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JoeZoo Express - Google Docs add-on

JoeZoo Express - Google Docs add-on | technologies |
Fastest way to make rubrics, give feedback and grade in Google Apps.
John Dalziel's insight:
JoeZoo Express is a Google Documents Add-on that can save practitioners a lot of time when they are grading or editing their learners' writing in Google Documents. 
The way that JoeZoo Express saves them time is by providing them with the ability to store comments that can be insert directly into learners' work. 
Users can... 
  - use the standard comments provided by JoeZoo Express or 
  - create, store, and use their own comments. 
Additionally, JoeZoo Express offers an option to include links to tutorials and help pages within their comments. 
  1: You can find out more at and 
  2: In June 2017 JoeZoo Express published a new set of tutorials for practitioners and learners which can be watched at or
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Unio | Interactive lesson delivery & real-time assessment platform

Unio | Interactive lesson delivery & real-time assessment platform | technologies |
Gain an instant insight into your students' understanding with our award-winning interactive lesson delivery and real-time assessment platform!
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Although it's not yet ready to be a remote instructional tool, because there isn't a voice broadcasting option, Unio is a free virtual whiteboard system that education practitioners can use to broadcast illustrations and demonstrations to their learners' laptops. 
To get started with Unio users... 
  - create a subject heading, then... 
  - create a 'lesson'. 
Unio's lesson creation tool is basically a simple slide-deck editor. Users can... 
  - draw, 
  - type, 
  - insert images and 
  - add videos each slide in their lesson. 
Note: Lesson slides can also include quizzes that users build within the Unio platform. It's important to create such quizzes before broadcasting to learners. 
Once a lesson is created users can broadcast it to their learners. Learners receive the lesson on their laptops when they go to and enter the pin number assigned to the practitioner's lesson. 
Note: every lesson's pin is different so users won't be able to get learners in the habit of using the same pin for every activity. 
With lessons appearing on the learners' screens, practitioners can have them annotate what they see and answer any quiz questions. 
Learners can work at their own pace. 
Users can select a learner's screen to see what he or she has done and then give them some quick feedback in the form of an emoji. 
Unio could be useful in any setting in which practitioners want to share a lesson for the day and let learners work through it at their own pace with a little periodic guidance and feedback from them. 
Unio has the potential to become a great remote instructional tool if it adds a voice broadcasting option and is optimised for use on mobile phones as well as laptops. 
Unio has many uses, in its current format and is still worth taking a closer look.
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ViewedIt - Screen, Voice and Webcam Recorder for Practitioners who use Google Chrome and/or Chromebooks

ViewedIt - Screen, Voice and Webcam Recorder for Practitioners who use Google Chrome and/or Chromebooks | technologies |
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John Dalziel's insight:
ViewedIt is a free Chrome extension that makes it quick and easy to create and share screencast videos. 
ViewedIt could be a good screencasting tool for teachers who use Chromebooks and want to share tutorial videos with their learners. 
Being able to track when learners watch their videos is an added bonus. 
With the extension installed users can record their entire screen or just one window tab. 
ViewedIt will let users record themselves with their webcam as well. 
To record on ViewedIt users simply have to... 
  - click the extension icon  
  - choose what they want to record. 
...when they're done recording (max time of 1 hour per video), their video is automatically stored on ViewedIt. 
From ViewedIt users can share their video via email and social media. 
If they choose to share via email, they will be able to track who watched their video and the percentage of the video they watched. 
There is no limit to the number of videos users can record. 
NOTE : To be honest, ViewedIt has the following shortcomings... 
  - it doesn't let users download their videos and 
  - it doesn't let users upload their videos to YouTube or other platforms. 
Still worth a closer look, especially if practitioners are engaging with "Flipped Learning" and/or only have Chromebooks. 
My first effort can be viewed at
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Peergrade - a free online platform that enables quick, high-quality feedback via learner peer review.

Peergrade - a free online platform that enables quick, high-quality feedback via learner peer review. | technologies |
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Peergrade launched in 2015, is a free online platform that enables quick, high-quality feedback via learner peer review. 
Many Practitioners simply don’t have time to provide individual feedback, which we know is essential for effective learning. Peergrade helps address that problem. 
How does it work? 
Practitioners create an assignment with a rubric. 
Learners hand in their work. 
Those assignments are then randomly and anonymously distributed to other learners for evaluation and feedback using the Practitioner’s rubric. 
Learners can then rate the feedback they receive as helpful or not, and flag content for their practitioner to see. 
Through Peergrade, learners receive valuable feedback about their work while becoming part of the evaluation process. 
The added bonus? 
Practitioners get a swift overview of everything, while saving heaps of their valuable time. 
Peergrade has been named by “The Cult of Pedagogy” as one Tech Tool to Try in 2017. 
Is Peergrade free? Yes, it is! 
With the freemium model practitioners can sign up and use Peergrade for free. 
There is no limit on the number of learners or assignments. NOTE: Institutional licenses are paid and offer some extra benefits such as LMS integrations, plagiarism detection, data across courses and institutions and dedicated live support. 
Take a look at a video overview at ;
Go on, give it a try!
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Microsoft Classroom

Microsoft Classroom | technologies |
A 'virtual space where practitioners can manage all of their classes.
John Dalziel's insight:
Microsoft Classroom is a 'virtual space where practitioners can manage all of their classes. 
It allows practitioners to... 
► create and grade assignments, 
► design different class sections, 
► provide personalised individual feedback and 
► collaborate with other practitioners in Professional Learning Communities. 
Microsoft Classroom is included in Office 365 for Education which users can access from the App Launcher in the Office 365 navigation bar. 
It's also worth looking at the 6 basic things every teacher using Microsoft Classroom should be able to do infographic at
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Showbie – Paperless Classroom on the App Store

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Showbie – Paperless Classroom. Download Showbie – Paperless Classroom and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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Showbie- Paperless Classroom With Showbie, practitioners can... 
♥ quickly and easily assign, collect and review student work on their iPad, 
♥ then provide rich feedback to their learners by adding annotations, text notes and voice notes directly onto their documents. 
Learners can show their learning creatively by submitting to Showbie from thousands of compatible iPad apps, and/or by completing assignments with Showbie’s built in tools. 
Showbie helps keep everyone organised with individual learner assignment folders, email and push notifications.
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Quizalize - engage & deliver instant assessments on any computer, tablet or smartphone

Quizalize - engage & deliver instant assessments on any computer, tablet or smartphone | technologies |

Quizalize lets you engage your class and deliver instant assessments for personalised learning on any computer, tablet or smartphone. It helps you quickly identify the strengths, weaknesses and learning gaps of individual students and intervene in real-time to give one-on-one help in the classroom.

John Dalziel's insight:

Quizalize is a quiz game platform that reminds me of Kahoot. Like Kahoot, learners play quiz games, created by you, on their laptops or tablets by going to the Quizalize website then entering their names and a class/course code.
Learners are...
     ► awarded points for correctly answering questions quickly.
     ► given feedback instantly on every quiz question that they answer. A total score is presented to learners at the end of every quiz.
Creating quizzes on Quizalize is a simple process. To get started just...
     ► name your quiz and
     ► tag it with a subject label.
As you write each quiz question you can include...
     ► a picture and
     ► up to four answer choices.
You can also specify a time limit of 5 to 120 seconds for each question.
One of the big plusses of Quizalize is found in the results page that you see as a practitioner.
     ► The scores for each learner appear on your screen in one place.
     ► On the results page practitioners can quickly identify the questions that gave learners the most difficulty in terms of correct answers as well as time needed to answer each question.
Quizalize also offers a marketplace in which you can find quizzes created by other users.
NOTE: Some of the quizzes are free and others are sold for a small fee.
TO BE CLEAR... creating and playing your own quizzes is completely FREE.
You may want to look at an overview of Quizalize at

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Plickers - Clickers, simplified

Plickers - Clickers, simplified | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Plickers is inclusive in that only the practitioner needs access to a smartphone to use Plickers.
Plickers stands for “paper clickers.”
To use Plickers with their learners, Practitioners simply...
   ● download the Plickers App to their Smart device and
   ●print out QR code cards for learners to use to answer multiple choice questions.
Practitioners then...
   ● project questions and answer choices on the board from the Live View tab of the website,
   ● give learners a designated thinking time to problem-solve, and then...
   ● countdown to a "show cards!" moment.
Learners position their cards according to their answer, while the practitioner scans the room with their mobile device.
Live View will update with learner results in real-time, indicating which learners' responses have been captured with a checkmark next to their names.
Practitioners can also choose to reveal which answer(s) were correct with the "Show Answer" button and even review class data from the "Graph" tab.
Plickers is well worth a closer look.

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Classkick | technologies |
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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Mail Markup: Inline annotations and markup in Gmail, Email markup, Email annotations

Mail Markup: Inline annotations and markup in Gmail, Email markup, Email annotations | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Mail Markup in Gmail is a Chrome extension which enables practitioners to preview an attachment from their learners without downloading it.
They can...
   - annotate the attachment,
   - add comments,
   - add those comments directly into the email, and
   - then send it back.
Potentially, a huge time saver.

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Barc | Easily Add Real-time Posting, Commenting, and Community to your Webpage for Free

Barc | Easily Add Real-time Posting, Commenting, and Community to your Webpage for Free | technologies |
Chat on any webpage or wifi network with Barc!
John Dalziel's insight:

Stakeholder voice (Learners, Employers, Administrators etc.,) is important, especially if learning providers want to provide more relevant content, to meet the needs of their website visitors.
They must gather and read comments they leave on the website. In order to do this, they must first have comments incorporated into their site.
Barc is a free to use tool that helps website owners; it helps them incorporate a new style of commenting on their website.
Barc offers learning providers an option of a chat-like commenting widget.
By selecting different options the widget is...
- started either opened or closed, and based on options
- placed on the bottom right corner of the site or
- placed on the right or left sides of the website.
Users can customise colours, and other properties of the commenting widget.
When all of the options are set, an embeddable code is generated to be used on the website for free.
Note: Currently Barc supports Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress, Drupal, and more.
The Barc tool will soon begin offering premium plans in addition to its free ones.
I've added Barc to my eMagazine page...

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Take a look and leave me a comment.

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sketchlot - Create a sketch, share it with learners

sketchlot - Create a sketch, share it with learners | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Practitioners create a "Teacher's Account" which includes a unique class code. They then add learners to their network.
NOTE: Learners log in using the class code created and their password (which practitioners can view, set and change).
For the next part, I found using a graphics tablet a big plus, practitioners create sketches that, when saved, can be...
- shared with any member of their class; using the share feature OR
- embedded in a class website,
- pinned to pinterest or
- tweeted.
Practitioners can create maths questions, science diagrams or even text for learners to view and then create their reply/answer by producing their own sketch and sharing it with their practitioner (Teacher).
A BIG PLUS: sketchlot is designed to work on all current tablets, phones and computers.
Practitioners can re-share work to others, or post it for others to view. Practitioners can also create and share a sketch on their interative whiteboard in front of their class!

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Understoodit - Measure Students' Understanding in Real-Time

Understoodit - Measure Students' Understanding in Real-Time | technologies |

Understoodit is...

- a new web app;

- a tool for quickly getting anonymous feedback from learners.


The option to see the timing of when learners vote for "confused" or "understand" can be a great way to quickly determine which topics or what content to practitioners need to repeat.


Practitioners, just...

- open their account (it's still in beta by invitation only)

- open the simple poll of "understand" or "confused."



- vote using any internet-connected device.

- vote whenever practitioners have the poll open.

- can vote multiple times; e.g. if they are confused at the beginning of class, but understand ten minutes later they can change their votes.



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DraftMap - Proofread Your Text

DraftMap - Proofread Your Text | technologies |
Proofread your text. Catch style issues and common errors with a quick copy and paste.
John Dalziel's insight:
DraftMap checks a user's style and word repetition on-line. Plus, the Chrome extension adds a satisfying and intuitive experience of real-time suggestions. 
DraftMap uses different colours to highlight different style suggestions. It will point out... 
  - repetitive words, 
  - passive voice, 
  - adverbs, and 
  - cliches, 
...and even advise users on an email’s readability and style. 
The Chrome Extension does all of this from right inside a users Gmail composition window. 
NOTE: There's no need to worry, DraftMap doesn’t change any words and, in case you still have highlighted colours and send the email, the recipient won’t see those colours. The colours are just for the user. 
This has to be worth trying out, initially on the on-line website; just... delete the current text and type or paste in any text you wish to "check".
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Quizizz: Fun Multiplayer Classroom Quizzes to engage learners

Quizizz: Fun Multiplayer Classroom Quizzes to engage learners | technologies |
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John Dalziel's insight:
Quizziz is a fun assessment tool that continues to add more and more features; this makes obtaining feedback from students and providing feedback to them much easier. 
Some of the newer features include receiving a daily report of the Quizizz summary and being able to send parents, and/or other stakeholders the results of a learner’s Quizizz 'game'. 
The daily summary report shows the... 
  - number of Quizizz games used,  
  - number of responses, 
  - percentage correct well as additional information. 
It’s nice for practitioners to be able to have that data available so quickly. 
Quizizz easy to implement, users simply create their own by adding their own questions or search from the public Quizizz available and drag in the questions they want and then edit them according to their preferences. 
Other benefits include the ability to either play it live or assign it as "practice" or homework. 
NOTE: If practitioners create a Quizizz and there isn't enough time for learners to finish, no worries because when learners use the same login and pin number, they continue from where they left off in the game.
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GoReact | Affordable Online Video Assessment

GoReact | Affordable Online Video Assessment | technologies |
Video record presentations and give instant, time-coded feedback
John Dalziel's insight:
GoReact is an ideal platform for teaching, among many other things, communication skills. 
GoReact makes it easy to... 
► capture and grade learner videos give feedback on a presentation; and 
► provide synchronous feedback from instructors and/or peers By watching themselves present on screen and getting time-coded feedback directly from their practitioner(s), learners can raise their self-awareness and hone their presenter skills simultaneously. 
GoReact is also a great tool for instructors to model positive feedback for learners and moderate peer comments before showing them to presenters. 
It’s a win-win for everyone. 
GoReact is the video coaching platform for presentations that learners will actually like to use and, at the same time, help them address any Oral communication apprehension (OCA) they may have. 
Instructor Accounts are FREE
NOTE: Oral communication apprehension (OCA)—is caused by three main factors in a learner... 
► fear of humiliation in front of their peers, 
► negative past experiences with presenting, and 
► insufficient preparation.
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Mentimeter - Interactive presentation software

Mentimeter - Interactive presentation software | technologies |
Create fun and interactive presentations for your meeting, event, conference or classroom. Mentimeter is a free, easy-to-use software that you can use online.
John Dalziel's insight:
Mentimeter is a audience response tool that lets users create polls and quizzes for their audience to respond to during their presentations. 
The members of the audience can respond from their phones, tablets, or laptops. 
Mentimeter has a feature called Quick Slides that lets presenters quickly create slides within Mentimeter. 
The slides have audience response options built into them. 
All users have to do is click on the response options they want their audience to see. 
Members of the audience can use... 
► thumbs-up/down icons, 
► heart icons, or 
► question mark icons respond to the slides. 
Quick Slides can be used during parts of a presentation and/or turned off for other parts of the same presentation. 
Users can also create poll and quiz questions to add to their presentations in Mentimeter. 
The response mechanisms are ideal as a simple form of formative assessment. 
For an overview take a look at
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OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric - Google Docs add-on

OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric - Google Docs add-on | technologies |
Easily and quickly make rubric selections and convert the Analysis or Holistic rubric into a percentage or points grade.
John Dalziel's insight:
Both Google docs and Classroom are fantastic applications to create, distribute and receive submitted assignments from learners. 
 However, the grading process seems to bring the efficiency to a screeching halt. 
The OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric Add-on increases grading productivity by eliminating repetitive clicks, presenting the rubric selections in an easy to use format and presenting the final grades in a consistent, professional format. 
More time is created for practitioners to provide the needed constructive feedback their learners need for success. 
Simply, Teacher Rubric is an add-on that will increase grading productivity and will professionally presents a scored rubric and grade for learners.
Take a look at this video clip ;
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Kaizena - Fast, Personal Feedback on Learner Work

Kaizena - Fast, Personal Feedback on Learner Work | technologies |
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 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 , worth looking at.
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JotForm · Form Builder

JotForm · Form Builder | technologies |
JotForm's form builder helps you create & publish online forms anywhere, anytime without writing a single line of code. Free without ads!
John Dalziel's insight:

JotForm provides a good alternative to Google Forms, allowing users to easily create forms that they can share with others or embed in websites and/or or blogs and/or other web presences.
JotForm also provides over 10 themes and over 2000 ready-made templates to utilize when building forms and if users want to add their personal touch to the forms, JotForm is customizable.
Using JotForm's drag and drop form builder users can create their forms in minutes.
When someone completes a form, JotForm emails the responses to the owner instantly.
An additional plus is that JotForm integrates seamlessly with Google Drive and Dropbox.
NOTE: The free version of JotForm provides some pretty decent features (e.g 100 monthly submissions, 100 MB space, unlimited forms, reports and fields per form).

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Celly - Instant Group Text and Polls | Mobile Learning | Text to Screen

Celly - Instant Group Text and Polls | Mobile Learning | Text to Screen | technologies |
Celly lets you instantly group people and topics into cells. Cells function as chatrooms where people communicate instantly via text-based messaging. Cells can include messages from the web or other social networks to capture your interests.
John Dalziel's insight:

Celly is a platform for communication between practitioners, learners and other education stakeholders.
It's easy!
Users can...
   ▪ set up groups for their organisation or course or team etc. and others join for private, instant messaging.
   ▪ send messages, reminders and alerts instantly; Use polls to gather information and/or real-time responses.
   ▪ connect related groups and topics for easy collaboration across teams and learning environments.
In their words...Users will...
     "have instant, private, secure classroom communication without the "over-sharing of social networks."
Apps are available via App Store and/or Google play.

Well worth a closer look.

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ProjectWriter - learners can collaboratively write reports

ProjectWriter - learners can collaboratively write reports | technologies |
ProjectWriter - Conduct group nonfiction writing projects centered around Social Studies/History, Science, or Technical Subjects
John Dalziel's insight:

ProjectWriter is a service through which learners can collaboratively write reports while using vocabulary terms and dates that practitioners have assigned to them.
The benefit of using ProjectWriter for this process is that practitioners get to see each learner's contributions to the project in the 'teacher' dashboard.
They can also give feedback to learners...
   - individually or
   - to the whole group.
Check out ProjectWriter, for ideas about using it within education

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Kaizena · Give Great Feedback · Voice Comments for Google Drive

Kaizena · Give Great Feedback · Voice Comments for Google Drive | technologies |
Kaizena is the best place to help students improve their work. Import from Google Drive, add voice comments and attach mini-lessons.
John Dalziel's insight:

Kaizena is a good tool for providing audio feedback to learners.
To use Kaizena practitioners will have to authorize it to access their Google Account.
Having done that, practitioners can then...
  - open any document,
  - highlight a selection of text, and
  - record their comments for learners to listen to.
Giving feedback to learners is, for many, faster with Kaizena than typing, and far faster than a red pen.
Every feature is designed to save practitioners time.
For learners, Voice Comments make the feedback personal.
Last, but equally important, practitioners can address common problems with reusable mini-lessons. By adding a link once, practitioners can quickly reuse it every time they encounter that problem again.
Practitioners get to stop repeating themself, and their learners get clear next steps to improve.
(Note: Kai·zen - is a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement)
When you visit the website, scroll down the page to find out more.

Tom Callos's curator insight, October 28, 2013 1:25 PM

Trying this, for sure.


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Add audio comments to Google Docs

Add audio comments to Google Docs | technologies |
This Helloslide will show you how to use a new tool, in Google Docs, to add voice comments, to documents.
This adds a personal touch to learner feedback. It can also reduces the time you take to pro...
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Feel Free to use this resource. It is oneof Four I've produced this month. See more at ;

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Silkslides | technologies |

Silk Slides is a service for easily sharing and discussing slideshows.


Silk Slides allows commenting on each slide in a slideshow. To post a comment users have to enter your name (or nickname) and an email address.


Silk Slides could be a platform practitioners should consider; it could be used for their learners to use to ask questions about slides that they share with them.


Practitioners could also use Silk Slides to offer feedback to their students about the design and content of their slides too.


To get started just...
- upload the slides
- enter an email address


When upload is complete...
- share the slides by sending the URL assigned to the slides.

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