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Are You a Leader In the Classroom? | New Teacher Resource Coaching Center

As this post clearly states, Practitioners encounter learners from various backgrounds and with different learning styles. Yet they’re attending with the same goal.


The role of the practitioner isn't only to share knowledge, but to encourage learners to develop their own understanding and how it fits in their overall study plans – and in the "Real world".


This post, by Sarah Rawson a tutor and studying for her Masters in Education, looks at...
- Encouraging Critical Thinking
- Recognizing Different Learning Styles
- Reading Nonverbal Signs
- Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment
- Communicating With Colleaguesr


It also provides some links for further Reading

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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (or other tablets)

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (or other tablets) | technologies |

Many learning providers have, or are considering, investing heavily in iPads (and other tablets) for classroom use.


This post, from edudemic highlights common mistakes many learning providers are making with iPads (and other tablets), mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives; they include...


1) Focusing on content apps

2) Lack of Teacher Preparation in Classroom Management of iPads  (or other tablets)

3) Treating the iPad (or other tablets) as a computer and expecting it to serve as a laptop.

4) Treating iPads (or other tablets) like multi-user devices

5) Failure to communicate a compelling answer to “Why iPads?” Or other tablets?

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A new web-site that features a standardised set of data called the Key Information Set (KIS).


The completely revised Unistats web-site provides extensive information for over 31,000 courses in the UK, including...
- student satisfaction ratings,
- graduate salaries and employment,
- tuition fees and
- financial support, and
- the cost of accommodation.


The new KIS data have been collated after consulting students about the information they find most useful when they are choosing higher education courses.


The data for each course link directly to the relevant course webpage, which provides more detail on what the course contains and how it will be taught.

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aclJohn's Collections (pdfs): Safeguarding/eSafety

aclJohn's Collections (pdfs): Safeguarding/eSafety | technologies |

The first downloadable collection of resources published by John Dalziel (ACLjohn)


Collated for his personal use, John has shared this Safeguarding/eSafety resource under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License


Updated versions will be published every 12 months (or more frequently)

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Powerful Tips and Tricks For Excellent Twitter Search

Powerful Tips and Tricks For Excellent Twitter Search | technologies |

Twitter is one of the most popular applications and gets 140 million tweets every day.


As educators and/orlearners we can't absorb all this information; there is a need to, in some way, filter the provided information as per needs and relevance.


Twitter can be used for searching if used intelligently.


It will help monitor learning providers, companies, businesses, industry; users can find new people and attract new followers.

This article will help individuals make their Twitter searches more efficient and less time consuming.


The article is organised under three headings...
- Use Operators for search,
- Use Advanced search and
- Save search.


These tips and tricks, for powerful Twitter searches, will help individuals to search, in an intelligent way, where they can search by tweets, people, videos, images, business, government, music, news, sports etc.

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Practitioner Guides: integrating technology into teaching

These guides target practitioners looking to better integrate technology into their teaching.


They are basic, step by step guides, including pictures, diagrams, video tutorials, and examples, and conclude with a webliography containing links to a variety of other websites relevant to the topic under discussion.


The guides are free to use and all Educational Technology and Mobile Learning ask from users is to to pay them credit to they want to reuse them somewhere else.

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Interactive Activities and Online Quizzes for Maths, English, Science and Social Studies.


Challenge learner knowledge with quizzes.


StudyChamps is a free to use web service that offers practitioners educational worksheets and Flash tools for learners.


Start using this part of the website by clicking on the relevant subject and then clicking on the SWF tool that learners can use for interactive learning.


Other things offered by the site include flipbook tutorials, free worksheets and learning activities such as printable games. 


Sheets can be downloaded as PDF files directly off the site.

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Hairdressing Training Videos - YouTube

Hairdressing Training Videos - YouTube | technologies |

19 new videos for the benefit of hairdressing students, professional hairdressers and others working in the health and beauty industry.


The videos, each with an interactive quiz, are predominantly aimed at further education colleges, but are available for anyone who needs guidance and inspiration on many different hairdressing procedures for their professional development.


Created by Hairdressing Training Practitioners and free of charge via funding by JISC.


The new videos have been produced by Manchester based company Lizardfish, in conjunction with The Manchester College.

HNC RESOURCES's curator insight, June 20, 2014 5:13 AM

Videos and inspiration's curator insight, March 9, 6:01 AM

Super resource for new hairdressers continuing their professional development

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DjRun | technologies |

When walking or exercising, a bit of music playing in the background can contribute to getting people into an exercising mindset.


An additional contribution would be if the music changed its tempo according to how fast users walk or run.


Here to help do that is an android phone app called DjRun.


DjRun is a free to use smartphone application for Android devices.


The app is...
- sized at nearly 1.5 MB and
- compatible with devices running Android version 2.1 or later.


The app can be used to play music while users exercise, using the built-in accelerometer in their phone to check the phone’s speed and vibrations to judge how fast users are running; it then speeds up the tempo of the music accordingly.


As a result, users get music that has a tempo in sync with their exercise.

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Jamie's Home Cooking Skills

Jamie's Home Cooking Skills | technologies |

Home Cooking Skills provides advice and help for learners studying BTEC courses (Level 1 & Level 2).


Course materials are broken down by category, making it clear which recipes (levels 1 and 2), fact sheets, activity sheets and skills videos or images are relevant to each section.


Related information, that could be used to expand lessons, are also provided.

The links page is well worth a closer look, to see other websites providing useful information or activities.


Relevant to every category are fact sheets on Food safety...
– Avoiding cross-contamination,
- How to handle food,
- How to cook safely,
- Setting up your kitchen,
- Understanding the eatwell plate and
- Sharing food - How to Pass It On.


These are useful, as reference materials, throughout BTEC courses so that learners gain thorough understanding of the content they cover.

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JISC Digital Media

JISC Digital Media | technologies |

A guide for people interested in finding out how digital media can be used in teaching and learning.


It explores...

- what digital media is,

-where it can be used to support teaching and learning and

- what the key opportunities and challenges are.

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Free Posters - Poster-Street

Free Posters - Poster-Street | technologies |

Download and print high-quality, custom-illustrated free posters for learning environments, work and/or home! No registration required!


Posters provide viewers with, from whatever they are engaged in, a journey, no matter how long or short it is, into the world of meditation and contemplation.


Two thinking strategies that benefit our learners; isn't it the ultimate goal of education to bring up critical thinkers who will be ready to process information before taking it in rather than rote memorizing information?


Posters can help as long as they are changed regularly; that will give life to the purposes for which they are being used.

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OpenClipArt | technologies |
Open Clipart library - The largest online repository for high quality public domain vector graphics on the Internet. Free vector images.


You can edit the graphics and adapt them before use. Brilliant!


Thanks to @xlearn for this.

Via xlearn
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OpenDyslexic font gains ground

OpenDyslexic font gains ground | technologies |
A free font designed to help dyslexic people read online content is adopted by a range of software nine months after launch.
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11 Reasons Teachers Should Make Their Own Videos

11 Reasons Teachers Should Make Their Own Videos | technologies |

This post, from edudemic, looks at the need  for practitioners to have a video strategy in place before buying equipment.


It also reviews the benefits of using Video within a learning environment

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PowerPoint: Add Custom Shapes to a Presentation

PowerPoint: Add Custom Shapes to a Presentation | technologies |

Although Powerpoint has a vast shape library, there may be times users need to add a custom shape to a presentation that cannot be found in the program.


This post, tested with PowerPoint 2010 and preview version of Office 2013, provides step-by-step CPD.

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Problem-Attic | technologies |

Problem Attic is a free service that allows practitioners to quickly create practice tests and flashcards for...
- social studies,
- language arts,
- mathematics, and
- science.


Although Problem Attic,an American website, has a collection of more than 45,000 questions from past New York Regents exams it has potential, in particular, for UK Maths and Science Practitioners.


To create practice tests on Problem Attic simply...
- create a new document
- browse through questions and pin them to the document.
- arrange the order in which questions appear in the document.
- choose and set the page formatting
- print as pdf

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Tutorials on how Practitioners can Use Google Forms

This post provides some resources and tutorials on how practitioners can use Google Forms.


Google Forms is a great free service for education use and one part of the free tools Google Docs offers to its users.


Google Forms has a huge potential for engaging learners and practitioners can do a myriad of tasks with it.

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Arithmetic Today!

Arithmetic Today! | technologies |

Aimed at practitioners using iPads in the classroom, but generally useful for Functional Maths Practitioners.


Arithmetic Today! is a collection of pdf maths worksheets.


These worksheets are completely free and the links for download are also provided.


If you are teaching using iPad in the classroom then you should consider looking at these documents .


Each one of them has over 200 students worksheets with 200 accompanying teacher answer sheets.


They are also sorted into categories according to their level of difficulty.


neu.Annotate and Remarks work especially well for learners completing and/or emailing sheets using an iPad and Nitro Reader for those using Microsoft PCs.

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Welcome to Learner View | Ofsted Learner View

Welcome to Learner View | Ofsted Learner View | technologies |

Learners given a voice to rate...

- their learning provider's quality of teaching and

- whether courses are preparing them for the demands of university or the workplace.


Learner View asks for their opinion on a range of 10 aspects: from whether the lessons/training sessions are well taught to if you would recommend the provider to a friend.


The information provided will be taken into consideration when Ofsted make decisions about which providers to inspect, and when.


By sharing their views, it is felt that they'll be helping their provider to improve. Learners will also be able to see what other learners have said about their provider.


Collected data will be used by the education watchdog as part of the official inspections process and could lead to colleges or training providers being marked down.

Note: All students using this new-style “Learner View” site will remain completely anonymous but there is a requirement to provide an email address before logging on.

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Beginner’s Guide To: Producing Their First Youtube Tutorial

Beginner’s Guide To: Producing Their First Youtube Tutorial | technologies |

This post provides a tutorial that will show readers how to produce high quality YouTube tutorial without the use of a studio or even a video camera.


Users will mak a How-to video tutorial, or product introduction with voice over and subtitles.


YouTube has a function to translate the captions so that viewers from all over the world can understand what is in the video.


Subtitles also make YouTube tutorials text searchable so people can find them easily. It’s best to keep the length of the video in under 6 minutes – people don’t like to watch a video if it is too long.

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iPhone 5 Simulator - Test iPhone Websites iPhone Web Apps

iPhone Simulator is an application designed to help test iPhone Web Applications.


Because many learners use their smartphones to browse the web, learning provider website developers need to create mobile versions of their websites.


They'll also need tools to tests what websites will look like on smartphones.


iPhone 5 Simulator is here to help do just that.


iPhone 5 Simulator is a free to use web service that provides an online simulator for the iPhone 5.


Just visit the simulator’s homepage and type in the URL of the site you want to test.


Users can view the site in landscape as well as portrait modes on the virtual iPhone 5 on the site.


P.S. Link toiPhone 4 Simulator on same site

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Pictogram tool - create fun images, stickers

This web tool will create fun image with pictogram and text that you can customize.


Pictotool is a tool for creating images by combining pictograms and text.


Once the images have been created, they can be downloaded and used for personal and/or commercial use.

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Watch free documentary films online |

Watch free documentary films online | | technologies |

Looking for highly informational and entertaining Documentary films?


Well here offering a collection of thousands of free documentaries is a service called Chockadoc.


- is a free to use web service that provides users with thousands of free documentaries.
- lets users browse documentaries categorically, search for them by name, or browse their image thumbnails on the homepage.


When users find a documentary they like, they simply click on it and be taken to its Chockadoc page. There they will find the documentary video along with an accompanying description.


Comments can be made on the documentary’s page and users can interact with others who have seen the documentary.

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Find Anyone's Email Address - Free SEO Tool from BuzzStream

Buzz Stream’s email research tool is great for Learning providers hunting down the contact details of a person or website.


With Buzz Stream the only information users need to know is the website address, name or company.


Fill out any of these details and hit ‘Generate Searches’ and you are presented with a variety of Google search operators that will scour the site for email links and contact forms.


It’s lightweight and easy to use, perfect for when you need to find the contact details of a single site.


Also useful for those engaged in Digital Literacy as it provides the range of Google search operators used.

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