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using New and Emerging Technologies to enhance Learning Provider's "current Practice" - John is a retired eLearning Adviser, but keeping up to date, and all views are his own
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JellyBean Writer and JellyBean Scoop

JellyBean Writer and JellyBean Scoop | technologies | Scoop.it
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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Hemingway

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Hemingway is a free tool designed to help learners analyse their writing.
Hemingway...
   - offers a range of information about the passage they've written or copied and pasted into the site;
   - highlights the parts of their writing that use passive voice, adverbs, and overly complex sentences.
All of those factors are accounted for in generating a general readability score for their passage.
Note: A new beta version (you can opt-into it) includes tools for formatting text within the Hemingway editor.

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Youngzine | News and more for the Young

Youngzine | News and more for the Young | technologies | Scoop.it

Youngzine is an online News Magazine for younger learners. It provides an educational, entertaining, yet safe way for kids (and adults) to get the latest news from around the world.

John Dalziel's insight:

Youngzine is a website site that features...
   - news,
   - sports, and
   - entertainment stories for younger learners (and adults).
The classroom blogs feature is worth a closer look.
Youngzine classroom blogs enable practitioners to create a private online space for their learners to use to discuss news stories.
Practitioners can register their learners on Youngzine and assign them to their 'classroom'. Then within their 'Youngzine classroom' they can assign articles for their students to read, ask them to response to articles and discussion prompts, and view their scores on the Youngzine weekly quiz.
In addition to the classroom blog option, Youngzine also offers learners the option to contribute their own reporting to the site through the U-Write section of the site. Learners can sign-up individually to contribute to Youngzine's U-Write section or a practitioner can register their entire class.

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Story Starters

Story Starters | technologies | Scoop.it
Websites for Writers
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Two tools to engage learners
   - First there's Scribble is a word game for kids, adults, families, and learning environments. The goal is to create as many words as possible (in a given time perhaps) using the ten letters that are randomly generated.
Then there's either...

   - Story Starter which randomly generates 215,572,250,880 story starters which can be used as starters for short stories, novels, plays, scripts, or just for fun.

OR
   - Story Starter, Jr. whichprovides 171,600 story starters for younger learners. All three links can be accessed when you take a closer look

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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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Purdue OWL

Purdue OWL | technologies | Scoop.it
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
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Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an online website that provides free guidelines and rules on a variety of research topics including how to reference papers using both MLA and APA styles. Although nothing replaces having an official MLA or APA guide book, OWL does prove to be handy.
OWL provides learners with...
   - pointers and short samples and examples of how to go about using citations and references in their paper. Users can use the entries on the left hand side to quickly jump to any section they have trouble with.
   - general guidelines on how to prepare and format papers and manuscripts in both MLA and APA. These guidelines are a must read for anyone engaged in scholarly work.

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Search the OWL!  This website is a powerful tool that can answer most writing style questions.

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Tapestry: Beautiful Storytelling/"writing"

Tapestry: Beautiful Storytelling/"writing" | technologies | Scoop.it
Tapestry is a growing collection of short, wonderful stories made for reading on your phone.
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For me, Tapestry isn't so much about the growing collection of short stories ideal for reading and enjoying on a smartphone.
It's more about a new way for learners and/or practitioners to tell stories, embracing some of the most important elements of telling a great story: succinctness, pacing, and creativity.
To be fair, the growing collection of short stories are ideal for engaging Functional Skills learners learning to read and/or express themselves.
Oh yes, the app (iPhone & Android) allows them to create and read stories on the go!

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Penzu

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Free personal journal and online diary.
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With a simple design and paper-like interface, Penzu is extremely intuitive and easy to use.
Keeping a daily diary with Penzu couldn't be easier. Users can write at any time from anywhere.
Reflective Journals help learners to "Get Smarter" - Keeping a journal or diary can not only boost learners' "working memory" but their grades too.
The act of writing can be extremely therapeutic, especially when writing about thoughts that they don't share with others.
Questions to consider daily could include...
   - What did I do today?
   - Did I have any strong feelings, good or bad, about my day?
   - What would I like to remember (or forget)?
   - Do I remember feeling this way before?
   - If my day could have gone better or worse, how might it have unfolded?

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Writefull: - Tutorial

Writefull: - Tutorial | technologies | Scoop.it
Writefull Writefull is a writing assistant tool that works with a small popover (on Mac) or pop-up window (on Windows). Unlike many other apps,
John Dalziel's insight:

Writefull is a writing assistant tool that works with a small popover (on Mac) or pop-up window (on Windows).
Writefull comes in two editions: the free Google Books edition, which uses the English Google Books database, and the paid Web edition, which uses the Internet.
I've tried the Free edition and feel it is a useful tool for all Learners. (We are all learners!)
Writeful uses data from Google Books (5+ million books) and the Web to give users language support.
All users need to do is...
   - select a chunk from your text,
   - activate the Writefull popover (Ctrl + Space), and
   - choose one of Writefull's options.
The options include...
   - Checking the number of results
   - Comparing the number of results
   - See examples in context
   - Find words in context and
   - Find synonyms in context

I suggest you start here on the Tutorials page.

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Quick and Dirty Tips

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Quick and Dirty Tips : Helping you do things better.
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Quick and Dirty Tips creates and distributes digital content that has much to offer Functional Skills Practitioners.

NOTE: Some resources may need adapting for UK learners as they target USA Learners.

With planning and careful selection, the content available offers short, actionable advice from friendly and informed authorities that will help learners succeed at work and in life.

Whether they want to...

 

manage their time and money better,communicate more effectively,observe the correct rules of etiquette, orimprove their performance in other home and workplace endeavors,

 

...Quick and Dirty Tips shows learners that education and entertainment can go hand in hand, and that learning can happen no matter what stage of life they’re in.

Quick and Dirty Tips content is available as...

 

PodcastsVideosArticles based on the podcast episodeseNewslettersAudiobooks
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Hummingbird

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The Western system of music notation goes back hundreds of years, and it has been befuddling learners of all ages for generations.
Enter “Hummingbird,” a New Form of Music Notation that claims learners will find it both easier to learn and faster to read.

The video on the homepage provides a good overview and, by clicking the Guide link at the top of the webpage, further details are provided; including a second video clip.

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Plinky

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Writing is one of the key literacy learning skills.


For many learners it can also be one of the most challenging.


The way learning Providers teach 'writing' has alot to do with their learners attitude; if they can find engaging and collaborative ways to teach writing then, their learners writing performance will be enhanced.


One strategy is to use technology.


For learners, generating ideas is often the most difficult phase of their writing process.


This is where Plinky can help.


Every day Plinky provides a new prompt (like a question, or a challenge), and everyone gets a chance to answer.


Users can...
- add photos, maps, playlists and more.
- easily share their Plinky answers on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, and most major blogging services.

 

In their words...
"We know you've got something interesting to say. Plinky is here to help you say it in a fun and compelling way."

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50 Useful Apps For Students With Reading Disabilities

50 Useful Apps For Students With Reading Disabilities | technologies | Scoop.it
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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ProjectWriter - learners can collaboratively write reports

ProjectWriter - learners can collaboratively write reports | technologies | Scoop.it
ProjectWriter - Conduct group nonfiction writing projects centered around Social Studies/History, Science, or Technical Subjects
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ProjectWriter is a service through which learners can collaboratively write reports while using vocabulary terms and dates that practitioners have assigned to them.
The benefit of using ProjectWriter for this process is that practitioners get to see each learner's contributions to the project in the 'teacher' dashboard.
They can also give feedback to learners...
   - individually or
   - to the whole group.
Check out ProjectWriter, for ideas about using it within education

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Analyze My Writing

Analyze My Writing | technologies | Scoop.it
An Online Writing Sample Content and Readability Analyzer: analyze your writing and get statistics on words you use most frequently, word and sentence length, readability, punctuation usage, and more.
John Dalziel's insight:

No this isn't just another word cloud tool like Wordle, there's much more to it than a word cloud generator.
Users just paste their text into Analyze My Writing and it will generate a large amount of information about your writing.
Analyze My Writing will...
   - give users a break-down of the readability of their writing on five indices;
   - include listings of the most common words and most common word pairs in their writing; and
   - provide a listing of how frequently they use punctuation and punctuation types.
Oh yes, and finally, a word cloud is included at the end of the analysis of their writing.
Analyze My Writing could be a great resource for learners to use when editing their assignments.

Beyond the readability of the their papers learners will receive important information about the words and phrases they have used repetitively in their writings.

Well worth looking at, and/or trying out.

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Interesting way to get some feedback on the way you write.

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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.
John Dalziel's insight:

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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WordWriter

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WordWriter provides a new way of "Learning Vocabulary" through writing
WordWriter...
   - is a new writing tool from BoomWriter.
   - allows practitioners to create vocabulary lists that they want learners to incorporate into a writing assignment.
   - assignments offer a good way to have learners practice using new vocabulary words in context.

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WordWriter provides a new way of "Learning Vocabulary" through writing
WordWriter...
   - is a new writing tool from BoomWriter.
   - allows practitioners to create vocabulary lists that they want learners to incorporate into a writing assignment.
   - assignments offer a good way to have learners practice using new vocabulary words in context.

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Booktrack Classroom - Amplify your story

Booktrack Classroom - Amplify your story | technologies | Scoop.it
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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Pen.io - Publish a Beautiful Blog Post

Pen.io - Publish a Beautiful Blog Post | technologies | Scoop.it
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Pen.io enables learners to publish the work they create immediately.
All they need to do is...
   - create a personal URL,
   - insert the written work onto their personal page,
   - enrich it with tags and images,
   - change the theme of the page and
   - publish a beautiful post
...all in a matter of minutes.
The service is extremely fast and simple to use; it requires no setup and doesn’t store any personal information or email addresses.

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Widbook | Write, read and share!

Widbook | Write, read and share! | technologies | Scoop.it
Find great books, publish your own, collaborate and follow authors around the world. Be part of amazing stories on this online platform for book enthusiasts.
John Dalziel's insight:

Writing workshops, as an approach to teaching writing, have been around for more than 30 years now.
Writing workshops provide a theoretically sound and pedagogically useful model for writing instruction within learning environment. The main emphasis of this approach is on "teaching the writer then the writing".
Writing workshops rely on a set of core principles and one of these principles is about giving learners the chance to publish and share their works with others. Widbook provides a web tool practitioners can use to publish their students work.
Widbook allows users to easily create and publish e-books.
Learners can import their word documents, use images and videos and share all in one single ebook without the need for any technical knowledge.

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ESL Writing Online Workshop (ESL-WOW)

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The ESL Writing Online Workshop is an online multimedia program designed to guide non-native speakers of English through each stage of the pre-writing, while-writing, and post-writing processes:
1) Getting Ready to Write,
2) Developing Your Ideas,
3) Revising Your Work, and
4) Editing and Polishing.
This online resource is designed for both college students and adult learners.

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Andrea Wilson Vazquez's curator insight, June 21, 2013 7:33 PM

For college ELs

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Widbook | Write, read and share!

Widbook | Write, read and share! | technologies | Scoop.it
The social network to find books, publish your own, create shelves and spread ideas.
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An easy online platform to write books, share stories and add photos and video. Also invite colleagues, learners, friends etc. to co-write with you.

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lettrs

lettrs | technologies | Scoop.it

In their "real World", Learners are being encouraged – conditioned in fact – by many social platforms to...
- like,
- comment,
- tweet,
- text, or
- send at communication speeds that are more akin to a reflex rather than a well-composed expression of thought and ideas.

 

Such accelerated communication creates new challenges in both literacy and attention.

 

Not everything in the life of a learner should be done faster, especially when taking the time to write a meaningful or thoughtful letter.

 

But technology has let students down here.

 

The communication of many learners has become wildy fragmented, thoughtlessly fast, with social communication and mobile platforms seeking quantity instead of quality.

 

lettrs (all lower-case), a platform for “slower communications”, brings old letters back from the past as important social and learning objects, to inspire 'learner letters' to be written in the process.

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