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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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Widbook | Write, read and share!

Widbook | Write, read and share! | technologies | Scoop.it
The social network to find books, publish your own, create shelves and spread ideas.
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An easy online platform to write books, share stories and add photos and video. Also invite colleagues, learners, friends etc. to co-write with you.

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Anatomy Arcade

Anatomy Arcade | technologies | Scoop.it
Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome games, interactives and videos.
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If you want to make learning anatomy a little more fun, try Anatomy Arcade. This game collection is made to teach learners about the human body.

They can look for games by body system or game type.

Learners love the jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and matching games.
Go on try it out, you know you want to...

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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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PicMonkey

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PicMonkey: Free online photo editor by ex Picnik staffers! Collage, Touch Up, Teeth Whiten, Fonts, Effects, Filters, Frames, Stickers & more
John Dalziel's insight:

PicMonkey is free (although there is a paid version, but the free one has all the features most learners and practitioners need).
Crop, resize, add text, turn into B&W photos or collages, PicMonkey is ideal for editing photographs for presentations or for blogs and much more.

It’s incredibly easy to use – upload your photo, edit it the way you want and download and insert it into your presentation etc.!

There’s also an extension for Google Chrome. (I know you're stuck with IE).

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Google Apps Training Videos | Google Apps Expert | Google Gooru

Google Apps Training Videos | Google Apps Expert | Google Gooru | technologies | Scoop.it
Google Gooru offers instructional videos for all things Google Apps, as well as timely explanations of the latest Google Apps updates.
John Dalziel's insight:

By now I'm sure we are all aware that Google releases hundreds of new features every year.
Ask The Gooru,with their video tutorials may help to keep us users informed of all the latest updates.
Why reinvent the CPD when these YouTube clips can be shared with your staff? Oh yes, some of you block YouTube - Why?
For those of you with access, take a look

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Joshua Frazier's curator insight, March 15, 2013 11:54 PM

There are plenty of Google Apps that we young professionals should be aware of. How's your Google Analytics skills?

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sketchlot - Create a sketch, share it with learners

sketchlot - Create a sketch, share it with learners | technologies | Scoop.it
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Practitioners create a "Teacher's Account" which includes a unique class code. They then add learners to their network.
NOTE: Learners log in using the class code created and their password (which practitioners can view, set and change).
For the next part, I found using a graphics tablet a big plus, practitioners create sketches that, when saved, can be...
- shared with any member of their class; using the share feature OR
- embedded in a class website,
- pinned to pinterest or
- tweeted.
Practitioners can create maths questions, science diagrams or even text for learners to view and then create their reply/answer by producing their own sketch and sharing it with their practitioner (Teacher).
A BIG PLUS: sketchlot is designed to work on all current tablets, phones and computers.
Practitioners can re-share work to others, or post it for others to view. Practitioners can also create and share a sketch on their interative whiteboard in front of their class!

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phrase.it - Add Speech Bubbles To Photos Within Seconds

phrase.it - Add Speech Bubbles To Photos Within Seconds | technologies | Scoop.it
phrase.it is a free online image editor which lets you add cartoon style speech and thought bubbles to your images. It's extremely easy to use and you will have great looking results within minutes.
John Dalziel's insight:

Do you want to enhance an image by adding a speech bubble to it? If you answered yes and you want to complete the process in the most convenient way possible, then you should check out Phrase It.
Phrase It is a free to use website that lets its users conveniently add speech bubbles to digital images. Just visit the home page of the site and upload an image. Alternatively users can upload an image from their Facebook account or, if they are checking the site out from their smart device, they can upload images from their phone or tablet.

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Flashcard Stash :: Flashcard learning and study tool optimized for vocabulary

Flashcard Stash :: Flashcard learning and study tool optimized for vocabulary | technologies | Scoop.it
Taking flashcards to a whole new level.
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Flashcard Stash allows users to create and customize their own digital flashcards.
They can also add images to their flashcards from Wikipedia and Flickr.
Flashcard Stash is built on top of a dictionary and contains over 200,000 English words and phrases.

This helps when creating vocabulary flashcards by allowing users to select existing definitions.

It is also a great way for learners to save words that they look up so they can review them later.
Practitioners can also create 'classes' and share lists of flashcards with their learners.

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Pixabay - Public Domain Images

Pixabay - Public Domain Images | technologies | Scoop.it
Find and share stunning public domain images.
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Pixabay is a great resource where practitioners and their learners can have access to a treasure trove of free images for their assignments etc.. The images are royalty free and do not require any attribution to the author.

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TagCrowd.com

TagCrowd.com | technologies | Scoop.it

Create your own word cloud from any text to visualize word frequency.

John Dalziel's insight:

TagCrowd offers three ways for users to create word clouds.
- by copying and pasting text;
- upload a plain text file; or
- by copying and pasting a web address into TagCrowd.
After using one of the methods users can specify how many words they want to display, they can select to show the word count in their word cloud, and they can specify words to exclude (common words like "the" are automatically ignored).
Note: TagCrowd supports fifteen languages.
TagCrowd helps identify the words that are emphasized in written articles etc.

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Administrator Guide to Accessibility - Google Apps Help

Administrator Guide to Accessibility - Google Apps Help | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

 If you're a Google Apps for Education domain administrator you will also want to take note of the Administrator Guide to Accessibility that includes recommendations for control panel settings as well as recommendations for screen readers. 

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PicLits.com - Create a PicLit

PicLits.com - Create a PicLit | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

PicLits is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire learners. The object is for them to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture(s).
Iteal, interactive resource for Family Learning, ESOL, EFL,ESL, Functional English etc.

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Dave Jones's curator insight, March 15, 2013 7:42 AM

Using this as a trial

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Quizlet

Quizlet | technologies | Scoop.it
We make simple learning tools that let you study anything, for free.
John Dalziel's insight:

This free and popular online quiz tool lets practitioners, and learners, easily build – yes you've guessed it – quizzes.

A robust tool, with a small learning curve, Quizlet has a number of good features like flashcards and the ability to view quizzes made by other users.

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Instant Google Street View

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Instant Google Street View
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Simply start typing an address, place name or location, to be instantly taken there via Google Street View. If no Street View exists at the location, or if your search is too broad (e.g. "Germany"), a map will be shown instead.

Try it out!

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Freerice.com

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John Dalziel's insight:

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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ReciteThis

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"ReciteThis"

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Have a quote that you want to turn into a poster-like image and/or use in a presentation?
Look no further.
ReciteThis quickly and easily turns a quotation, saying or mantra into engaging images.
No Design experience required. It does all the work and all users have to do is download the image.

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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 learners to play and enjoy.

John Dalziel's insight:

WordSearch Maker is a great free tool to create wordsearches for learners.

This could be to help with spelling words or it could be for curriculum specific words based around a particular topic.

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

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Opus: Free, Common Core Math

Opus: Free, Common Core Math | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

If you're a school maths teacher, or a Functional Skills practitioner, looking for some practice problems to use with your learners, Opus could be useful to you.
Opus is a new service that aims to help mathematics teachers discover sample math problems.
Although aimed at schools,the questions I've looked at can be used with Functional Skills learners of all ages.
To find problems on Opus search by entering a topic and selecting a grade. Users can also find problems by clicking the "browse the Core directly" link on the Opus homepage. Either way when practitioners find a problem they can save it to their free Opus account where they can then generate a Word doc or Google Document of all of the saved problems.

Users can also create an answer sheet in their Opus account.

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Screenhero | Collaborative Screen Sharing

Screenhero | Collaborative Screen Sharing | technologies | Scoop.it
Simple, collaborative screen sharing. You each get your own mouse, and you're both always in control.
John Dalziel's insight:

Screenhero is a new one-to-one screen sharing service that offers the option for both parties (the sharer and the sharee) to use their mice to control an application.
By sharing screens through Screenhero any desktop application becomes a collaborative application.

The free version of Screenhero allows practitioners, and/or learners, to share their screen with each other.
My first thoughts...
- great for providing tech help remotely.
- a good tool for learners to use, when they're using an application that isn't collaborative, for a collaborative project. By sharing their screens through Screenhero both learners will be able to access and work on the same files.
- great for one-to-one tutorials, one-to-one support, online observations of skill applications...
...and the list goes on.

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Free Online Language Learning

Free Online Language Learning | technologies | Scoop.it
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. 

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

Could be very surface?

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BookResults.com

FREE eBook search engine

John Dalziel's insight:

Book Results is a free eBook search engine which learners and practitioners can use to search for free eBooks that are available online.

Just type in the title of the eBook and a list of results will be presented to choose from.

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World Digital Library Home

World Digital Library Home | technologies | Scoop.it
The World Digital Library will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films,...
John Dalziel's insight:

World Digital Library is as its name indicates a library that is hosted in the cloud and that provides significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. The free content can be accessed in several language formats. The content stretches from 800BC to 2013.
Users can select...
- the country,
- the time period,
- the topic,
- the type of materials they are looking for; print, maps, books, manuscripts, sound recordings...etc, and
- the language of their choice.

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wideo - Anyone can make cool videos.

wideo - Anyone can make cool videos. | technologies | Scoop.it
A new tool to make cool videos. You just choose a template, insert objects, animate and share! Go meet Mr. Wideo :)
John Dalziel's insight:

Wideo, provides a simple way to create animated videos.
Using Adobe Flash users can create simple animations with text, shapes and in-built characters.

By using keyframes, it’s possible to move elements around the screen, zoom and change other attributes.

The service is still in beta, so bear that in mind if you’re experiencing any issues.
Wideo lets practitioners and learners create fun, animated videos in record time.

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Google Apps for Blind and Low-Vision Users - Google Apps Help

Google Apps for Blind and Low-Vision Users - Google Apps Help | technologies | Scoop.it

About this guide and Google Apps
Welcome to Google Apps! This guide is to help our blind and low-vision users get up and running on Google Apps.

John Dalziel's insight:

 I was directed to this via the Official Google Blog who had a post about the accessibility features of Chrome, Google Apps, and the Android OS. Included in that post was this link to the Google Apps accessibility guides for blind and low-vision users. The guides cover Gmail, Drive (including Doc, Sheets, and Slides), and calendar.

A post I'm sure colleagues will find useful.

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ACMI Storyboard Generator

A creative studio space to explore storytelling and the moving image. Download free video, images and sound and upload your own media. Create your own storyboards and share them online.
John Dalziel's insight:

Try the Storyboard Generator with learners where they can...
- choose a script and create a storyboard; or
- try building their own storyboard using background location photographs.
Once done, they can save and share their storyboard video with friends.
Note: Learners need to register with Generator first if they would like to save their storyboard.
Learners can also gain a deeper understanding of the context of various stories through Generator's Education Themes section.

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Andrew Sparks's curator insight, May 19, 2015 9:59 PM

ACMI storyboard generator is good for people who are interested in film production.  Many historians go this route.  ACMI makes it easy to catalog your thoughts and plan out how you are going to tell your story.