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An interesting resource for history/social studies/media classes or English Language Arts/Reading classes to put the period of a book, that is being read, into perspective for learners.


- Select a year and view videos from that year

and/or select

- sports, and/or video games, and/or commercials, and/or current events, and/or television, and/or movies, and/or music from a specific year

- click refresh, and TRAVEL THROUGH TIME.


YTTM lets users voyage to whatever year they  pick.


Note: clips tend to be mainly from the USA.

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Spanish Is Your Amigo

Spanish Is Your Amigo is a series of video lessons delivered by Kristen Williams.


The lessons are designed for beginners and cover the basic things like...
- letter pronunciation,
- numbers,
- syllabic stress,
- verb conjugation,
- nouns and articles, and
- common Spanish phrases.


These video lessons, won't replace direct face-to-face instruction but can be good resources for learners...
- who need to workat their own pace (faster or slower)
- who need the means to review, skip, refresh etc.,


They can also be a good resources for practitioners who are considering trialing or who are using a "Flipped Classroom" approach.


These, and other clips, can also be used as examples of resources that can be produced to support teaching and learning.

Odyseey Students's curator insight, December 2, 2014 8:55 AM

Spanish, like any language, needs lots of practice! Check out these videos to get some help mastering your everyday phrases! (Katarina Hedstrom)

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Next Vista for Learning

Next Vista for Learning | technologies | believes learning is stronger when it starts with an engaging introduction of each topic.


With practitioners and learners from all over the world contributing content, it will get easier and easier to find the presentation a learner needs to say, "I get it."


The library resources are available for free to anyone at any time, learners are able to learn when they are most ready to do so.


For practitioners, the available videos can be used in the classroom to generate discussion, or even when planning lessons to generate ideas.


Subject areas include...

- Careers
- Health and Fitness
- History and Culture
- Inspiration and Creativity
- Literature and Writing
- Maths
- Performing Arts
- Science
- Technology
- Visual Arts
- World Languages

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There are numerous text-to-speech applications but seldom do users have the option to control the computerized voice reading the words typed.


LaloLi, a free to use web service that helps you create audio messages, is an exception to this rule.


Type in the require words...
- the application speaks them out loud in a computerized voice.

- adjust the amplitude, pitch, speed, and word gap.


The play button can be used to hear what has been typed with the new settings.


The message URL is updated, in the address bar, for every change made; users can copy it from there and share it with their teacher, peers, friends, family etc; alternatively they can click on the Twitter, Facebook, BitLy, and Google+ buttons to share the link.

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The History of Digital Storage [Infographic]

The History of Digital Storage [Infographic] | technologies |
From punch cards to hard drives to cloud based storage, how we stash our data away has changed quite a bit in the last century.


An ideal resource for Functional ICT and/or ICT

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infuselearning | Empowering The BYOD REVOLUTION

infuselearning | Empowering The BYOD REVOLUTION | technologies |

Infuse Learning...

- is a free student response system that works with any Internet-connected device including iPads and Android tablets.
- allows practitioners to push questions, prompts, and quizzes out to learner devices in private virtual learning environments.
- has great potential as a Learner response system.
- is similar to Socrative but with some added accessibility and management components that practitioners should find very useful.
- offers audio narration and translation, becoming accessible to a part of the learner population that can't use some other learner response systems.

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Free Online Classes | Online Learning | Academic Earth

Free Online Classes | Online Learning | Academic Earth | technologies |

Academic Earth...

- is building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that provides internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars;

- offers free online classes;

- courses feature university lectures.

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A Platform for Good

A Platform for Good | technologies |

Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and other major tech companies have joined together.


They’ve partnered with non-profit organization Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) to build A Platform For Good.


It’s a safe digital place for teens, parents, and teachers to learn about and share information about online safety.


A Platform For Good is a host of resources that have been combined into one solid platform. From videos to blogs to tips for parents and youngsters, there’s more than enough information about online safety to keep them busy.


The Teach Teachers Tech video series, a series of videos that do what the name suggests, is something well worth a closer look.


There are videos on turning learning environments into a digital textbook, digital field trips, and more.

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3-D Shapes

The Shapes Resource on the Birmingham Grid For Learning website is an Interactive site for reviewing both 2D and 3D shapes.


The site does a good job defining and introducing 2D shapes and, the 3D shape section, is one of the best resources for understanding 3D shapes.

Investigation of 3D shapes includes an interactive 3D model of each of the 3D shapes that learners can control by touching on the control buttons.


In addition, each 3D shape has an accompanying net that practitioners or learners can print out and construct individual 3D shapes.


This is a great resource to share with other functional skills / functional maths practitioners.

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Textivate enables users to create instant interactivity using almost any text.


All users need to do is copy and paste their text into the Textivate window and click on 'textivate now'.


A range of different exercise types are provided. Click on one of the squares and instantly an interactive activity is produced.


Most of the first row options divide the text into 'tiles' each of which have a portion of the text on. Learners put the text in the correct order by dragging and dropping them (Note: the columns work horizontally rather than vertically.)


There are also options to have the text 'tiles' arranged vertically so that learners drag and drop the parts into position.


Some of my favourite task types Textivate creates are...
- the cloze passage activities and
- the text reconstruction activity.


If practitioners register and log in, they'll find a 'Share' button on their activities and get either a URL or an embed code to add these to blogs, Moodle sites or other online presences.

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Dvour | technologies |

Create and share recipes on Dvour. Search or browse for your favourite dish.



- is a website which centers around recipes and making it intuitive to look through them.

- offers unique tools for creating personal recipes, follow friends to see what recipes they have created or liked, create cookbooks, and find recipes to foods similar to whatever users may be looking at.


Recipes can be easily searched through...

- by keywords,

- by most recent, or

- by most popular.


Users can even connect Dvour to their Facebook account so they can share recipes they’re interested in or recommend.

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60-Second Adventures in Economics: An Animated Intro to The Invisible Hand and Other Economic Ideas

60-Second Adventures in Economics: An Animated Intro to The Invisible Hand and Other Economic Ideas | technologies |

Back in 2011 The Open University released an engaging series of animated intellectual puzzles called 60-Second Adventures in Thought, narrated by the British comedian and writer David Mitchell.


60-Second Adventures in Economics is a fast and fun way to acquaint yourself with a few of the fundamental ideas in economics.


All six episodes are here in this post, beginning with “The Invisible Hand”.

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World Wide Web Foundation | The Web Index

World Wide Web Foundation | The Web Index | technologies |

The Web Index is a unique annual ranking of countries on the progress and social utility of the Web.


Combining over 80 indicators to evaluate access, affordability, institutional and policy environment and social and economic utility, it will provide an evidence-based tool for national and regional advocacy, intervention, and strategy to strengthen the Web.


The 2012 Web Index was published on September 5, 2012.

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Learner response is often what is going on in the room that isn't coming from the practitioner.


It's where learners ask each other questions, pass notes, get distracted, and give practitioners the most immediate feedback they'll ever get.


Instead of ignoring this learner response, TodaysMeet helps practitioners leverage its power.


Tapping into the learner response, using TodaysMeet, lets practitioners tailor and direct their presentation to the learners in front of them, and unifying the learner response means the learners can share insights, questions and answers like never before.


TodaysMeet has lots of possibilities in a learning environment.


Possible uses include:

- Providing a 'room' during meetings so that colleagues may ask questions or insert comments as each agenda item is covered. This could be accomplished by staff members using their own smart phones.

- Learners could use the same site to take notes during a lecture. The teacher would be able to see the question in real time as well as quickly identify what students are taking down as important points. This might also give a voice to the "quiet/shy" learner.


Basically TodaysMeet provides...
- a currently free service, they may offer paid upgrades for advanced features in the future.
- a service that is designed to allow open and uncensored discussion, encouraging users to express themself freely and, at the same time, be responsible in what they say.

Alexandra Gallegos's curator insight, August 31, 2015 6:08 PM

It is free and helps you discuss certain topics with a group of people!

Eduardo Galvan's curator insight, August 31, 2015 6:09 PM

This helps you interact with other classmates and your professor.

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An application that allows users to sketch and create art work in their web browser.


This is done either by going to a website, or by installing an app in Google Chrome. (Important Note: Harmony does not seem to work in Internet Explorer, but it does run in Chrome, Firefox and Safari.)


Harmony isn't fancy, and lacks documentation or tutorial support.


However, it is an extremely versatile tool for creating art work with a mouse on a computer screen. I spent far too long using it and experimenting with allthe settings.


Work can be saved in .png format with a unique URL. Or, you can easily capture the resulting artwork as a screenshot.

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DIY | technologies | is a website aimed at kids but, where educators can find dozens of DIY projects that their learners can do on their own or with their peers. provides videos and instructions on how to do the projects.

After going through the directions learners can then try to complete the project(s).

Practitioners can take the role of parents, having their own dashboards that they can use to track the activities of their learners. Learners registered on will have aliases and cartoon avatar pictures. is a source of project ideas for practitioners and their Learners to work on together.


Through the project challenges, students can learn about a range of subjects including...
- biology,
- computer science,

- electricity,

- geography,
- music,
- physics,
...and more.

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How To Create Your Own Custom Google Search Engine

How To Create Your Own Custom Google Search Engine | technologies |
Have you ever wanted to create a custom Google search engine that searches only specific websites?


You can easily do this with Google’s Custom Search Engine tool.


You can bookmark your search engine and even share it with other people.

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Storyboard That

Storyboard That | technologies |

Storyboard That is a tool for learners and/or practitioners to use to...
- create simple cartoon stories
- create outlines for longer creative writing projects or
- script videos they're producing.


The free plan, users do have to register to save, allows users to save three projects per day.


Storyboard That provides users with 3-frame and 6-frame templates in which they can create their story.


Storyboard That provides dozens of...
- scenes,
- characters, and
- text bubbles fill the storyboard frames.


Each element dragged onto a storyboard's frame has its own layer that can be...
- moved nearer or further back,
- flipped or mirrored
- resized,
- rotated, and
- repositioned.

David Donat's curator insight, February 6, 6:27 PM

Per investigar-hi una mica. Sembla que té moltes possibilitats

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What Browser?

What Browser tells you which web browser you're using and helps you get the most out of your browser. It is an ideal resource for Functional Skills, Finctional ICT, ICT and other courses.


My browser of choice is Google Chrome.


Chrome automatically updates and because users can synchronize tabs across all of the computers and tablets they use, it currently stands out from the rest.


Whichever browser individuals use, they should ensure they update it when new updates are available. Updates generally improve the speed and functionality of the browser of choice.


More importantly many browser updates are made to improve the security of their computer.


Keeping browsers up to date is an easy step in maintaining a computer's security.

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TalkMiner aggregates and indexes lecture videos available across the internet. 


TalkMiner has a wide variety of educational videos and lectures covering different topics.


Users can share talks they like via email, Facebook and/or Twitter.

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CPD: Five Google Spreadsheet features

CPD: Five Google Spreadsheet features | technologies |

In the real world, many companies continue to use Google Apps and Microsoft Office products in tandem because of their users’ reliance on Excel.


However, several updates during the past few months, combined with the Google Spreadsheets’ hundreds of functions and ability to derive information from other Google products like Search and Finance, have leveled the playing field, even giving Google Spreadsheets capabilities that Excel may never have.


It's time for practitioners,their learners and other users to revisit and re-evaluate the five features covered in this post.

Binární opce's curator insight, March 28, 2015 2:36 PM

Pokud chcete pro binární opce vést online deník v centralizovaném úložišti, můžete využít Google Spreadsheets.

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Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is an alternative for Microsoft Office

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is an alternative for Microsoft Office | technologies |

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is a completely free office productivity suite, which includes three programs that reflect the different purposes and tasks required in any educational / working / personal environment.


These are:
- Writer - fully equipped modern word processor;
- Presentation - create effective multimedia presentations;
- Spreadsheets - handle all your data processing and analysis requirements.


Kingsoft Office Free is a revolutionary office suite with a small size of only 36.4MB. It is quite stable and reliable.


It is also available for Andriod OS.


Although it is a free suite, Kingsoft Office comes with many innovative features, including a paragraph adjustment tool, and multiple tabbed feature. It also has Office to PDF converter, automatic spell checking and word count features.


Ideal for those who can't afford alternatives.


This post provides more information and links for downloads.

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6 Basic Tech Skills Anyone Should Have

6 Basic Tech Skills Anyone Should Have | technologies |

Let’s face it: in today’s world, technology is no longer just for geeks.


Most of us are just normal users, who simply want to get along.


If you consider yourself a geek, and have good control over your computer and other devices, this post might not be for you.


If, however, you or your learners are still finding your way in the computer world, or know someone who is, these basic skills are absolute must-haves.


While computers and phones will work for them even without these basic tech skills, having them will ensure...

- privacy,

- security, and

- make their day-to-day experience as smooth as it can be.

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10 Creative Uses For Audacity

10 Creative Uses For Audacity | technologies |

Audacity,as many of you are already aware, is a free cross-platform application for recording and mixing audio, which also happens to be incredibly powerful and versatile.


Many practitioners and/or learners use Audacity for podcasts or music mixing, but that’s not all it’s good for.


There are so many fantastic things you can do with a program as versatile as Audacity.


This post takes readers through some of the best ideas and provides a few pointers on how to get started doing them themself.


Download Audacity and let’s get started with...
- Multi-Track Music Recording
- Podcasting & Radio
- Record Speeches, Audition Material, Adverts & Voice-Overs
- Recording Audio From Applications
- Practise Foreign Languages And Record Yourself
- Create Audiobooks For Kids Or For Project Gutenberg
- Create Karaoke Backing Tracks
- Record Your Brainwaves
- Make Cool Ringtones
- Improve Reading Skills & Speech By Recording Kids Reading

Adrian Durelli's curator insight, May 29, 3:39 AM
Different ways in which you can use Audacity in a class room.
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Computer Laboratory: Baking Pi - Operating Systems Development

Computer Laboratory: Baking Pi - Operating Systems Development | technologies |

Raspberry Pi - you’ve probably heard of it especially if you want your learners to tinker with the inner workings of computers, smartphones, and other electronics.


It’s a complex board designed to help people understand how electronics work.


A truly great way for learners and practitioners alike to better understand how their favourite gadgets function.


Cambridge University has developed a free guide to help users build an entire operating system on top of the Pi.


It’s dubbed ‘Baking Pi’ and it is available here.

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