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Thinkific: Sell on-line courses on your own site

Thinkific: Sell on-line courses on your own site | technologies | Scoop.it
Create and sell online courses on your own site under your own brand. Thinkific is an online course hosting platform that allows you to create your own online academy.
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Want to build your own on-line education business and to get paid for being a great teacher?
Well Thinkific helps learning providers, and/or individual practitioners, to teach and sell their own on-line courses, on their own website.
They do this by creating technology to provide online learning experiences, both for the practitioner and their potential learners.
Thinkific takes away the pains of running an on-line teaching business, so practitioners can focus on what they do best: teaching great courses.

Take a look at an overview clip at...
https://www.youtube.com/embed/0z5WtDhdg58 ;

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PitchGrub | How To Write The Best Startup Elevator Pitch

PitchGrub | How To Write The Best Startup Elevator Pitch | technologies | Scoop.it
PitchGrub provides a startup elevator pitch template to help entrepreneurs write the perfect pitch.
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Anyone starting a new business should be able to rattle out a quick concise summary of what the business is all about.
This could be for the benefit of investors or anyone simply curious.
PitchGrub helps users compile a pitch by asking them the questions which are the most important to a new business, and the pitch will be compiled from their answers.

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Homepage - ABPI - Resources for Schools

Homepage - ABPI - Resources for Schools | technologies | Scoop.it

Free teaching resources for primary and secondary schools. Supported by the UK pharmaceutical industry.

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The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry "Resources..." provides interactive content for a wide range of learner age groups.
Topics covered for the 16+ age group include...
   - Science
   - Applied science
   - Biology
   - Human biology
   - Chemistry
   - Biotechnology
   - Business studies
   - Health and social care
   - Physical education
   - PSHE/Citizenship studies
   - Religious studies
   - Science in society
For Practitioners there are high quality animations and diagrams that they can display full screen size on their interactive whiteboard, or even download for inclusion in lesson plans.
The information on Curriculum Links for each Interactive Content Topic is continually updated to keep abreast of ongoing curriculum changes in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
There is also a series of Useful Links to other websites supported by the pharmaceutical industry.

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Quick Currency Converter & Exchange Rate Calculator

You'll find a simple currency converter, a multi-currency converter, current live exchange rates, historical exchange rates, and an encyclopedia that will educate you on all of the different types of currency used around the world.

 

A resource for Functional Maths - Money; Preparing learners for the realworld.

 

Preparing learners for when they travel abroad, work or holidays, and/or purchase items on the internet from other countries. There are many real-life situations when there is a need to convert money into other currencies.

 

Currency Converter is an on-line tool that provides information on currencies and the updated exchange rates.

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Typing Speed Monitor

Typing Speed Monitor | technologies | Scoop.it

There are plenty of online programs that learners can use to practice typing skills, test their typing speed, and test their typing accuracy.

 

They don't however evaluate typing skills while users are going about their daily web browsing or word processing activities.

 

Typing Speed Monitor is a Google Chrome extension that will track how fast users type and what keys they use most frequently.

 

If users do a lot of writing online, Typing Speed Monitor is one way to get accurate feedback on their typing proficiency in real-world settings.

 

Typing Speed Monitor could be a good way to find out how well learners actually type in realistic scenarios - as part of their ICT functional skills.

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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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officevideos - YouTube

officevideos - YouTube | technologies | Scoop.it
The official Microsoft Office channel for great video content on Office products and services.

 

Having posted a JiTT (Just in Time Tutorial) for OneNote via The FE Blog (News and views from the Microsoft UK Education Team) I've located the YouTube Office Videos Channel.

 

Great support resources for a "Flipped Classroom" approach to Teaching & Learning with Business, ICT, Functional Skills, and many more learners.

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HP Learning Center - free online classes for home, home office, business and IT

HP Learning Center - free online classes for home, home office, business and IT | technologies | Scoop.it
HP.com offers free, instructor-led, online business, technology and IT online classes, and quick lessons; all available 24/7.

 

The HP Learning Center classes (with 2 to 6 lessons) are easy to follow, learners can pick up pointers on how to go about with a digital lifestyle. Ideal for CPD; I've enjoyed the classes I've completed.

 

Users need to do a free registration before they pick a class to start off.

 

Classes include two to six lessons and may also include interactive demos, quizzes and assignments.

 

For quick sessions check out the 5-minute how-to videos or short lessons.

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Documentary Heaven | Watch Free Documentaries Online

Documentary Heaven | Watch Free Documentaries Online | technologies | Scoop.it

DocumentaryHeaven is a site filled with hundreds of free online documentaries just waiting to be seen!

 

I'm sure that practitioners could find the videos on Documentary Heaven by searching the web themselves, but Documentary Heaven makes it easier to find good content.

 

Through Documentary Heaven users can find documentaries covering all kinds of topics in science, history, politics, business, and many more categories. The videos are sourced from a variety of services not just YouTube.

 

Note: Documentary Heaven does have some videos in the "lifestyle" category that might not be appropriate for younger learners.

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BEhereBEthere: - Fun & Free Business English Courses

BEhereBEthere: - Fun & Free Business English Courses | technologies | Scoop.it
BEhereBEthere offers fun and free courses which improve your business english. Select your study level Watch videos, take tests and complete activities.
John Dalziel's insight:

The BEhereBEthere site is still under construction, but the courses and materials that are there already are really useful for either a self-study Business English learner or for a practitioner working with groups of Pre-intermediate to Upper Intermediate business learners.
To find the course materials, just click on ‘Free Courses’ and choose...
   - either 'Talk Business'
   - or 'Business Bites'.
The current materials rely heavily on video, but these aren’t just the usual talking head type video. The videos have been well produced and developed and all the points in the monologue are well illustrated to support learners understanding.
The interactive activities are clear and intuitive and simple for learners to navigate. There is also feedback given to learners when they get the answers wrong.
Business English practitioners, should check out the content and sign up to get information when new courses are added.

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Voxer - Push-to-Talk App for Organisational Communication

Voxer - Push-to-Talk App for Organisational Communication | technologies | Scoop.it
Voxer is a walkie talkie like system with live voice, text, and photos. Get started by signing up and downloading our app for iOS, Android, or Windows phones.
John Dalziel's insight:

Voxer features...
• Live audio and recorded audio, text, photos
• Walkie Talkie-like functionality on a smart device
• iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and computer
• Data network interoperability for any carrier or WiFi
• Military-grade security and encryption
• Syncs seamlessly across all user devices
–think of it like voice text messaging, with sent receipts, offline use, image support, groups, and more.
Voxer could be one technology learning providers, and/or their stakeholders, have been looking for, to...
   - enhance current practice and
   - make their business more effective
How? Well they
1. Never miss a message, since everything is saved
2. Don’t have to repeat themselves
3. Don’t have nonstop interruptions
4. Have voice, text, and photo messages in one place
5. Talk seamlessly across mobile and desktop devices
6. Use push-to-talk on the best smartphones or tablets
7. Don’t have to be locked in with a wireless carrier
A potentially "must have technology" for Assessors, Verifiers, Managers, Administrators, Quality Control, the list goes on...

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Academy Bridge – Free Business Education

Academy Bridge – Free Business Education | technologies | Scoop.it

Academy Bridge...

- is another source of online learning, this time targeting Adults;

- shows that it is possible to provide a high-quality, free, and easily accessible business education experience.

 

As of October 2012, the site features nearly 5,000 videos designed to help undergraduate and graduate students in business programs all for free.

 

If practitioners are looking to refresh their key business knowledge, Academy Bridge is worth checking out.

 

NOTE: Academy Bridge has a sort of ‘entrance exam’ called 24-Hour Business School; users have to pass it in order to move onto the 'real' lessons.

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GnuCash

GnuCash | technologies | Scoop.it
A personal and small-business financial-accounting software, licensed under GNU/GPL and available for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, BSD, and Solaris.

 

GnuCash is personal and small business accounting software.

 

It is only a single-user tool, but it can easily handle the management of small business finances.

 

GnuCash is a double-entry accounting tool, with checking, savings, stocks, assets, expenses, and more.

 

GnuCash offers scheduled transactions, transaction matching, financial calculations, and importing, among a number of other things.

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Virtual Stock Exchange Games (VSE) - MarketWatch.com

Virtual Stock Exchange Games (VSE) - MarketWatch.com | technologies | Scoop.it

The Virtual Stock Exchange Game at MarketWatch, based upon Wall Street, offers a challenging interactive experience that is completely free and online.

 

Create fictional portfolios of investments watch values go up and down as it would in a real stock market.

 

Investing success is not guaranteed, and thus assessments cannot be tied to the amount of fictional money learners make or lose. The activity should also have a long time horizon – a month at least, a term or year ideally – so learners experience the market’s fluctuations.

 

Everyone needs to know the basics like what a stock is and how companies sell their stock to the public. A collection of videos that explains these and many other concepts can be found at Investopedia. < http://www.investopedia.com/video/#axzz1yrIjarBA >;

 

I recommend giving 'players' a relatively small amount of money like 10,000 and choosing the normal version of the game that does not allow certain aggressive financial maneuvers. There is also an option to keep the game private and password protected.

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10 Word defaults you can customize to work the way YOU want

10 Word defaults you can customize to work the way YOU want | technologies | Scoop.it
Change a few key default settings in Word and you won’t have to make the same tweaks over and over.

 

I've tended to post CPD like this in my Searcheeze Curation < http://www.searcheeze.com/p/acljohn/elearning-tools-resources-etc >; but listening to feedback I'll try to add CPD here as well!

 

CPD for all who want to learn.

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Home | London 2012 - Get Set

Home | London 2012 - Get Set | technologies | Scoop.it

Get Set - the London 2012 education programme - is all about involving learners in the excitement and inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

The 2012 Olympics are taking place from the 27th July to 12 August 2012 and lots of learning providers are planning to include Olympics-themed lessons in the run up, during and after the event.

 

The London 2012 site has a special ‘Get Set’ collection of resources that form part of the official education programme.

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Home - WebToTheRescue.com

Home - WebToTheRescue.com | technologies | Scoop.it

WebToTheRescue.com is a resource for those who want to launch some kind of business by themselves, and/or a non-profit venture.


WebToTheRescue...
     - is free,
     - provides information for those who want to...
          - be independent workers,
          - add some extra income to their regular earnings.
     - provides articles with information and guidance on...
          - how to start a business,
          - funding options,
          - lists of mentoring programs,among many other resources.
     - also includes tips on how to balance work and private life.


WebToTheRescue is not a place to just get information, it's more where users can learn about how to create their own business.


NOTE: some content is USA specific and further research may be needed in other countries.

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