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using New and Emerging Technologies to enhance Learning Provider's "current Practice" - John is a retired eLearning Adviser, but keeping up to date, and all views are his own
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CameraSim: - Apps for Photography Instructors and Students

CameraSim: - Apps for Photography Instructors and Students | technologies | Scoop.it
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Learning exposure settings on DSLR is not easy, but CameraSim enables learners to experiment with exposure settings and get a better idea of how camera exposure works.
CameraSim is, for many, a useful tool for learning about...
   - ISO,
   - aperture and
   - shutter speed settings, and
...shooting under various lighting conditions.

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Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover

Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover | technologies | Scoop.it
Get Perfect365 - One-Tap Makeover on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

Once you’ve taken a selfie, do you feel it would be nice to...
   - get rid of the pimples,
   - remove the second chin, and the third eye… and
   - change the the hair colour. If you have any!
Yes to any of the above and this is why Perfect365 belongs on your phone.
Once you have snapped your selfie, you can run the picture through Perfect365 and get a “magazine-worthy digital makeover” (their words not mine).

If you have an Android, rather than an iPhone view at...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcsoft.perfect365&hl=en ;

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iPad Ed

iPad Ed | technologies | Scoop.it

This is a community for educators utilizing or planning to utilize iPads and other mobile devices to engage students and optimize learning.

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iPad Ed is a community for educators utilizing or planning to utilize iPads and other mobile devices to engage learners and optimize learning.
It features...
   - best practices,
   - apps,
   - instructional strategies,
   - technical considerations,
   - questions,
   - solutions, and
   - creative ideas.

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TinyTap - Turn Moments Into Games

TinyTap - Turn Moments Into Games | technologies | Scoop.it

TinyTap is the best way to create personalised learning activities and games for learners on the iPad iPhone and Android devices.
TinyTap allows practitioners, parents, learners of all ages to turn the moments they share together into personal games. Free on the App Store and Google Play.

John Dalziel's insight:

Interactivity is an important ingredient when involving learners in any learning process.
The TinyTap app...
   - provides a free way to start building that interactivity into lessons.
   - is a simple but immensely powerful concept where static images and photos can be combined with recorded audio and digital hotspots to create fully interactive games and lessons.

Try it out, it's FREE

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Evernote Clearly | Evernote

Evernote Clearly | Evernote | technologies | Scoop.it
Clearly makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. Save them to Evernote to read them anywhere.
John Dalziel's insight:

Evernote Clearly is one of my favourite tools that I also feel will enhance any learner's on-line reading experience.
Evernote Clearly provides a distraction free environment where users can...
   - enjoy their reading
   - customize their reading experience by changing the text fonts
   - choose a theme for the background of their page
   - highlight passages and save the whole page with highlights to their Evernote account (If they have one) and
   - Premium users can also benefit from the text to speech functionality
An ideal extension for learners to use when reading online.

Evernote Clearly is available for free download for Chrome, Opera and Firefox.

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Remote Mouse: Turn your mobile phone or tablet into a set of wireless mouse and keyboard.

Remote Mouse: Turn your mobile phone or tablet into a set of wireless mouse and keyboard. | technologies | Scoop.it
Remote Mouse
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Turn a mobile phone or tablet into a set of wireless mouse and keyboard.
Basically this allows practitioners, and/or learners, to control their computer from anywhere in the room, with either wifi or 3G.
Main mouse functionalities featured, including...
   - click,
   - double-click,
   - right-click,
   - scroll and
   - drag.
Compatible with both Windows and Mac.

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The Answer Pad | The Graphically-Based Student Response and Assessment System

The Answer Pad | The Graphically-Based Student Response and Assessment System | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

You don't have to change the way you teach, alter the curriculum, or jump through hoops to use technology.
The Answer Pad enables practitioners to simply ask questions, as they're teaching, and the learners reply just as they always do; the only difference is learners use their iPads or a browser.
Using iPads, with Pre-Created Templates - saves time so practitioners can focus on the content -
Practitioners can quickly change the templates for learners to submit responses; with one click!
As each student clicks "submit," their answers automatically begin to appear on the Practitioner's Dashboard so now, at quick glance, practitioners can privately assess their learner's understanding.
With The Answer Pad's free app, TapIt Free, their learners are able to answer questions using templates pushed out to their iPads.
To get started, you need to know two things.
Practitioners use The Answer Pad from their computer OR the Internet (Safari) on their iPads.
Learners use The Answer Pad from the TapIt Free app or a web browser.

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Mobile phone app

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Want free first aid advice at your fingertips? Then look no further than the 'St John Ambulance First Aid' app, available for Android, iPhone and BlackBerry mobile devices.
John Dalziel's insight:

Even basic first aid knowledge can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

This free first aid app puts potentially life saving advice at your learners fingertips.

Available for...

- Android,
- BlackBerry® and
- iPhone® mobile device users,
...the app provides easy to follow advice on a range of first aid scenarios, from minor injuries to major emergencies.

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Camera Plus Takes Your iPhoneography A Step Further

Camera Plus Takes Your iPhoneography A Step Further | technologies | Scoop.it

The App Store is saturated with camera apps, so why would you need another one? Despite the many, many photo and filter apps out there, Camera Plus still manages to bring a few fresh features to the table.

John Dalziel's insight:

Camera Plus Takes Your iPhoneography A Step Further.
Camera Plus is different, and some of those differences take the form of genuinely useful features – one of the most notable is the way in which users focus their shots.
Camera Plus also uses a sliding dial labelled Lumy that allows users to alter the exposure value to let in more or less light, allowing them to fine-tune a shot.
And that is just some of the things users can do!

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Explain and Send Screenshots

Explain and Send Screenshots | technologies | Scoop.it
Capture a webpage, write text, arrows and circles on it and share it with a direct link to the screenshot without a frame!
John Dalziel's insight:

Explain and Send is a free Chrome extension that, because I've got synchronization enabled, I have installed on all my browsers.

 

The extension allows me to quickly select all or a portion of my screen, draw on it, type on it, and share it.


After a screen capture has been created, users can share it via email, Twitter, or Facebook.

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handy tool Thx
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ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink | technologies | Scoop.it
Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.
John Dalziel's insight:

ReadWriteThink, has a mission to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.
Resources include...
- Lesson Plans,
- Learner Interactives,
- Mobile Apps,
- Calendar Activities and
- Printouts.

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ThinkBinder

ThinkBinder | technologies | Scoop.it
ThinkBinder is an app for real-time collaboration
John Dalziel's insight:

ThinkBinder may change the way learners study with their peers.
Thinkbinder allows learners to create study groups and learn collaboratively using a shared whiteboard.

Students can also share files, links and videos.
The study group environment, provided by ThinkBinder, is focused around a simple set of tools that allows learners to work more efficiently.
Group discussions, shared notes and real-time interactions are maintained in a private webpresence, free from the clutter of e-mail and generic cloud hosting solutions.

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Freemake | Free Video Downloader

Freemake | Free Video Downloader | technologies | Scoop.it
Freemake provides quality freeware - Free Video Converter, Free Video Downloader, Free Audio Converter. Download and convert any video or audio free and in two clicks!
John Dalziel's insight:

NOTE: I've only tried the Free Video Downloader

Apart from the care needed when downloading Freemake (to avoid addins you don't want), it is a joy to use.
Just...
- copy a video URL to your clipboard
- click the blue “Paste URL” button; this will automatically detect the video, and open the format dialog.
- choose the format, quality and destination folder you want the clip saved in,
- the video will start downloading to the path of you've choosen.
Note: users can restrict the download speed, if they’re trying to save bandwidth.
Note: as with all downloader tools, it is your responsibility to ensure you are not breaking any copyright laws etc.

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MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers

MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers | technologies | Scoop.it
Get MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

If you, or your learners, fancy something different, then why not make a caricature selfie?
Make a funny image of yourself, based on a photo you take with the MomentCam app, or one that you choose from your photographs.
The resulting images are all GIF images so prepare to see some of the resulting images dancing around.
It’s worth a few smiles at least.

If you have an Android look at...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.manboker.headportrait&hl=en

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Voice Recognition

Voice Recognition | technologies | Scoop.it
Type with your voice. Dictation turns your Google Chrome into a speech recognition app.
John Dalziel's insight:

Voice Recognition (former Dictation) is one of the most popular speech recognition apps in the Chrome store.
The Voice Recognition app works right from a Chrome browser, making use of Google’s integrated API speech’ software to transcribe the users voice into textual words.
It can be used to type...
   - long documents,
   - emails and
   - essays
...without touching the keyboard.
Voice Recognition is integrated with the popular cloud storage tools: Google Drive and Dropbox.
This means users can easily save and export their transcribed text to their accounts on these platforms. They can also use email to share their text with others.
Voice Recognition uses Chrome's Local Storage to save the transcriptions and thus users will never lose their work.

Video overview at https://www.youtube.com/embed/fDX-RVCmfWU ;

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Chromebooks

Chromebooks | technologies | Scoop.it

Welcome to our community!
The largest unofficial Chrome OS, Chromebook, Chromebox, Chromebase, and Chromecast community on Google+.

John Dalziel's insight:

Chromebooks is another Google Plus community I would recommend educators, especially those with Chromebooks, to join.
The Chromebooks Community looks at everything related to Chromebooks, sharing...
   - apps,
   - tips,
   - tutorials and
   - guides.

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Bel Math Apps

Bel Math Apps | technologies | Scoop.it
Bel Math Apps offers the applications for iPad, iPhone, Android
with the new approach to practice the elementary and middle school mathematics.
John Dalziel's insight:

Bel Math Apps applications cover the whole Number and Operations domain of Functional Skills.

Practitioners and Learners can use the applications as a digital alternative to the traditional paper and pencil method.
The goal is to provide a tool to strengthen learners' knowledge.
Most important features of the apps...
   - easy to learn, easy to operate;
   - no distractions;
   - the flexible nature of the apps allows it to fit the needs of any learner;
   - the apps help practitioners to locate their learners’ weak spots, and to quickly improve the learners’ skills and performance in those areas;
NOTE: iPad & iPhone applications allow sending the results of the practice session directly from the application to the practitioner through the built-in Email ;
   - applications for Android are able to store the session results in the files for the following analysis by practitioners.

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John Dalziel's insight:

Bel Math Apps applications cover the whole Number and Operations domain of Functional Skills.

Practitioners and Learners can use the applications as a digital alternative to the traditional paper and pencil method.
The goal is to provide a tool to strengthen learners' knowledge.
Most important features of the apps...
   - easy to learn, easy to operate;
   - no distractions;
   - the flexible nature of the apps allows it to fit the needs of any learner;
   - the apps help practitioners to locate their learners’ weak spots, and to quickly improve the learners’ skills and performance in those areas;
NOTE: iPad & iPhone applications allow sending the results of the practice session directly from the application to the practitioner through the built-in Email ;
   - applications for Android are able to store the session results in the files for the following analysis by practitioners.

Click MORE and choose Demo to try it out first!

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ParticiPoll free audience polling for PowerPoint

ParticiPoll free audience polling for PowerPoint | technologies | Scoop.it
Free audience polling add-in for PowerPoint that uses audience members' mobile devices for voting and displays results live in your slides.
John Dalziel's insight:

ParticiPoll is a free audience polling plugin for PowerPoint that allows polls to be run quickly and with no need for additional clickers to be used.
Learners can vote via any internet-enabled device.
Signing up with ParticiPoll is free for basic features.
Once logged in, download the free plugin for PowerPoint.
Once the free plugin has been installed, you will see this new toolbar within PowerPoint.
This toolbar lets you start and stop polling sessions. The Insert Poll button will insert a polling widget onto the current slide. You can also insert a QR code that will direct users to the correct poll page.
It works best for quick polls where users want to ask for audience opinions, or to get a feel for overall understanding. ParticiPoll isn't a proper assessment tool where you can see who answered what (but it could be used 1-to-1).
The basic ParticiPoll is free to use, and gives you access to unlimited live polls and votes.
A pro version for £2.99 a month (or £29.99 a year) allows users to view any audience comments and to access past poll data.
I found the ParticiPoll plugin very quick and easy to use.
ParticiPoll is ideal for BYOD learning environments where learners have a mix of devices.

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PaperPort Notes

PaperPort Notes | technologies | Scoop.it
Get PaperPort Notes on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

PaperPort Notes is a digital note taking tool for the iPad that is transforming the way practitioners, and/or learners, create and share information.
Leverage Dragon voice recognition to capture their ideas and notes simply by speaking.
Combine...
- documents,
- web content,
- audio
- typed text as well as
- hand written notes
...into a single document.

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Stoodle

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Stoodle is a free, collaborative, real-time whiteboard app.
Stoodle.org started off as "Instunet" (the Interactive Student Network)
Practitioners can invite learners to join their online classroom by simply sharing the URL!
Users can also communicate on the whiteboard through a voice chat feature while they draw.
A big plus, it works on iPads and desktop browsers.
Ideal for collaborative learning where learners can learn from and teach fellow learners online.

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Lapse It • Home • Time Lapse for Mobile

Lapse It • Home • Time Lapse for Mobile | technologies | Scoop.it
Time-Lapse is a photograph technique that gives an accelerated view of slowly changing events.
John Dalziel's insight:

This was flagged up by my son Ben, Time Lapse is a photograph technique that gives an accelerated view of slowly changing events
Events such as movement of clouds, the rising and setting of the sun, a field trip with your peers, even individual activities or anything else that you can imagine. You will see them in a new way and otherwise undetectable patterns will emerge.

For those with an iPhone, I feel it's a must try app.

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Doceri Interactive Whiteboard

Get Doceri Interactive Whiteboard on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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This iPad app combines screencasting, desktop control, and an interactive whiteboard.
Allows practitioners and/or learners, to...
- Create lessons or presentations,
- insert images,
- save and edit their project and
- record a screencast video that they can easily save or share.
As they claim, "Doceri does it all!"
I've tried out quite a few IWB Apps and this,so far, has to be one of the best.

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YouTube Capture

Get YouTube Capture on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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A must have iPad app for practitioners and learners.
This app, developed by Google, allows users to record videos and upload them instantly and right from their iPad or phones and Instagram.
Some of the features that distinguish YouTube Capture from the rest is that it allows users to make use of YouTube’s...
- stabilisation,
- trimming, and
- automatic colour correction features
Another big plus is the time limit isn’t just a few seconds. Users can record as long as any typical YouTube video would last, so all users really need to worry about is their Internet speed.
Users can upload and, at the same time, share their videos with nearly all social media services.

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Photography Apps to Make Content Stand Out - Business 2 Community

Photography Apps to Make Content Stand Out - Business 2 Community | technologies | Scoop.it
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There are times when practitioners and/or learners just need a simple app to give their photographs some pizazz.
This post looks at a number of photography apps that can be used to...
- enhance visual appeal
- focus and filter options to remove background noise and place dramatic focus on the subject.

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Epic Pen

Epic Pen | technologies | Scoop.it
A windows tool for drawing over your desktop and applications
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A windows tool that allows practitioners or learners to draw over their Windows desktop and applications.
Easy to use and supports hotkeys.

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