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No Excuse List

No Excuse List | technologies |
No Excuse List is the best place on the web to learn anything, free. We have curated the best resources on the web to teach you anything that you want. Click a link and get started!
John Dalziel's insight:
NoExcuseList is a portal that provides visitors with a selection of some useful resources to help them develop new skills and expand their knowledge. 
These resources are arranged into 9 categories... 
  - Academics, 
  - Art, 
  - Computer programming, 
  - Cooking, 
  - eBooks, 
  - Music, 
  - Languages, 
  - HowTo+DIY and 
  - Other. 
Users just browse through the collection to check the resources they like. 
Most of these resources are free, the few paid ones are marked with a yellow button. 
Clicking on any of the links provided in NoExcuselist will direct users to the corresponding website. 
A useful portal for everyone.
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eLearning Industry - a collection of eLearning articles, eLearning concepts, eLearning software, and eLearning resources.

eLearning Industry - a collection of eLearning articles, eLearning concepts, eLearning software, and eLearning resources. | technologies |
Post your eLearning article. At eLearning Industry you will find the best collection of eLearning articles, eLearning concepts, eLearning software, and eLearning resources.
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eLearning Industry offers a portal to free articles and resources for the instructional design field. 
 It's beneficial when practitioners have time to update themselves on the hot topics within instructional design. 
 The contributors are some of the top e-learning professionals in the industry. 
The website includes... 
● upcoming conferences, 
● webinars, and 
● press releases. 
The app resources are especially useful for gaining information on other e-learning platforms that are available for training/on-line courses/etc.
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Math is Fun - Maths Resources

Math is Fun - Maths Resources | technologies |

Math explained in easy language, plus puzzles, games, quizzes, worksheets and a forum. For Learners and teachers.

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Math is Fun is a free website that offers maths games, puzzles, and tutorials.
Well worth a closer look.
The resource that many learners will find useful is the illustrated mathematics dictionary; found at
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.
For some learners, one of the obstacles to understanding how to solve maths problems 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. This glossary of terms could helps learners get to the heart of a mathematics problem.
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Clarisketch | technologies |
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The Clarisketch application...
● is Free and
● works on Android OS version 2.3.6 Gingerbread or higher.
Users just...
● take a picture, then
● record a themself speaking and drawing on the picture and then
● Send to, and/or share it with others (They don't need the app).
To find out more take a look at the tutorial at

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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.

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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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Shutterfly: How To Take The Perfect Photo

Shutterfly: How To Take The Perfect Photo | technologies |
Follow these photo tips from Shutterfly and learn how to take the perfect picture on a DSLR, Point and Shoot or Smartphone.
John Dalziel's insight:

Practitioners may already encourage their learners to collaborate on the development of a picture Library that they can use whenever they need images for slideshow and video assignments.
Shutterfly's interactive guide to taking the perfect photo could be just the resource to use with learners before sending them off to take pictures to use in assignments.
   - select the type of camera used (DSLR or smartphone or point-and-shoot);
   - select a photo type, there are twelve to choose from.
Users then receive a set of tips on taking the perfect photo.

Some of the photo types include...
   - selfie,

   - portrait,

   - candid, and

   - action.

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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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Songwriter101 | technologies |
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Songwriter101 is recommended as a place to learn all things related to song-writing.
The site’s main draw is its collection of articles.
They’re split into eight categories that cover various facets of song-writing...
   - Artists,
   - Technology,
   - Song writing,
   - Publishing,
   - The Band,
   - The Biz,
   - Copyrights, and
   - Finance.
Whether you’re a newbie or veteran, hobbyist or professional, there is something here for everyone.
The site also has an active forum where visitors can meet and discuss the various aspects of music creation.

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YouTube Help - YouTube

YouTube Help - YouTube | technologies |
Subscribe for tutorials, troubleshooting, and tips from the YouTube Help team. MOBILE MONDAY: Use YouTube on the go? Get tips and how-to's for YouTube on And...
John Dalziel's insight:

YouTube Help offers helpful playlists for learning tips and tricks about YouTube and the YouTube mobile apps.
The Tips and Tutorials 3 playlists are particularly useful and include the...
   - "Did You Know?" playlist that covers an assortment of search and editing tips;
   - Mobile Mondays which is dedicated to tips about the YouTube mobile apps; and
   - How-To's which is all about the editing options built into YouTube.

Syd Grant's curator insight, October 17, 2014 12:00 PM

Youtube is the perfect place for looking up videos of anything. Just about everything ever imagined is on Youtube.

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Search Education – Lesson Plans – Google

Search Education – Lesson Plans –  Google | technologies |
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It's critical that learners understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task.
Google have created a series of lessons to help practitioners guide their learners to use search meaningfully in their coursework and beyond.

These Search Literacy lessons and Google A Day classroom challenges are broken down based on level of expertise in search...
- Beginner,
- Intermediate, or
- Advanced.
The Google A Day challenges help learners put their search skills to the test, and to get practitioner learning environments engaged and excited about using technology to discover the world around them.

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Boolify Project: An Educational Boolean Web Search Tool

Boolify Project: An Educational Boolean Web Search Tool | technologies |
Boolify provides learners with a manipulative mental model for Boolean Web Search contruction. It can be used to teach and learn Boolean Web Search in a variety of settings.
John Dalziel's insight:

Boolify aims to increase the ability of learners to perform effective web searches, something which many learners struggle with, using visual puzzles.
This example from Boolify’s website, shows how it can be used to help learners narrow their results when using search engines.

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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.
John Dalziel's insight:
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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Google Search Hacks -Hundreds of Google Search Tips

Google Search Hacks -Hundreds of Google Search Tips | technologies |
Collection of hacks and tricks for getting the most out of Google Search.
John Dalziel's insight:
The SearchyApp Website Will Teach Visitors Hundreds of Google Search Tips. 
If learners and/or their practitioners want to get creative, they can do a lot of things with Google’s search engine. 
They just need to know some tricks! 
SearchyApp features many tips that’ll help visitors make the most of Google. 
The tips are divided into sections, so it’s easy to locate what is required. 
The current categories are... 
► Facts (e.g. find the elevation of a place, get customer service number, find all songs by a band, etc.) 
► Math (e.g. solve a circle, use a calculator, etc.) 
► Operators (search within number range, exclude a keyword from results, find related websites, etc.) 
► Utilities (metronome, stopwatch, tip calculator, etc.) 
► Easter Eggs 
 Users can just check or uncheck the sections that they want or don't want.
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The Teacher Toolkit

The Teacher Toolkit | technologies |
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TheTeacherToolkit hosts a range of engaging techniques for effective teaching. 
I think it's fair to say that it targets Learners on Educator Certification courses, the USA's equivalent of Initial Teacher Training. 
The practitioners and learners seen on this website are from the Central Texas area and are all successful graduates of their program. 
For every tool on the website, visitors will find... 
 ► An explanation of how and when to use it 
 ► A template they can use to implement the tool 
 ► A place to take notes about how you use each tool (NOTE: this one is available if visitors register on the website) 
TheTeacherToolkit is also adding videos that will show visitors the strategies in action. 
Tool Categories include... 
 ► Classroom Management 
 ► Opening Activities 
 ► Checks for Understanding 
 ► Reading Strategies 
 ► Games 
 ► Closing Activities 
...and more. 
A should take a closer look website!
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Google Tips

Google Tips | technologies |
Tips and tricks you didn't know you could do with Google for on the go, at work and having fun.
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Google Tips is an on-line resource, launched in 2013 by Google, to help Google users develop a working understanding of how Google products operate.
As the name suggests, it provides a wide variety of tips and tricks geared towards enhancing users knowledge of different services including...
   - Chrome,
   - Google+,
   - Google maps,
   - Google Drive,
   - Gmail,
   - YouTube and
   - Google Search.

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Shoo Rayner - learn to draw better - YouTube

Shoo Rayner - learn to draw better - YouTube | technologies |
Everyone can draw. Anyone can learn to draw better. Forget about art. Drawing is a language that helps you communicate with others. Get some paper, make some...
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ShooRayner Drawing is YouTube channel that provides a variety of instructional videos to help learners and children (and anyone else interested in drawing) learn to draw better.
The videos are created by artist and children’s book author and illustrator Shoo Rayner.
Practitioners could probably use these videos with your own learners, especially with a flipped learning model, to teach them how to draw different things.
Most importantly, the videos provide younger learners a very solid starting basis into the concept of drawing which will, once mastered, enable them to create gorgeous drawings of anything they want.
There is also a section for artists and advanced creators where Rayner shares interesting pieces of advice about drawing and being a creative person.

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The Bézier Game

The Bézier Game | technologies |
A game to help you master the pen tool
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The Bezier Game – can be a difficult but yet strangely addictive game, designed to help users learn how to use the Pen tool in Photoshop.
It provides learners with a variety of shapes and then shows them which way you need to move the Pen to succeed.
Learners then have to move the Pen with their mouse in the same way as they were shown. Easy? You’d be surprised.

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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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iFixit: The free repair manual - iFixit

iFixit: The free repair manual - iFixit | technologies |
Repair your electronics yourself. iFixit is the repair manual you can edit. We sell tools, parts and upgrades for Apple Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and MacBook as well as game consoles.
John Dalziel's insight:

With almost 2,000 Mac repair guides, 2,000 phone repair guides, and 1,000 PC repair guides, iFixit has visitors covered for just about any electronic repair they may want to undertake.
There are camera, automotive, appliance, household, and computer guides, as well.
The guides are detailed and walk users through every conceivable step in the repair process.
The pictures included in each guide are of high quality, making it very easy to see what needs to be done to make the repair, and some guides also include videos.
Each guide includes a list of tools and parts that are needed, many of which, for those in the USA, can be purchased directly from the iFixit store.

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Virtual Nerd: Real maths help for learners

Virtual Nerd: Real maths help for learners | technologies |
Virtual Nerd's patent-pending tutorial system provides in-context information, hints, and links to supporting tutorials, synchronized with videos, each 3 to 7 minutes long. In this non-linear system, users are free to take whatever path through the material best serves their needs. These unique features make Virtual Nerd a viable alternative to private tutoring.
John Dalziel's insight:

Although VirtualNerd is aimed at middle school and high school mathematics learners, it is also ideal for older learners who need support in Functional Skills for example.
Users can select a maths subject area and start to refine their topic by skill and strand.
Once users have identified the information they need help with, they have access to view a brief, visual video explaining exactly how to solve the problem or understand the concept.
What's impressive is how specific VirtualNerd gets.
Learners can spend hours online searching for tutorials on how to do certain problems.
With VirtualNerd, the time spend searching is significantly reduced so that learners can quickly find what they're looking for and get to work applying their knowledge.
I'd say it's a "must check the site out" for practitioners; if only to see how user-friendly the resources are and providing a model for their own resource creation(s).

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Studygeek: Free maths help online

Studygeek: Free maths help online | technologies |
Here you can find hundreds of free math lessons, answers and useful math solvers, which will help you with your math classes.
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Studygeek offers hundreds of free online mathematics tutorials.

The site features a combination of written tutorials and video tutorials sourced from the web.
Like similar sites, Studygeek organizes lessons according to subject and topic.
Studygeek targets high school and undergraduate mathematics learners.
Ideal for learners that need of a quick refresher or a little help when they get stuck on their course/homework.

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Brain Doodles

Brain Doodles | technologies |
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Sketching can, for some learners, be one of the best ways to generate ideas and to communicate them.
It’s also good for note taking.
Learners don’t have to be an amazing artist to communicate through sketching.
To help learners learn sketching basics, get them todownload the sketching exercise lessons at Brain Doodles (listed under Educators Resources - Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click resources).

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Google Tips

Google Tips | technologies |
A bunch of other stuff you can do with Google.
John Dalziel's insight:

Google Tips is collection of examples and tips for Google product use.

Practitioners or learners can select a specific product to learn about or scroll through the whole gallery of tips for all products.

Most of the tips are things that I would categorize as "beginner" tips.

Beginner tips are great for those that are just getting started with...


Google Apps for Education,Chromebooks, and/orAndroid tablets.
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