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Google Tone

Google Tone | technologies |
Broadcast any URL to computers within earshot.
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Early Days as yet but, Google has launched a new experimental Chrome extension that lets users (e.g.practitioners) transmit the URL of a website to other nearby computers (Used within the learning environment) using nothing but sound.
To try the feature...
   - all computers must first have the Google Tone Chrome extension installed and
   - all computers must be within reasonable earshot of each other.
Then when the practitioner is on a webpage they’d like to share...
   - they hit the little Google Tone tab in their browser and they’ll hear a little succession of beeps — not too dissimilar to an old ZX Spectrum computer loading a game.
   - nearby machines receive a notification with the sender’s Google profile and picture embedded within the message, and
   - the learners can open the URL on their own PC.

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The Internet for Left-Handers©

The Internet for Left-Handers© | technologies |

Since the majority of people are right-handed, including me, whenever you hover over a link you see a right-handed cursor.


It may not seem important to us right-handers but, even if you are a left-handed person, you are still forced to see the right-hand cursor.


Thanks to a useful Chrome plugin called “Internet for Left Handers” left-handed users can turn the right-hand cursor into a left-hand cursor while viewing the webpages.


So if you are a left-hander, simply install the plugin into your Chrome browser.


Once installed the plugin icon will appear to the right of the address bar in your browser. Simply click on it to enable or disable the left-hand cursor on webpages.


Tip: If the plugin doesn’t work after the installation, restart Chrome.

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Digital scrapbooks for learner creativity, self-expression, and imagination - Beeclip EDU

Digital scrapbooks for learner creativity, self-expression, and imagination - Beeclip EDU | technologies |
Beeclip EDU is...
- for practitioners and learners
- an easy-to-use scrapbooking application that promotes learner creativity, self-expression, and imagination


Beeclip EDU scrapbooks allows users to use images, videos, text and much more.


The best way to get an overview is to use the no-registration trial. You'll get the idea in less than a couple of minutes.


Beeclip EDU can be used for all kinds of creative work; for example...
- Scrapbooks
- Moodboards
- Photo albums
- Collages
- Portfolios
- Yearbooks
- Posters
- Diaries
- Journals

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An application that allows users to sketch and create art work in their web browser.


This is done either by going to a website, or by installing an app in Google Chrome. (Important Note: Harmony does not seem to work in Internet Explorer, but it does run in Chrome, Firefox and Safari.)


Harmony isn't fancy, and lacks documentation or tutorial support.


However, it is an extremely versatile tool for creating art work with a mouse on a computer screen. I spent far too long using it and experimenting with allthe settings.


Work can be saved in .png format with a unique URL. Or, you can easily capture the resulting artwork as a screenshot.

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Chrome Remote Desktop app

The Chrome Remote Desktop app has the potential to aid assessers and on-line practitioners engage with their learners when they need support when trying to accomplish tasks on their computers; I've no doubt there are many other uses.


Using the Chrome Remote Desktop App (still in beta) Learners can grant access to their computer to practitioners, who also has the Chrome Remote Desktop App installed.


If individuals want to share their desktop,they just click "share now" and Chrome Remote Desktop will generate an access code to give to the person who will access their computer.


Obviously all parties will need Google Chrome and the app.


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Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader

Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader | technologies |
eBooks are a phenomenon that can no longer be ignored. Whether you’re one of the early adopters, or still sticking religiously to paper books, you must have noticed how easy it’s become to get your hands on an eBook.


This post provides some great apps that will help users enjoy eBooks on their desktop.

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Appointlet | technologies |

Appointlet is an Appointment Scheduling Tool Built For Google Calendar.


Many Learning Provider Stakeholders have to deal with making appointments and then logging them into a calendar so they can actually remember to keep them.


There are easier ways.


Appointlet is one that those stakeholders may want to take a closer look at.


Appointlet lets those wishing to make appointments to use the web hosted applet to see the calendar and schedule an appointment with individuals (Selected from a list).


They can look at availablility, and with a couple of clicks add their name to the selected schedule. 


The biggest plus is the integration with Google Calendar.


When a client schedules an appointment with an individual, it will automatically show up in their calendar.


Appointlet also has a built-in reminder system, so if having it in your calendar isn't enough, individuals will be alerted.

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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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Three Ring

Three Ring | technologies |

Often Practitioners find it difficult to manage the huge number of learner assignments and quizzes they get. At times, pulling out a learner’s quiz from a big stack can be time-consuming.


Here to help is a tool called Three Ring.


Three Ring is a free to use smartphone application that offers versions for Android and iOS devices.


The app helps practitioners organize the quizzes and assignments of their learners by taking pictures of the papers and then uploading those pictures online.


Uploaded images can be tagged and sorted class/group-wise.


To find images, log in to the service and use the tag information to pull the images.

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WeVideo - Collaborative Online Video Editor in the Cloud

WeVideo - Collaborative Online Video Editor in the Cloud | technologies |

WeVideo lets users tell their story with video. WeVideo's online video editing platform is affordable, simple to use, and uniquely collaborative; users can invite other people to create and edit with them.


In WeVideo's video editor, users can upload their own media clips or use stock media clips to produce a video. The video editor provides tools for trimming the length of display and/or sound of each element added to a video project. WeVideo's Google Drive app allows users to save all of their video projects in their Google Drive account.


WeVideo also offers an Android app that learners can use to capture images and video footage to add to projects.


The FREE Option provides...

1 GB storage
360p resolution
15 export minutes per month
Export to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter
5 invites per project
390 licensed music titles

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Sleep Preventer 1.3 - Windows

Sleep Preventer 1.3 - Windows | technologies |

You will know how annoying it is when, in the middle of a presentation or showing a video clip, the computer goes to sleep or hibernates because it has been inactive for a while.


SleepPreventer is a simple piece of software that can help prevent a PC from going to sleep or hibernating, no matter how long you leave it inactive for.


It also prevents a PC from dimming the display and/or starting the screensaver. 


Once installed, click on the “Prevent Sleep” icon, it overrides whatever default settings your PC may have.


Choose it to prevent sleep for a specific period of time like 5 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours or for infinity.


SleepPreventer is dead simple to use and can be really useful for watching movies, doing presentations or other stuff where your PC remains idle for a long time.

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Sketch Toy

Sketch Toy | technologies |
Draw sketches with animating lines and share replays with friends!
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As practitioners I'm sure you will have tried out a number of online drawing tools and explored what they have to offer. If you haven't tried it check out Sketch Toy.
Sketch Toy is a free to use website offering a simple drawing interface but with a unique twist – the lines drawn can be made to appear as various degrees of shaky animations.
The canvas you are given has a texture that highlights this animated effect of shaky lines. The images created can be shared through a direct link. When people visit the link, they see the entire drawing made from start to finish, just like the user created it. Users can also download the image as a PNG file and share it but, of course, the animation effect would is lost.
P.S. the app offers a Chrome app as well.

P.P.S. With screen capture,it can be used to demonstrate maths or Science equations etc.

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Font Changer with Google Web Fonts™

Font Changer with Google Web Fonts™ | technologies |
Change the font on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Youtube or any other site. Test Google Web Fonts™.


This tool is very useful for web developers who want to see what font they should use on website they are producing.


Font Changer, with Google Web Fonts, allows users to change...
- the font;
- the weight;
- the style, and
- the size of the font,

...on a website; all of which is great for people with poor eyesight who need bigger text to read comfortably.


Users can use this Chrome extension to change fonts on all websites, or they can pick and choose certain fonts for certain sites.


This gives them the ability to make the web a more consistent or varied place, depending on their needs and/or taste.


When users click the extension’s icon they can choose to modify global fonts, which is how they will change all websites, or users can choose custom settings to set the font for a certain website.

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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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Storyboard That

Storyboard That | technologies |

Storyboard That is a tool for learners and/or practitioners to use to...
- create simple cartoon stories
- create outlines for longer creative writing projects or
- script videos they're producing.


The free plan, users do have to register to save, allows users to save three projects per day.


Storyboard That provides users with 3-frame and 6-frame templates in which they can create their story.


Storyboard That provides dozens of...
- scenes,
- characters, and
- text bubbles fill the storyboard frames.


Each element dragged onto a storyboard's frame has its own layer that can be...
- moved nearer or further back,
- flipped or mirrored
- resized,
- rotated, and
- repositioned.

David Donat's curator insight, February 6, 6:27 PM

Per investigar-hi una mica. Sembla que té moltes possibilitats

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Upverter | technologies |

Here is one for engineering/electronics learners looking for applications that let them create electronic circuit diagrams and schematics.


Upverter offers users a wide variety of electrical components including opamps, relays, antennas, power supplies, microcontrollers, and a lot more.


They can use either generic components or real part models. Each real part model is accompanied by details such as pin labels. 


Users can download the schematic files for their project to use with a PCB creation program or simply to get the circuit’s image file in the PNG file format.


Upverter offers a free account that lets users have unlimited public projects and up to three private projects.

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9 Data Visualization Tools for Librarians and Educators

9 Data Visualization Tools for Librarians and Educators | technologies |

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;


- Twitter Visualizer;

- Tagxedo



PS I make that 10 but who is counting?

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Now available, the Pearltrees iPhone app.


It is a free app that allows users to organize their links, images, and videos just as you would on the web version of Pearltrees (mentioned in earlier curations). 


Learners and/or practitioners can get Pearltrees on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Asana: the Modern Way to Work Together

Asana: the Modern Way to Work Together | technologies |


- is a task management tool for groups;

- allows users to create multiple projects and lists of assignments for completing each project.

- allows users to assign tasks to the members of a group;

- provides feeds for projects so that members can subscribe and receive updates about new assignments and progress toward the completion of projects;

- has a mobile website that users can use on their iPad or Android tablet.

- has a Chrome web app.


Asana could be a great tool for learners to use to manage complex long-term projects that they are working on in teams.


Practitioners can use Asana to create a group of students then use Asana to send them assignment and/or other reminders.


Managers may also find Asana great for planning academic department meetings.


Groups can have up to 30 members in the free version of Asana.

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muvee Cloud

muvee Cloud | technologies |

I'm not sure why it is a requirement for web 2.0 applications to have strange names of missspelt names but, Muvee Cloud is a simple service for creating videos based on images and audio files.


Muvee Cloud is a place for creating collaborative, and ideal for educational purposes, private photo albums.


As a creator of an album users can select the best images and create a video for the group/team.


Users can choose to share the resulting videos privately so that only those invited can see them or they can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, or embedded into a blog, vle, ePortfolio etc..

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technologies | technologies |

Do learners find themself forgetting homework assignments?


Well that is obviously not good for their grades.


With myHomework, there is a small yearly charge, that will not be a problem anymore.


myHomework will help learners keep track of their assignments.


Find out more at ;


- Track classes, assignments, tests & more!
- Sync between the website and iOS or Android devices.
- Receive due date reminders.

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