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DocentEDU - turn webpages or Google Docs into interactive Lessons

DocentEDU - turn webpages or Google Docs into interactive Lessons | technologies | Scoop.it
Turn any online text into an interactive, engaging, and rich learning experience with only a few clicks.
John Dalziel's insight:
DocentEDU is a web tool and mobile app to use with your learners. 
It is particularly useful for both Blended and Flipped learning. DocentEDU allows users to easily turn any webpage or published Google Doc into an interactive lesson where they can... 
♦ add comments, 
♦ private discussions, 
♦ highlight passages, 
♦ embed videos/maps/simulations/quizzes, 
 ♦ add questions and 
 ...much more. 
 When learners log in to the website they will be able to see all the annotations, questions and content the practitioners have added. 
 Learners can also use DocentEDU to take their notes and add their own annotations to the text. 
NOTE: Learners' answers, to the questions added, are saved in private from the rest of the learners. 
DocentEDU works on various platforms including iOS, Android, the web and Chromebooks. 
HEADS-UP: DocentEDU is not free but it does offer discounts and training for learning providers. 
To learn more about DocentEDU, take a look at the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/fSmgBrMI1Gw
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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.
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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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Kaizena - Fast, Personal Feedback on Learner Work

Kaizena - Fast, Personal Feedback on Learner Work | technologies | Scoop.it
Give your students fast, high quality feedback on their work. Record voice comments to convey emotion, embed videos to explain complex concepts, and track skills
John Dalziel's insight:
Kaizena makes it easy to provide learners faster feedback on their work. 
Practitioners can save time and provide more personal feedback by...
► using their voice instead of text 
► Share feedback privately with learners one-on-one 
► Access and review feedback anytime, anywhere, on Kaizena.com or on an iPhone, iPad or iPod 
Learners can share their work with their practitioner anytime for feedback; practitioners can also enable their learners to give feedback to each other, all in a safe environment. 
When practitioners provide feedback, learners can receive notifications in the app, on the web, and by email. 
You might find the first of three clips, at https://www.youtube.com/embed/yiNFn0tIizw , worth looking at.
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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+
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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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Anchor - spark group conversations with a global audience

Anchor - spark group conversations with a global audience | technologies | Scoop.it
Anchor is an iPhone app that let's you share your voice with the world.
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Unusual for me to post without first hand experience but Anchor is a free iPhone app that makes it easy for users to broadcast short audio clips to a global audience in seconds.
Now for the big plus...
Their listeners can talk back, sparking instant group conversations that were never before possible.
When users are not recording, they can listen to authentic humour, knowledge, inspiration, and debate from Anchor’s global collective of users.

Must be worth trying - if I wasn't retired I'd be trying it out now!

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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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Futureme - Write a letter to the future

Futureme - Write a letter to the future | technologies | Scoop.it
Letters to the Future
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With the Futureme website, learners (and other users) are able to write an email to themselves and send it in the future on a date they wish to receive it.
The created email can be private or public.
In the world of education, it provides an opportunity, at various stages, for learners to write to themselves about their...
► current skills,
► interests,
► aspitations
► educational targets etc.
Depending on how far in the future the email is received, I'm sure most will have forgotten what they wrote but, it provides the opportunity for them to then reflect on...
► how that period of time actually went;
► what targets they reached, if any;
► what new skills they have aquired;
► what they need to do to get back and/or keep on track;
...and more.

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TinyURL.com - shorten that long URL into a tiny URL

TinyURL.com - shorten that long URL into a tiny URL | technologies | Scoop.it
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This website lets users shorten their URLs so they’re easier to share on social media — or easier to type. TinyURL, from the vast number of similar sites, is least likely to be blocked by Internet filters.

Just go to tinyurl.com and enter the long URL you want to share, and TinyURL will make it short enough for students/learners to type. You can even customize it. 

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LiveWeb - insert and update web pages real-time in PowerPoint

LiveWeb - insert and update web pages real-time in PowerPoint | technologies | Scoop.it
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LiveWeb is a plugin that allows users, practitioners and/or learners, to insert a live website into their presentation.
They could, for example, insert a Twitter feed to get live responses or take questions from a large group.

e.g. A voting website like StrawPoll.me (https://strawpoll.me/), could be added, to get immediate feedback on a principle or question they’re trying to teach.
All that and they’d never have to leave their presentation to access them.

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Illustrated Mathematics Dictionary

Illustrated Mathematics Dictionary | technologies | Scoop.it
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For many learners one of the obstacles to understanding how to solve a mathematics problem is understanding the vocabulary used in the problem.
Once they understand the meaning of terms they have an easier time understanding and solving the problems.
Having a glossary of terms often helps learners get to the heart of a mathematics problem.
Math is Fun is a free website that offers...
     ► math games,
     ► puzzles, and
     ► tutorials.
This tutorial resources, the Math is Fun dictionary, offers more than 700 definitions of mathematics terms.
     ► All of the definitions include an illustration.
     ► Nearly 200 of the definitions include an animation.
     ► Some of the animations are interactive tutorials.

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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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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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Tweet Jukebox

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Tweet Jukebox - Thinking Inside the Box
John Dalziel's insight:

Tweet Jukebox is a free scheduling tool that allows practitioners to...
● load a “jukebox” with content,
● schedule when they want tweets to go out and then
● sit back and let it do the job for you.
Practitioners can create more than one jukebox, load them with thousands of tweets and then send out as many as 100 tweets per day (I doubt they would want to do that but, it's possible!).
Accounts come preloaded with two jukeboxes, one with photo content and one with quotes, to get users started.
Users have the option to tweet jukebox content once, regularly or until a specific date.
The scheduling engine is very flexible e.g. users can set a time for each tweet to go out, depending on user engagement.
NOTE: Although Tweet Jukebox allows users to set schedules for different times on different days of the week. When it runs out of content, it automatically starts tweeting again from the beginning.
Tweet Jukebox also lets users track who has mentioned them. This can be visualized by the tweets themselves, or shown in a graph format.
It's possible to choose from mentions in the last 7 days, 30 days, month or previous month.
Another feature is the ability to thank up to 50 users every Friday.

One to consider for Learner Engagement with On-Line and/or other courses.

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FlowVella - Presentation Software | Interactive Presentation Apps 

FlowVella - Presentation Software | Interactive Presentation Apps  | technologies | Scoop.it
Presentation software for Mac iPad and iPhone. Easiest way to create beautiful presentations.
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FlowVella... 
■ is another good presentation software tool that enables users to create interactive multimedia-driven slideshows to share with others. 
■ provides users with a set of professionally-designed templates to choose from. 
These include... 
▫ video presentations, 
▫ reports, 
▫ portfolios, 
▫ photo galleries 
...and many more. 
With a simple drag and drop users can include... 
● photos, 
● videos, 
● sounds, 
● text, 
● GIFs, 
● PDFs and 
● images
...from major cloud based services like Google Drive and Dropbox right into their Flows. 
Additionally, FlowVella works offline allowing users to create presentation without Internet connection. 
All user Flows can be shared via a customizable link that works across different devices. 
Other sharing options include... 
► print via AirPrint, 
► export to PDF, 
► embed link, and 
► share to social media network. 
Remote presentation is also supported. 
Users can present straight from their iPad, connect to a projector, or use AirPlay.
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Seesaw - empowers learners to independently document what they are learning

Seesaw - empowers learners to independently document what they are learning | technologies | Scoop.it
Seesaw - Student Driven Digital Portfolios. For iOS, Android, Chromebooks
and Computers with Chrome or Firefox. Free for teachers!
John Dalziel's insight:
Seesaw empowers learners to independently document what they are learning. 
 They can “show what they know” using... 
■ photos, 
■ videos, 
■ drawings, 
■ text, 
■ PDFs, and 
■ links. 
 They can also import directly from most popular apps. 
When learners add to their Seesaw journal, content is uploaded, organized by student, and immediately accessible to practitioners from any device. 
This makes it easy for practitioners and learners to review progress over time and demonstrate growth. 
Practitioners can... 
■ browse work from their entire "class", or for an individual. 
■ use folders to organize work by subject area or project. Seesaw also provides support for learners to use QR code sign in and/or email/Google account sign.
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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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Mika Auramo's curator insight, March 19, 2:07 AM
This works well at least on desktop.
Maite Goñi's curator insight, March 19, 1:59 PM
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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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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Formative - for real-time assessments

Formative - for real-time assessments | technologies | Scoop.it
A platform for real-time formative assessments + a FREE next-generation student response system.
John Dalziel's insight:

No surprise, Formative is a formative assessment tool for teachers. It provides them with a platform where they can create and distribute assignments with learners and track their performance in realtime.
Users can either...
■ create new assignments from scratch using Formative editor or
■ upload assignments they've already created somewhere else
...and use them with their learners paperlessly.
Just...
■ Create an account,
■ generate a code for their class and
■ send the code to learners so they can register.
Using Formative's analytics features, users are able to...
■ see learners progress in realtime,
■ grade their work,
■ provide instant individualized feedback and
■ engage with learners in constructive discussions around their assignments.
NOTE: - Formative is free for teachers and learners.
You may find it useful to watch the video tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/embed/8K9iQjmaaZQ ;

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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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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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TodaysMeet - Give everyone a voice

TodaysMeet - Give everyone a voice | technologies | Scoop.it
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TodaysMeet is intended to be a backchannel chat, but there’s much more users can do with it.
Users can create the same TodaysMeet room (and corresponding URL) for an entire year.
Their learners can bookmark it and can be there in one click.
If users need their learners to visit a site quickly, they just add the link to their TodaysMeet room and their learners can access it quickly. It's worth checking out "20 ways to use TodaysMeet in your Learning Environment (classroom) at http://ditchthattextbook.com/2014/01/30/20-useful-ways-to-use-todaysmeet-in-schools/

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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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audioBoom

audioBoom | technologies | Scoop.it
Share audio content online and completely free of charge with audioBoom. Post it here and to other social networks. Sign up now or download the free app.
John Dalziel's insight:

AudioBoom is an easy Podcast feeder, which means users can setup a free account and then subscribe to any number of Podcasts they like.
Explore...
   ► sports,
   ► Music
   ► News and current Affairs
   ► Business
   ► Culture
...much more.
An added benefit of AudioBoom is that as educators, practitioners can setup a free Education Account and then podcast for their learners.
If any of you are a flipped classroom adopters, this is a great tool.
Also there are various Learning Providers that are putting out podcasts as part of their curriculum.
Worth a look!

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Free online voice recorder - SpeakPipe

Free online voice recorder - SpeakPipe | technologies | Scoop.it
SpeakPipe allows your customers, podcast listeners, blog readers and fans to send you voice messages (voicemail) right from a browser without any phone calls.
John Dalziel's insight:

SpeakPipe's Voice Recorder is a free tool for users to quickly creating an MP3 voice recording in their web browser on a laptop, Chromebook, Android device, or iOS device.
To create a recording simply...
   ● go to the website,
   ● click "start recording," and start talking.
Users can record for up to five minutes on the SpeakPipe Voice Recorder.
When they've finished their recording they will be given...
   ● an embed code that they can use to place it in any web-presence.
   ● a link to share their recording.
NOTE #1: If they Click the link to share their recording they will be taken to a page to download the recording as an MP3 file.
#2: SpeakPipe's Voice Recorder does not require users to register in order to create and download their audio recordings. The lack of a registration requirement makes it a good choice for learners who don't have email addresses or for anyone else who simply doesn't want to have to keep track of yet another username and password.
Learners could use SpeakPipe's Voice Recorder to record short audio interviews and/or to record short audio blog entries.
Practitioners could use SpeakPipe's Voice Recorder to record instructions for learners and/or many more things...

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HerdMeh's curator insight, October 23, 2015 6:53 PM

Very cool product.

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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...

John Dalziel's insight:

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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