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OECD iLibrary: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

OECD iLibrary: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development | technologies |
The new OECD cross-searchable online library containing over 5000 e-books, 5000 MS Excel™ tables, 400 statistical datasets and 2500 working papers.
John Dalziel's insight:
  - ready-made tables to interactive databases, 
  - "at a glance publications" to full reports, 
...the OECD iLibrary offers wide ranging research and knowledge to a variety of audiences. 
All book and journal content is available to all users to read on-line by clicking the READ icon. 
Read editions are optimised for browser-enabled mobile devices and can be read on-line wherever there is an internet connection - desktop computer, tablets or smart phones. 
They are also shareable and embeddable. 
The OECD iLibrary also features content for all users to access and download such as the OECD Factbook, OECD Working Papers, Indicators, and more. 
NOTE: Subscribers benefit from full access to all content in all the 7 available formats. PDF, Read, ePUB, Web, CSV, XLS and Data. 
Visitors to the OECD iLibrary can browse by... 
  - Theme, 
  - Country, 
  - Theme & Country 
  - Catalogue and/or 
  - Statistics 
NOTE: The Themes in the OECD iLibrary include... 
  - Agriculture and Food 
  - Employment 
  - Governance 
  - Social Issues/ Migration / Health 
  - Urban, Rural and Regional Development 
  - Development 
  - Energy 
  - Industry and Services 
  - Taxation 
  - Economics 
  - Environment 
  - Nuclear Energy 
  - Trade 
  - Education 
  - Finance and Investment 
  - Science and Technology and 
  - Transport. 
An iLibrary well worth a closer look!
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BookWidgets - A must-have for creative teachers

BookWidgets - A must-have for creative teachers | technologies |

BookWidgets is an affordable app that empowers teachers to create and distribute interactive exercises for iPads and Chromebooks in minutes.

John Dalziel's insight:
If practitioners want to make the most of tablets and computers in their Learning Environments (Including Flipped Learning), then BookWidgets is a must look at resource. 
With BookWidgets, Education professionals can create... 
● dynamic lessons, 
● reading exercises, 
● quizzes, 
 ...and many more options for interactive course eBooks and/or assignments. 
Visit to view the 30+ widget types practitioners can choose from. 
Tailored educational exercises and teaching apps are easy to make and are instantly graded so practitioners and their learners can track progress in real time. 
As an example, you can see how to configure a WebQuest widget visit
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Read&Write for Google Chrome™

Read&Write for Google Chrome™ | technologies |
Boost reading and writing confidence. Offer support for Google Docs/web to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.
John Dalziel's insight:
Read&Write for Google offers a range of powerful support tools to help learners gain confidence with reading and writing, including... 
Hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual colour highlighting; See the meaning of words explained with text and picture dictionaries; Hear text translated into other languages and much more’.
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JellyBean Writer and JellyBean Scoop

JellyBean Writer and JellyBean Scoop | technologies |
JellyBeanScoop Autopub description
John Dalziel's insight:

Jellybean Writer and Jellybean Scoop could be good resources for ESOL/ESL/EFL functional skills etc. Learners could read (four reading levels) fun and interesting news stories on Jellybean Scoop then write their own stories about the topics covered in the articles they've read.
When writing, learners can...
   ▪ import pictures from their computers and
   ▪ write captions for each image.
A variety of layout templates, background colours, and fonts are available for them to use.
The resulting stories can be...

   ▪ saved online or

   ▪ downloaded and printed.
If practitioners feel that picture books are too simple for their learners, they can skip using pictures and select one of the text only templates for the pages in their books.
NOTE: 1: Users have to create an account to access the reading questions and writing tools on Jellybean Scoop. 2: Practitioners who create accounts for themselves can also create and manage accounts for their learners.

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ESL Fast - A free online English learning resource

ESL Fast - A free online English learning resource | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Finding appropriate texts for ESL/EFL/ESOL/ELL/ etc., is a challenge for many practitioners. This website provides a range of texts to use with...
   -  Beginners and
   -  Intermediate
...ESL/EFL/ESOL/ELL/ etc., learners.
The Beginners resources include...
   -  Easy Conversations
   -  Super Easy Reading
   -  Easy Reading
   -  Children English: Start Reading
   -  English Level 1
   -  English Level 2 and
   -  English Level 3
The Intermediate resources include...
   -  Conversations
   -  Short Stories
   -  2 USA targeted resources and
   -  Sentence Structure Writing Practice.
I'm sure practitioners ESL/EFL/ESOL/ELL... practitioners will find these resources useful.

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Evernote Clearly | Evernote

Evernote Clearly | Evernote | technologies |
Clearly makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. Save them to Evernote to read them anywhere.
John Dalziel's insight:

Evernote Clearly is one of my favourite tools that I also feel will enhance any learner's on-line reading experience.
Evernote Clearly provides a distraction free environment where users can...
   - enjoy their reading
   - customize their reading experience by changing the text fonts
   - choose a theme for the background of their page
   - highlight passages and save the whole page with highlights to their Evernote account (If they have one) and
   - Premium users can also benefit from the text to speech functionality
An ideal extension for learners to use when reading online.

Evernote Clearly is available for free download for Chrome, Opera and Firefox.

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SummarizeThis™ | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Do you have learners who are slow readers?
Do they have trouble remembering what they've read?
Do they want to get more out of their day?
Summarize This helps users to...
- read faster,
- remember more and
- boost their overall productivity, providing a summary.
Insert the content of text into the box and press the “summarize” button to get just a summary.
NOTE: this is a useful tool for users to get an overview of web-content for example, and/or an Academic Paper but may not include all the "facts" in the resulting summary.

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FunBrain | technologies |

FunBrain is the #1 site for online educational games for learners of all ages. (math, grammar, science, spelling, history)

John Dalziel's insight:

Funbrain offers several interactive educational games for use with IWBs as well as online books and comics. The games cover a range of subjects.
Funbrain contains more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in maths, reading, and literacy.
A bonus for some, there are also books and comics available to read.
Many games are Flash-based and so are not iPad-friendly, unless you've added Photon Browser, but there are resources on Funbrain that will work on an iPad as well.
It would be nice if there was a “full screen” button to make them bigger, and so easier to see on an IWB.
Users can play with page zoom in their browser settings to get round this.
Functional skills practitioners should take a look around to see if there’s anything they can use.
Games are grouped by subject and also by grade, which can help to narrow things down.

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RoomRecess | technologies |
Free educational online games for children. Our games reinforce the skills that are vital to elementary students. We offer many math and reading games.
John Dalziel's insight:

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.

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. 

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GCF LearnFree

GCF LearnFree | technologies | - The freedom to learn what you want, when you want, absolutely free! Check out our Everyday Life, Basic Math, and Computer Training today!
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GCFLearnFree is a free online learning resources for anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and maths skills needed to be successful in both work and life.

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An interesting resource for history/social studies/media classes or English Language Arts/Reading classes to put the period of a book, that is being read, into perspective for learners.


- Select a year and view videos from that year

and/or select

- sports, and/or video games, and/or commercials, and/or current events, and/or television, and/or movies, and/or music from a specific year

- click refresh, and TRAVEL THROUGH TIME.


YTTM lets users voyage to whatever year they  pick.


Note: clips tend to be mainly from the USA.

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Cruxbot - A web application to summarize web pages

Cruxbot - A web application to summarize web pages | technologies |

Cruxbot summarizes web pages, articles etc., within seconds.


Cruxbot aids understanding by helping users create a framework, of such texts, in their mind before reading in greater depth.


Learners can see key words and terms in context to build a better understanding of them before they read.

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Reading Bear - learn to read for free!

Reading Bear - learn to read for free! | technologies |
Reading Bear is a collection of free, well-made, multimedia phonics presentations.


Reading Bear, a project of, is a free program online to teach beginning readers vocabulary and concepts while systematically introducing all the main phonetic patterns of written English, all using innovative rich media.


How does it work?
In each presentation—playable either as a video or as an interactive slide show— one or a few related phonics rules are introduced.


Reading Bear and WatchKnowLearn are free, ad-free, non-profit projects of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. 

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CommonLit | Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources

CommonLit | Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources | technologies |
CommonLit is a free digital collection of fiction and nonfiction texts and question sets, organized by theme, essential question and grade level.
John Dalziel's insight:
CommonLit is a free website designed to help learners develop advanced reading and writing skills. 
Learners within the USA are the target audience but, it is well worth a closer look here in the UK. 
CommonLit gives practitioners access to a full free digital curriculum that enables them to... 
 ● assign texts to learners, 
 ● score written responses, 
 ● send real-time feedback and 
 ● collect analytics on learner progress. 
CommonLit has recently released a new feature called text sets and they are available for free. 
Each text set contains 5-20 individuals lesson resources that share a common topic or historical period. 
Like all of the materials on CommonLit’s free website, the texts themselves can be assigned to classes or individual students via the platform. 
tudents answer a set of text-dependent questions on-line and practitioners access data analytics on learner progress. 
Each text also comes with... 
 ● a discussion guide, 
 ● recommended paired passages, 
 ● related media, and 
 ● a parent guide. 
Learning providers with limited technology can download printable versions of the resources. 
Another relatively new feature from CommonLit is Guided Reading Mode, designed specifically to help struggling readers understand difficult text. 
Watch the video at to learn more about this feature.
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SpeakIt! | technologies |
Tired of reading? Select text you want to read and listen to it. SpeakIt converts text into speech so you no longer need to read.
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SpeakIt, a Chrome add-in, reads selected text using Text-to-Speech technology with language auto-detection. 
It can read text in more than 50 languages.
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Zing! Free access to thousands of eBooks.

Zing! Free access to thousands of eBooks. | technologies |

FREE EBOOKS FOR TEACHERS AND LEARNERS! Unlimited free access to thousands of incredible eBooks for practitioners and their learners. 

John Dalziel's insight:

On Zing users can browse for books by...
   ● topic,
   ● language, or
   ● reading level.
They can read the books in their web browser on a laptop or tablet. However, Zing is more than just a repository of free eBooks.
In the Zing reader learners will find a built-in dictionary and tools for taking notes while they read. is well worth looking at to see some of the features of Zing

Heather Harriso's curator insight, October 23, 2015 10:19 PM

E-books are not going away and here to stay.  Many student hate e-books for academic purposes and can be difficult to maneuver.  I always tell my students to become more familiar with them because they will continue to be faced with e-books.  A site like Zing! is a great resource in learning more about e-books and become more familiar with the format.  For students being forced to use e-books, I recommend to buy a second monitor to view the e-book on one monitor and complete homework on the other. It's the best of both worlds. 

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Rewordify - Understand what you read

Rewordify - Understand what you read | technologies | helps you read more, understand better, learn new words, and teach more effectively.
John Dalziel's insight:

Rewordify is an on-line tool that practitioners can use with their learners to help them read difficult passages.
Rewordify simplifies complex passages and render them reader-friendly.

   - can paste in difficult sentences, paragraphs, or whole chapters and then click on "Rewordify text".
   - will then get a paraphrased version of their text with a simpler and easier vocabulary.The reworded words are highlighted which means that learners can click on them to hear and learn the origin harder words.
Rewordify also allows users to obtain a simplified version of any web page. Just paste in the URL of the webpage you want to read in the yellow box and hit 'Rewordify'.

To learn more about how Rewordify works, watch the video at...

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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | technologies |
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.
John Dalziel's insight:

Regardless of the age of learners, a common challenge exists for many practitioners:

Given that varied reading levels may exist within a single learning environment, it can seem virtually impossible to have all learners access the same content in a way that allows them to comprehend the material.
NEWSELA solves this by providing practitioners with a database of non-fiction articles.
In addition, each article can be adjusted by Lexile for up to five different reading levels, and some articles include comprehension quizzes.
One for Functional Skills practitioners I feel.

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Booktrack Classroom - Amplify your story

Booktrack Classroom - Amplify your story | technologies |
Booktrack has created a new genre of digital storytelling entertainment. The patented technology lets anyone add a synchronized movie-style soundtrack—including music, ambient audio and sound effects—to an e-Book or other digital text content, with the audio paced to each individual’s reading speed. This innovative platform enables users to create and share stories—on a mobile or tablet device—in a unique and exciting way, transforming the “written” word.
John Dalziel's insight:

Booktrack Classroom – delivers an experience for today’s generation of digital-savvy learners, providing new ways for learners to study and enjoy reading and writing.
Booktrack Classroom is a new technology that synchronizes audio with text to create an immersive reading experience.
Stories and essays published with Booktrack include a customised, movie-style soundtrack that complements the story.

Booktrack can be used in a variety of ways to engage with learners. Here are just a few examples:

Narrative Writing – Learners add music and audio to their original stories.Informative and Explanatory Writing – Learners compose essays and articles selecting suitable audio to accompany their text.Literature Study – Learners gain insight and increased understanding of the text by creating their own soundtracks for novels, stories, and plays they are reading in class.Read-Alouds – Practitioner and learner led read-alouds are enhanced through the addition of sound and music to the chapter or act being presented.

Booktrack Classroom can be used on both an individual basis as well as in group learning exercises.

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Our Little Earth

Our Little Earth | technologies |

Current Events; News; World News for Learners

John Dalziel's insight:

Our Little Earth is a great international online newspaper aimed at younger learners but, suitable for a much wider age group. It's delivered every two weeks directly to a subscribers inbox of their email and best of all, it is free!
Past editions of Our Little Earth can be found on the site for learners to read and explore.
Each issue can help learners stay informed about what current events are happening in the world around them.
- Every edition has a map showing students where the news came from for the issue.
- Articles are easy for learners to read
- Articles offer enough background information that learners can make connections to the text and better understand it.
Our Little Earth is an excellent source for Functional Skills and other learners to read just-in-time, non-fiction text, at a level that is accessible to them.
Encourage Learners to read through a story-a-day in Our Little Earth. It's an excellent starting point for learners to...
- fact check,
- make connections, and
- confirm the reliability of a source.
There is always something fresh as the News is current, relevant and touches enough transdisciplinary themes that learners can make connections to other reading and learning they are doing.
Learners will, I'm sure, become more informed, and as such they will be able to better articulate things about their world.
Note: Using the search feature helps learners dig even deeper into events and themes. What happened, this month, a year ago?

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The We Do Listen Foundation

The We Do Listen Foundation | technologies |
Helping children learn how to listen, improve their self esteeem and deal with bullying and violence.
John Dalziel's insight:

The We Do Listen Foundation offers...
- free animated stories,
- games, and
- lessons for young learners.
The books and their corresponding lessons are designed to help youngsters learn about things like...
- how to be a good listener,
- what to do about bullies, and
- good sportsmanship.
All of the books feature the character Howard B. Wigglebottom.
Learners can create their own Howard B. Wigglebottom stories on the We Do Listen Foundation's website.
The foundation provides online tools and templates for writing and colouring their stories.
Visitors to the site will also find templates that they can print out and have learners colour offline as well.
Creating their own stories could be a good way for learners to express what they think are proper social interactions in school.

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Help your child’s reading with free tips & free ebooks | Oxford Owl

Help your child’s reading with free tips & free ebooks | Oxford Owl | technologies |
Oxford Owl: Help your child’s reading with free tips, phonics support, free ebooks, and the latest reading news. All from Oxford University Press.
John Dalziel's insight:

Oxford Owl is a collection of free children’s ebooks for learners ages 3-11. Each ebook has accompanying audio so that learners can choose to read along, or read independently. The books also have activities focusing on reading comprehension and story recall. There are several options for filtering the ebooks including by...
- age,
- book type, and
- by series.
As well as the eBooks visitors will find...
- activities and recommendations for each age group,
- games to print and play, and
- online games with characters from the books and site.
NOTE: Oxford Owl is flash-based. Not ideal at all for a learning environment full of iPads. Luckily, there are solutions. There are several Flash Browsers that you can download for the iPad to view flash content. My current preference is Photon.

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50 Useful Apps For Students With Reading Disabilities

50 Useful Apps For Students With Reading Disabilities | technologies |
Helpful tools and iPad apps for students with reading and learning disabilities.


Practitioners are undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help bright young learners, with reading disabilities, meet their potential and work through their disability.


This post highlights a few of the amazing apps out there that can help learners with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see learning as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle.


Note: Not all are free.

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What speed do you read?

What speed do you read? | technologies |

Compare your reading speed to the USA national average.


Have you ever wanted to compare your reading speed and comprehension to others?


Well with this handy test you can find out how fast you read, compared to the USA national average.


The test presents users with a page from a piece of classic literature and tell them to read it at their natural reading speed.


Reading it at a normal pace is important, because there will be a test after to make sure they did not just skim through the text.


The questions on the test are not overly hard, they are just designed to make sure readers actually absorbed what they read.


Once users finish and pass the test, it will give their results, and how they compare to the rest of the world.

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Scooped by John Dalziel! Send to Kindle Send to Kindle | technologies |

Send Once, Read Everywhere: Reading your personal documents on Kindle has never been easier.

•Send to Kindle is a free Windows program from Amazon.

The purpose?

•To enable users to send documents from a computer to their Kindle or another device, such as an iPad, that has a Kindle app installed.

•With Send to Kindle installed on learning provider PCs learners can right-click on a document file and transfer it wirelessly to a Kindle device.

•Very handy for anyone to read reports or other documents while away from a computer and or without Internet access. Practitioners/Learners may find this a good way to proofread documents while on the move.

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