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ELSA - Your virtual pronunciation coach

ELSA - Your virtual pronunciation coach | technologies | Scoop.it
ELSA is a mobile application that functions as a personal coach to help English learners around the world speak English more correctly and confidently
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ELSA, which stands for English Language Speech Assistant, is a mobile application that functions as a personal coach to help English learners around the world speak English more correctly and confidently. 
Some of ELSA's features include... 
► Practice frequently-used English words, phrases and sentences; 
► providing users with instant feedback to fix their pronunciation errors; and 
► a pronunciation dictionary to help users check their own pronunciation of any word in English.
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Google Input Tools on-line

Google Input Tools on-line | technologies | Scoop.it
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With Google Input Tools practitioners, and/or learners, can type on the Web in any language of their choice.
They can even add words to a custom dictionary for future use.
The service works offline and has...
► a Chrome extension,
► Android app, and
► a Windows program
...that users can install.
Ideal for learners on Language courses.

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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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Word Map

Word Map | technologies | Scoop.it
This experiment brings together the power of Google Translate and the collective knowledge of Wikipedia to put into context the relationship between language and geographical space.
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This is for those studying languages.
Just...
   - Type in any word in any language, from Arabic to Zulu, then...
   - Click any of the links on the map to hear it spoken.
The map shows how words spread around the World, and what languages share the same spelling.
Clicking a word in a country tells users more about the language with a link to its Wikipedia page.
Note: it works best with simple words.

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Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for young learners

Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for young learners | technologies | Scoop.it
Get Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for Kids on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Imagistory is a creative storytelling app which uses wordless picture books.
The idea behind the wordless books is that youngsters get to be the storytellers, simply by using their imaginations to tell the story using the pictures, creating it as they go.
It's a new way for learners and parents/teachers to share a story together, ones which can be told a different way every time.
Imagistory helps...
   - foster creativity,
   - imagination and
   - to develop language and early literacy skills.
Youngsters are already natural storytellers, so help them discover this and unleash their storytelling potential!

Could also be used for ESOL, EFL, ESL and Modern Language learning.

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FREE Printables from MakeBeliefsComix

FREE Printables from MakeBeliefsComix | technologies | Scoop.it
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If learners don't have access to computers, take a look at the Make Beliefs Comix printable templates to use as writing prompts. I'm sure there is a category that will provide appropriate resources for learners.

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Google Noto Fonts

Google Noto Fonts | technologies | Scoop.it
Beautiful and free fonts for all languages. Noto is Google’s font family that aims to support all the world’s languages. Its design goal is to achieve visual harmonization across languages.
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Noto fonts are under Apache License 2.0. Simply select a region of your interest and pick languages. You will then be provided with download links for each one.

Ideal for learners on language courses or for learners who want to communicate with family and/or others in their native tounge

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Student Interactives - ReadWriteThink

Student Interactives - ReadWriteThink | technologies | Scoop.it

Engage your students in online literacy learning with these interactive tools that help them accomplish a variety of goals—from organizing their thoughts to learning about language—all while having fun.

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The tools available include...
   - Organising & Summarising
   - Inquiring & Analysis
   - Writing Poetry
   - Writing & Publishing Prose and
   - Learning about Language

One for Functional Skills practitioners, and others, I feel

 

 

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The tools available include...
   - Organising & Summarising
   - Inquiring & Analysis
   - Writing Poetry
   - Writing & Publishing Prose and
   - Learning about Language

One for Functional Skills practitioners

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PoodLL

PoodLL | technologies | Scoop.it
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PoodLL is free, and open source, and designed around the needs of language courses.
However it is being used in a wide range of ways.

The feature comprises a collection of various plugins for the Moodle vle that include...
   - audio player,

   - recording audio and video clips,

   - draw pictures directly in real time.
You will also find there are really interesting little widgets that include a...
   - Flashcard widget,
   - stopwatch,
   - countdown timer,
   - click counter,
   - webcam broadcaster,
   - webcam subscriber,
   - set of dice,
   - audio/video pairs,
   - calculator and more.

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Newseum | Today's Front Pages | Map View

Newseum | Today's Front Pages | Map View | technologies | Scoop.it
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At the Newseum site, Practitioners and their Learners can select a country and see front pages from around the world.
Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum website displays these front pages each day on its website.
The front pages are in their original, unedited form, and some may contain material that is deemed objectionable to some visitors.
A useful resource for those on language courses, media courses, and more.

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Word-Search Maker and Wordsearch Directory - From teachers-direct

Word-Search Maker and Wordsearch Directory - From teachers-direct | technologies | Scoop.it
Teachers Direct Wordsearch Maker is a free to use resource enabling teachers to produce professional printable and interactive wordsearch puzzles.
John Dalziel's insight:

A free resource allowing practitioners to create professional printable or interactive wordsearch puzzles in seconds or download and use ready made from the ever growing database.

A great way to reinforce key words and ideal for starter activities or homeworks.

The resource is completely free to use.

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Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 9, 2013 3:00 PM

More people are running to charity tube to post free videos and watch free videos than posting on you tube. Try posting at charity tube and you will never leave. http://www.africatube.net/ More visitors and more video views. Don't take our word for it, try it. Post one same video on youtube and put it on  http://www.africatube.net/ and return ater five hours and compare the viewers rate and decide for yourself. Create your very own group or forum and control who watch it and invite everyone to watch the video. Above all, post video in English or in any language and viewers can watch video description in their own language. Try it and let us know your experience. Above all it is absolutely free like youtube

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Rewordify

Rewordify | technologies | Scoop.it
Rewordify.com helps you understand more of what you read, faster. It translates hard English into easier English.
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Rewordify is a free website that converts advanced written language into less complex language (plain-English).
Ideal for helping learners to understand complex written language.
Paste or type the text that needs to be simplified into the box on the Rewordify web page, and within seconds a simplified version will appear.
Even more useful is to...
- type the URL of a website into the box
- click the Rewordify web site
...and within seconds a simplified version of the website will appear.

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Stephanie Sapp's curator insight, October 8, 2014 2:28 PM

Great for ELL, ESL and any other special needs students.  (Looks great for everyone in fact!)

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NetLingo The Internet Dictionary

NetLingo The Internet Dictionary | technologies | Scoop.it
This site contains thousands of definitions about computers, the Internet, and the online world of business, technology & communication :-) A popular online dictionary it includes one of the largest collections of text messaging, acronyms and...
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The NetLingo Dictionary is structured in an easy-to-read layout and filled with easy-to-understand definitions, using layman's language. Its purpose is to educate, entertain, and empower users about the language used in the online world. All definitions are cross referenced and sorted by Category to give users the big picture. They encourage users to Add Their Own 'Lingo' and Become an Editor.

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Eva Maier's curator insight, May 23, 2013 2:38 PM

urbandictionary.com is not bad either :)

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OneLook Reverse Dictionary

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“It’s on the tip of my tongue!” 
You know what the word is, but you just can’t remember it. OneLook Reverse Dictionary might help – type the concept or definition and it’ll throw back a list of possible words that match.
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VocApp Flashcards - Optimize Learning

VocApp Flashcards - Optimize Learning | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

VocApp is a free service for creating and studying multimedia flashcards.

Learners can use VocApp in their web browser or in their free iPad and/or Android apps.

It's ideal to help learners learn a new language.
Once they're signed-in they can click "create flashcards" and...
     ► begin writing out a list of words;
     ► choose the language that they want to learn
...and VocApp will automatically translate words from English to the language they've selected.
Also on the flashcard creation screen they can add an image to represent the words they're entering into their flashcards.
NOTE: In the case of common words, VocApp will automatically add images to flashcards.
To help learners pronounce words, VocApp offers audio support.
Although VocApp does offer some pre-made flashcard sets for sale, learners don't have to purchase anything in order to use the service to create and study their own flashcards. There is also a large gallery of public flashcards created by other users and made available for free.

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A Maths Dictionary for Kids 2015 by Jenny Eather

A Maths Dictionary for Kids 2015 by Jenny Eather | technologies | Scoop.it
Interactive, animated maths dictionary for kids with over 600 common math terms explained in simple language. Math glossary with math definitions, examples, math practice interactives, mathematics activities and math calculators. © Jenny Eather 2001-2015.
John Dalziel's insight:

Understanding the language of maths is a barrier for many.
A Maths Dictionary for Kids, may help some learners, it has been around for along time.
Every year it is updated with more great content and not just for kids.
The dictionary provides simple and clear definitions of math terms.
Each definition includes a small diagram or simple activity to illustrate the term's definition.
A Maths Dictionary for Kids does not have a search option, but it doesn't need one as all definitions appear alphabetically just like in a physical dictionary.
Nearly all of the content in the dictionary can be printed.

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Gynzy Teachers - Free Embeddable Interactive Content for Your Website

Gynzy Teachers - Free Embeddable Interactive Content for Your Website | technologies | Scoop.it
Gynzy's 50 most popular interactive activities for your website or blog! All (50)Mathematics (26)Language Arts (18)Science (4)Social Studies (3)
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Gynzy offers embeddable Inter-actives for Teaching and Learning.
Fun Interactive Tools for...
   - Maths,
   - Language Arts,
   - Science, and
   - Social Studies
...that practitioners can Embed in any Web-presence!
Gynzy also provide these 50 free Interactives which are mostly for maths and language arts.
Under their paid plans they have many more, grouped by subject and grade level.

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Easy Accents - Google Docs add-on

Easy Accents - Google Docs add-on | technologies | Scoop.it
This Add-on allows users to easily insert accents for different languages directly from a sidebar in their Google Doc.
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Knowing the right keyboard shortcuts to type the accents and characters is one of the challenges that learners face when learning and trying to type in a new language.
Easy Accents is a Google Docs Add-on that can eliminate that challenge.
Easy Accents provides a virtual keyboard that enables learners to quickly insert the letters and accents found in...
   - French,

   - German,

   - Spanish,

   - Māori, and

   - Sámi.

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Make Beliefs Comix e-books from Bill Zimmerman

Make Beliefs Comix e-books from Bill Zimmerman | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Make Beliefs Comix e-books are PDFs that learners customise by filling in the blanks within the document.
If learners use Chrome, they can complete the PDF in their web browsers.
The Make Beliefs Comix e-books provide a nice source of writing prompts for learners.

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Tellagami - a stepping stone for learners who may be hesitant or uncomfortable speaking in front of an audience

Tellagami - a stepping stone for learners who may be hesitant or uncomfortable speaking in front of an audience | technologies | Scoop.it
Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated Gami video.
John Dalziel's insight:

Tellagami is a great idea and stepping stone for learners who may be hesitant or uncomfortable speaking in front of an audience.
Practitioners can ask their learners to record or script their own presentation based on a topic of study.
Tellagami is an app that's gaining more and more popularity in learning environments with a fun and interactive take on creating animated videos.
Tellagami lets learners create their own virtual performances using 3D digital avatars that they can design and customize themselves. By recording their own voice or simply typing the script, they can watch their own digital character bring their story to life.

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Quill

Quill | technologies | Scoop.it
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Quill is a free, on-line, interactive grammar lesson platform that essentially has learners practice grammar skills by editing and revising engaging pieces of pre-written literature.
Quill also allows practitioners to personalize curricula and assign individual lessons to individual learners.

This is perfect for those practitioners who have learners who need specialised intervention, while allowing other learners to continue as needed.
One for Functional Skills I feel.

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TEACHunicef: Explore Topics

TEACHunicef: Explore Topics | technologies | Scoop.it
Topic landing page.
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TeachUNICEF is an outreach project from UNICEF. The goal of the site is to provide lesson plans and other resources to help practitioners teach about wide variety of global issues.
A series of articles accompanies each lesson plan and suggested grade level is listed with each article.
Practitioners can download a lesson plan in its entirety or pick and choose specific parts of a lesson plan to download.
Most of the lesson plans found on TeachUNICEF include...
   - pictures,
   - videos, and
   - audio recordings.
The "explore" section of TeachUNICEF showcases materials for teaching about global issues with connections to...
   - Social Studies,
   - Science,
   - Maths,
   - English/language arts,
   - Foreign/world languages.

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Peanut Gallery

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Peanut Gallery is a Chrome Experiment that lets you create silent films using your voice.

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PEANUT GALLERY is a Google Chrome Experiment that lets users...
- add intertitles to early film clips using their voice,
- share those clips with others.
It uses the computer/laptop/other device’s microphone and the Web Speech API in Google Chrome, to turn speech into text.
PEANUT GALLERY has the potential to be great, as a fun and interactive language development activity.

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GCSE revision and A level revision | S-cool, the revision website

GCSE revision and A level revision | S-cool, the revision website | technologies | Scoop.it
S-cool Revision is the UK’s leading FREE revision website. We provide high quality A Level and GCSE revision guides, revision questions and revision notes to over 3 million students a year!
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Does what it says! This site is idealfor learners preparing for assessments and or revisiting workcovered to refresh memories, practice, prepare etc.

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MCS Learning Support's curator insight, November 4, 2013 6:55 AM

A free revision site that may help with particular topics.

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RoomRecess

RoomRecess | technologies | Scoop.it
Free educational online games for children. Our games reinforce the skills that are vital to elementary students. We offer many math and reading games.
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Roomrecess is a free website listing free educational games,ideal for Family Learning.
The games are ideal for Infant/Junior School learners, with the goal of reinforcing fundamental learning concepts in...
- maths,
- reading,
- spelling,
- language arts, and
- basic problem solving.
Roomrecess offers seven math games and seven word games. Some of the games are one player games while others are two player games. All of the games can be played without creating an account.

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Melissa Hobbs's curator insight, March 19, 2015 10:05 AM

This site features online games for elementary students.  Students can choose their game by subject area or by grade level,  Students can also choose to be a single or a dual person, when playing the games.