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Google Spaces

Google Spaces | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:
Google Spaces is a new platform (May 2016) on which users can create small communities in which they share links, notes, and pictures. 
 Google Spaces could be a good tool for collaboration, projects and more; ideal for building discussions around shared resources. 
The 'Google Spaces' Chrome extension also makes it easy to share links with people in their 'Course Spaces'. 
You can learn how to create a Google Spaces community by watching Richard Byrne's Video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/-fHZFkUMpp8 ;
 Google Spaces also has the potential of hosting on-line discussions for learners.
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Polarr On-line Photo Editor 3

Polarr On-line Photo Editor 3 | technologies | Scoop.it
Lighting-fast professional online photo editor running in your web browsers. No downloads, 100% free.
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Polarr is the ideal photo editor for...
● bloggers,
● students, and
● photo professionals
Polarr lets users...
● batch export their photos,
● add a watermark, and
● work with keyboard shortcuts.
There is also a Polarr Photo Editor available on the Chrome Store, which lets users edit their photos while on the Chrome browser as long as they enable WebGL 2D acceleration on their Chrome. Ideal for ChromeBooks.

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Fotor - Photo Editor

Fotor - Photo Editor | technologies | Scoop.it
Fotor Photo Editor is a free online designer and editing tool catering to all your photographic and image creation needs! Add filters, frames, text, stickers and effects; create a photo collage, card, facebook cover, twitter cover, youtube channel art or design graphics with Fotor free online photo editor. Edit photos with Fotor now!
John Dalziel's insight:

Fotor is a tool to edit your photos and provides basic editing features...
● crop,
● rotate,
● adjust color,
...and more, on top of the ability to add effects such as lomo and vintage to enhance photographs.
Users can also...
● create collages with various templates
● pick a layout in the right size (e.g. Facebook covers) for use on social media.

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Zotero - Grab your research with a single click

Zotero - Grab your research with a single click | technologies | Scoop.it
Zotero is a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that
helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then
share the results of your research.
John Dalziel's insight:

Zotero provides means to collect all users research in a single, searchable interface. They can add...
► PDFs,
► images,
► audio and video files,
► snapshots of web pages,
...and more.
Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of the resulting library, enabling users to find exactly what they're looking for with just a few keystrokes.
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help users...
► collect,
► organize,
► cite, and
► share
...their research sources.

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Fake Handwriting: Type Anything; See It Written by Hand

Fake Handwriting: Type Anything; See It Written by Hand | technologies | Scoop.it
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Fake Handwriting is a fascinating project that uses machine learning algorithms to actually replicate handwriting in messy ways, making the sorts of mistakes that we humans make.
It’s fascinating to play with.
Has many uses e.g. Enables users to capture more relaistic images, to use within eLearning scenarios; i.e. samples of customer communications

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FotoJet - Free Online Collage Maker | Photo Card Editor and Poster Creator

FotoJet - Free Online Collage Maker | Photo Card Editor and Poster Creator | technologies | Scoop.it
FotoJet helps you to create collage, poster and photo card online with the easiest way. Try it now.
John Dalziel's insight:

FotoJet is a free on-line collage maker that helps users create...
● collages,
● photo cards,
● posters,
● social media works,
...and more, without the hassles of downloading and registering.
It has a very clean and straightforward interface. Using it is as easy as moving and dragging your mouse.
FotoJet offers some professionally designed templates. There are categories users can choose from like...
● 3-D templates,
● Art,
● Classic,
● Creative and
● Modern,
There are also categories offered for..
● Fun Photo,
● Photo Card,
● Social Media,
...and more.
Many editing tools for the images used are available including...
● Flip,
● Rotate, and
● Zoom.
Further more, text can be edited with double-click and be customized with different font, colour, and size.
Users may like to check the various samples to see what they could develop with FotoJet.

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MockDrop

MockDrop | technologies | Scoop.it
Free online device mockup images. Select your screenshot and drop it on the mockups.
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Ideal for enhancing images for presentations and more...

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AddText — Captions for your photos, quick and easy

AddText — Captions for your photos, quick and easy | technologies | Scoop.it
Easy-to-use tool for adding text and captions to your photos. Create memes, posters, photo captions and much more!
John Dalziel's insight:

AddText is easy to use and works as well on smartphones as it does on a computer.
Learners, and/or Practitioners can use it to...
● add captions to their photos,
● create their own memes,
● create great looking posters, and/or
...anything else they can imagine!

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PICFONT - Add text to picture

PICFONT - Add text to picture | technologies | Scoop.it
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With Picfont learners, and/or practitioners can easily...
   • Add text to a picture : uploaded from their (Computer, Url, Ipad...).
   • Make a poster (Meme for example) with the uploaded picture then insert text
   • Create a picture just by choosing width and height (in pixels) and a background colour, then they'll be able to add text.
Well worth trying out!

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Un service à tester pour créer des posters.

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Street Art with Google Art Project

Street Art with Google Art Project | technologies | Scoop.it
Explore the stories behind the art. g.co/streetart #streetartproject
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Google Street Art has 10,000 images, with coordinates pinpointing exact locations on all five continents.
A major aim of this project is virtual preservation. Given the temporal realities of Street Art, pilgrims may arrive to find a blank canvas where graffiti once flourished.
Documentation is key.
Not all of the work can be attributed, but users can click on an image to see what is known. Guided tours to neighborhoods rich with street art allow worldwide learners to experience the work, and the interviews with the artists dispel any number of stereotypes.
Cultural institutions like...
   - Hong Kong’s Art Research Institute, and
   - Turkey’s Pera Museum
...and street art projects based in such hubs as...
   - Bangkok,
   - Paris,
   - Rome, and
   - Sydney

...have pulled together official collections of photos and videos, but practitioners, and/or learners, can play curator too.
It’s easy to add images to a collection of their own choice which can be shared with the public at large or saved for private inspiration or used as part of an educational assignment - the list goes on.

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QuotesCover - Fastest Quote Maker

QuotesCover - Fastest Quote Maker | technologies | Scoop.it
Easy and Powerful Quote Maker! You can create high resolution quotes picture with cool typography effect easily using our quote maker app. Best for Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, Twitter, e-card, Wallpaper, and for prints.
John Dalziel's insight:

Looking for a quick and easy way to create beautiful quote graphics? QuotesCover is the tool!
With QuotesCover, users can design a visual representation of personal or famous quotes in a snap.
Here’s how it works...
   - add your quote,
   - choose your layout,
   - add a photo or choose a plain background,
   - choose the colour and font and
...you’re done!

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Photos For Class - The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class!

Photos For Class - The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class! | technologies | Scoop.it
The World’s easist way to search for safe, creative commons images and cite them.
John Dalziel's insight:

Photos for Class is an image search engine that only locates images that are labelled with a Creative Commons license.

When learners download images from Photos for Class the images include the attribution that they need to include when they re-use the image.

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MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers

MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers | technologies | Scoop.it
Get MomentCam - Personalized Cartoons and Stickers on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

If you, or your learners, fancy something different, then why not make a caricature selfie?
Make a funny image of yourself, based on a photo you take with the MomentCam app, or one that you choose from your photographs.
The resulting images are all GIF images so prepare to see some of the resulting images dancing around.
It’s worth a few smiles at least.

If you have an Android look at...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.manboker.headportrait&hl=en

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ezGIF - Animated GIF editor and GIF maker

ezGIF - Animated GIF editor and GIF maker | technologies | Scoop.it
Fast online animated GIF Maker and Editor. Upload and edit GIF images for free. Create, crop, resize, reverse, optimize and split animated gifs with ease.
John Dalziel's insight:
Gifs have progressed and are being used in the world of education; both practitioners and learners are learning how to use them creatively with an emphasis on being clever and not annoying.
ezGIF can be useed to...
● create,
● resize,
● crop,
● reverse,
● optimize, and
● apply some effects to gifs.
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BeFunky: Free Online Photo Editing and Collage Maker

BeFunky: Free Online Photo Editing and Collage Maker | technologies | Scoop.it
BeFunky Photo Editor lets you apply photo effects, edit photos and create photo collages with collage maker. Online Photo editing and creating collages has never been easier.
John Dalziel's insight:

Befunky is another image editing tool with the essentials plus the ability to add filter effects and artsy features like...
● cartoonize,
● impressionist,
● pointilism,
● watercolor,
...and others.
Users can also add...
● frames,
● graphics,
● overlays,
● text and/or textute
...to enhance their photos.
NOTE: Their Basic account is free to use and provides users with access to a library of 125 digital effects. Their BeFunky Plus account currently (Jan 2016) costs $24.95 a year, provides users with higher resolution output, offers users expanded rights use, plus a number of other features.

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Pixlr - Photo editor on-line

Pixlr - Photo editor on-line | technologies | Scoop.it

PIXLR EXPRESS Apply a quick fix or add a personal touch with creative effects, overlays, and borders. LAUNCH WEB APP

John Dalziel's insight:

Pixlr Editor allows users to edit images with features much like those found in Photoshop, the...
● lasso tool,
● smudge tool,
● blurring tool,
● clone stamp,
...and more.
If you’re looking for a Photoshop alternative, this is worth a closer look.

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Type to Design (non commercial use only): Text, in Instagram Photos

Type to Design (non commercial use only): Text, in Instagram Photos | technologies | Scoop.it
An Instagram generated font
John Dalziel's insight:

Framed photos of letters alongside each other, together spelling a name or word, is a growing trend offline. If practitioners and/or learners want to make something similar online, Type To Design is the site they’re looking for.
Using the Instagram photos from #36daysoftype, this easy to use web site will turn anything users type into a series of photos.
By just start typing they will see their collage, instantly.
NOTE: If they don’t like any of the letters they see, they just need to click it and it will change.
If they’re wondering where any particular letter came from, hover over it; a link to the original image on Instagram will pop up on the right.
Once users are happy with everything, they can download the image for sharing on social networks or anywhere else as long as it's a non commercial use.

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Loupe - create shapes with your photographs

Loupe - create shapes with your photographs | technologies | Scoop.it
Shape your photos the way you want in seconds
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Loupe Collage literally turns any user's pictures into a shape (or word) collage.
Users choose the pictures, then they choose the shape, image, or word you would like to make a collage.
Loupe Collage can access usersphotos from...
► their computer,
► Facebook,
► Dropbox,
► Flickr,
► Instagram,
...and even more!

Take a look at my first effort at http://www.getloupe.com/v/enj0cqei

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Mockup Everything | Realistic Mockups For Designers

Mockup Everything | Realistic Mockups For Designers | technologies | Scoop.it
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Free device mock-ups for practitioners and/or learners to drop their screenshots/photographs/images onto.

7 Free options and the choice to go Pro.

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The British Library’s albums | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The British Library’s albums | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | technologies | Scoop.it
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Over 1,000,000 images that practitioners and/or their learners can use for assignments, presentations, etc!
Well worth a closer look at this great resource!

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Phrase.it - an on-line Speech Bubble / Photo Editor

Phrase.it - an on-line Speech Bubble / Photo Editor | technologies | Scoop.it
Put speech bubbles on your photos and create your own comic strips within minutes! Great looking results, no sign-up needed, 100% free. phrase.it is probably the best speech bubble photo editor on the web.
John Dalziel's insight:

Phrase.it is a web tool that allows learners and/or practitioners to edit and customize their images by adding speech bubbles and different image effects. Learners could use this service to create...
● picture stories, and/or
● picture evidence for assessments, and/or
● pictures for presentations etc.
...and share them with others.

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Spruce - create text over images

Spruce - create text over images | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

Spruce is really simple.
It’s text on a background, in essence, but enables users to make great looking social media images in seconds.
Spruce also provides the additional option... to search from a bank of millions of images, so users have more background options readily available than with similar tools.

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Pablo by Buffer - Design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds

Pablo by Buffer - Design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds | technologies | Scoop.it
Buffer makes it super easy to share any page you're reading. Keep your Buffer topped up and we automagically share them for you through the day.
John Dalziel's insight:

Buffer allows users to schedule their post throughout the day; Pablo allows users to create more engaging posts by adding images with text overlays.

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Bad Maths

Bad Maths | technologies | Scoop.it
A place to store all those images of crazy special offers and examples of things that just don't add up. The aim is to use these in class as lesson starters!
John Dalziel's insight:

This "Bad Maths" Flickr group, is worth a closer look, contains lots of examples of bad maths spotted in stores and other public places.
Some of the bad maths is obvious, other examples are not as obvious.
Why not ask learners to take similar photographs or of other things where mathematics, in the real world is evident. Functional Skills Practitioners can certainly modify this to suit the different courses their learners are doing.

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Delt.ae - Online image quality assessment

Delt.ae - Online image quality assessment | technologies | Scoop.it
Webbased image quality assessment using testing for color reproduction accuracy and spatial accuracy
John Dalziel's insight:

DeltaE is a FREE open source web-based tool which'll help users assess image quality based on test- and calibration-targets present in their images..
DeltaE is a totally free, web based service that enables the user to...
   - create an account,
   - upload calibration files, and
...after uploading an image, targets will be automatically identified and analyzed.
The colour- and spatial accuracy will be reported upon, along with guideline conformity (FADGI, Metamorfoze or Metamorfoze light). Images containing ColorChecker or ColorChecker SG targets will also allow for custom ICC profile generation.
You may want to take a look at http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/blog/entry/colour-calibration-using-open-source-DeltaE for a more detailed overview 

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