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SeeMeQR - Word QRs

SeeMeQR - Word QRs | technologies | Scoop.it
SeeMeQR codes are QR codes that display an eye-catching and informative word, to improve print advertising response.
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SeeMeQR - https://www.seemeqr.com/ - is a QR code made from a specially crafted URL that creates a recognisable word within the QR code. 
SeeMeQR Codes display words like INFO, READ, VIDEO, MAP, VOTE, ...and more, in large letters. 
The eye-catching words tell learners, up front, what they will see when they scan with their smartphone or other mobile device. When people know what they are getting, they are more likely to follow through. 
With SeeMeQR Codes, practitioners can link printed materials to the internet more effectively, increasing learner engagement. SeeMeQR Codes are ideal to use for displays, notices, coursework, etc. 
SeeMeQR Codes can point to any web page, videos, Facebook, etc. 
They are easy to create and can be downloaded immediately. Users provide the web page address they want, pick a word, and SeeMeQR builds the QR code that points to it. 
NOTE: Long URLs may need to use a shortening service 
Currently there are 36 words to choose, with more being added regularly. 
NOTE: These are free for non-profit organisations and No registration is required.
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Venn Diagram Maker On line

Venn Diagram Maker On line | technologies | Scoop.it
Create Venn diagrams for download or sharing online quicker and easier than ever. Begin from scratch or use our templates. Start with a FREE account today!
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Venn Diagram Maker is a web tool that allows users to easily create and share Venn diagrams. 
The process is very simple and no software download is required. Using an intuitive interface with drag and drop editor, users can easily get started creating their diagrams right away. 
Users can customise their diagrams the way they want; they can... 
► adjust the size of the circle, 
► add colour and 
► add context 
...and much more. 
Venn Maker also supports collaborative diagramming enabling users to comment and engage in conversations with their collaborators in real-time. 
Venn diagram templates are also available to choose from and then edit and add content. 
 Once completed, users can save their work as an image and/or export it as a printable Venn diagram. 
NOTE:- Lucidchart offers free accounts to "students and teachers" with their Lucidchart for Education program -https://www.lucidchart.com/pages/usecase/education ;
Introduce your STEM Course Learners and/or others, to this on-line Venn diagram software to make learning faster and more fun, without worrying about cost.
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360° Aerial Panorama, 3D Virtual Tours Around the World, Photos of the Most Interesting Places on the Earth

360° Aerial Panorama, 3D Virtual Tours Around the World, Photos of the Most Interesting Places on the Earth | technologies | Scoop.it
AirPano is a not-for-profit project focused on high-resolution virtual tours from a bird’s eye view. Being the largest resource for 360° aerial panoramas in the world – by geographical coverage, number of aerial photographs, and artistic and technical quality of the images, AirPano has already photographed over 300 most interesting locations on our planet. There are more than 3000 spherical panoramas on our website at the moment.
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The free website airpano.com contains hundreds of beautiful 3 dimensional virtual tours of beautiful locations all over the world.
The airpano website interacts with a tablet and the gyroscope built into the tablet to enable users to move around and visit these places, virtually.
As users pan theirr device around, so the image moves with them, in stunning high definition.
There are AirPano apps, not free, available both for Android and iOS which users can download from the respective App stores.
Unlike conventional photographs, spherical 360° photo panoramas allow users to rotate an image, change the field of view, and zoom in on a particular detail.

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Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view.

Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view. | technologies | Scoop.it
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In their words...
"Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about...
   - social,
   - economic and
   - environmental
...development at...
   - local,
   - national and
   - global levels.
We are a modern “museum” that helps making the world understandable, using the Internet."
Gapminder...
   - provides a good way for visual learners to see data sets in a context that is significantly different from standard data sets.
   - has a page for educators on which they can find thematic animations, graphs, quizzes, model lessons, and a PDF guide to using Gapminder.
NOTE: For practitioners working in learning environments with slow Internet connections or very strict filtering, Gapminder also has a desktop application that users can download and install for Mac or Windows computers.

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instaGrok - search for any topic in a visually engaging way

instaGrok - search for any topic in a visually engaging way | technologies | Scoop.it
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InstaGrok is an interactive search engine that allows learners to search for any topic in a visually engaging way. When learners conduct a search query, InstaGrok finds the relevant information related to that query and present it in the form of interactive concept maps (grok).
Using InstaGrok, learners will be able to explore educational content including videos and images, evaluate sources, collect evidence and use it to craft a search report.
InstaGrok also allows learners to take notes while researching a topic and provides practitioners with a section where they can review learners work and create new assignments together with the ability to guides learners throughout research projects.

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ChartsBin.com - Visualize your data

ChartsBin.com - Visualize your data | technologies | Scoop.it
ChartsBin.com is a web-based data visualization tool that will allow everyone to quickly and easily create rich interactive visualizations with their own data.
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ChartsBin is a web-based data visualization tool that will allow practitioners and/or learners to quickly and easily create rich interactive visualizations with their own data.
Users can then share their interactive visualizations with others by embedding them in...

-  websites,

- blogs or sharing via...

  - Facebook or Twitter.
A "must visit" destination for statisticians, and computer scientists!
Ideal for anyone who wishes to see research data in a refreshing way.

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9 Data Visualization Tools for Librarians and Educators

9 Data Visualization Tools for Librarians and Educators | technologies | Scoop.it

Data visualization and infographics tools are a great way to keep learners and readers engaged.

 

This post highlights nine free applications which will enable users to create their own infographics, maps, graphs, charts, and diagrams:

 

The nine applications are...

- Creately;

- Stat Planet;

- Gunn Map 2;

- Many Eyes;

- Gliffy;

- Wordle;

- Visual.ly;

- Twitter Visualizer;

- Tagxedo

- Visulize.me

 

PS I make that 10 but who is counting?

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Tagul - Word Cloud Art

Tagul - Word Cloud Art | technologies | Scoop.it
Tagul is an online word cloud generator that enables you to create amazing and unique word cloud art with ease. It's free for personal use.
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Today I'll flag up Word Clouds which consist of an image composed of words that are relevant to a particular topic. 
Tagul is an on-line word cloud generator that enables users (Practitioners or Learners) to create amazing and unique word cloud art with ease. 
Professional quality results can be achieved in no time at all, even for users with no prior knowledge of graphic design. 
Best of all the service is completely free for personal use! 
It is worth looking at the step by step example of Taguls use with younger learners; it can be found at http://www.thetechieteacher.net/2016/09/teach-synonyms-with-emoji-word-clouds.html ;
Yes there are other Word Cloud generators, but this is one that stands out from the crowd.
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Bouncy Balls - a free on-line noise meter!

Make all kinds of bouncy balls react to sounds from your microphone. A great sound/noise monitor for classrooms and a fun way to visualize music.
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Bouncy Balls is a free on-line noise meter that shows learners the volume of the noise in their learning environment. 
Bouncy Balls does this by displaying a set of... 
♥ colourful bouncing plastic balls or 
♥ bouncing Emojis or 
♥ bouncing Bubbles or 
♥ bouncing eyeballs 
...on a screen or interactive white-board etc. 
The louder learners are, the higher and more frequently the selected images will bounce. 
Visually sharing Bouncy Balls with learners, could be a good way to help them understand the appropriate volume for conversations while working on group activities in their learning environment. 
It could also be used to visualise music and/or other sounds.
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Histography - Timeline of History

Histography - Timeline of History | technologies | Scoop.it
Histography is an interactive timeline that spans across 14 billion years of history, from the Big Bang to 2015
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Histography provides sounds, animations, and visuals on an interactive timeline that spans across 14 billion years of history, from the Big Bang to 2015.
The historical information comes from Wikipedia, and the timeline self-updates as new events are recorded.
Users can...
     ● move their mouse across the timeline to speed through history.

     ● focus on one historical event to know more about it and/or
     ● use the categories on the left bar to dive into related events
The timeline helps users understand the cascading impact of related events on the world.

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infogr.am - Create infographics & online charts

infogr.am - Create infographics & online charts | technologies | Scoop.it
Create infographics and interactive online charts. It's free and super-easy!
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Infogr.am is an on-line tool for creating interactive charts and graphs.
There are four basic chart types that you can create on Infogr.am...
   - bar,
   - pie,
   - line, and
   - matrix.
Each chart type can be edited to use any spreadsheet information that you want to upload to your Infogr.am account.
The information in that spreadsheet will be displayed in your customized chart.
When you place the cursor over a completed chart the spreadsheet information will appear in small pop-up window.
Infogr.am charts can be embedded into a...
   - blog,
   - website, or
   - wiki.

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Infogr.am is an on-line tool for creating interactive charts and graphs.
There are four basic chart types that you can create on Infogr.am...
   - bar,
   - pie,
   - line, and
   - matrix.
Each chart type can be edited to use any spreadsheet information that you want to upload to your Infogr.am account.
The information in that spreadsheet will be displayed in your customized chart.
When you place the cursor over a completed chart the spreadsheet information will appear in small pop-up window.
Infogr.am charts can be embedded into a...
   - blog,
   - website, or
   - wiki.

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Leap.it

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Leap.it - a whole new take on search. What are you looking to discover? Try it now!
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Leap.it provides a visual search engine which, for some learners and/or practitioners, could enhance engagement.
Leap.it results come up displayed on cards.
For each search, it integrates social links, searching into Twitter streams, with real-time news and historical information.
If practitioners and their learners log in and create an account they can curate and share their own search ‘perspectives’ with others.

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ChemCollective

ChemCollective | technologies | Scoop.it
Online Resources for Teaching and Learning Chemistry
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Chem Collective is a project designed and maintained by Carnegie Mellon University's chemistry department and the National Science Digital Library.
On Chem Collective users will find...
- virtual labs for chemistry experiments,
- simulations,
- visualizations,
- tutorials, and
- auto-graded problems.
Learners and practitioners can search the site by resource type or by chemistry topic.
Chem Collective also offers practitioners the option to create their own Chem Collective pages containing resources and activities that they have selected from the Chem Collective library for their learners.

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