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PeerWise - multiple-choice questions that are created, answered, rated & discussed by learners

PeerWise - multiple-choice questions that are created, answered, rated & discussed by learners | technologies | Scoop.it
Supports learners in the creation, sharing, evaluation and discussion of assessment questions.
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PeerWise is an on-line repository of multiple-choice questions that are created, answered, rated and discussed by learners. 
Typically any course using PeerWise begins with an empty repository. 
This grows gradually as the course progresses and learners author and contribute relevant questions. 
NOTE: All activity remains anonymous to learners, however instructors are able to view the identity of question and comment authors and have the ability to delete inappropriate questions. 
It's worth taking a look at https://www.unthsc.edu/center-for-innovative-learning/using-peerwise-engage-students/ for their Sample Rubric and general overview.
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Explain Everything™ - Interactive and Collaborative Whiteboard

Explain Everything™ - Interactive and Collaborative Whiteboard | technologies | Scoop.it
Explain Everything is a unique interactive screencasting whiteboard app being used by over 2 million students, teachers, leaders, and learners around
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Explain Everything is an easy-to-use... 
► design, 
► screencasting, and 
► interactive whiteboard tool 
...with real-time collaboration that lets users... 
► animate, 
► record, 
► annotate, 
► collaborate, and 
► explore ideas, knowledge and understanding. 
Explain Everything provides Education Practitioners and Learners an opportunity to... 
► share thinking, 
► reflect upon knowledge building, and 
► assess both products and processes of learning. 
It's available for iPad, Chromebook, Android, and Windows Devices.
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Google Spaces

Google Spaces | technologies | Scoop.it
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Google Spaces is a new platform (May 2016) on which users can create small communities in which they share links, notes, and pictures. 
 Google Spaces could be a good tool for collaboration, projects and more; ideal for building discussions around shared resources. 
The 'Google Spaces' Chrome extension also makes it easy to share links with people in their 'Course Spaces'. 
You can learn how to create a Google Spaces community by watching Richard Byrne's Video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/-fHZFkUMpp8 ;
 Google Spaces also has the potential of hosting on-line discussions for learners.
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join.me – Free Screen Sharing, Online Meetings & Web Conferencing

join.me – Free Screen Sharing, Online Meetings & Web Conferencing | technologies | Scoop.it
Free screen sharing, online meetings and team collaboration are all fast and easy at join.me - no registration required. Show work who’s boss.
John Dalziel's insight:
Join.me is a free service, offered by Log Me In, that allows Mac and Windows users to quickly share their screens with each other and work together. 
NOTE - to use Join.me users do need to download the Join.me client. 
Once they've downloaded the client users can start sharing their screen with anyone they like. They just give their nine digit access number to their collaborators to give them access to their screen and to converse with them.
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This works well at least on desktop.
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This works well at least on desktop.
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PeerWise

PeerWise | technologies | Scoop.it
PeerWise supports students in the creation, sharing, evaluation and discussion of assessment questions.
John Dalziel's insight:
PeerWise supports learners in the...
► creation,
► sharing,
► evaluation and
► discussion
...of assessment questions.
PeerWise is an on-line tool providing learners with the opportunity to create and to explain their understanding of course related assessment questions, and to answer and discuss questions created by their peers.
PeerWise is free and very easy to use. Learners are presented with a simple, intuitive interface and practitioners can easily view their learner content and monitor participation.
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juandoming's curator insight, March 3, 6:17 AM
PeerWise supports learners in the...
► creation,
► sharing,
► evaluation and
► discussion
...of assessment questions.
PeerWise is an on-line tool providing learners with the opportunity to create and to explain their understanding of course related assessment questions, and to answer and discuss questions created by their peers.
PeerWise is free and very easy to use. Learners are presented with a simple, intuitive interface and practitioners can easily view their learner content and monitor participation.
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NoteBookCast - Real time collaborative whiteboard

NoteBookCast - Real time collaborative whiteboard | technologies | Scoop.it
A real time shared online whiteboard in your browser, teach, explain, sketch. For work, study, fun...
John Dalziel's insight:

NoteBookCast is a free collaborative whiteboard tool that will work in a web browser on a...
► laptop,
► iPad,
► Android tablet, and
► Windows tablet.
Users can invite others to join their whiteboard by entering the code assigned to their whiteboard.
Users can chat while drawing on NoteBookCast whiteboards.
NOTE: Users can create an account on NoteBookCast but, it is not a requirement for using the service.
Users can create a whiteboard by simply clicking "create a whiteboard" then entering a nickname for themself to use on the whiteboard.
A big plus, if users do create a NoteBookCast account, is they can save their whiteboards and create whiteboard templates to re-use.

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Padlet is an easy way to create and collaborate in learning environments

Padlet is an easy way to create and collaborate in learning environments | technologies | Scoop.it
You'll feel like a superhero
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Padlet is like a digital cork board. Anyone who accesses the Padlet wall you create can add virtual sticky notes to it with...
► text,
► images or
► URLs (unless you change the privacy settings).
Create a Padlet wall and add URLs to it, or your students/learners can add URLs themselves.
There’s a lot more you can do with Padlet; take a look at http://ditchthattextbook.com/2014/11/03/20-useful-ways-to-use-padlet-in-class-now/

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To-do list and task manager. Free, easy, online and mobile: Todoist

To-do list and task manager. Free, easy, online and mobile: Todoist | technologies | Scoop.it
Trusted by millions, Todoist is the best online task management app and to-do list. For Web, iPhone, iPad, Android, Chrome, Outlook and many more!
John Dalziel's insight:

Research is a time-intensive activity, which means learners will benefit if they have a tool to organize both their professional and personal life.
Todoist is one option worth a closer look.
Todoist enables learners to manage all of their projects and access them from any platform they own, including their...
     → desktop computer,
     → laptop, and/or
     → portable devices.
They can also share their tasks and collaborate with other people.

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Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Online Meetings, Screen Sharing

Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Online Meetings, Screen Sharing | technologies | Scoop.it
Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.
John Dalziel's insight:

Zoom.us provides a service for hosting and recording video conferences in high definition and/or could also be a good platform for hosting remote tutoring sessions and/or creating short instructional videos.
Zoom.us allows practitioners to record their video in a side-by-side format to equally feature both people in the recording or switch between featuring one person more than another in the video. When users record through Zoom they're given an HD video file to save locally as well as a separate HD voice recording.
Zoom isn't limited to just webcam views as users can also share their screen through the service.
Zoom's free plan allows users to record for up to forty minutes in each video.
The number of videos that users can create isn't limited.
Zoom does however require that users install a desktop client in order to call, receive calls, and to record.

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Skype in the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom | technologies | Scoop.it

Skype in the Classroom is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom. Meet new people, talk to experts, share ideas and create amazing learning experiences with teachers from aroun...

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Skype in Education is a great place to start if practitioners would like to...
   ● collaborate with other classes, no matter where they are;
   ● find quest speakers and invite them into their learning environments; and/or...
   ● take a virtual field trip anywhere in the world.
Skype in the Classroom also has a repository of lesson arranged by subject and age covering many subjects.

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Mind42

Mind42 | technologies | Scoop.it
Free social and collaborative online mind mapping software. Mind mapping can be free, fast and simple. Features import/export, mind map publishing and live collaboration.
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Mind Mapping tools can be used for...
   - brainstorming,
   - organizing thoughts to write a paper or undertake a project,
   - creating unique presentations,
...and so much more.
When they can be collaboratively edited, they become that much more powerful!
Mind42 is both free and provides that kind of functionality.
You may find the Mind42 Tutorial (YouTube) worth a closer look - at...
https://www.youtube.com/embed/pz2EKKnnHgQ

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Google Tone

Google Tone | technologies | Scoop.it
Broadcast any URL to computers within earshot.
John Dalziel's insight:

Early Days as yet but, Google has launched a new experimental Chrome extension that lets users (e.g.practitioners) transmit the URL of a website to other nearby computers (Used within the learning environment) using nothing but sound.
To try the feature...
   - all computers must first have the Google Tone Chrome extension installed and
   - all computers must be within reasonable earshot of each other.
Then when the practitioner is on a webpage they’d like to share...
   - they hit the little Google Tone tab in their browser and they’ll hear a little succession of beeps — not too dissimilar to an old ZX Spectrum computer loading a game.
   - nearby machines receive a notification with the sender’s Google profile and picture embedded within the message, and
   - the learners can open the URL on their own PC.

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FIO - Figure it Out

FIO - Figure it Out | technologies | Scoop.it
FIO - Figure it Out
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FIO lets users see the current time of locations around the world based on their choices.
As far as on-line courses are concerned, it works best for learners that need to collaborate remotely and across continents, and who may need help figuring out the timezones of their peers.
Also useful to practitioners to arrange face-to-face on-line skype/hangouts/etc., with learners, and/or learner groups.

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Docs.com

Docs.com | technologies | Scoop.it
Docs.com—Share and collect an unlimited number of perfectly formatted PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Office Mix, PDF documents, as well as Sways.
John Dalziel's insight:
Docs.com can help educators share their expertise with a wider audience by giving their content a home on the web. 
Docs.com make it easier to publish familiar formats from Microsoft Office along with PDFs and web links. 
All of the original formatting is preserved and can be viewed inside a web browser, so users can enjoy the full experience of the documents. 
Individual work or collections can be shared by posting to social media, grabbing a link, or embedding on users' own websites.
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Asana: an easy way for "teams" to track their work

Asana: an easy way for "teams" to track their work | technologies | Scoop.it
It’s free to use, simple to get started, and powerful enough to run your entire business. Sign up for free today.
John Dalziel's insight:
Asana is an application to help learners and/or practitioners enhance their workflow and increase their productivity. 
Asana allows users to create... 
 ● tasks,
 ● to-dos, and
 ● reminders 
...and collaborate with others on 'projects' that matter to them. Users can... 
 ● add due dates,
 ● assignees,
 ● followers and
 ● details 
...to their tasks. 
They can also upload files and attachments to tasks and share visuals directly to Asana from other apps. 
Asana also provides users with a variety of organizational features to help them arrange their tasks into projects and keep track of what their team is doing. 
They can... 
 ● send notifications when tasks are completed,
 ● search across all of their projects to quickly find data they need,
 ● comment on tasks,
 ● use conversations to make announcements to their team,
 ● ask questions in a project 
 ...and more.
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Swipe – make your presentations personal & interactive

Swipe – make your presentations personal & interactive | technologies | Scoop.it
Turn your PDF into an interactive live presentation to anyone, anywhere, on any device. Control your slides and interact with live polls and questions.
John Dalziel's insight:
Swipe is an excellent presentation platform that allows users to upload their existing presentations or create new ones from scratch and share them live with others through a generated link.
Swipe works across different devices and browsers allowing users to project their presentation on a bigger screen and remotely control it via their mobile device. 
Users will also have access to a number of features to interact with their audience and get their feedback through interactive polls. 
Other interesting functionalities provided by Swipe include... 
♦ upload PDFs and images (no limit on file size), 
♦ create slides with markdown, 
♦ a responsive interface that adjusts the content of presentations to any size screen, 
♦ include videos (from YouTube and Vimeo) and web content to decks, 
♦ work with collaborators by allowing them to edit, present or just view presentations, 
♦ get stats about who has viewed or is viewing presentations and many more.
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eFaqt - on-line study tool

eFaqt - on-line study tool | technologies | Scoop.it
Study better for FREE! Studying is easy with eFaqt. Create flash cards, mind maps, & notes online. Share summaries with others. Crowdsource your A+
John Dalziel's insight:
eFaqt is an on-line study tool that encourages practitioners and learners to become more skilled in studying on-line. In eFaqt practitioners can invite their learners to study their course together, by creating and sharing content with them. In turn, learners can exchange their study material easily in the learning environment and practitioners can monitor the progress of the learners as they practice!
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BoomWriter - 3 Tools, 1 Unique Process

BoomWriter - 3 Tools, 1 Unique Process | technologies | Scoop.it
BoomWriter is a free group-writing website for teachers where students develop and enhance their writing, reading, vocabulary, and peer assessment skills.
John Dalziel's insight:

BoomWriter is a free on-line platform that lets learners collaboratively write stories and a whole lot more.
Currently BoomWriter is being used in over 26,000 schools, BoomWriter is a tool that will bring a spirit of experimentation, craftsmanship, and fun to your writing instruction.
The BoomWriter platform consists of three separate tools...
► StoryWriter - BoomWriter’s original tool. In StoryWriter, learners work together to build a story,
► WordWriter - which is more about using key vocabulary terms, rather than composing a story. Learners practice using whatever vocabulary words assigned to them, and
► ProjectWriter - which combines the first two tools to make them work well for nonfiction writing.
BoomWriter would make a great addition to any course where writing is part of the curriculum. If learners are used to writing on their own, the collaborative aspect of BoomWriter will give them more exposure to the writing of their peers, and the competitive aspect will make many learners "up their writing game". If practitioners are looking for something to freshen up their writing instruction, they should give BoomWriter a try.

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BoomWriter is a free on-line platform that lets learners collaboratively write stories and a whole lot more.
Currently BoomWriter is being used in over 26,000 schools, BoomWriter is a tool that will bring a spirit of experimentation, craftsmanship, and fun to your writing instruction.
The BoomWriter platform consists of three separate tools...
► StoryWriter - BoomWriter’s original tool. In StoryWriter, learners work together to build a story,
► WordWriter - which is more about using key vocabulary terms, rather than composing a story. Learners practice using whatever vocabulary words assigned to them, and
► ProjectWriter - which combines the first two tools to make them work well for nonfiction writing.
BoomWriter would make a great addition to any course where writing is part of the curriculum. If learners are used to writing on their own, the collaborative aspect of BoomWriter will give them more exposure to the writing of their peers, and the competitive aspect will make many learners "up their writing game". If practitioners are looking for something to freshen up their writing instruction, they should give BoomWriter a try.

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Limnu - Create Collaborative On-line Whiteboards

Limnu - Create Collaborative On-line Whiteboards | technologies | Scoop.it
Limnu is the online whiteboard you’ve been looking for. Sketch, share, and collaborate with your team like never before.
John Dalziel's insight:

Limnu provides a service that enables users to quickly create collaborative on-line whiteboards. On their Limnu boards users can...
● draw,
● type,
● insert images, and
● chat with collaborators.
Every whiteboard created on Limnu can be saved as an image to review later.
Limnu lets users create sticky notes on their whiteboards.
Learners who are brainstorming together could apply sticky notes to their Limnu board then sort the notes as a group.
The drawing tool in Limnu could be used by learners to show connections between ideas in their sticky notes.
Limnu's free service allows users to edit their whiteboards for up to seven days.
In the free version of Limnu users can have three active boards at one time.
NOTE: The free version doesn't limit the number of collaborators that users can invite to work with them. Inviting other users can be done in two ways. They can...
● invite other users by email or
● invite other users by sharing a link to their Limnu board.
Sharing can be disabled at any time.

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Mapme - Build Smart and Beautiful Maps

Mapme - Build Smart and Beautiful Maps | technologies | Scoop.it
Build smart and beautiful maps for free and without any coding required
John Dalziel's insight:

Mapme is an interesting web tool that allows users, learners and/or practitioners, to create interactive maps to share with others.
Mapme is ideal for showcasing mapped content in an interactive format.
Other features provided by Mapme include the ability to...
     ► organize layered content using tags and categories,
     ► customize the look and feel of your maps by adding a custom logo, icons and colours.
     ► use data imported from an Excel file right into a map.
     ► promote your map, by using the embed code to share it anywhere on the web.
The feed feature also allows visitors to see the latest activity on their map.
NOTE: to start using Mapme, users need to sign up using a valid email address.
You may want to check out the Maps gallery to see some examples of maps created by Mapme at http://mapme.com/content/gallery/.

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Microsoft Educator Community - Microsoft in Education

Microsoft Educator Community - Microsoft in Education | technologies | Scoop.it
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Microsoft Educator Community has been created specifically to help teachers and educators collaborate with each other, grow professionally and make a better use of technology in their teaching. Some of the things provided by Microsoft Educator Community include:
   ● a wide variety of lesson plans created by educators and experts from all around the world,
   ● connecting with other educators and learning environments all around the world and
   ● sharing expertise by...

          ♦ becoming a guest speaker,

          ♦ hosting virtual field trips,

          ♦ creating lessons,

          ♦ becoming a trainer,

          ♦ starting and/or joining discussions and/or even become a Microsoft Innovative Educator.
NOTE: you'll need to sign up to start using the Microsoft Educator Community but Membership is completely free.
A website to help practitioners with their Professional Development.

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Wunderlist | To-do list, Reminders, collaboration and more!

Wunderlist | To-do list, Reminders, collaboration and more! | technologies | Scoop.it
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There are many tools for making check lists. Practitioners, and/or learners, could...
   ● go old-school and keep check lists in a paper notebook, or
   ● put them on Post-It notes on their desk, or
   ● use a plain text file to keep track of their check lists, if they’re a fan of the minimalist look on their computer.
There are also a lot of other great tools that can be used to manage checklists, each of which can be very valuable if they decide to make a lot of different lists.
Wunderlist is one such tool that allows users to...
   ● make different to-do lists.
   ● organize and share their to-do/work etc., lists.
   ● set Due Dates and Reminders and Assign to-dos. No matter whether their lists are course/work related or just for fun.
   ● share their lists and work collaboratively on projects with others.
Wunderlist works seamlessly across all major devices, available for free on...
   ● iPhone,
   ● iPad,
   ● Mac,
   ● Android,
   ● Windows,
   ● Kindle Fire and
   ● the Web
No matter what they’re planning, how big or small the task may be, Wunderlist makes it easier to get stuff done.

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NowComment

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Turning Documents into Conversations®

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NowComment makes it easy to have rich, engaging discussions about online documents no matter how large (or small) the course or collaboration group happens to be.
NOTE: Public Documents can be seen and commented on by everyone (most NowComment documents are private, invitation-only).
How participants Comment...
● Click the speach bubble icons on the left to see existing comments.
● Double-click any text or image to start a new conversation (paragraph# for a video).
● Click "Reply" on a comment to join the conversation.
How Practitioners, and/or Learners, Share Documents
● "Upload" a new document.
● "Invite" others to it (or make it public)

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Remind | Remind101 is now Remind

Remind | Remind101 is now Remind | technologies | Scoop.it
Remind (formerly Remind101) is a safe, free way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.
John Dalziel's insight:

Need to remind learners of assignments and exams?
Want to make learning environments more interactive?
Try Remind – this application has been a round for a while, but recently it added a few features like ‘Chat’ which make it a very robust tool.
Practitioners can create an account with their Google Account for free. Then they can either post the QR code or the "Class Code" (both provided by Remind) and learners, employers or any other stakeholders, with the code, can sign up.
Practitioners can then send SMS, emails or chat with their users.
Added to this they can attach documents or pdfs to share with their learners.
Ideal for on-line courses, this is the simplest tool I have seen that can make a huge impact!

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Classkick

Classkick | technologies | Scoop.it
Give students more feedback than ever! Classkick is a magic whiteboard that
students work on and get help instantly from their teacher and peers.
John Dalziel's insight:

For learning environments that have iPads for every learner, Classkick could be a great tool not only for distributing assignments but also for providing individualized feedback to learners while they are working. The option, for practitioners, to record their voice, to create questions, could be a great aid to learners who struggle with reading but otherwise would be able to answer a question or explain a process to them.

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