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The Guide to Pinterest for Educators

The Guide to Pinterest for Educators | technologies |
Over 500,000 education pins are saved to Pinterest every day. Learn how to use this platform to inform your teaching and professional development.
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With social media integrating into every aspect of our personal lives, it’s no surprise that it’s entering our teaching environments. I've seen some Education Practitioners, and their learners, use social media in unique ways to enhance learning, crowd-source ideas and have a positive impact on teaching and learning. 
It's also important to raise awareness so that they avoid landing in hot water because they don't know how to navigate the cross-section of personal and professional use. 
It’s therefore extremely important for current and future practitioners to be trained in social media and digital literacy as many don't know how to use social media effectively to support learning. 
This helpful guide provides Educational Stakeholders with the tools needed to not only navigate Pinterest, but use the social platform as a powerful learning tool.
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Mozilla Learning - helping people to read, write and participate in the digital world.

We want more people to see themselves as citizens of the web. The Mozilla Learning Network offers programs and a global community dedicated to helping people learn the most important skills of our age: the ability to read, write and participate in the digital world.
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Mozilla Learning Network... 
 ► provides a wide range of web literacy materials to help education stakeholders incorporate the digital skills of the 21st century learning. 
  ► offers free resources that include programs, tools, guides, and step-by step teaching activities that they can use in learning environments with learners to help them develop an ability to read, write and participate in an openly networked world.
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Hairdressing Training

Hairdressing Training | technologies |
Hairdressing Training provides resources covering male and female cuts and other hairdressing skills to hairdressing students
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Hairdressing Training provides...
   - exemplary step-by-step guidance videos,
   - self-evaluation tests,
   - worksheets and
   - guides
...relating to an expanding collection of hairdressing styles and techniques.
The service is mapped to the NVQ and SVQ Hairdressing/Barbering curriculum.
All video content has been created by those who teach hairdressing in UK FE colleges and are openly available.

Jeremy kevin's curator insight, March 28, 2015 8:23 AM

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Chromebooks | technologies |

Welcome to our community!
The largest unofficial Chrome OS, Chromebook, Chromebox, Chromebase, and Chromecast community on Google+.

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Chromebooks is another Google Plus community I would recommend educators, especially those with Chromebooks, to join.
The Chromebooks Community looks at everything related to Chromebooks, sharing...
   - apps,
   - tips,
   - tutorials and
   - guides.

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Purdue OWL

Purdue OWL | technologies |
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
John Dalziel's insight:

Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an online website that provides free guidelines and rules on a variety of research topics including how to reference papers using both MLA and APA styles. Although nothing replaces having an official MLA or APA guide book, OWL does prove to be handy.
OWL provides learners with...
   - pointers and short samples and examples of how to go about using citations and references in their paper. Users can use the entries on the left hand side to quickly jump to any section they have trouble with.
   - general guidelines on how to prepare and format papers and manuscripts in both MLA and APA. These guidelines are a must read for anyone engaged in scholarly work.

GDod's curator insight, January 5, 2015 10:10 PM

Search the OWL!  This website is a powerful tool that can answer most writing style questions.

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Naace: Guidance for Primary Teachers

Naace: Guidance for Primary Teachers | technologies |
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Written by Naace in partnership with Computing at School, this easy to follow guide targeting primary teachers is being sent to all schools in England.

It’s a very useful guide, providing an overview for non-specialists of the 2014 Computing curriculum in clear non-geeky language.
Initial Teacher Trainers, and/or Practitioners, trying to prepare future teachers, or themselves, to deliver the new computing and coding requirements, such guidance is very welcome right now.

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Administrator Guide to Accessibility - Google Apps Help

Administrator Guide to Accessibility - Google Apps Help | technologies |
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 If you're a Google Apps for Education domain administrator you will also want to take note of the Administrator Guide to Accessibility that includes recommendations for control panel settings as well as recommendations for screen readers. 

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Computer Laboratory: Baking Pi - Operating Systems Development

Computer Laboratory: Baking Pi - Operating Systems Development | technologies |

Raspberry Pi - you’ve probably heard of it especially if you want your learners to tinker with the inner workings of computers, smartphones, and other electronics.


It’s a complex board designed to help people understand how electronics work.


A truly great way for learners and practitioners alike to better understand how their favourite gadgets function.


Cambridge University has developed a free guide to help users build an entire operating system on top of the Pi.


It’s dubbed ‘Baking Pi’ and it is available here.

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Submit Share Ebook PDF

Submit Share Ebook PDF | technologies |
Submit share ebook PDF. Download owner manual, user guide, wiring diagram, tutorial and how to for free.


The Aspdf site contains mainly user guides, owner manuals, tutorials and other "how tos".

Users are encouraged to submit their own files or e-books so others can take advantage of them.


If they do, they will be subject to the restrictions of copyright if they upload unauthorized material.

There are two major sections, one which has featured documents and another one with the latest additions to the site.

Aspdf call themselves "a compilation of public information available on the internet", and publish the files "as is", without assuming the responsibility of the contents you'll find in the documents or any change that may eventually happen to them.

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ICT Planning

ICT Planning | technologies |

Ian Addison has created this guide to ICT - with sections on...


- Blogging & Working Online;
- Research;
- Digital Literacy;
- ICT in Maths;
- Animation and Video;
- Art & Image Editing;
- Presentations;
- Sound & Music;
- Modelling & Simulations;
- Control, Programming & Game Design;
- ESafety; and

- Early Years.


Also includes information, web links and suggested resources within each section and  references to expected levels/benchmarks, for Family Learning Practitioners, that children should aim to reach at different ages.


Coling's comment, September 16, 2011 2:50 AM
Whilst clearly directed at schoolchildren, the content and simplicity of delivery would work well for staff development, particularly those purported to resist technology. There is a great example of creating a web site in 10 minutes with Google Sites. Not that staff would necessarily want a web site, but just to take the 'mystery' out of what might be regarded as 'beyond me' - 'pass the spanner'
The punchline is that the tutorial is for 7-9 year olds.
John Dalziel's comment, September 16, 2011 8:24 AM
Than you for the comments "Coling"; I wish that language, used on many sites that I've curated, was more generic - learners not children etc.
There are lots of online tools, resources etc. that can be used by all ages depending upon their needs and interests.
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Google for Education Training Centre - a platform for Educational Practitioners' CPD

Google for Education Training Centre - a platform for Educational Practitioners' CPD | technologies |
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Google for Education Training Centre is an platform for Educational Practitioners' Professional Development. It provides a wide variety of... 
► educational resources, 
► lesson plans, 
► training guides, and 
► tutorials help educators make the best of Google tools in their instruction as well as in their professional progression. 
The Education Training centre provides two main courses... 
► Fundamentals Training and 
► Advanced Training. 
The earlier is designed for practitioners who are new to Google tools and the latter is for those who are already familiar with Google tools and use it routinely in their Learning Environments. Before taking any of these courses make sure you are signed in to a Google Apps for Education account ( so you can track your progress to see where you are in your training and, when you compete the modules, you can print a certification credit showing your achievement. 
Content is arranged into three main themes... 
► Engage in professional growth and leadership, 
► Increase efficiency and save time, 
► Facilitate and inspire students learning and creativity. 
Watch the video below to learn more about the Google for Education Training Centre at
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eEtiquette – 101 Guidelines for the Digital World

eEtiquette – 101 Guidelines for the Digital World | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

eEtiquette is a website that features digital etiquette tips for everyone.
The tips cover...
   - email etiquette,
   - social network etiquette,
   - cell phone etiquette
...and more.
Although the subtitle of this website says there are 101 guidelines there are actually more than 101 guidelines included.
Some of the best etiquette guidelines are available on a free poster that practitioners and/or their learners can download from eEtiquette.
NOTE: One word of caution about eEtiquette. The comments section of the website doesn't appear to be closely moderated so users may run into some spam comments in it.

After reviewing the digital etiquette tips on the site, Learners could test their knowledge using the free eEtiquette app (iOS only at the time of writing this) at...

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Google for Education: Bringing Learning Online

Google for Education: Bringing Learning Online | technologies |
In recent years many innovative schools have begun a shift toward the use of educational technology. Even though your institution may be ready to make a similar transition, it’s not always clear where to start. Without a clear vision and wise counsel, such a shift can be time-consuming as well as costly.
John Dalziel's insight:

Google for Education has recently published this guide to help learning providers make a seamless shift into the world of digital learning and teaching.
The guide is geared towards assisting learning providers to integrate innovative educational technologies, using a five step approach...
   - Define Your Goals
   - Invest in access
   - Build your team
   - Offer web tools and
   - Manage change

Jason Robert LeClair's curator insight, January 11, 2015 8:20 PM

Contact the Highlander Institute for great training on google classroom usage

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TakeItApart | technologies |

Photo-driven disassembly guides. See how to take apart everyday things, and find things to do once inside.

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TakeItApart – is a place...
   - where practitioners and learners can share photo-driven disassembly guides.
   - to see how to take apart everyday things, and
   - to find things to do once inside.
Note: It will void the warranties of devices, but in the process, visitors to TakeItApart may learn a lot about how a device works internally; it also provides ideas for presenting visual tutorials and more.

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Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything | technologies |
Educational technology resources
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This website features a wide variety of...


guides, tips, tutorials, links, presentations and many other resources related to educational technology. 


All the content is neatly organized into different categories ; clicking on each category will take visitors to a page where they will find a plethora of resources related to that category.

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The Teacher's Guides To Technology And Learning - Edudemic

The Teacher's Guides To Technology And Learning - Edudemic | technologies |
We've gone through hundreds of resources to assemble these guides which are meant to help you learn, teach, and share as much as possible.
John Dalziel's insight:

This Edudemic post provides a wide range of guides, including The Teacher’s Guide To...
- Twitter
- Flipped Classrooms
- Copyright And Fair Use
- Google Glass
- Badges In Education
- The Library Of Congress
- Keeping Students Safe Online
- Choosing The Best Digital Content
- Digital Scavenger Hunts
- Pinterest In The Classroom
...and a promise of more coming soon.

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JISC Digital Media

JISC Digital Media | technologies |

A guide for people interested in finding out how digital media can be used in teaching and learning.


It explores...

- what digital media is,

-where it can be used to support teaching and learning and

- what the key opportunities and challenges are.

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2CARPROS | technologies |

Got a Car Repair Question? 2CarPros Professional Mechanics Online will answer it free. Information that solves car problems quickly.


2CarPros was started in 1999 to answer car repair advice questions; it is still going strong.


Resources for practitioners and learners include...

- a strong Q&A base,

- How do car components work,

- Auto Term Abbreviations

- Brake Replacement Guides and

- repair guides (including video clips).

and visitors can submit their own questions to the experts for free.


Auto repair questions are grouped by manufacturer and users can drill down to the make of a particular car.


The guides can be a bit text-heavy with few illustrations, but the detailed step-by-step walkthroughs should help learners get a bearing on how it’s all done. 

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The Why Files | The Science Behind the News

The Why Files | The Science Behind the News | technologies |

The Why Files is a resource designed for learners to find out about the science behind the stories in the news.


The Why Files only covers stories that have clear connections to science concepts.


Most of the material on The Why Files is geared toward younger learners.


The teachers' section of The Why Files offers pdf guides and quizzes and could also provide excellent resources for learners to explore independently or collaboratively.

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DOWNLOAD Your PC Hardware Guides

DOWNLOAD Your PC Hardware Guides | technologies |
Even the best free software is useless without hardware, yet how many of us actually know how their computer works? Teach yourself by reading the latest
Gustavo Pons's curator insight, November 19, 2013 6:55 AM

Es una guia apropiada para enseñar los conceptos de funcionamiento del hardware de una computadora.  Puede ser un buen complemento a materiales audiovisuales por ejemplo.