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Studeous - Classroom, Meet the Cloud

Studeous - Classroom, Meet the Cloud | technologies |
Free Websites for Teachers. Studeous is the easiest way to create a beautiful, full featured, interactive class website. Get up and running in 60 seconds.


If practitioners are looking for a quick and easy way to create a discussion forum for their courses, Studeous might be what they are looking for.


In their Studeous account they can create a discussion forum for each of the courses that they teach.


In addition to using Studeous as a discussion forum users can create an announcements page.


If practitioners decide to upgrade to the paid account, users can post files and images too (the free version limits you to two files).


Learners can join a forum by entering the access code for the course or users can send invitations via email.

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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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Symbolab | technologies |

Symbolab: Search the web for scientific content using text, scientific and mathematical symbols.


Symbolab is...
- a search engine designed for STEM Practitioners and Learners.
- a semantic search engine which means that rather than just searching the text of your query Symabolab attempts to interpret and search for the meaning of your query.


What does this mean?
Type in an equation
Get results as...
- links and
- graphs when appropriate.


Search results can be sorted to find explanations of how to solve an equation, what an equation is used for, as well as videos and examples of an equation in use.

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Tackk | technologies |

A free service that makes publishing content on the web as easy as writing an email. Create and share your Tackk now!


Tackk is a free web service that practitioners and/or learners can use to quickly create simple webpages.


To create a Tackk page users don't need to register, but unregistered Tackk pages expire after seven days. For many purposes this may be long enough.


If registered Tackk pages stay up indefinitely.


I found Tackk had a very small learning curve; the Tackk pages accommodates all the digital media that users would need, including videos, audio files, and maps.


Tackk could be a tool of choice for learners to create pages for assignments;  allowing them to include their digital photography, video creation projects, or audio files.

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Classroom Games - Microsoft Office Games

Classroom Games - Microsoft Office Games | technologies |

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Ed Games website hosts a variety of free, downloadable...
- PowerPoint,
- Word, and
- Excel games
...that are really easy to use on an IWB to add quizzes and to motivate your learners.


Practitioners can customise these games with their own content and once customised, can be...
- saved (for future use) and
- shared with colleagues.


Note: Some games are ready to use without modification. Many of the games replicate popular TV shows like Jeopardy, and Pyramid.


P.S. How about setting learners a challenge to customise a game?

Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, November 5, 2014 7:48 AM

Créer des jeux à partir d'un powerpoint.

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Scirus - for scientific information


- is a comprehensive scientific research tool;
- provides more than 460 million scientific items
- allows researchers to search for journal contents, scientists homepages, courseware, and much more.

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iSEEK - Education

iSEEK - Education | technologies | - Target web information with ease.


iSeek Education...

- is a targeted search engine for learners, practitioners, administrators, and care providers.

- allows its users to safely search hundreds of thousands of trusted resources .

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WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word

WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word | technologies |
WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word. For people with reading and writing difficulties, having text reinforced by hearing it read aloud can be very useful.


Do you and/or your learners proof read their work?


When producing documents,I always read the text out loud and, quite often, recorded it at the same time, using Audacity.


That way I spot mistakes that my eyes often miss and I also have the text in a format many learners/colleagues preferred (Audio/mp3 files)


Many people wouldn't be comfortable doing that and prefer text to speech tools.


There are plenty of add-ons to do this task in a browser, but for desktop programs like Microsoft Word, they are a little harder to come by.


WordTalk is an example of a text-to-speech plug-in for Microsoft Word, and best of all, it’s completely free.


WordTalk has all the features users need from a text-to-speech program.


As the text is read, the text is highlighted making it easier to follow along with the audio.


Users can...

- change the colour of the highlight to match their preferences.

- change the speed at which the program reads the text.

- also save the speech for listening to later (WAV or MP3)

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Find PDF

Find PDF | technologies |

If individuals download an eBook off the internet, an academic paper, or almost any other digital document, it is usually in the PDF format.


The PDF file format has today become the popular choice amongst learning providers when it comes to sharing and uploading documents online.


Here to help everyone search the countless PDF documents publicly available online is a search engine called FindPDF.


FindPDF is a free to use website poroviding access to many publicly available PDF files.


- enter the name of the document, or, if users do not have an exact name, type in key-words
- click the Find it! button and
- the keywords search is executed.


Results are shown and users can...
- view online;
- downloaded;
- convert to text.

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RealtimeBoard | technologies |

Realtime Board is a tool for hosting online, collaborative brainstorming sessions.


Realtime Board provides a blank grid on which users can...
- type;
- draw;
- post pictures;
- connect elements (on the boards) via a simple linking tool.


Created boards can be shared publicly or privately.


To help users communicate, Realtime Board has a chat function built into every board.


Use Realtime Board...
- by creating an account on the site;OR
- by signing in with your Google or Facebook account.


Another tool for practitioners and/or learners to enhance collaboration.

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∩pside Down ∀cademy

∩pside Down ∀cademy | technologies |

"The best way to learn is to try and teach."


For thousands of years, people have known that the best way to understand a concept is to explain it to someone else.


“While we teach, we learn,” Seneca (Roman philosopher)


The Upside Down Academy is bringing this ancient wisdom up to date, by designing innovative ways for learners to engage in instruction.


Learners enlisted to tutor others work harder to...
- understand the material,
- recall it more accurately and
- apply it more effectively.


In what scientists have dubbed “the protégé effect,” these "student teachers" score higher on tests than learners who are learning only for their own sake.

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60 Second Adventures in Religion

60 Second Adventures in Religion | technologies |

Ever wondered why Karl Marx thought religion was like opium - or whether religion is possible without a god?

Voiced by David Mitchell, this series of four 60 second animations, by Learn with The Open University, examines different ways that religion has been viewed by non-religious thinkers.

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Pheed | technologies |

- is a new social media platform launched on August 10, 2012.
- offers the standard sharing features such as text, photos and videos,
- has added new stuff like voice-notes, audio clips and live-broadcasting.
- also gives users the option to apply a monthly subscription fee to their channel or setting a pay-per-view live broadcast event. In both cases, users select the pricing and earn directly.


Note: users can always share and hang out for free, it's up to them.


Is this an opportunity to set up an Educational Social Media Presence that learners are not using (yet)?


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Musink - Free notation software; Free composition software

Musink is a free music composition editor that lets practitioners and/or learners easily write music notes.


The tutorials contain step-by-step instructions for most tasks and, with a little help from my musical colleague Mark, we completed our first publication.


Musink automates all layout tasks, unlike most notation editors who make it your responsibility to make music look good.


When a music score is complete, it takes 2 clicks to publish it as a PDF/PNG/XPS document, which users can then easily share online or send by email.


There is no need to install software or a plug-in to make the notes readable by others.


Apart from music notes, Musink also lets users create...
- books,
- simple posters, and
- drum loops providing a series of templates.


NOTE: the language used, according to Mark, isn't familiar to UK musicians but we are both sure it wouldn't take long to get your head around the differences.


An impressive tool that Music practitioners and Learners may well find very useful indeed.


PS End product can also be exported as a mid and/or mid loop. Impressive all round.

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Websites To Download Free Audio Books

Websites To Download Free Audio Books | technologies |

As I'm sure you are all aware, audiobooks are recordings of books which are read aloud.


Why would we need audio books if we can read books ourselves?


Audio books can be listened to via audio devices while travelling or commuting to work.


Audio books are useful for...
- the visually impaired,
- learning a new language to ensure you don’t pronounce a foreign phrase wrongly because you can listen to exactly how it is spoken.
- busy people who love a good read, but just don’t have the time to sit down to bury their faces in their favorite classics.


This post provides a list of 20 websites where everyone can download free audio books.

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Academy Bridge – Free Business Education

Academy Bridge – Free Business Education | technologies |

Academy Bridge...

- is another source of online learning, this time targeting Adults;

- shows that it is possible to provide a high-quality, free, and easily accessible business education experience.


As of October 2012, the site features nearly 5,000 videos designed to help undergraduate and graduate students in business programs all for free.


If practitioners are looking to refresh their key business knowledge, Academy Bridge is worth checking out.


NOTE: Academy Bridge has a sort of ‘entrance exam’ called 24-Hour Business School; users have to pass it in order to move onto the 'real' lessons.

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Education for Employability (MLD)

These resources, from Northern Ireland Curriculum, has some resources targeting learners with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD).


The five pdf resources, Education for Employability (MLD), include...
- Introduction Education for Employability
- Unit 1 About Me and Work
- Unit 2 Opportunities
- Unit 3 Self-Employment and Social Responsibility
- Unit 4 Transition - Preparation for Post-16

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INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections

INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections | technologies |

INFOMINE is a comprehensive virtual library and reference tool for academic and scholarly Internet resources, including Web sites, databases, electronic journals, bulletin boards, listservs, online library card catalogs, articles, etc.


This is a scholarly internet resource that allows learners and practitioners to search for content pertaining to different academic areas.

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The Virtual LRC

The Virtual LRC | technologies |

The Virtual LRC indexes thousands of the best academic information websites, selected by education practitioners and library professionals worldwide to provide learners and practitioners with current and valid information for learning provider projects.

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Yummy Math

Yummy Math | technologies |

Yummy Math, created by Brian Marks and Leslie Lewis, is an blog/site dedicated to helping learners and practitioners understand how maths is relevant to the world.


Functional Maths Practitioners will find this a useful resource, to bring real-world math into the learning environment.


When understood in context, learners can make connections to their learning and, as a result, really learn it.


Note: UK Practitioners will, in some cases, have to adapt the content as content is USA bias.


Each week, multiple activities and ideas are added to the Yummy Math site, providing a stream of real-world math problems for learners.


Categories include:
- Algebra
- Data and Probability
- Geometry
- Number Sense
- Sports
- Holidays/annual events
- Maths and Science
- Maths and Food
- Maths and Social Studies
- Maths and Art
- Movies and Entertainment


Use these activities to get learners thinking outside of the (maths) box. Not only relevant, but interesting!

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Shakespeare: Globe to Globe

Shakespeare: Globe to Globe | technologies |

Earlier this year (2012) Shakespeare-lovers in London were treated to the massive World Shakespeare Festival.


The Globe to Globe project presented an unprecedented opportunity for theater goers to see all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays performed in 37 different languages at the bard’s own theater, the Globe.


The plays, available online via this link, staged by top theater directors, with over six-hundred actors from “all nations” were attended by audiences riveted by the culture shock of watching play they knew so well transformed by a cultural vocabulary they didn’t.


This has to be a resource that Literature learners and practitioners alike should find inspiring.

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People learners may want to follow | LinkedIn

LinkedIn has recently introduced the ability for members to directly follow over 100 of, what many consider to be, the world’s most influential industry thought leaders; they will be / are sharing content about professional issues and topics.


This provides a new way for learners to tap into the insight and professional advice of leaders from a variety of fields.


It could also be a great way for learners to kickstart their own professional and personal success.


This link enables users to see the people, who are posting content including videos, photos, and Slideshare presentations, who are available for them to follow.


NOTE: this isn’t just one way communication. There’s interaction via a comments section where users can have discussions on LinkedIn or share and discuss the content using social media and/or email.

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Puzzles - The Puzzle School

Puzzles - The Puzzle School | technologies |

Puzzle School's goal is to foster a love of learning while educating learners.


Creating environments and products that teach through puzzle-like situations can make learning an enjoyable experience where learners often experience "Flow" as they take on harder and harder challenges.


To solve puzzles individuals, or groups, create theories or hypotheses about what will work and then test those hypotheses, learning from both successes and failures to form better hypotheses.


In order to develop hypotheses efficiently they need to look for patterns that will inform their hypotheses.


These pattern-matching skills are at the heart of our ability to communicate, be creative, problem-solve, empathize, and many other abilities that are enormously beneficial throughout life.


I particularly liked Refraction which many Functional Skills practitioners may want to take a closer look.

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Course Builder

Course Builder | technologies |

A Giant Leap, for many, into 21st Century Online Learning


Recently, Google gave away Open Course Builder providing even further disruption to the traditional notion of who gets to play teacher (anyone) and how many students can take a class for free (1 or 100,000).


If practitioners have the skills, they will be able to author and publish their own eLearning space using Open Course Builder.


However, if they don't know the difference between a .txt file and .jpg, they should choose a different learning management system (LMS) for now.


This may be an ideal tool for Peripatetic Practitioners, those looking at the "flipped" classroom approach, Assessors etc.

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Google Cultural Institute

Looking for a free and useful tool to help bring history to life? Google has it covered.


The Google Cultural Institute offers, learners & practitioners alike, a glimpse into key happenings from years past.


The horizontal-scrolling timeline view, on the Google Cultural Institute website, helps create a sense of time passing.


Users can zoom in to see photos in great detail and search through millions of items for a specific country, person, event or date.


The historical collections are the latest chapter in the work of the Google Cultural Institute, following the Art Project, World Wonders and the Nelson Mandela archives.


By working closely with museums, foundations and other archives around the world Google are making more cultural and historical material accessible online and by doing so preserving it for future generations.

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