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Action Tracker by We Are What We Do

Action Tracker by We Are What We Do | technologies | Scoop.it

All over the world there are workplaces & learning environments with all kinds of behaviour charts on display. Some for academic behaviors, others are for personal conduct.

 

We Are What We Do's Action Tracker...
- offers a behavior tracker of a slightly different nature;
- is a list of simple actions that anyone can do to make the world a better place;
- offers suggestions for improving the environment, making someone else's day better, or improving personal health.

 

Users can check in on the Action Tracker to mark their behaviours.

 

We Are What We Do also offers a "classroom section" that includes many resources for implementing the Action Tracker in learning environments; it includes videos, downloadable charts, and worksheets for learning environment use.

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HelpKidzLearn

HelpKidzLearn is a web site full of FREE games for young children and those with learning difficulties.

 

Speaking and listening is very important for young children's educational development, particularly reading and writing.

 

The software is split into five sections:

• Early Years
• Games and Quizzes
• Stories and Songs
• Creative Play
• Find Out About

 

Family Learning practitioners can encourage parents/guardians etc. to use them as a focus for chatting.

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dotEPUB — download any webpage as an e-book

dotEPUB — download any webpage as an e-book | technologies | Scoop.it

dotEPUB is software in the cloud that allows users to convert any webpage into an eBook.

 

For content consumers (readers), dotEPUB has developed a bookmarklet for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Opera.


I've tried it in conjunction with the Firefox ePub add-on and am impressed.

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Map of The World - Shaded Relief

Interactive shaded relief map of the world.

 

Relief are interactive maps built on top of Google Maps.

 

Shaded Relief...
- features shaded relief maps;
- offers the ability to quickly measure elevation, distance, and area in a variety of units.

 

Shaded Relief is a big step up from standard Google Maps but not as feature laden as Google Earth; if practitioners/learners cannot use Google Earth in their learning environments, Shaded Relief could be a great alternative.

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BPES: BP Educational Service

BPES: BP Educational Service | technologies | Scoop.it

Bring real-world science into your classroom!

 

The BP Educational Service (BPES) provides free curriculum-linked teaching resources for primary and secondary schools and colleges.

 

A useful resource, that’s well worth a look if you are looking for resources to teach chemistry or How Science Works.

 

Registration with the BP site is needed to access the resources, but registration is free.

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Cardcloud - Your online business card

Cardcloud - Your online business card | technologies | Scoop.it

CardCloud an online business card application designed for sharing your card and collecting contact details for your contacts.

 

Allows users to list social networking sites as well as websites and other contact details. Also available as an app for mobile phones, so users can share and collect contact information while at conferences etc., and otherwise on the go.

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Upload & Share PowerPoint presentations and documents

Popular presentation sharing web site SlideShare has abandoned flash and shifted entirely to HTML5–you can now view SlideShare on any app that has an HTML5 compliant web browser.

Is this a first step away from flash?

 

Good news for learning providers, and their learners, using iPads etc.

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Find out how strong your vocabulary is and learn new words at Vocabulary.com.

Find out how strong your vocabulary is and learn new words at Vocabulary.com. | technologies | Scoop.it
Vocabulary.com helps you learn new words, play games that improve your vocabulary, and explore language.

 

Whether learners are posting a quick tweet or applying for a job, When they communicate on or offline, vocabulary and the quality of the writing are a key part of the impressions made. It’s important, to learners, to be able to communicate clearly and come across as intelligent human beings.

 

This free website - Vocabulary.com - claims it can help users improve their vocabulary by figuring out which words they don’t know, and then concentrating of teaching them (without spending time on stuff users already know).

 

The first step is a multiple-choice test aimed to assess current vocabulary.

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Exploriments

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Exploriments are simulation-based interactive learning resources for enhancing understanding in Chemistry, Physics and Maths in an experiential manner. They can be used by both learners and practitioners.

 

Exploriments provide a highly interactive, exploratory, and engaging experience.

 

Some activities are available for free – the rest available on subscription. Users need to register with the site to access the free resources– one or two free resources per section.

 

Each resource has instructions on how to use it, as well as comprehensive text which describes the theory behind the simulation and any necessary formulae.

 

Note: Resources need Shockwave to work. 

 

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teachers's Channel - YouTube

teachers's Channel - YouTube | technologies | Scoop.it

YouTube Teachers is a new YouTube channel launched by YouTube itself.

 

Its aim? - to inform teachers about the many ways that they can use videos in their learning environments.

 

YouTube Teacher features...
- video-based lesson plan suggestions,
-suggested playlists for a variety of content areas, and
-suggestions for creating videos with learners.

 

YouTube Teachers won't fix the problem of access to it being restricted by many learning providers, but it could help show some decision-makers the educational uses of YouTube in the classroom.

 

If practitioners are able to access YouTube in learning environments, YouTube Teachers could be a good source of lesson ideas for them.

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Reel – Present your ideas and reel in the feedback

Reel – Present your ideas and reel in the feedback | technologies | Scoop.it
A fast and easy way to turn your images, powerpoints, Word documents, PDFs into mobile-friendly online slideshows, and start getting feedback from your audience without logins or special software.

 

Reel App provides an online service for sharing PPT, PDF, and image files with others.

 

Reel App provides...
- a unique url for sharing the file;
- an option to get feedback from the audience on each slide or images in the shared file.
- an option to view the presentation on laptops, mobile phones, or tablets.
- a summary page containing the overall feedback from viewers.

 

Learner Voice-Peer Assessment
Could be a good way for learners to get feedback on presentations they deliver and practitioners could use Reel App to check learner understanding on each slide in a presentation;"thumbs up" if they feel they they understand & "thumbs down" if don't.

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Trello

Trello is an online collaboration tool helping users perform tasks in a productive manner.

 

Users can
- create boards,
- add lists and cards which contains description about the tasks,
- share the tasks with a group of people and work on it in real time,
- add labels and more.

 

Users can also track the activity on the board through Trello’s user friendly interface and monitor who is making changes on the board.

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Teaching Library | Discover teaching ideas and lesson resources linked to children's books and literature.

Teaching Library | Discover teaching ideas and lesson resources linked to children's books and literature. | technologies | Scoop.it

The Teaching Library is a place to find free teaching ideas and lesson resources, all linked to books that can be used in the classroom. Each book has ideas for uses in different areas of the curriculum, along with related video content and downloadable materials.

Ideal for Initial Teacher Training and Family Learning Practitioners

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This might come in handy as I work in a P-12 school

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Priory Woods School and Arts College - Switch / Touch Screen Videos

Priory Woods School and Arts College - Switch / Touch Screen Videos | technologies | Scoop.it

Priory Woods School & Arts College provide downloads of a wide variety of material including...
-worksheets,
-curriculum documents,
-lesson plans and
-simple programs

...which other learning providers are free to adapt and use in their school, college or other learning environments.

 

This links to switch acivated videos that are available to watch on line or download.

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Tar Heel Reader

Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics.

 

Downloadable as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format. Books can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches.

 

Note: Some books may be inappropriate for your learners; don’t use them; learn about the Favorites page to present learners with reading choices that you approve.

 

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10 Online HTML5 Tools For Web Designers | Tools

10 Online HTML5 Tools For Web Designers | Tools | technologies | Scoop.it

HTML5, the new language for presenting content on the Internet,

 

...brings new features making it easy to incorporate video, audio, fonts, drag & drop, web graphics & animations into web pages.

 

...is backwards compatible as well so don’t worry about your old designs in HTML 4 or XHML1 they will all work just the same!

 

...has the potential to replace flash.

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Astronomy

McGraw-Hill have produced some excellent animations and interactives on the subject of Space and Earth/Moon; ideal for use on an interactive white board.

 

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SpeakIt! - Chrome Web Store

SpeakIt! - Chrome Web Store | technologies | Scoop.it

Speak It, not a perfect text to speech app, but it is adequate for having webpages read to learners and it's FREE.

 

For learners that need to hear a word pronounced or needs a sentence read to him or her for clarification, Speak It could be a handy extension to have installed in Google Chrome.


Speak It, a Google Chrome extension, enables the text on most webpages to be read to users.

 

Highlight the text - right-click to activate Speak It - click the play button.

 

The voice is very digitized, but it is clear.

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Know IT All for Trainee Teachers

Know IT All for Trainee Teachers | technologies | Scoop.it

Student teachers need to start taking a teachers approach to social networking from the moment they set foot in a learning environment.

 

That means...
- locking down their Facebook account, especially all those student photographs;
– being aware of who they can and can’t add as friends;
- being aware of what they’re saying on sites such as Twitter and how those comments can be construed.

 

Comments can be found by learners, employers, teaching colleagues and, in schools parents.

 

This provides a good guide to social networking for trainee teachers and NQT’s.

 

Note: Qualified teachers (and parents too) should also take a look at some of the resources on this site. There’s some useful stuff there.

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eBible

eBible | technologies | Scoop.it

For those engaged in "Thought-Beliefs" courses/study/evaluation etc.

 

eBible is an online tool that makes reading and going through different aspects of the Bible very simple.

 

Users can...
- search through sections,
- read specific books and chapters,
- add notes,
- highlight sentences and do so much more.

 

Practitioners could also use it to link to Bible verses in a VLE or blog or other web presence.

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Vimeo Music Store

Vimeo Music Store | technologies | Scoop.it

Vimeo Music Store
- find music tracks which can be used in videos, presentations etc.
- almost 45,000 tracks browsable by various genres, tempos and moods.
- powered by Audiosocket, a music licensing company which is providing Vimeo with over 30,000 tracks, and Free Music Archive (FMA) offering up to 11,000 songs licensed under Creative Commons.

 

Vimeo Music Store provides users with 3 types of licensing options: Free Creative Common Licenses, $1.99 per track for personal, non-commercial web use and $98 per track for commercial, professional web use.

 

Just search the genre or type of music you are looking for and Vimeo Music Store will show the tracks available.

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pageOrama - one page at a time

pageOrama - one page at a time | technologies | Scoop.it

Want to post online for all stakeholders and prospects to read but you don't have a blog and you just can't be bothered putting one together for what's essentially going to be a one-off announcement? Yes! Then Page O Rama comes highly recommended.

 

Lets users have a webpage created and published without having to get near a single line of code, and it wont cost users anything. Page O Rama is a browser-based webpage creator and whatever is created will go live the second the "Save Page" button is clicked.

 

By submitting an email address when creating the page, it can be modify after publication too.

 

Page O Rama has the undeniable advantage, over similar online tools, of letting users create full HTML pages, complete with content such as images.

 

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Claroline . NET - Home

Claroline . NET - Home | technologies | Scoop.it

Open source software is the perfect choice for learning providers - it’s free (which is great for those with very limited budgets), and the software’s flexibility and open nature suits the learning environment.

 

Claroline is well-suited for building online courses and managing online and collaborative environments.

 

As usual I highly recommend you check out the demo.

 

For a DIY: Set-up visit http://alturl.com/pbzfy.

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cc:to me

cc:to me | technologies | Scoop.it

CC:to me is one of those bookmarklets that "makes my head hurt"; there are so many things practitioners and their learners can do with it.

 

Why wasn't an idea as simple as this implemented earlier.

 

As its name suggests, it allows users to...
- email stuff to themself via a bookmarklet;
- drag and drop text, images, videos and more from the web onto it;

 

cc:to me then emails them all flawlessly along with the link.

 

Currently free (sign up needed); pro accounts (coming soon) will bring goodies like multiple recipients (ideal for collaborative work) and more.

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Tikatok Across the Curriculum

Tikatok Across the Curriculum | technologies | Scoop.it

Writing lessons and project ideas for your K-8 classroom.

This free monthly series of activities, project ideas and learner worksheets integrates writing across a variety of subjects from maths, science, social studies, art, and more.

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