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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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Soo Meta — Storytelling + Polls In One Compact Format.

Soo Meta — Storytelling + Polls In One Compact Format. | technologies |
Flip Web Content Into Video Lessons
John Dalziel's insight:

Soo Meta allows practitioners, and/or learners, to combine...
- videos from YouTube,
- pictures from the web or from your desktop,
- text, and
- voice recordings create a presentation.
Soo Meta now also allows users to insert a quiz into their projects.
This means that those viewing Soo Meta projects can watch a short video clip then answer questions about it before moving onto the next part of the presentation.
Soo Meta is an ideal tool for creating short flipped lessons for learners.

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Convert Audio Online - Free MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA file conversion & streaming

Convert Audio Online - Free MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA file conversion & streaming | technologies |
Convert multiple music files to MP3, WAV, OGG, or WMA at once or stream your audio files over the internet for free.
John Dalziel's insight:

Start uploading, converting, and streaming your audio files absolutely free. Just follow these simple steps to generate your first playlist or convert your audio files.

BrowseSelectWait for uploadConvert or Stream

Note: there is a maximum audio file size of 15MB and currently it is unable to provide a service for converting M4P files.

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Mobile Media Converter online

Mobile Media Converter online | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Mobile Media Converter...
- allows users to convert YouTube videos to audio files.
- offers 4 audio output formats: MP3, OGG, AAC, and WMA
- allows users to select from 3 sound qualities: worst, medium, and best


It sends email notifications when conversions are complete.

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QR voice

QR voice | technologies |
Generates qr-code for a synthesized voice message
John Dalziel's insight:

QR Voice allows users to create QR codes that, when scanned, will play a short audio message.

QR Voice can be used by practitioners to...

record their audio messages andprint them out in the form of QR codes and thenhand them out/email/blog post etc., learners.

QR Voice is easy to use.

To create your own QR code just...

click the microphone icon in the empty bar and record the audio message; orforthose who don't like the sound of their own voice, type in a message.

Either way you are allowed just 100 characters.

Click the Blue & Black QR code button to create the Code.

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Free Online Language Learning

Free Online Language Learning | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

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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Coub: The next generation of moving images

Coub: The next generation of moving images | technologies |
Get inspired and create your own coubs.

If there is one flaw to the GIF animation format, it is the lack of audio. Here's a new way to easily share short animations, just like the GIF animations, but with the audio.

John Dalziel's insight:

Coub is a free to use web service that lets practitioners and learners create and share short videos that can be up to 10 seconds long in length. Users can create these videos by uploading their own videos to the website. Alternatively, they can use the URLs of videos that are present on YouTube or Vimeo. After their video has been loaded up, they can select which portion of it you want to be selected for the 10 second Coub.

After their Coub is created, it can be shared with colleagues, peers, assessors etc., or embed it in websites for a variety of professional uses.

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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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Ask3 | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Ask3 (from TechSmith, the makers of Jing and Camtasia) is...
- screencasting software,
- collaboration tool,
- differentiation platform and
- scaffolded support system all rolled into one FREE iOS app.
Learners and/or practitioners can draw on a virtual whiteboard, record their drawings, narration and even annotate over pictures.
Ask3 also...
- allows learners to automatically upload these screencasts so that they are instantly viewable from all iPads logged into the same "class".
- also gives learners the ability to comment on each other's video - from within the video timeline; they can pause the screencast and add their own comment(s), question(s) or suggestion(s). All of these comments are instantly viewable for the class and practitioner to see and reply to.
There's more.
If text isn't enough to answer a question. Peers and/or practitioners can...
- pause the video where they want to provide help,
- comment,
- ask a question or solve the problem.
Ask3 then allows them to screencast over that paused image and to create their own video response, taking over from where the original video left off.
The video response is then available for the class to view in the timeline as well.
I'm sure that's enough to enthuse potential users.

Mark Ayton's curator insight, August 15, 2013 6:28 AM

Need a simple free tool for instantly preparing, presenting, pre-recording and flipping learning activities? This could be the very thing to get your suite of iPads out of the racks and into action! Thanks to @acljohn for another great find.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, August 15, 2013 7:08 PM

Looks like a very useful collaborative classroom tool.  Free too at the moment so well worth trying!

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Chirbit - Record, Upload and Share Audio Easily - Social Audio

Chirbit - Record, Upload and Share Audio Easily - Social Audio | technologies |
Share audio on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr. Embed your audio or voice anywhere online. Upload mp3, wav, aiff or any other format via web or smartphone.
John Dalziel's insight:

Chirbit is podcasting software
It allows users to...
- share audio clips with others via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and more;
- record their own voice, directly froma browser, using only a webcam or microphone;
- upload up to 120mb of audio per file including wav, mp3, ogg, amr, m4a, wmf, aiff and 3gp formats;
- record and post audio from any smartphones with a voice note appandemail;
- embed their audio anywhere with the HTML5 player;
- extract audio from YouTube videos;
- get a unique QR code for each of their audio posts;
- Upload an image for their audio post.
- Transcribe or translate their posts to make them more searchable; and
- Geotag their audio.

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Teaching Packs

Teaching Packs | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

And here is one for Primary School and/or Family Learning Practitioners and more...
Teaching Packs offers complete packs of resources linked to different topics.
Each pack has a wide range of resources, including...
- eBooks (to share with the class on a large display or for use in guided / independent reading),
- audio quizzes,
- activity sheets and
- display resources.
At the time of curation, the range of packs on offer included...
- The Times Tables Pack (with fourteen audio multiplication quizzes),
- The Punctuation Pack (with a guide to all types of punctuation and lots of activities) and
- The Pirates Pack (including a 30 page eBook and lots of related resources).
There is a small charge for them and learning providers can buy packs on an individual basis or subscribe to the site to access every pack.
We are assured that the site will be growing over the coming months, with new packs added as quickly as they can be made!

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Vocaroo | Online voice recorder

Vocaroo | Online voice recorder | technologies |
Vocaroo is a quick and easy way to share voice messages over the interwebs.
John Dalziel's insight:

Vocaro is a voice recording service.

It allows users to easily and instantly record their voice and share it with others.

It can be used to record and share audio clips with learners.

e.g. Practitioners can record answers to assignments that learners would listen to at the end of tasks.

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ICTmagic - wiki

ICTmagic - wiki | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

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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Narrable | technologies |
Give voice to the stories that matter.
John Dalziel's insight:

Narrable is an online service for creating short narrated slideshows.
Start by uploading some pictures - Record a narration for each picture through the computer's microphone or upload an pre-recorded audio recording. Narrable projects can be shared via email, Facebook, or by embedding them into a blog.
Narrable allows users to have five projects for free.

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