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Mural.ly May Be The Mind Mapping Tool You’ve Been Waiting For

Mural.ly May Be The Mind Mapping Tool You’ve Been Waiting For | Technology | Scoop.it

Mural.ly is a new tool (still in beta, launched last week) that is a cross between Prezi and mind maps. It’s easy to use and share what you create (perfect for most students, teachers, and parents) but the real beauty of mural.ly is in its lack of structure.

 

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 11, 2013 9:09 AM

Nice and catchy way to get your students to defend and describe ideas... it can be turned into a highly powerful communicative environment... make students describe their Mural.ly in front of the class!

sarspri's curator insight, April 15, 2013 1:55 PM

Another addition to the mind mapping toolkit

 

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Wordnik

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Connecting people with meaning...

A dictionary with extras.  Try plugging in 'Facebook' for example.


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5 killer ways to open up your next presentation

Did you know modern statistics state that you have 60 seconds or less to capture your audience’s attention? You’ve might have heard it before, but maybe not

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malek's comment, June 1, 2013 4:09 PM
True, it's all about grasping attention
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 21, 2013 9:14 AM

This is to the point.

 

Frans Droog's curator insight, August 17, 2013 1:48 AM

Dit zijn echt hele goede tips, voorzien van een overtuigende redenatie, om (nog) beter te presenteren.

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Yahoo pulls trigger on $1 billion-plus Tumblr buy

Yahoo pulls trigger on $1 billion-plus Tumblr buy | Technology | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo is indeed buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion. This is easily Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's biggest move to date.

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Creating Accessible PDFs | HowTo.gov

Creating Accessible PDFs | HowTo.gov | Technology | Scoop.it
Making your PDF documents accessible is important so that all users are able to access your agency's information—no matter its format. Not only is making your content accessible a best practice, agencies are also required by OMB to maintain accessibility and follow standards fromSection 508 of the Rehabilitation Act as amended in 199

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 26, 2013 3:14 PM

Bottom line on PDF Accessibility, you must avoid using image only scans in your pdf files. Be sure they are in searchable text format (which is usually the case).  

Ruth Bass's curator insight, May 27, 2013 10:19 AM

add your insight...

Kathy Lenard's curator insight, June 10, 2013 12:20 PM

Always looking for more information on PDFs.  This information on making them accessible will definitely help me gain more information.

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How to Give a Killer Presentation

How to Give a Killer Presentation | Technology | Scoop.it

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Lydia Gracia's curator insight, May 27, 2013 6:27 AM

How to be a great speaker 

DPG plc's curator insight, May 27, 2013 1:19 PM

Really like the TED talks that it links to - some great resources to learn from

Kasidit Kolasastraseni's curator insight, May 27, 2013 2:49 PM

Good reading for anyone who wants to master the art of presentation krub. They say, practice, makes perfect

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This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All

This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All | Technology | Scoop.it

 

Daniel Jacobs also wants to use placebos for good. His new app, which he’s crowd-funding on Indiegogo, is an attempt to take the placebo out of the doctor’s office and into your home. He hopes it will make people feel better, and contribute further to placebo research.

 

You start by setting a goal: say, more joy or love in your life. Then, you choose someone to give you the placebo (maybe a friend or family member), what you want it to be (a pill, say), and where you want to take it (maybe a forest where you go running with a friend). You then "take" the placebo whenever you want to, following a pre-set ritual built into the app.

 

The point is to replicate what’s important about the placebo effect, which isn’t the pill itself, but the experience. "If we think about placebo as a transformational symbol, then people get to choose what placebo they want," says Jacobs. "It can be a pill, magic wand, holy book, communion wafer, or herbs. It just needs to be meaningful for them."


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Nikki Howell's comment, July 17, 2013 11:11 AM
I believe that could really work. I like it.
William Hanna's curator insight, July 25, 2013 10:58 AM

I completely believe in a "mind over matter" approach.  After all your body is capable of producing every drug you could ever find in a drug store.  What's even better, your body can administer the exact dose for the exact time required.  I kid you not!  The trick is to truely believe without a shadow of any doubt.

robyns tut's curator insight, September 26, 2013 5:01 AM

this app sounds very cool, however it makes me worry how much more we really want to depend on technology. When I first started reading the article i thought it looked amazing, but then I realised that I am on my phine so ofte anyway; always checkingfacebook and keeping in touch with friends, even when i have friends sitting right next to me. My phone destracts me from the here and the now, even though connection is great sometimes it blocks out life that is passing by so fast. Now there is something more we should depend on our Phones for, things that we should get from actual human interaction- Justine Pearce

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14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging

14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging | Technology | Scoop.it

So you have heard about blogging with your students and you are considering taking the plunge but just not sure what or how to do it? I am here to tell you; blogging with my students has been one of the most enriching educational experiences we have had this year, and that says a lot. So to get you started, here is what I have learned:


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English Classes Use Facebook, Social Media to Teach Writing | EducationNews.org

English Classes Use Facebook, Social Media to Teach Writing | EducationNews.org | Technology | Scoop.it

The growth of social media and online publishing tools has helped innovative teachers align curriculum and instruction with new technology.


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Google Glass: Vision for Future of Learning?

Google Glass: Vision for Future of Learning? | Technology | Scoop.it
This is a shamelessly promotional video for Google Glass, but it shows the possibilities this tool opens up for learners. Andrew Vanden Heuvel teaches advanced

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 15, 2013 10:26 AM

There's a nice video here showing how Google Glass could be used. I'd actually rather see the students wearing it than the teacher, but i guess we have to start somewhere.

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What's your digital footprint? Take this quiz and find out!

What's your digital footprint? Take this quiz and find out! | Technology | Scoop.it

I developed this quiz with members of my personal learning network (found at end of post) to get students thinking about their digital footprint. The quiz was created at the request of high school students I spoke with who thought the creation of a such a quiz could lead to a smart conversation about ways students can update their digital footprint so that it is one that leads to college and career success.


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Silvia Gallardo-Martin's curator insight, May 16, 2013 6:08 AM

A good tool to make us aware of our digital presence in the W3

Martin King's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:55 AM

This would be much more appealling - to me and all those natives -  if it was repurposed as an interactive quiz.  If time and Google Drive allows I may well get busy - and share alike.

Don Doehla's curator insight, May 16, 2013 10:51 AM

Interesting insights!

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Create online learning with 123ContactForm

Create online learning with 123ContactForm | Technology | Scoop.it

123ContactForm may not sound like the kind of tool that would be of interest to educators, but as I discovered when they asked me to review their online form creation tool, they offer quite a range of features that can solve many of the problems we have as 21st century teachers.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 17, 2013 11:36 AM

This is my review of 123ContactForm. A great tool for creating online learning.

Mack James's curator insight, August 13, 2013 11:07 PM

Online learning (Creating tools to help the 21st century teachers)

Ailish Irvine's curator insight, September 19, 2014 8:29 AM

Tool to look out for.

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12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy | MindShift

12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy | MindShift | Technology | Scoop.it

Google has made it possible for us to have instant information gratification. Just start typing the first letters of your search word and the site intuits your question and offers you the smartest choice of answers.


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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, May 23, 2013 9:20 PM

Tips to improve your searching technique

Nikolaus Wood's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:26 AM

Personally I never use this model of search beyong spell checking. Using google to find a new interst seems rather broken to me, instead I prefer to find connections from what I am already interested in. Therefor having relivant searches rather than just extensions of the letters already typed would be more beneficial.

Shirley Blowers's curator insight, June 10, 2013 6:53 PM

12 Ways to be Search savvy

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Flickr launches redesigned Android app for smartphones and tablets ...

Flickr launches redesigned Android app for smartphones and tablets ... | Technology | Scoop.it
After launching an all-new app for iOS last December, Flickr is finally giving its Android offering a similar overhaul. Announced moments ago on stage at Yahoo's New York City event, the revamped...
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Mural.ly May Be The Mind Mapping Tool You’ve Been Waiting For

Mural.ly May Be The Mind Mapping Tool You’ve Been Waiting For | Technology | Scoop.it

Mural.ly is a new tool (still in beta, launched last week) that is a cross between Prezi and mind maps. It’s easy to use and share what you create (perfect for most students, teachers, and parents) but the real beauty of mural.ly is in its lack of structure.

 

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 11, 2013 9:09 AM

Nice and catchy way to get your students to defend and describe ideas... it can be turned into a highly powerful communicative environment... make students describe their Mural.ly in front of the class!

sarspri's curator insight, April 15, 2013 1:55 PM

Another addition to the mind mapping toolkit

 

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Voice Dream: Text To Speech App

Voice Dream: Text To Speech App | Technology | Scoop.it
Text To Speech Reader App for iPhone and iPad

 

“I use Voice Dream Reader to catch up on my reading. I’m an auditory person, so I assimilate information better by listening than by reading. Quite simply, this app makes me a lot more productive. For an app that’s been out for a short while, it’s surprisingly stable, feature rich, and mature. Highly recommended.”

 

“I have a learning disability affecting my ability to read and write, and have thus been using TTS for many years. This app is one of the best I have found (the best for the iPad). There are five reasons I think so. First, It can easily import multiple formats. Second, it integrates seamlessly with Dropbox. Third, it plays in the background. Fourth, the developer’s customer service is outstanding. And fifth, the computer voices the app uses are some of the best you can buy.”

 

“This app is so awesome!! I’m in college and this helps me get through my textbook chapters quicker and easier! The voices are conversational and easy to understand. Other readers sound too much like a computer but the voices on this app are more human. I wish I found this sooner!! Love it and absolutely recommend it.”

 

“Voice Dream Reader is hailed by many as the best mobile text-to-speech (TTS) app. It has potential uses by those with physical and learning challenges as well as those without. Any student, for example, who struggles with comprehension and retention of written information could benefit."


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10 Good iPad apps for Learning English

10 Good  iPad apps for Learning English | Technology | Scoop.it
While I was working on yesterday's post " A List of Great iPad Apps for Summer Learning " It dawned on me to curate a list of iPad apps to learn English. Summer is probably the ideal time to train...

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The Best PowerPoint Alternatives for Creating Great Presentations

The Best PowerPoint Alternatives for Creating Great Presentations | Technology | Scoop.it

We’ve all endured “death by PowerPoint.” It’s a painful experience for the audience and probably not all that fun for the presenter either. To help my students deliver effective presentations—free of those deadly bullet points—I have my go-to applications.


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SlideHunter's comment, June 7, 2013 1:17 PM
Hi Baiba. We are aware about the campaigns anti PowerPoint and decided to be proactive and offer some nice diagrams for free download from our website, here is hte link http://slidehunter.com/powerpoint-templates/
Baiba Svenca's comment, June 7, 2013 4:07 PM
Thanks for this link, SlideHunter!
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 23, 2013 11:42 AM

by Richard Byrne

 

his suggestions about PowerPoint alternatives (browser and mobile applications)

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Digitizing an Elementary Writing Portfolio « Moving at the Speed of Creativity

Digitizing an Elementary Writing Portfolio « Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Technology | Scoop.it

Sarah can read very expressively, and it was not only fun to review her writing progress over the years tonight, but also remember together many of the things that have happened since we moved to Oklahoma from Texas five years ago. Without a doubt the most touching essay Sarah read tonight was "Yellow Cards." It made us both cry. In it, she recounts a story about Kent Wilson, who was a member of our church and Sunday School teacher who was very dear to Sarah. It is precious to have this story recorded in her voice, at age 10.


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Texting-in-class program gets thumbs-up from teachers & students

Texting-in-class program gets thumbs-up from teachers & students | Technology | Scoop.it

Dallasnews.com is the official website for The Dallas Morning News newspaper. This page contains information on Dallas-Fort Worth communities, including news and real estate.


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Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo Team Up to Advance Semantic Web - Technology Review

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo Team Up to Advance Semantic Web - Technology Review | Technology | Scoop.it

The move may finally encourage widespread use of technology that makes online information as comprehensible to computers as it is to humans. If the effort works, the result will be not only better search results, but also a wave of other intelligent apps and services able to understand online information almost as well as we do.


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6 Internet Lessons I Learned From My Mom

6 Internet Lessons I Learned From My Mom | Technology | Scoop.it

Mob mentality can take over all too easily online. Your social stream has likely been flooded with status updates about breaking news. While it's important to stay current, establish a strong personal brand that doesn't waver based on what's trending. After all, the root of mom's lesson is to stay true to yourself.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 15, 2013 1:35 PM

I particularly like number 6

asli telli's comment, May 16, 2013 2:40 AM
my fave is no 4
Jerry Johnson's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:16 AM

I really enjoyed this post and it certainly holds true. 

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Young 'prefer to read on screen'

Young 'prefer to read on screen' | Technology | Scoop.it

The National Literary Trust studied almost 35,000 eight- to 16-year-olds.

Its findings suggest a picture of young people who are now immersed in a screen-based culture.

As well as social networking and browsing websites, the study indicates almost a third of youngsters read fiction on online devices.


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taccle2's curator insight, May 17, 2013 4:36 AM

http://taccle2.eu/primary/kindles-for-kids

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Susan's curator insight, May 17, 2013 6:51 AM

My thoughts in writing!

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What To Know About Google Play For Education - Edudemic

What To Know About Google Play For Education - Edudemic | Technology | Scoop.it

One of Google’s aims in this project was to make sharing content with the students in their classroom simple. Currently, making sure that each student has the right apps on their device can be a pain, especially if an app needs to be purchased for every device. Google’s new product is the fact that it enables administrators to distribute applications to their entire team.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 21, 2013 2:36 AM

This does look like an interesting development. For me, one of the most significant features of the iPad is AirPlay. Until something similar evolves for  Android, I can't see myself changing.

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Activate - Motivate - TEXTIVATE!

Activate - Motivate - TEXTIVATE! | Technology | Scoop.it

Textivate is an online facility for creating and sharing interactive browser-based activities. Text re-ordering, gap-fills, text re-construction, anagrams, matching, memory, hangman, flashcards, millionaire and lots more - all automatically generated based on any text and/or list of matching items that you put into the textivate text box. Much of the site is free to use, and subscribers can upload resources to share with their students or embed activities on a blog or website. It is browser-based, so it works on desktops, laptops, ipads etc. The activities are ideal for whole-class work with any interactive whiteboard. You can see video tutorials here: http://textivate.posthaven.com/video-tutorials To help you get started, browse the hundreds of public resources on the site, or click on "textivate now" to see the range of activities available.


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Mariana Pagella's comment, June 2, 2013 11:11 AM
I've tried it. It's really interesting!!
Mariana Pagella's curator insight, June 2, 2013 11:13 AM

Excellent text-based tool

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 6, 2013 7:31 PM

Many activities can be developed with Textivate for ELL's