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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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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

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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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Next Vista for Learning

Next Vista for Learning | technologies | Scoop.it

nextVista.org believes learning is stronger when it starts with an engaging introduction of each topic.

 

With practitioners and learners from all over the world contributing content, it will get easier and easier to find the presentation a learner needs to say, "I get it."

 

The library resources are available for free to anyone at any time, learners are able to learn when they are most ready to do so.

 

For practitioners, the available videos can be used in the classroom to generate discussion, or even when planning lessons to generate ideas.

 

Subject areas include...

- Careers
- Health and Fitness
- History and Culture
- Inspiration and Creativity
- Literature and Writing
- Maths
- Performing Arts
- Science
- Technology
- Visual Arts
- World Languages

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InboundWriter - Create Content That Matters

InboundWriter - Create Content That Matters | technologies | Scoop.it

InboundWriter is a content optimization application that helps users blend art and science to reach and engage their audience. 

 

Inbound Writer...

- is an application for all those people who want to make their blog and other articles SEO-friendly (Search Engine Optimization) and reach the largest target audience possible.

- uses a range of sources from social networking websites and hundreds of other sources to gather the insights required to deliver you the best keywords, and SEO related help.

 

The article creation dashboard is where users write their post, give it a title and then Inbound Writer provides the necessary help required to make it as SEO-friendly as possible – ensuring your article reaches the largest amount of interested people.

 

The free version of Inbound Writer allows users to optimize up to 8 documents a month.

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BoomWriter

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BoomWriter blends creative writing and social media technology, providing a competitive writing platform that can be used in many ways.

 

Learning Providers have a more engaging creative writing process, practitioners have a tool that focuses their learners on creative writing techniques and learners have fun in the process.

 

BoomWriter can be used to encourage learners to share what they know about a specific topic and/or course module. Each learner adding chapters about what has been learned; essentially creating their own collaborative textbook.

 

Help learners understand writing with purpose and audience in mind; it's also helpful to get learners to...

- think critically about their own writing and

- evaluate other’s writing.

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mySimpleSurface

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A tool for learners and/or practitioners to use to

- create webs and mind maps

- plan creative stories that they are going to write.

- plan video and other multimedia  projects.

 

My Simple Surface works on iPads too.

 

You don't have to register to try.

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HelpKidzLearn

HelpKidzLearn is a web site full of FREE games for young children and those with learning difficulties.

 

Speaking and listening is very important for young children's educational development, particularly reading and writing.

 

The software is split into five sections:

• Early Years
• Games and Quizzes
• Stories and Songs
• Creative Play
• Find Out About

 

Family Learning practitioners can encourage parents/guardians etc. to use them as a focus for chatting.

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Purdue OWL

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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.
John Dalziel's insight:

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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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.
John Dalziel's insight:

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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How To Make Your Own eBooks And Publish Them On Amazon

How To Make Your Own eBooks And Publish Them On Amazon | technologies | Scoop.it

Ever wondered if it would be possible to make money from the worksheets / resources / etc., you've created?

 

I’m sure that more than a few practitioners have a half-written book or useful guide that they’ve put together, to help their students learn something.

 

Selling it as an eBook on Amazon would, at least, gain some exposure.

 

The idea isn’t as far-fetched as you might imagine.

 

The process of getting it into Amazon as an eBook isn’t that onerous.

 

This post take readers through the basic steps. It’s that easy!

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inklewriter

I have not got my head completely around Inkle Writer as yet but, beyond any doubt, it is one of those tools that has lots of potential uses within teaching & learning.

 

Inkle Writer...

- provides a platform on which practitioners and/or learners can write "choose your adventure" style stories;

- has a visual interface for constructing stories;

- allows users to write each paragraph (or less) as an independent piece;

- allows users to connect paragraphs to other pieces of the story; allowing the story to branch in many directions;

- allows users to piece the branches etc.,  from the resulting menu of paragraphs.

 

While trying Inkle Writer it struck me that it could be used in many ways including...

- a platform for learners to use to construct narrative stories that contain many characters and plot lines;

- a platform for practitioners to use to present various situations where their learners have decisions to make, e.g. Health & Safety; and the outcomes from those decisions.

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Pagefin - Free Page Creating, Hosting, Page Sharing & Site Hosting

Pagefin - Free Page Creating, Hosting, Page Sharing & Site Hosting | technologies | Scoop.it

Pagefin is a web page and web site sharing service that allows practitioners and/or learners to easily create, link and share their web pages and web sites. No account is required!

 

To create a webpage with Pagefin...

- click "create and share,"

- add a title for the page,

- add tags,

- enter the captcha code, and

- start designing your webpage.

 

Users can add text boxes, images, and videos to their webpages. When complete...

 

- click on the share button to have a URL generated for the page.

 

Note: The share button will also provide you with an editing link (don't share that one).

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Jottify | A new space for writers to share, read and sell

Jottify | A new space for writers to share, read and sell | technologies | Scoop.it

An online community allowing users to share, discuss and sell anything they have written.

 

The Jottify website comprises of innovative tools for creating, organising and sharing literary works with the web-engaged world.

 

Jottify allows writers, and/or learners on Writing courses, to categorise their works into chapters/scenes/sections and, incorporating open-source projects, it is a word processor tailored for writers, accessible from anywhere in the world.

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