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Text-to-Speech on iOS

Text-to-Speech on iOS | technologies | Scoop.it

We’ve come a long way from reading from print sources. No longer are we confined to reading magazines, newspapers and books that we must first get from a shop.

 

As a result of the latest update of iOS, users can activate the 'Text-to-Speech' function to read out highlighted text.

 

This cpd/how-to helps users activate Text-to-Speech. Note it works for all documents on any iOS device.

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Create Custom Personalized Maps in Google Maps

Create Custom Personalized Maps in Google Maps | technologies | Scoop.it

How to Create Custom Personalized Maps in Google Maps [Video] -cpd

 

Custom maps have been around for some time, you may have forgotten about it or it may all be new.

 

Either way this cpd video shows users how to create their own custom maps. 

 

Note: ‘My Maps’ mentioned in the video, is now referred to as ‘My Places’ in Google Maps.

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Discovery Space / Shakespeare's Globe

Discovery Space / Shakespeare's Globe | technologies | Scoop.it

Discovery Space is a new section of the Globe Education website.

 

Discovery Space offers insights into...

- rehearsing,

- producing and

- staging productions

...at Shakespeare’s Globe.

 

There are also...

- interviews with actors,

- an archive of past productions,

- information for learners

- teachers’ notes on school set works,

- academic papers

- links to further information sources.

 

A great resource for drama practitioners and those who use Shakespeare’s work in their learning environments.

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Presentista - Presentations Remixed

PowerPoint may be the industry standard for presentations, it does not mean it’s not worth looking around for something that can make presentations stand out above the rest.

 

Presentista is a new way to create presentations, and it works right from a users web browser.

 

When users are creating in Presentista, everything is on one screen. Add content and create a flow, which are akin to slides.

 

Links in the flow are how Presentista determines which section to jump to next.

 

Like any presentation, users can include...

- text and graphics;

- YouTube videos,

- Google Images and

- photos from Flickr. 

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4 Tools to Compare the True Size of Maps - Instant Fundas

4 Tools to Compare the True Size of Maps - Instant Fundas | technologies | Scoop.it

Maps are intrinsically inaccurate. It is impossible to accurately represent the surface of the earth on a piece of paper because the earth is spherical while a map is flat.

 

This post looks at...

- OverlayMaps that lets the user compare the sizes of different countries, states/provinces, lakes/rivers and other landmarks around the world.

- MapFight another map comparison tool that lets users compare countries and continents against each other. It also tells you how big or small the compared regions are using figures.

- MAPfrappe is a similar tool but with the advantage that you can actually define your own area to compare.; and

- BBC Dimensions an excellent size comparison tool.

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Pecha Kucha presentations with Google Apps:

Pecha Kucha presentations with Google Apps: | technologies | Scoop.it

The Pecha Kucha presentation format can be a great way, for both practitioners and learners to provide an overview of a topic and/or focus their delivery.

 

Pecha Kucha presentations consist of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each.

 

This tends to produce a high-energy, fast-paced presentation.

 

The format forces presenters to leave out the parts of their presentation that listeners wish you would skip.

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Educators Report "Flipped Classroom" Improves Test Scores

Educators Report "Flipped Classroom" Improves Test Scores | technologies | Scoop.it

I talked about the "flipped classroom", and the potential use of the model for CPD within Learning Providers, at our 2012 Annual Event in Southport.

 

Like any new methods/tools etc., learners need instruction & support as they are introduced into learning/teaching/cpd.

 

Yes time needs to be invested into producing resources to facilitate the "flipped classroom/cpd" but both return on investment and value on investment make it very worth while.

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STAMP: Subtitling Add-In for PowerPoint

STAMP: Subtitling Add-In for PowerPoint | technologies | Scoop.it

The Subtitling Add-In for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP) helps Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 users add closed captions to the video and audio files included in their presentations, which boosts their impact for those with hearing disabilities.

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Metric Food Measurement Converter for Recipe Ingredients

Metric Food Measurement Converter for Recipe Ingredients | technologies | Scoop.it
Convert Dry & Liquid Food Ingredients for Use in Cooking Recipes from Metric Measurement Units on Epicurious.com.

 

Epicurious is a recipe search and food site.

 

The food measurement chart shows users the multiplication factors for all metric equivalents, whether they are using imperial units or measuring with a teaspoon and cup. 

 

An ideal tool not just for catering; it also provides an opportunity to include functional skills within the curriculum.

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Inside Search – Google

Inside Search – Google | technologies | Scoop.it

Another resource for digital literacy.

 

Discover all the features and tricks to master Google search.

 

Get information on Google’s newest search features and learn tips from basic to advanced.

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Word: eCPD

Word: eCPD | technologies | Scoop.it

How to format just the numbers in a numbered list...

 

Formatting a list is easy. Formatting just the numbers is more difficult, unless you know this quick trick!

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Compare Office 365 Plans and Pricing for Schools - Office 365

As of right now education institutions can sign up for the Office 365 for education 30-day trial for free.

 

Office 365 allows learning providers to teach from virtually anywhere*, reach more students, teach software skills employers are looking for and provide enterprise-class tools that reduce IT costs.

 

Education institutions currently using the Microsoft Live@edu platform will be upgraded to Office 365 beginning this summer.

 

*An appropriate device, Internet connection, supported browser and/or carrier network connectivity are required. Data charges may apply.

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DoodleBuzz: Typographic News Explorer

A new way to explore the news through an experimental interface that allows you to create typographic maps of current news stories.

 

Sometimes one of the difficult things for practitioners is to get students interested in exploring news stories.

 

Doodle Buzz offers an element of fun to research. When "searching" on Doodle Buzz users will find that they discover stories and sources that they don't typically find or read.

 

To find news stories...

- enter a term in the search box,

- click go,

- click-drag (draw) the cursor across the screen to reveal news stories related to the search term.

 

The more users doodle the more stories are revealed.

 

Users can...

- read excerpts from the stories or

- click through to read the full article on the original source.

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WikiTouch

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For those who like using a Wiki and have iPhones etc., this is for you...

 

WikiTouch puts a wiki on the iPhone.

 

Will Kelly provides this post on how to create a mobile wiki.

 

Synchronisation acrosss multiple iPhones, iPads, PCs and the cloud makes this application another tool Assessors/Verifiers etc. may consider.

 

Learners, many of whom are glued to their phones, will also find WikiTouch a useful tool especially as they can export their notes/coursework etc., as Adobe PDF files, without needing another app (and it's all FREE)

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What Type of Learner Are You? [Infographic]

What Type of Learner Are You? [Infographic] | technologies | Scoop.it

As practitioners will already know, the way that one learner studies may differ from the way that a classmate does, because of their different styles of learning.

 

The four types are...

- visual learners,
- auditory learners,
- read and write learners, and
- kinesthetics learners.

 

Each function is clearly illustrated and explained in this infographic produced by onlinecollege.org.

 

Learning suggestions, and which tests the learner types are likely to excel in better than others, are provided.

 

This is a helpful guide for...

- IAG Practitioners

- Learners

- Initial Teacher Training

- educators, especially those who are adamant that there is only one way to revise.

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10 Tips For Learners returning to the FE and Skills Sector (Adult Learners)

10 Tips For Learners returning to the FE and Skills Sector (Adult Learners) | technologies | Scoop.it

The actual title for this IAG post is...

"10 Tips For Students Going Back To School At Any Age"

 

The post (aimed at USA Learners) offers sound advice, that can be adapted for the UK FE & Skills Sector, for older learners.

 

Information, Advice & Guidance practitioners may well find this post useful.

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TeamViewer

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Share your Whiteboard Screen on Learner iPads/Androids with TeamViewer.

 

Basically a practitioner installs the free TeamViewer client on their computer and starts a meeting. Learners runs the free TeamViewer for Meeting app on their iPad/Android and then enters the meeting room code the Practitioner gives them. They can see the computer screen, and zoom and pan around it. But importantly, not interfere with what the practitioner is doing.

 

Great potential for WBL learners etc.

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ecDB - electronics component DataBase

ecDB, short for Electronic Component Database is an online website that every mechanic and electrical engineering learner/practitioner will like.

 

ecDB...

- allows users to keep their electronic inventory organized,

- gives users the option to keep a track of...

- the items they currently own

- the items required for different projects.

 

Items can be further organized into different categories allowing users to filter them and sort them accordingly.

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Stop YouTube Videos at a Specified Time - Instant Fundas

For those of you who don't block YouTube here are two parameters that allow you to start and stop a clip at times you specify.

 

It can also be used in a VLE and or as a link to be used by your learners when they can access YouTube.

 

It can also be used in the flipped classroom, and /or flipped cpd.

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10 Resources to Get Children Moving!

Resources for practitioners working with children.

 

As Move It Week and National Childhood Obesity Week takes place in 2012, from 2nd to 8th July, these ideas and resources are ideal to encourage children to get moving!

 

They could be used as part of Family Learning sessions, Physical Education lessons, or as sports activities at various events. Visit http://www.teachingnews.co.uk/2012/07/10-resources-to-get-children-moving/ to find out more.

 

Websites include...

- The MEND site 

- BBC Class Clips 

- Kids Exercise 

- NHS’s Change for Life 

- PE Primary 

- Your School Games 

- Youtube 

- Teaching Ideas 

- Playground Fun 

- imovesdance 

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Space resources for your Interactive Whiteboard

Space resources for your Interactive Whiteboard | technologies | Scoop.it

If you are teaching a topic about the Space, or the Solar System, then there are many great tools that you can use on your interactive whiteboard to show you learners what the planets look like and to demonstrate how the planets move around the sun in relation to each other.

 

There are also some excellent archive sites for images of other galaxies and nebulae in deep space.

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Conversion guides - How to cook - BBC Good Food

Conversion guides - How to cook - BBC Good Food | technologies | Scoop.it

BBC GoodFood highlights some functional skills opportunities within catering courses.

 

As well as the usual measurement converter, users have access to a guide on oven temperatures, cake tin sizes, and sugar temperature guide.

 

The metric to imperial converters are a good aid for those learners.

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A Google A Day Keeps Your Brain at Play!

A Google A Day Keeps Your Brain at Play! | technologies | Scoop.it

An ideal resource for digital literacy classes.

 

Usually trivia games are “No Google allowed” - not this one!

 

Challenge learners, using an Interactive Whiteboard perhaps, as you unlock up to 10 questions a day on Google+

 

How to play?

- answer the question using Google search techniques.
- Learners take their best shot!

- Google lets them know if they're right or wrong.

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Juice Labs - Chart Chooser

Want to improve Excel and PowerPoint with HTML5 goodness?

 

Trying to showcase trends?

Compare the composition of sets?

Show distributions and trends together?

 

Users, by selecting what they’re trying to highlight, automatically narrows the pool of chart types, available in Chart Chooser, to show which chart would effectively achieve their end.

 

Users can then download templates, Excel or PowerPoint, and insert their data.

 

Follow the link to take Chart Chooser for a spin and if nothing else grab some free templates.

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Google Mobile

Google Mobile | technologies | Scoop.it

Many learning providers block a number of websites including YouTube.

 

The new YouTube app for Android, makes Educational YouTube channels available to learners via their mobiles.

 

With less screen space on mobile phones than a laptop or TV, the YouTube app provides a guide on the left side of the screen that provides instant access to channels, and a feed updating the new videos.

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