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Teachem | technologies |

Teachem is...
- a resource to flip a classroom and/or cpd.
- a new service that is using the TED Ed model of creating lessons based on video.


Practitioners can...
- build courses that are composed of a series of videos hosted on YouTube.
- write questions and comments in "flashcards" that are tied to specific parts of each video and display next to each video.


Learners can take notes while watching the videos using the Teachem SmartNote system.


When practitioners create a Teachem course they can make it...
- public: can be accessed by anyone that has address for the course, or
- private.

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Bullying Prevention: Video Playlist on YouTube

Hopefully these videos will provide some good 'starters' for discussion.


Bullying is a subject that's grown increasingly complex and troubling over the years: while in-person teasing and harassment has never flagged, new technologies have given rise to cyberbullying, which can be equally as damaging -- and even more public.


And sadly news of tragic consequences, stemming from cases of both kinds, spreads quickly through social media.


It's important that learning provider stakeholders are vigilant in encouraging learners to be empathetic, and to become "upstanders" rather than bystanders.


This collection of video clips have some positive messages to share with learners, and some tools for fighting back against bullying.


View this Bullying Prevention: Video Playlist on YouTube.

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Metric Conversion

Metric Conversion | technologies |

Metric Conversion calculators, tables and formulas for temperature, length, area, volume and weight metric conversions.


Ideal for Functional Maths, STEM subjects and more.

Melanie Cagle's curator insight, May 3, 2016 12:45 AM

A little something for our QualiCal Online School Students!


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7 Keyboard Shortcuts Users Keep Hitting By Mistake

7 Keyboard Shortcuts Users Keep Hitting By Mistake | technologies |

It happens even to the most experienced of users: the accidental keyboard shortcuts.


No matter how often you use your computer, weird things can start happening when users are in a rush, and/or when they lean on their keyboard etc.


Many learners and practitioners encounter weird problems that they are not sure how to fix, mainly because they are not sure how it happened.


This post looks at some of the things you may...
- have already experienced
- experience in the future


The content should ensure users will be prepared and know what to do, and more importantly, how it happened!

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Creative Commons licensing makes many photographs available for re-use that learners and practitioners otherwise could not use.


However for many of us, citing Creative Commons licensed works can sometimes be a confusing, multistep process.


ImageCodr aims to make that process easier by generating properly formatted Creative Commons attributions for images that users find on Flickr.


Once an image has been found on Flickr...
- paste its URL into the ImageCodr code generator
- a properly formatted image code with Creative Commons attribution is produced.


- is a good tool for learners to use when they're adding images to any web presence. I
- gives learners all of the code and attributions necessary for using a Creative Commons image found on Flickr in their web posts.

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CAPL: Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon

CAPL: Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon | technologies |

To find Creative Commons licensed images, to use in teaching and learning...
- visit CAPL,

- click browse,

- select language to search for images that represent common words in that language.


The CAPL (Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon) galleries could be helpful in locating images for practitioners to use in developing their own language learning activities and/or helping learners create language learning games.

CAPL now supports thirteen languages.

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HTML Map, CSS Map, Image Map Creator

HTML Map, CSS Map, Image Map Creator | technologies |
Create your HTML Map / CSS Map code easily with this free online tool!


HTML Map Creator is a free to use web service that lets users add multiple links to an web-based image.

- Enter the URL of the image.
- draw a rectangular region on the image; it can be resized later.


Note: The region dictates the clickable area.


- assign a link and an alternative link (Pop-up Text - onmouse-over) to this area;
- specify where link is tobe opened.


When finished users get an HTML map code and a CSS map code that can be coppied and use on their website.

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Facebook Help Center | Facebook

Facebook Help Center | Facebook | technologies |
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.


Facebook has announced a redesign for its Help Center.


The new Help Center is designed to “get users the information they need in just a few clicks”, and is even personalised according to things users may need help with.


Six new major topics are provided to help start browsing; these include...

- a “See what’s new on Facebook” category, where you can read about Facebook’s newest features.


Scroll further down, and users will find a list of “Top Questions”.


On the left of the webpage users will find the new simplified navigation interface, where they can start searching for any issues if the six major topics don't fit.

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The Code Side Of Color

The Code Side Of Color | technologies |
Pixels on back-lit screens are dark until lit by combinations of red, green, and blue. Hex numbers represent these combinations with a concise code.


Code Demands Precision


When web designers name a colour, they use the hexidecimal code.


Designers who understand how hex colours work can treat them as tools rather than mysteries.


This post helps learners understand how hex colour work and emphasises colour in code is "color" :-)

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Algebra Lab visually speaking, isn't much to look at but, the resources are worth a closer look.

Algebra Lab is another resource for maths (and non-maths) practitioners.


Algebra Lab includes...
- lessons,
- activities,
- practice pages (online),
- study aids,
- a glossary, and
- word problems

...all helping learners understand the connections of how algebra is used in a practical sense.


The site is ideal for learners to explore on their own or with guidance from a practitioner.


Learners can directly access the site, and/or practitioners can pull ideas out to use within any other teaching they are doing.

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Font Changer with Google Web Fonts™

Font Changer with Google Web Fonts™ | technologies |
Change the font on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Youtube or any other site. Test Google Web Fonts™.


This tool is very useful for web developers who want to see what font they should use on website they are producing.


Font Changer, with Google Web Fonts, allows users to change...
- the font;
- the weight;
- the style, and
- the size of the font,

...on a website; all of which is great for people with poor eyesight who need bigger text to read comfortably.


Users can use this Chrome extension to change fonts on all websites, or they can pick and choose certain fonts for certain sites.


This gives them the ability to make the web a more consistent or varied place, depending on their needs and/or taste.


When users click the extension’s icon they can choose to modify global fonts, which is how they will change all websites, or users can choose custom settings to set the font for a certain website.

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Code Monster from Crunchzilla

If practitioners are looking for a fun way to introduce a learner to programming Crunchzilla’s Code Monster is a 'live' introduction to basic programming concepts.


How does Code Monster work?

Using JavaScript users are guided through the programming experience by a blue monster that asks questions about the code and suggests courses of action.


If learners (or practitioners) play long enough they will progress from simple variables to more complex ideas like conditionals, expressions, and more.


NOTE This isn't a comprehensive programming curriculum (it doesn't claim to be) but it’s a great way to introduce people of all ages to programming.

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35 Ways To Build A Personal Learning Network Online

35 Ways To Build A Personal Learning Network Online | technologies |

This post, from edudemic, looks at building Personal learning networks (PLNs). 


PLNs are far from a new idea but, more recently social media has made it possible for these and other networks to grow exponentially.


Most agree that PLNs are a great way for practitioners to...

- get connected with learning opportunities,
- access professional development resources, and
- build camaraderie with other education professionals.


The post...
- looks at the potential to expand and connect such networks around the world anytime, anywhere.
- includes 30 plus tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible.

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Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement

Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement | technologies |
There are methods and models for implementing blended learning -- from the flipped classroom, to the flex model.


This post looks at strategies practitioners can consider for 'Learner Engagement'

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Create Animation - Sketch Star

Sketch Star is a fantastic place where users can create animations and drawings, see them online and and share them with a community of fellow artists!


Sketch Star is a free to use web application that lets users create animations online.


The website provides a frame where users can drag many objects such as...
- characters,
- props, and
- accessories;


These items can be
- moved around,
- resized, and
- adjusted
...since their individual parts are usually movable.


Added characters have plenty of expressions to choose from. By adding new frames and objects users can create a complete animation online.


Completed animations are published on the Sketch Star website and can be shared via email or on online social networks.


Note: The Sketch Star website lets you publish a maximum of 100 animations per month and save a maximum of 200 projects per month.

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WikiBrains | technologies |

Wikibrains is website designed to help users brainstorm/blue-sky in a web format.


The difference? When users brainstorm/blue-sky on Wikibrains they're also performing a basic Internet search at the same time.


To create a brainstorm/blue-sky web on Wikibrains...
- enter a word or phrase.
- users will be prompted to add more words by completing the phrase, "Makes me think off..."
- add a new word or phrase which,in turn, will be added to the web.


As words are added, on the right side of the screen, users will see links to search results about each word.


Note: by creating a Wikibrains account users can alter their brainstorm/blue-sky webs by adding custom paths and links between elements.


Another perk is the option to browse other users' webs and modify them for your own use.

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Rutgers RIOT - Research Information Online Tutorial

The Rutgers' Riot research tutorial could be a good resource for introducing or refreshing research techniques in a clear and simple way.


The five part animation looks at...
- selecting a topic,
- finding sources,
- choosing keywords,
- identifying citations, and
- evaluating sources.


There are also text documents available to accompany the videos.


Each part of the movie features characters explaining an aspect of the research process.


Note: this resource could also be used to highlight differences between the UK and the USA re: citations and/or as a model for producing similar resources.

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Pictolang | technologies |

These Pictolang games could help support learners who are studying languages.


Pictolang is a CAPL service that offers four image-based language learning activities.


- The Visual Word Trainer is simply a flashcard activity that shows students an image and the word or words that picture represents.

- The Picture Match Game shows students one word and they have to find the picture to match it.

- Word Match Game shows students one picture and they have to find the word to match it.

- The Analyst Game is probably the most challenging of the activities. The Analyst Game shows students a picture and they have to identify where that picture came from.

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Scooped by John Dalziel! - Discover fine art - Discover fine art | technologies | is a new way to discover art that learners, and practitioners, will love featuring work from leading partners, museums, and private collections around the world.


By making all the world’s art freely accessible, hopes to foster new generations of art lovers, museum goers, collectors, and patrons.’s goal is to expose as many people as possible to art.
Currently, their collection comprises 17,000+ artworks by 3,000+ artists from leading galleries, museums, private collections, foundations, and artist estates. works with 300+ of the world’s leading galleries, museums, private collections, foundations, and artist estates from New York to London, Paris to Shanghai, Johannesburg to São Paulo.


They provide one of the largest collections of contemporary art available online.

NOTE: Visitors can Explore without an account by clicking on the appropriate text link.

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Text 2 Mind Map - Simple mind mapping online

Text 2 Mind Map - Simple mind mapping online | technologies |
Text 2 Mind Map is one of the most popular mind mapping tools on the web.


Text 2 Mind Map allows practitionersand/or learners to turn their typed outlines into mind maps.


To create a mind map on Text 2 Mind Map, users...
- need to type out an outline in the text box;
- click "draw mind map"
...the mind map is then created.


If users need to add more elements...
- add them into the existing outline
- click "draw mind map" again.


Resulting mind maps can be downloaded as a PDF or PNG file.


The mind maps that are created, on Text 2 Mind Map, can be shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter.


NOTE: Some prefer to see ideas organized in an outline style, others prefer to see ideas organized in a pictorial web style; Text 2 Mind Map meets the needs of both.

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E-Safety Project (East Midlands Specialist College Group)

E-Safety Project (East Midlands Specialist College Group) | technologies |
E-Safety for young people with learning disabilities.


Help for students, parents, carers and college staff.

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SpeakPipe - listen to your stakeholders

SpeakPipe - listen to your stakeholders | technologies |

SpeakPipe is a free service for receiving voicemail messages from visitors to your blog or website.


SpeakPipe installed on a learning provider's website, and/or other webpresences, could improve communication by providing an easy way for learners, prospects, employers,community members and others to leave messages.


SpeakPipe's messaging service could also be a good way for learning providers to reach stakeholders etc., who would rather hear a message from you than read a message.

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The Internet for Left-Handers©

The Internet for Left-Handers© | technologies |

Since the majority of people are right-handed, including me, whenever you hover over a link you see a right-handed cursor.


It may not seem important to us right-handers but, even if you are a left-handed person, you are still forced to see the right-hand cursor.


Thanks to a useful Chrome plugin called “Internet for Left Handers” left-handed users can turn the right-hand cursor into a left-hand cursor while viewing the webpages.


So if you are a left-hander, simply install the plugin into your Chrome browser.


Once installed the plugin icon will appear to the right of the address bar in your browser. Simply click on it to enable or disable the left-hand cursor on webpages.


Tip: If the plugin doesn’t work after the installation, restart Chrome.

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The Rembrandt Database

The Rembrandt Database | technologies |

Another towering figures of Western art– Rembrandt van Rijn–has become more accessible to learners and their practitioners around the world.


The Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) and the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis have joined forces to create The Rembrandt Database, a resource that brings together materials from research institutions around the world, including the National Gallery of London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Rembrandt site is designed specifically for art scholars. “The Rembrandt Database aims to become the first port of call for research on Rembrandt’s paintings,” according to a statement on the website.


It doesn't stop here, by 2014 they hope to have material from 20 museums.


Currently (Oct 2012) there are only a dozen Rembrandt paintings in the database, but some of the entries are supported by extensive documentation, including infrared and X-ray imagery.

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Goya en El Prado

Goya en El Prado | technologies |

Francisco de Goya has become more accessible to learners around the world with the introduction of a Web site, Goya en el Prado.


Goya en el Prado makes...
- over 1,000 works by the late 18th- and early 19th-century Spanish master...
- his correspondence and other documents...
...available for online viewing,


NOTE: the site is currently available only in Spanish (tip: view the site with Google Chrome and it will translate things for you!)


The pictorial contents are easy to explore for people who are not fluent in the language...

- paintings (pinturas),
- drawings (dibujos) and
- prints (estampas).


Many of the displayed works are seldom seen.

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