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ClassroomScreen - your browser turns into an interactive board

ClassroomScreen - your browser turns into an interactive board | technologies | Scoop.it
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Classroomscreen is a FREE, simple web tool for users to... 
  - utilise digiboard widgets  
  - help learners focus more on their work. 
Users... 
  - launch their web browser and visit the website 
  - project it on a screen in their learning environment or share their screen if on-line. 
Their browser turns into an interactive board and has the capability to display various tools that they and their learners will LOVE. 
There are a wide range of tools and capabilities. 
Users can... 
  - choose a background 
  - type instructions in text-boxes 
  - choose a work symbol as a visual reminder for learners (they include work together, ask neighbour, whisper and silence 
  - set a timer or show the clock & calendar 
  - use the traffic light 
  - pick a random learner's name 
  - use the calculator 
  - draw in-screen or full-screen 
  - generate a QR-Code - Simply click the QR code icon, enter the url of a website you would like learners to visit and the tool instantly generates a QR code for them to scan with a handheld device. 
  - drag and drop the icons in the right place 
  - select a language 
Take a look at the walk-through video clips at... 
Educational Practitioners should check out ALL of the functions of this web tool; after all, IT'S FREE!
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Post-it® Plus - turn any physical sticky notes into digital notes

Post-it® Plus - turn any physical sticky notes into digital notes | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Post-it® Plus. Download Post-it® Plus and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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I've worked with many colleagues and invited presenters who use "Post-it" notes for many activities, to collect feedback and many other things. 
Generally, these "Post-it" notes are then photographed (at best) and binned. 
To be fair, the activities have, in many cases been engaging, but the physical manipulation, removal of duplicates, collation etc. can waste time. 
The Post-it Plus app that can make such activities more engaging and take less time. Post-it Plus is a free iPad app that you can use to turn any physical sticky notes into digital notes. 
With this free app installed on an iPad or iPhone users can... 
  - snap a picture of a collection of physical sticky notes and have them quickly digitised. 
Once the notes are digitized... 
  - re-arrange them, share them with collaborators, and/or 
  - send them to another application like Dropbox. 
If users have multiple sets of notes they can combine the best notes into one board on the Post-it Plus iPad and iPhone app. 
For a quick overview, take a look at https://www.youtube.com/embed/jtQljSfghiA ;
Post-it Plus is ideal for... 
  - digitising the output of a brainstorming session that started with physical notes; 
  - learning environments in which only the practitioner has an iPad or there are only a few iPads; practitioners could have their learners carry-out brainstorming sessions with physical notes then go around the room with one iPad to create a digital record of those notes. These can then be projected, via the app, through an LCD projector or interactive whiteboard to show learners all of the notes and talk about which notes should be sorted into various categorised boards in the app. 
That's just a taste of what can be done. It must be worth a closer look.
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Educational Apps | Facebook

Educational Apps | Facebook | technologies | Scoop.it

Educational Apps. FiTES (Find Try Evaluate & Share) - You are the experts in your field of work

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Sharing posts about apps and extensions I've found, tried and evaluated for the world of Education.
For learners, practitioners, and other stakeholders...
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Screencast-O-Matic - Address Frequently Asked Questions with Screencasting

Screencast-O-Matic - Address Frequently Asked Questions with Screencasting | technologies | Scoop.it
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Every learning environment has learners who... 
► need a little extra help, 
► have frequently asked questions, and/or 
► need the ability to rewind and listen to content again. Screencasting offers a great solution to address these questions or offer brief tutorials for learners. Screencastomatic... 
► allows users to create such videos; 
► offers the option to publish to YouTube or Screencastomatic; 
► places a yellow halo around the users cursor to make it easier to track.
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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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Google Computer Science Education

Google Computer Science Education | technologies | Scoop.it
Google Computer Science Education Programs, Resources and Tools
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Google has recently launched this new website, called Computer Science Education, to help visitors learn coding and computer science. 
 Google Computer Science Education provides a collection of powerful tools, resources and programs to engage individuals in learning about the wonders of computer science. 
It also provides them with a number of scholarships, internships, residences and several other resources to help them develop their professional and technical skills. 
The three main sections in the website are: 
► Learn Computer Science - resources and programs designed specifically for learners and educators, plus a number of key tools learners can use to write computer programs. 
► Participate in Academic Opportunities - programs that offer a wide variety of opportunities to help individuals expand their Computer Science knowledge and cultivate valuable professional experience. Also includes ‘scholarships to support learners world-wide’. 
► Access Career Opportunities - resources to help individuals develop professional and technical skills.
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Triptico Plus - interactive resources to create engaging learning

Triptico Plus - interactive resources to create engaging learning | technologies | Scoop.it
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Triptico is a collection of interactive resources which enable practitioners to create engaging learning for their learning environments. 
Potential users can sign up for a free Triptico account on the home page. 
Free accounts provide a free trial of Triptico Plus. 
Users can then decide if they would like to subscribe or simply use their account to access the free resources. 
Creating, saving, adapting and sharing interactive learning content is very easy with Triptico.
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BoomWriter - 3 Tools, 1 Unique Process

BoomWriter - 3 Tools, 1 Unique Process | technologies | Scoop.it
BoomWriter is a free group-writing website for teachers where students develop and enhance their writing, reading, vocabulary, and peer assessment skills.
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BoomWriter is a free on-line platform that lets learners collaboratively write stories and a whole lot more.
Currently BoomWriter is being used in over 26,000 schools, BoomWriter is a tool that will bring a spirit of experimentation, craftsmanship, and fun to your writing instruction.
The BoomWriter platform consists of three separate tools...
► StoryWriter - BoomWriter’s original tool. In StoryWriter, learners work together to build a story,
► WordWriter - which is more about using key vocabulary terms, rather than composing a story. Learners practice using whatever vocabulary words assigned to them, and
► ProjectWriter - which combines the first two tools to make them work well for nonfiction writing.
BoomWriter would make a great addition to any course where writing is part of the curriculum. If learners are used to writing on their own, the collaborative aspect of BoomWriter will give them more exposure to the writing of their peers, and the competitive aspect will make many learners "up their writing game". If practitioners are looking for something to freshen up their writing instruction, they should give BoomWriter a try.

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BoomWriter is a free on-line platform that lets learners collaboratively write stories and a whole lot more.
Currently BoomWriter is being used in over 26,000 schools, BoomWriter is a tool that will bring a spirit of experimentation, craftsmanship, and fun to your writing instruction.
The BoomWriter platform consists of three separate tools...
► StoryWriter - BoomWriter’s original tool. In StoryWriter, learners work together to build a story,
► WordWriter - which is more about using key vocabulary terms, rather than composing a story. Learners practice using whatever vocabulary words assigned to them, and
► ProjectWriter - which combines the first two tools to make them work well for nonfiction writing.
BoomWriter would make a great addition to any course where writing is part of the curriculum. If learners are used to writing on their own, the collaborative aspect of BoomWriter will give them more exposure to the writing of their peers, and the competitive aspect will make many learners "up their writing game". If practitioners are looking for something to freshen up their writing instruction, they should give BoomWriter a try.

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Choosito! - Search - Web

Choosito! - Search - Web | technologies | Scoop.it
Search Choosito! Web
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Choosito is a search engine that offers a reading level index for its search results. When learners and/or practitioners search on Choosito they can select to refine results to reading levels marked as...
■ Early Readers,
■ Emerging Readers,
■ Fluent Readers, or
■ Advanced Readers.
In addition to reading level refinement Choosito offers an option to sort results by subject area.
Choosito's basic search tools, including the reading level and subject area filters, are available to use for free.
Choosito also offers a premium service that lets practitioners to...
■ create collections of resources,
■ manage student accounts, and
■ track students' search habits.
Learners who feel overwhelmed by unfiltered results on Google or Bing, could benefit from using Choosito to filter search results. Likewise, learners who have trouble refining their search terms could benefit from Choosito's "related searches" suggestions.
Practitioners who are looking for reading materials for their learners, should appreciate the option to filter results to a reading level appropriate for them.

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Note Anywhere

Note Anywhere | technologies | Scoop.it
with this ext, you can make notes on any web page, any position. when you open that page again, the notes get loaded automaticly.
John Dalziel's insight:

Note Anywhere is a great note taking tool to use on your Chrome browser.
This Note Anywhere Chrome app has some interesting distinctive features.
It allows users to easily make notes anywhere on a webpage. And even when you close the webpage and come back to it the notes load automatically. This is definitely a great tool for annotating content users curate on-line.
All notes can be easily moved by a simple drag and drop and changes are saved in real time.
Users can also customize their notes the way they desire: change the...
     ► background colour,
     ► text colour,
     ► text size and
     ► font.
Another feature from Note Anywhere is the ‘Notes Summary’ which displays a short overview of all the notes users have made so far. NOTE: To delete any note, hover the mouse over it and click the ‘delete’ button.

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Wunderlist | To-do list, Reminders, collaboration and more!

Wunderlist | To-do list, Reminders, collaboration and more! | technologies | Scoop.it
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There are many tools for making check lists. Practitioners, and/or learners, could...
   ● go old-school and keep check lists in a paper notebook, or
   ● put them on Post-It notes on their desk, or
   ● use a plain text file to keep track of their check lists, if they’re a fan of the minimalist look on their computer.
There are also a lot of other great tools that can be used to manage checklists, each of which can be very valuable if they decide to make a lot of different lists.
Wunderlist is one such tool that allows users to...
   ● make different to-do lists.
   ● organize and share their to-do/work etc., lists.
   ● set Due Dates and Reminders and Assign to-dos. No matter whether their lists are course/work related or just for fun.
   ● share their lists and work collaboratively on projects with others.
Wunderlist works seamlessly across all major devices, available for free on...
   ● iPhone,
   ● iPad,
   ● Mac,
   ● Android,
   ● Windows,
   ● Kindle Fire and
   ● the Web
No matter what they’re planning, how big or small the task may be, Wunderlist makes it easier to get stuff done.

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Splashtop Classroom

Splashtop Classroom | technologies | Scoop.it
Now view and control the teachers PC/Mac directly on your Chromebook or using your Chrome Browser
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Splashtop Classroom is a tool that allows practitioners to control and share lessons and presentations on their desktop with all learners in face-to-face environments.
Learners will be able to see and follow everything practitioners do on their desktop.
Practitioners and learners can use whiteboard tools to add annotations and drawings to lesson content right from their own devices.
Practitioners can...
● launch Splashtop Classroom on their mobile device and turn it into an interactive whiteboard.
● use the toolbar to draw, highlight or write over any content.
● draw over flipchart backgrounds – or include their own worksheets.
● use the spotlight and screen shade tools to keep learners focused.’
● move around the learning environment while still controlling and interacting with learners feedback on the lesson.
● pass control to learners, letting them express their ideas by annotating and using the whiteboard features.
Take a look at https://www.youtube.com/embed/p5q5uaVIOkA to see how you can use Splashtop Classroom with learners

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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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The Chromebook App List by the NCCE Tech-Savvy Teachers

The Chromebook App List by the NCCE Tech-Savvy Teachers | technologies | Scoop.it
Updated 14 August 2017 Permanent short link to this document: http://techsavvy.link/chromeoslist About this document: One of the hurdles for teachers adopting Chromebooks in their classroom is finding alternatives to software they previously used on their Windows or Mac desktops o
John Dalziel's insight:
One of the hurdles for Education Practitioners adopting Chromebooks in their Learning Environments is finding alternatives to software they previously used on their Windows or Mac desktops or laptops, or even their iPads. 
The Chromebook App List is a mixture of Chrome extensions, Chrome Apps, and web-based tools that help drive productivity, production, and creativity. 
All of the tools have been tested by the NCCE Tech-Savvy Team on both newer and older Chromebooks and are 100% compatible based on their experiences. 
The intention is that this list will be a living document and will change and adapt over time. 
NOTE: As with any list you find on the Internet (including my posts), users should research and carefully vet any suggested tool, before adopting them within their learning environments. 
Well worth a look! 
P.S. Visitors to this resource are encouraged to share additional resources that can be added
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graph.tk - On-line graph sketching app

Online graph sketching app that can graph functions and numerically solve differential equations. Requires Javascript HTML 5.
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Graph.tk... 
● is easy and fast to use, 
● runs straight from within the browser using the new HTML5 features, 
● can still save all the graphs, and it still works when you're not even connected to the net! 
Just... 
1: Visit http://graph.tk 
2: Click the "+" button to add a new function 
3: Type the equation using 
    * for multiplication, 
    / for division and  
    ^ for exponentiation. 
NOTE: To type special characters use "\name". 
For example, \sqrt" yields √ and 
\pi produces a π.
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Guess The Wordle - using word clouds with learners

Guess The Wordle - using word clouds with learners | technologies | Scoop.it
Level One   simple, one topic, suitable for Grade One, Two, Three
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This is one way to use word clouds with learners. 
On "Guess the Wordle", Jen Wagner has posted a collection of word clouds that learners look at and then guess what they are about. 
The Learners could also be set the task of producing such word clouds themselves, for others to guess what the word cloud is about!
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Microsoft Office Mix and Office Mix Gallery – the free LCMS (Learning Cloud Management System)

Microsoft Office Mix and Office Mix Gallery – the free LCMS (Learning Cloud Management System) | technologies | Scoop.it
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Office Mix is an add-in for PowerPoint 2013 that allows users to create interactive educational content quickly and easily. 
Once users enable the add in they can... 
► add quizzes or polls, 
► record screen capture video, 
► insert audio and videos and 
► add and remove digital ink during the presentation. 
It is a content creation system. 
When practitioners have completed the production of their lesson or course in Office Mix, they can export the presentation as a video or as a SCORM compliant file which they can then upload to their LMS. 
What is even more exciting is the ability to share lessons by uploading them to the Office Mix Gallery, found via the menu at the top of the Office Mix screen. 
So, Office Mix Gallery could be used as a learning management system.
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Office e interattività per la formazione è ancora di là da venire, ma che anche Microsoft cominci a muoversi é un segnale impossibile da ignorare
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The Teacher Toolkit

The Teacher Toolkit | technologies | Scoop.it
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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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Seesaw - empowers learners to independently document what they are learning

Seesaw - empowers learners to independently document what they are learning | technologies | Scoop.it
Seesaw - Student Driven Digital Portfolios. For iOS, Android, Chromebooks
and Computers with Chrome or Firefox. Free for teachers!
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Seesaw empowers learners to independently document what they are learning. 
 They can “show what they know” using... 
■ photos, 
■ videos, 
■ drawings, 
■ text, 
■ PDFs, and 
■ links. 
 They can also import directly from most popular apps. 
When learners add to their Seesaw journal, content is uploaded, organized by student, and immediately accessible to practitioners from any device. 
This makes it easy for practitioners and learners to review progress over time and demonstrate growth. 
Practitioners can... 
■ browse work from their entire "class", or for an individual. 
■ use folders to organize work by subject area or project. Seesaw also provides support for learners to use QR code sign in and/or email/Google account sign.
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Screen to Gif - create GIFs from screen recordings.

Screen to Gif - create GIFs from screen recordings. | technologies | Scoop.it
Record your screen, edit and save as a Gif or video!
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Screen to Gif is a free open-source program that allows users to create GIFs from screen recordings.
Practitioners are already aware that Screen recordings can be helpful for creating tutorials, but being able to convert screen recordings to a GIF looping animations is also useful for many situations.
Screen to Gif is intuitive to use, but you may find it useful to take a look at the "walk through" for set-up and use on you computer, available at http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/58007/create-gif-screen-recording/
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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, March 1, 2016 12:31 PM
Screen to Gif is a free open-source program that allows users to create GIFs from screen recordings.
Practitioners are already aware that Screen recordings can be helpful for creating tutorials, but being able to convert screen recordings to a GIF looping animations is also useful for many situations.
Screen to Gif is intuitive to use, but you may find it useful to take a look at the "walk through" for set-up and use on you computer, available at http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/58007/create-gif-screen-recording/
Suvi Salo's curator insight, March 1, 2016 12:41 PM
Screen to Gif is a free open-source program that allows users to create GIFs from screen recordings.
Practitioners are already aware that Screen recordings can be helpful for creating tutorials, but being able to convert screen recordings to a GIF looping animations is also useful for many situations.
Screen to Gif is intuitive to use, but you may find it useful to take a look at the "walk through" for set-up and use on you computer, available at http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/58007/create-gif-screen-recording/
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blubbr - create interactive quizzes based on YouTube clips

blubbr - create interactive quizzes based on YouTube clips | technologies | Scoop.it
blubbr.tv allows people to play and create video trivia games about the things they love. blubbr is all about making the things you're interested in into fun, social games.
John Dalziel's insight:

Blubbr is a quiz creation service that enables users to create interactive quizzes that are based on YouTube clips.
Their quizzes can be about anything of their choosing. The structure of the quizzes has a viewer watch a short clip then answer a multiple choice question about the clip.
Viewers will know right away if they chose the correct answer or not.
Users may find the video available at https://www.youtube.com/embed/FSxkQdB_RuE useful as it demonstrates how to use Blubbr to create a video-based quiz.

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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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To-do list and task manager. Free, easy, online and mobile: Todoist

To-do list and task manager. Free, easy, online and mobile: Todoist | technologies | Scoop.it
Trusted by millions, Todoist is the best online task management app and to-do list. For Web, iPhone, iPad, Android, Chrome, Outlook and many more!
John Dalziel's insight:

Research is a time-intensive activity, which means learners will benefit if they have a tool to organize both their professional and personal life.
Todoist is one option worth a closer look.
Todoist enables learners to manage all of their projects and access them from any platform they own, including their...
     → desktop computer,
     → laptop, and/or
     → portable devices.
They can also share their tasks and collaborate with other people.

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JotForm · Form Builder

JotForm · Form Builder | technologies | Scoop.it
JotForm's form builder helps you create & publish online forms anywhere, anytime without writing a single line of code. Free without ads!
John Dalziel's insight:

JotForm provides a good alternative to Google Forms, allowing users to easily create forms that they can share with others or embed in websites and/or or blogs and/or other web presences.
JotForm also provides over 10 themes and over 2000 ready-made templates to utilize when building forms and if users want to add their personal touch to the forms, JotForm is customizable.
Using JotForm's drag and drop form builder users can create their forms in minutes.
When someone completes a form, JotForm emails the responses to the owner instantly.
An additional plus is that JotForm integrates seamlessly with Google Drive and Dropbox.
NOTE: The free version of JotForm provides some pretty decent features (e.g 100 monthly submissions, 100 MB space, unlimited forms, reports and fields per form).

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Astonishing Engineering - Engineering and Technologies

Astonishing Engineering - Engineering and Technologies | technologies | Scoop.it
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Astonishing Engineering was launched in May 2015 to promote engineering education among younger learners through creating educational articles, sharing hidden engineering history facts and new findings.
Astonishing Engineering provides resources for students (and/or practitioners) looking to learn more about various engineering industries, including but limited to...

   ● Gas and Chemical industry,
   ● Architecture and Construction,
   ● Mechanical Engineering,
   ● Geology and mining
   ● Metallurgy
   ● Electrical Engineering
   ● Transport
   ● Power engineering,

Astonishing Engineering...
   ● offers specific engineering tips and tools to help learners solve challenges within learning environments and in everyday life;
   ● contains the large collection of in-depth engineering and technology articles

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