fractions, 
► exponents, 
► logarithms, 
► limits, 
► integrals, 
► derivatives and 
► matrix. 
Also the Editor has a built in Wizard to build complex equation. 
One for STEM Practitioners and/or Learners. 
Oh yes - it is also FREE!
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