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Adobe Scan app, scan documents to pdf | Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Scan app, scan documents to pdf | Adobe Acrobat DC | technologies | Scoop.it
Scan anything into a PDF using your mobile device. Scan documents, whiteboards, forms, receipts and more with the new Adobe Scan app. Download today!
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At the end of May 2017 Adobe launched Adobe Scan a scanning app with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) functionality that allows users to scan anything they want to PDF. 
OCR in Adobe Scan is completely free, converting printed text to digital text in seconds. 
It’s fast and easy to capture multi-page documents too.
Users can turn any type of document into an editable PDF which they can edit and re-use the way they want. 
Adobe Scan is also a powerful converter that lets users convert different file types to PDFs. 
The app integrates seamlessly with other services included within an Adobe subscription allowing users to do more with their PDFs (e.g. edit, convert to Microsoft Office, fill and sign, and send for tracked signatures). 
Note: To properly use the app you need to be registered with Adobe cloud. 
The three main features provided by Adobe Scan are: 
  - Scanning (‘Capture forms, receipts, notes and business cards. You can even scan multi-page documents with a single tap.’), 
  - recycling content (‘Free, built-in optical character recognition (OCR) lets you reuse scanned content by creating a high-quality PDF you can work with in Adobe Acrobat Reader.’), and 
  - storage (‘Save your scans to Adobe Document Cloud for instant access and sharing) 
Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/L2_-jwiIbL0 to learn more about Adobe Scan
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Informusic-Classical Music History & Composer App on the App Store

Informusic-Classical Music History & Composer App on the App Store | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Informusic-Classical Music History & Composer App. Download Informusic-Classical Music History & Composer App and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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Informusicis the all-in-one music history resource for learners, practitioners, and classical music lovers. 
Users can browse through... 
  - biographies, 
  - program notes, 
  - sheet music, 
  - audio examples and 
  - interactive timelines that contextualise musical events with... 
    - art, 
    - history, 
    - politics, 
    - war 
...and more!
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Bamboo Paper - an excellent notebook app

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Bamboo Paper is an excellent notebook app practitioners and/or learners can use for sketching, drawing, or taking notes. 
Bamboo Paper provides a number of interesting features that makes writing/drawing experience on it resemble a real pen and paper experience. 
Bamboo Paper can be used to engage in a wide variety of creative multimedia activities from drawing beautiful art works to plotting story timelines. 
By using one of Bamboo Paper’s six expressive pens and brushes users can start their writing, drawing or sketching. 
Images and photos can be imported and users can then annotate them. 
The resulting notebooks can be easily synced to other mobile platforms and devices. 
NOTE: - For advanced note-taking or sketching, try the thin-tip pressure sensitive stylus products from Wacom: Bamboo Stylus fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2. 
The free version of Bamboo Paper comes with limited features, the paid version has more advanced functionalities. 
Check it out and see if you like it. 
Bamboo Paper is available for... Windows - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/p/bamboo-paper/9wzdncrfj1bh ;
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Grafio 3 - Diagrams & ideas on the App Store

Grafio 3 - Diagrams & ideas on the App Store | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Grafio 3 - Diagrams & ideas. Download Grafio 3 - Diagrams & ideas and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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Learners and practitioners sometimes need to produce a diagram like an organisational (org) chart or diagram. 
There are many resources that can be used to accomplish these tasks. 
Grafio 3 is an iOS app that meets most needs. 
It has a variety of tools, shapes, and lines to create a simple or complex diagram. 
It will also draw for you!
Users can sketch a circle or oval or arrows etc., with their finger and Grafio 3 will recognize and replace it with a perfectly looking shape for their diagram or schematic 
Check it out in the app store and see all of the features it offers those who need to draw a diagram.
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TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games on the App Store

TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games on the App Store | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games. Download TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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TinyTap has released Talk or Type a new feature that enables practitioners to create voice-based activities that allow learners to answer by speaking or typing. 
Practitioners can use Talk or Type in a wide variety of educational activities and it can also be helpful when creating elements for learners who haven’t yet learned how to write, or are learning to pronounce new languages or practicing speech exercises. 
Watch the tutorial at http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g1xu8/play/talk-or-type-tutorial to learn more about how to use this new feature from TinyTap.
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Anchor- bite-sized podcasts

Anchor- bite-sized podcasts | technologies | Scoop.it
Anchor is a free app that makes it easy to share your voice with the world.
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Looking for a simple way to create and publish short podcasts? If so then Anchor is worth a look. 
NOTE: 1: users can't record for more than two minutes at a time on the Anchor apps. I like that as the time limit forces users to get to the point rather than filling time with music, and/or other filler conversation that doesn't add any value to the podcast. 
2: a users podcast is open to voice responses from listeners. They reply by just hitting the "reply" button below any published recording then speaking into their phones. Some practitioners may think that the commenting system is too open, but Anchor could be a good platform for education stakeholders looking for an easy way to create professional development and/or other podcasts. 
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Fraction Mash on the App Store

Fraction Mash on the App Store | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Fraction Mash. Download Fraction Mash and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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Fraction Mash is a free iPad app that provides a fun way for learners to learn about fractions. 
The app lets learners insert two pictures then divide those pictures into... 
► grids, 
► columns, 
► pie slices, 
► triangles, or 
► rows. 
Once their pictures have been divided learners select the portions of one picture that they want to combine with the other picture. Learners' selections of image portions must equal 1 when the two images are combined. 
Fraction Mash lets learners choose how many pieces each picture is divided into. 
Completed image-based fractions problems can be saved to the camera rolls on their iPads. 
They, in turn, can share them with their practitioners in a variety of ways including through Google Classroom. 
Fraction Mash also includes an option for learners to write 'reports' about their fraction mashes. 
The reports templates let learners insert the images and the fraction problems they created into their reports. 
Those reports can be saved and shared with others.
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BandLab: Music Starts Here

BandLab: Music Starts Here | technologies | Scoop.it
The cloud platform where musicians and fans create music, collaborate and engage with each other across the globe.
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BandLab is a free service that enables users to create music... 
♫ in their web browser or through the free 
In BandLab users can create soundtracks using any of the virtual instruments that are provided. 
They can also speak or sing to record a track. 
Within the BandLab editor they can mix their tracks together to create a song. 
If they have existing audio files on their computer, they can upload those to incorporate into their BandLab creations. 
Well worth a closer look!
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TapTapSee - Blind and Visually Impaired Camera

TapTapSee - Blind and Visually Impaired Camera | technologies | Scoop.it
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TapTapSee is a mobile camera application designed specifically for the blind and visually impaired users. 
The app utilises a smart phone’s camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them out loud for the user. TapTapSee is available through the Apple iTunes Mobile App Store and the Google Play Store.
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Educational Apps | Facebook

Educational Apps | Facebook | technologies | Scoop.it

Educational Apps. FiTES (Find Try Evaluate & Share) - You are the experts in your field of work

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Sharing posts about apps and extensions I've found, tried and evaluated for the world of Education.
For learners, practitioners, and other stakeholders...
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Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer

Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer | technologies | Scoop.it
Super cool to see real sky, yet astronomy info just scratches surface
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Ready Jet Go! introduces learners to planets and constellations. Users can turn on location services to have the app generate a virtual sky to match the sky seen from any location. 
Learners will be able to see the stars above them even when not visible by day. 
While it is magical to see the real sky on the screen, going outdoors and pointing the app toward the sky is what will really keeps learners engaged.
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Quick Math - Mental Arithmetic on the App Store

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Quick Math - Mental Arithmetic. Download Quick Math - Mental Arithmetic and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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Learners can practice their mathematics while racing the clock in this innovative application. 
 Quick Math features advanced handwriting recognition and a nice interface, it will also take a learners general arithmetic skills to the next level. 
 Quick Math is ideal for those wanting to improve their general maths skills.  
With multiple difficulty levels and a focus on self-improvement, Quick Math provides increasing challenges as user skills develop.
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SnapType - helps many learners keep up with their peers, especially if their hand-writing skills holds them back.

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about SnapType for Occupational Therapy. Download SnapType for Occupational Therapy and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
SnapType helps many learners keep up with their peers, especially if their hand-writing skills holds them back. 
Learners can easily complete worksheets with the help of an iPad or iPhone. With SnapType, learners can... 
► take a pictures of worksheets, or import worksheets from anywhere on their device. 
 ► then use their iOS device keyboard to add text to these documents and
...then print, email, or share their end product. 
It is a potential solution for children, and even adults, who struggle with their handwriting. 
 It's worth taking a look at the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/xoYfMsC4tFo ;
NOTE: there is a Free (for Occupational Therapy) version and a Pro version.
Also reduces the use of paper (Green)
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EducationalAppStore - dedicated to the curation and review of educational apps

EducationalAppStore - dedicated to the curation and review of educational apps | technologies | Scoop.it
We certify and recommend the best education apps, so that teachers, parents and students can feel confident in mobile learning in the classroom and at home.
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The Education App Store is an independent app marketplace that is exclusively dedicated to the curation and review of educational apps to ‘help teachers and parents around the world, progress their child's primary education.’ 
Apps are reviewed and organised according to learning outcomes and learning needs. 
Users can search for apps by... 
  - category, 
  - subject area and/or 
  - age. 
Each app comes with a short review, the age group it targets, price..etc. 
NOTE: 1: Registration is required if users want to download the app directly from the site. 
2: There is also a subscription-based service for both teachers and parents to help them find the best educational apps and understand how they align with curriculum. 
Watch the video at https://vimeo.com/193755717 to learn more about Educational App Store.
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VideoNotebooks - take time-stamped notes while watching a video

VideoNotebooks - take time-stamped notes while watching a video | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about VideoNotebooks. Download VideoNotebooks and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
Videos are becoming, have become, an important feature of teaching and learning. 
No longer can learners highlight information, as they could on handouts, or make note in margins etc. 
So how can notes, questions, ideas etc., be recorded when watching a video clip? 
VideoNotebooks allows learners to take time-stamped notes while watching a video. 
Ideal for flipped learning, on-line courses and more. 
Notes are organised in notebooks and each notebook corresponds to one video. 
The VideoNotebooks iOS App also allows... 
  - the tagging of individual notes so users are able to retrieve a specific subset of notes across all notebooks later. 
  - users to export notebooks to pdf. 
An ideal app for all learners.
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Word of the day — Daily English dictionary app

Word of the day — Daily English dictionary app | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Word of the day — Daily English dictionary app. Download Word of the day — Daily English dictionary app and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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If Practitioners want their learners to expand their vocabulary? Then they should use this app. 
Word of the day is a free app that teaches them one new word each day. 
Yes it's very micro! 
The new words they learn, aren’t just words everybody can understand e.g. “ablution”, “demagogue” and “vociferous”. 
How can it be used? 
Well practitioners can let their learners write a short essay with 5 of the new words learned, or start sessions by asking three of their learners what new word they have learned and get them to explain them to the other learners. 
That's just a taste of what can be done.
Well worth a closer look.
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Apps in the Classroom - a vetting process to help practitioners evaluate apps

Apps in the Classroom - a vetting process to  help practitioners evaluate apps | technologies | Scoop.it
A free downloadable guide created by Apple to help Educational Practitioners make the best of iOS apps in their teaching
John Dalziel's insight:
My Facebook Page is mainly about Educational Apps and FiTES (Find, Try, Evaluate and Share) 
However with more apps being designed and uploaded every single day, the iTunes App Store contains over 2 million apps. 
There's a limit to how many I/we can review and it's no surprise that a large portion of these apps are education oriented covering a wide variety of subjects from learning a new language to virtually exploring the human body. 
However, again no surprise, not all apps do what they claim to do and, even worse, some of them have internal bugs and errors that affect their overall performance and render them inappropriate for use with learners in their learning environments. 
That's why practitioners need a vetting process to help them evaluate apps which they could use in their learning environments. "Apps in the Classroom" is a resource that will guide practitioners through this process. 
Apps in The Classroom is a free downloadable guide created by Apple to help Educational Practitioners make the best of iOS apps in their teaching. 
It provides teachers with guidelines and criteria to assist them with evaluating the suitability of apps. 
The criteria cover four major areas... 
► Developmental Appropriateness, 
► Engagement, 
► Instructional Design, and 
► Motivation. 
Each of these areas features a number of key questions practitioners should ask when selecting an app. 
Those of you who are already qualified, and those of you currently training to become teachers, should read "Apps in Classroom" to learn more about how to appropriately select educational apps to use with your learners.
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Toontastic 3D - creative storytelling app

Toontastic 3D - creative storytelling app | technologies | Scoop.it
Toontastic 3D is a creative storytelling app that empowers kids to draw, animate, narrate, and record their own cartoons on their tablet, phone or Chromebook.
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Toontastic 3D allows learners to use their imagination and engage in creative tasks. 
They can use Toontastic 3D to construct many things including... 
 ► book and school reports, 
 ► design pitches, 
 ► narrating stories, 
 ► creating cartoons and 
...much more. 
Toonastic 3D is available for free download in both iOS App Store - https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1145104532 - and Google Play Store - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.toontastic 
It also works with select Chromebooks. 
All learners need to do is move characters around on the screen and tell their story. 
It’s like a digital puppet theater… but with enormous interactive 3D worlds, dozens of customizable characters, 3D drawing tools, and an idea lab with sample stories to inspire new creations. Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/c0I58rFe18Q to learn more about Toontastic 3D
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CaptureCast Chrome Screen Recording

CaptureCast Chrome Screen Recording | technologies | Scoop.it
CaptureCast Chrome is a free screen recording and lecture capture extension designed for educators to empower video in the classroom
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For Learning Providers who use Chromebooks, the free Chrome app called CaptureCast will allow learners to Record a Webcam Video on their Chromebook. 
CaptureCast, produced by Cattura Video, allows users to record the screen on their Chromebook as well as input from their webcam. 
To record a video with the webcam on a Chromebook... 
► open CaptureCast in the browser 
► allow it to access your webcam and microphone 
► specify the resolution to use when capturing the video and 
► choose the audio quality. 
Note: If users have an external microphone connected to their Chromebook, they must make sure they have it enabled before they start recording. 
When they've finished recording in CaptureCast they can... 
► save their video on their Chromebook or 
► upload it to YouTube, or 
► upload it to Vimeo, or 
► upload it to Google Drive. 
Rather than having learners write their blog posts, they can record short videos to talk about what they've learned in learning environments that week, or share their thoughts on a topic that practitioners have posted for discussion on their course blog. Including videos in blog posts is a good way to increase engagement on course blogs.
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PhotoScan – scanner by Google Photos

PhotoScan – scanner by Google Photos | technologies | Scoop.it
Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future. Scan and save your favorite printed photos with the PhotoScan app from Google Photos.
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Looking for an Easy Way to Digitise Photographs? 
Don't want to take the photographs out of frames or albums? 
Well PhotoScan is worth looking at. PhotoScan is available through... 
PhotoScan helps users “scan” photographs using their phone’s camera, they just need to... 
► Push the button (as if they’re taking a photo) then 
► match up the center circle with the four dots that appear ( see video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/MEyDt0DNjWU ). 
► The app automatically enhances and rotates the image and—best of all—removes any glare 
...creating a digital replica in seconds. 
As well as the users loose photographs, the app also works with framed images and those already secured into their album(s). 
For those who also use the Google Photos app, their PhotoScan images will be automatically uploaded to their cloud for easy searching and sharing. 
An ideal tool for cataloguing photographs for safekeeping and easy sharing.
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Showbie – Paperless Classroom on the App Store

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Showbie – Paperless Classroom. Download Showbie – Paperless Classroom and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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Showbie- Paperless Classroom With Showbie, practitioners can... 
♥ quickly and easily assign, collect and review student work on their iPad, 
♥ then provide rich feedback to their learners by adding annotations, text notes and voice notes directly onto their documents. 
Learners can show their learning creatively by submitting to Showbie from thousands of compatible iPad apps, and/or by completing assignments with Showbie’s built in tools. 
Showbie helps keep everyone organised with individual learner assignment folders, email and push notifications.
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Over – Add beautiful text & artwork to photos.

Over – Add beautiful text & artwork to photos. | technologies | Scoop.it
Available on the App Store.
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Over is a free iPad/iPhone visual content editing tool that allows learners, and/or practitioners, to add text and artwork to flat images to make them more interesting. 
We all know that visuals help to catch an audience’s attention, but people need different and intriguing formats to keep viewer focus, which is where this 'essential app for creativity’ comes in. 
 Users can quickly and easily... 
 - add clip art images to photos, 
 - choose from a number of fonts to add text and 
...there's also masking and blending tools to make it all look pretty.
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Sheet Music Reader “piaScore” - Catalog of Songs with Guitar Tablature & Piano with Metronome & Chromatic Tuner

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Sheet Music Reader “piaScore” - Catalog of Songs with Guitar Tablature & Piano with Metronome & Chromatic Tuner. Download Sheet Music Reader “piaScore” - Catalog of Songs with Guitar Tablature & Piano with Metronome & Chromatic Tuner and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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Sheet Music Reader piaScore (Free, iPhone, iPad) 
The Sheet Music Reader piaScore app (Free, iPhone, iPad) is a great tool that lets users... 
♫ view musical scores, 
♫ jot down notes, 
♫ search and browse, and 
♫ manage scores with tags. 
With wireless page-turning, page rearranging, and Dropbox support, users will be playing a new tune in no time.
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Google Search Hacks -Hundreds of Google Search Tips

Google Search Hacks -Hundreds of Google Search Tips | technologies | Scoop.it
Collection of hacks and tricks for getting the most out of Google Search.
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The SearchyApp Website Will Teach Visitors Hundreds of Google Search Tips. 
If learners and/or their practitioners want to get creative, they can do a lot of things with Google’s search engine. 
They just need to know some tricks! 
SearchyApp features many tips that’ll help visitors make the most of Google. 
The tips are divided into sections, so it’s easy to locate what is required. 
The current categories are... 
► Facts (e.g. find the elevation of a place, get customer service number, find all songs by a band, etc.) 
► Math (e.g. solve a circle, use a calculator, etc.) 
► Operators (search within number range, exclude a keyword from results, find related websites, etc.) 
► Utilities (metronome, stopwatch, tip calculator, etc.) 
► Easter Eggs 
 Users can just check or uncheck the sections that they want or don't want.
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ELSA - Your virtual pronunciation coach

ELSA - Your virtual pronunciation coach | technologies | Scoop.it
ELSA is a mobile application that functions as a personal coach to help English learners around the world speak English more correctly and confidently
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ELSA, which stands for English Language Speech Assistant, is a mobile application that functions as a personal coach to help English learners around the world speak English more correctly and confidently. 
Some of ELSA's features include... 
► Practice frequently-used English words, phrases and sentences; 
► providing users with instant feedback to fix their pronunciation errors; and 
► a pronunciation dictionary to help users check their own pronunciation of any word in English.
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