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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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SnapType: complete assignments on an iPhone/iPad

Get SnapType for Occupational Therapy on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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SnapType (iPad/iPhone App) allows Learners to...
   - take a picture of a worksheet,
   - tap the image,
   - add text, and
   - share the new file as an image or PDF.
Designed for learners who have difficulty with writing so that they can easily complete their asignments, allowing them, at the same time, to keep up with their peers.

Worth a look to see if SnapType is something that might help any of your learners!

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Typeform: - Free Online Survey & Form Builder

Typeform: - Free Online Survey & Form Builder | technologies | Scoop.it
Create awesome online forms with Typeform, the FREE online survey tool that makes asking questions easy, human & beautiful. Sign up now and try it out!
John Dalziel's insight:

Typeform takes a completely fresh approach to asking questions online and puts user experience and engagement at the forefront. Optimized to look stunning on all devices (desktop and mobile), Typeform is well worth exploring as your go-to tool for...
   - polling,
   - quizzing,
   - surveying
...and engaging...
   - learners,
   - staff
   - employers or
   - any other stakeholders.
Typeform isn't a dedicated assessment platform, but it's an ideal place to put together...
   - a short quiz,
   - a test or
   - a poll.
Users can style and design their questions in hundreds of innovative and fun ways as well as embed images and video to make your test informative as well as evaluative.
NOTE: With a Typeform account users can review the results of every form they've created in the application, and they can also have Typeform pass results into a Google Spreadsheet.
This offers a lot more portability of data for...
   - printing,
   - exporting or
   - simply collating for later use.
If practitioners are comfortable with their learners using their email to signup to Typeform, the tool can be of great value in many different areas of study.
Typeform can be used for research to poll or survey opinions and feedback. While it is easy to deliver forms digitally using social media or email, one more interactive way is to take advantage of the mobile interface and have students poll attendees in person using devices at events or in public.

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Versal

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One idea can launch a million more
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Versal is a service that learning providers can use to create online classes that are bit more robust than your average flipped lessons.
On Versal they can build online courses that incorporate...
   - text documents,
   - images,
   - videos,
   - maps,
   - slideshows,
...and more.
When users build a course in Versal they build it lesson-by-lesson in an easy-to-follow outline.
Google Docs, and Microsoft OneDrive users can embed content from their accounts into their Versal courses.

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Haiku Deck - Presentation Software that Inspires

Haiku Deck - Presentation Software that Inspires | technologies | Scoop.it
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Haiku Deck is free! It includes access to over 35 million free images and six free themes; additional themes as well as premium images from Getty Images are available for purchase on the iPad. Over time they will continue to add optional premium features, but the core functionality, they state, will remain free.
Slides created using Haiku Deck focus on imagery and graphics, with a few words per-slide, but users are free to customize their slideshows so they work best for the story they're trying to tell. To get a quick feel for how presentations might look, if you used the service, take a look at some of the examples in Haiku Deck's featured presentation gallery.
Users are free to upload and use their own images as well, or import them from sites like...
   - Instagram,
   - Flickr,
   - Dropbox,
   - Google+
   - Photos,
...and more.
Haiku Deck also has chart and graph building tools built-in so users can display their data.
Users, of Haiku Deck, have the choice to make their slideshow...
   - private,
   - public, or
   - restricted to a few people.

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QR Code Treasure Hunt Generator from classtools

QR Code Treasure Hunt Generator from classtools | technologies | Scoop.it
Design a QR Code 'Treasure Hunt' to get students using their mobile devices to move and to learn
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The QR Treasure Hunt Generator, developed by Russel Tarr, provides practitioners, and/or learners, with all of the things they need to get started to create their own QR codes and use them in their learning environments.
To use the QR Treasure Hunt Generator...
   - type out a series of questions and answers,
   - generate the QR codes using the tool Russel Tarr created, then
   - print and display the codes around the learning environment.

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Animaps - Create and view beautifully informative animated maps, for free!

Animaps - Create and view beautifully informative animated maps, for free! | technologies | Scoop.it
Create and view beautifully informative animated maps, for free!
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Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting users create...
   - maps with markers that move,
   - images and text that pop up on cue, and
   - lines and shapes that change over time.
When users share their Animap with peers, and/or others, it appears like a video - they will be able to...
   - play,
   - pause,
   - slow and speed up the action!

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Sketchpad 3.6 - Draw, Create, Share!

Sketchpad 3.6 - Draw, Create, Share! | technologies | Scoop.it
Sketchpad; multi-touch, multi-user, non-destructive drawing application written in HTML5.
John Dalziel's insight:

If you, and/or learners, are currently creating posters or drawings the traditional way and you'd like to offer an electronic method, I'd recommend checking out Sketchpad from Sketch.io.
Sketchpad from Sketch.io is an easy, online sketchpad that lets learners draw and create within their browser without the need to make an account.
Initially it may appear to be like all kinds of other online sketching tools you've seen.
But, if you dig into it more, you'll discover lots of features that many others lack.
The gear tool, for example, is highly customizable so that the gear can be practically any shape you'd like.
The real stand outs for me are the blending types, such as darken and overlay, that really move it up a notch. Add in layer control and it's a really full feature tool!

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blubbr - quiz creation linked to video clips

blubbr - quiz creation linked to video clips | technologies | Scoop.it
blubbr. Play & create video trivia with friends
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Blubbr provides a quiz creation service that's been about for some time.

Via Blubbr practitioners, and/or learners, can create interactive quizzes that are based on YouTube clips.
Their quizzes can be about anything of their choosing.
The structure of the quizzes has the viewer watching a short clip then, answer a multiple choice question about the clip.
Viewers will get feedback and know right away if they chose the correct answer or not.

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videoANT

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On VideoANT anyone can add annotations to any publicly accessible YouTube video.

To do this users...
   - copy the URL of a video and
   - paste it into the VideoANT annotation tool.
As the video plays click the "add annotation" button when users want to add an annotation.
Collaborative annotations...
   - Within education, a practitioner is the only person that has to have a VideoANT account;

   - their collaborators, learners and/or colleagues, do not need to have a VideoANT account to participate in the collaborative annotation process.
   - Just send chosen collaborators the VideoANT link.
Find out more at https://ant2.cehd.umn.edu/about

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Otus: Free Multifunction iPad App for 1:1 Learning Environments

Otus: Free Multifunction iPad App for 1:1 Learning Environments | technologies | Scoop.it
Otus is an easy-to-use, yet powerful classroom tool that brings the best iPad and Chromebook education features together into one secure environment, and uses a single Google login.
John Dalziel's insight:

Otus provides a nice on-line learning environment, originally designed to be a service for practitioners to distribute...
   -  assignments,
   -  quizzes,
   -  polls,
   -  reading materials, and
   -  essential information
...from their iPads to their learners' iPads.

Otus has progressed supporting use within a web browser on laptops and Chromebooks.
As a result, it's well worth a closer look to see if it meets your needs.

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ExamTime - Changing the way you learn

ExamTime is a personal learning environment that allows students & teachers to create, discover and share learning resources. Transform your learning and achieve your goals with ExamTime

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ExamTime is a personal learning environment that allows learners & practitioners to...
   - create,
   - share & discover resources
   - build mind maps, flashcards, quizzes & notes

... and all for free!
Why reinvent the wheel!
Transform learning and make goals achieveable with ExamTime

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WeVideo - Video Editor and Maker

WeVideo - Video Editor and Maker | technologies | Scoop.it
WeVideo makes video editing easy for everyone and accessible from anywhere.
John Dalziel's insight:

WeVideo allows practitioners, learners and other stakeholders to easily create and share videos and short animations.
Using the WeVideo app with Google Drive will enable users to create videos right from their Drive.
Not tried it yet but should work on a Chromebook.

Watch the overview of WeVideo for Google Drive™ at...
https://www.youtube.com/embed/WcLErv-Oauo

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Math Worksheets | Dynamically Created Math Worksheets

Math Worksheets | Dynamically Created Math Worksheets | technologies | Scoop.it
Dynamically Created Math Worksheets for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Time, Fractions, Kindergarten and more Math Topics.
John Dalziel's insight:

Math Aids is a treasure trove of free dynamically created maths worksheets.
Math Aids currently features more than 895 unique worksheets and are organized into 74 maths topics all of which are accessible via the left hand column.
Math Aids is free to use and does not require any sign-up. Each topic features a wide variety of worksheets and the great thing about these worksheets is that they come in a format that allows practitioners to customize them on site by adding text, changing values..etc to suit your specific teaching needs.
After customisation is complete, worksheets can be printed or download the PDF version which usually includes answer keys.
If you are a maths practitioner, a learning provider or functional skills practitioner who are interested in measuring your learners mastery of basic math skills or giving them extra practice, then Math Aid is definitely a must have.

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QuotesCover - Fastest Quote Maker

QuotesCover - Fastest Quote Maker | technologies | Scoop.it
Easy and Powerful Quote Maker! You can create high resolution quotes picture with cool typography effect easily using our quote maker app. Best for Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, Twitter, e-card, Wallpaper, and for prints.
John Dalziel's insight:

Looking for a quick and easy way to create beautiful quote graphics? QuotesCover is the tool!
With QuotesCover, users can design a visual representation of personal or famous quotes in a snap.
Here’s how it works...
   - add your quote,
   - choose your layout,
   - add a photo or choose a plain background,
   - choose the colour and font and
...you’re done!

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Thematic - Create your own scrolling visual stories!

Thematic - Create your own scrolling visual stories! | technologies | Scoop.it
Visit www.thematic.co to create your own free scrolling album to share with your friends.
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Thematic is designed for building and sharing visual stories, allowing users to display up to twenty pictures organized around a theme of their choosing.
After importing pictures users can add one line of text to each image in their story and rearrange the sequence in which their images appear on their screen.
The resulting story is displayed in a vertically scrolling format with each of the images occupying all of the available space within the browser.
Completed stories can be shared publicly or kept private.
Each public story can be shared via Twitter, Facebook, email, or embedding into a webpage.
I recommend importing high resolution images as smaller images will become pixelated when enlarged to Thematic's full size. After importing your pictures you can add text and rearrange the sequence in which your images appear on your screen.

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reveal.js - The HTML Presentation Framework

reveal.js - The HTML Presentation Framework | technologies | Scoop.it
A framework for easily creating beautiful presentations using HTML
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Reveal.js and, its online editor companion, Slides.com, are perfect for those who like their presentation tools free, open-source, and either hosted on the web or hosted on their own GitHub repository.
Reveal.js is framework that lets users build robust slide decks and presentations using HTML or Markdown, right in their browser, so they don't have to download anything. (Ideal for Chromebooks)
The builder is robust and well put together, not to mention simple and easy to use.
It may seem like a developer's dream presentation tool, but you don't have to be one to make the most of it, or the online editor. It's easy to create...
   - animations,
   - transitions, and
   - graphs and charts
Reveal.js makes it easy to...
   - check out presentations on the go, on any device, or
   - embed presentations in a blog or web site so people can see them when they visit.
Similarly, users can just send a link out to people to view their presentation, or save a PDF of your entire slideshow so pass around that way.
There are also a many advanced features available too - users can
   - create presentations and keep them private,
   - present their deck offline,
   - control their presentation from a mobile device,
   - sync their work to Dropbox if they choose,
...and more.

You can take a look at the full list of features, most of which are free, at...
http://slides.com/features ;

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Publish a textbook with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Publish a textbook with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing | technologies | Scoop.it
Authors can prepare, publish and promote textbooks and other educational content in Kindle Stores for free, reaching millions of readers worldwide.
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Prepare, publish and promote textbooks and educational content in Kindle Stores, and reach millions of learners worldwide.
Amazon’s new Kindle Textbook Creator Beta helps practitioners convert PDFs of their...
   - textbooks,
   - course notes,
   - study guides and
   - other educational content
...that includes complex visual information like...
   - charts,
   - graphs and
   - equations
...into Kindle books.
Books created through Kindle Textbook Creator take advantage of features that enhance a student’s learning experience such as
   - dictionary look-up,
   - notebook,
   - highlighting and
   - flashcards.
Plus, preview the resulting book across all supported devices.
Currently this tool is available in English only.

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Weavly - Easily create GIF and video mashups!

Weavly - Easily create GIF and video mashups! | technologies | Scoop.it
Weavly is an easy and fun tool for creating stunning GIF and video mashups online. Give it a try on weavly.com!
John Dalziel's insight:

Weavly EDU provides a "web tool" that learners can use to create "video mash-ups" and runs directly in their browser.
Mash-ups can include both audio and video clips taken from popular multimedia sites such as...
   - YouTube,
   - SoundCloud, and
   - Vine
...without leaving the Weavly page.

 

Note: learners don’t have to sign up they can get started right away and, practitioners can group and monitor learners' activity during video editing assignments.

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Mapmaker Interactive - National Geographic

Mapmaker Interactive - National Geographic | technologies | Scoop.it
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MapMaker Interactive is an online tool that can be used to introduce concepts of map creation to learners.
It's been redesigned to support interactive mapping on tablets. And new features have been added to help users view and customize maps.
Three New Features:
   - Saving Maps - Customize the map and save to make it your own.
   - Bookmarks - Bookmarks let you experience and create geographic stories. Scroll through the bookmarks in the bottom bookmarks bar. Save your own customized views of the map as bookmarks.
   - Drawing Tools - Add location markers, draw on the map, and measure distances. You can add notes to markers and drawings from the link settings in the edit panel. Click the edit button and then click a marker or drawing to see the edit panel.

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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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eduCanon: interactive video. unleashed.

eduCanon: interactive video. unleashed. | technologies | Scoop.it
Flipped and Blended Interactive Video Learning Platform
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eduCanon is an excellent service for...
   - creating,
   - assigning, and
   - tracking learners' progress
...on flipped lessons.
eduCanon allows practitioners to...
   - build flipped lessons using YouTube and Vimeo videos,
   - create questions about the videos, then
   - assign lessons to their learners.
Once practitioners have found a video through eduCanon they can add questions to it at any point along its timeline.

Learners need to answer these questions before they move on to the next portion of the chosen video.
Practitioners can track their learners' progress within eduCanon.

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Timeline JS - Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.

Timeline JS - Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use. | technologies | Scoop.it
Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.
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Timeline JS is an open source timeline creation tool. Timeline JS supports inclusion of image and videos in the events on the timelines that practitioners, and/or learners create.
To create a timeline through Timeline JS users first create a Google Spreadsheet using a template provided. After creating the spreadsheet users publish it to the web and insert its URL into the Timeline JS generator. The last step is grabbing the embed code from Timeline JS and embedding the resulting timeline into a blog or website or other web presence. Find out more by watching https://www.youtube.com/embed/vAWbm4gF9lU ;

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Hover.css - A collection of CSS3 powered hover effects

Hover.css - A collection of CSS3 powered hover effects | technologies | Scoop.it
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Hover.css is a free CSS library to easily apply animation, within web-based resources, using the hover effect.
Users can apply the hover in call to actions, buttons, logos, images and much more.
The library comes with over 40 effects to choose from and they’re categorized according to the following...
   - 2D transforms,
   - border transitions,
   - shadow and glow transitions,
   - speech bubbles, and
   - page curls.
When dealing with the issue of trying to get a learners attention, hover is a great way to draw their attention to a link or button.

As I'm sure you're aware, hover normally works by changing the element colour or gradient state when users move their cursors over it. But, with a lot of features in CSS3, a lot of things can also be customised with the hover effect.

One of them is applying animation. And Hover.css can make it happen with ease.

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Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes

Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes | technologies | Scoop.it
Blendspace allows educators to blend their classroom with digital content.
John Dalziel's insight:

Blendspace makes it easy for practitioners to organize and share educational materials in a visually pleasing format.
On Blendspace users can arrange...
   - videos,
   - links,
   - images, and
   - files
...around any topic of their choosing.
Blendspace has built-in search tools so that users don't have to leave their Blendspace account in order to locate resources. When practitioners share a set of Blendspace materials with their learners, the learners can provide feedback to show that they understand the materials or they can ask questions about the materials.
Practitioners can also see if their learners actually looked at all of the materials that they have shared with them.
Using Blendspace can be a good way to create and deliver flipped lessons.

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PixTeller - Poster Maker!

PixTeller - Poster Maker! | technologies | Scoop.it
Create targeted image quotes, personalized greeting cards, beautiful posters or any amazing image you wish on PixTeller.com.
John Dalziel's insight:

Like most technology I write about,it isn't just for practitioners, it's also suitable for learners and other education stakeholders.
Pixteller is...
   - particularly relevant for creating illustrated quotes and short posters for a whole range of things;
   - completely free to use. And...
...while it can be used without registration, only registered members are able to download posters with no watermarks.

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