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Spell Better for iPad - Instantly improve writing and spelling

Spell Better for iPad - Instantly improve writing and spelling | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Spell Better offers a range of advanced features to help improve writing and spelling..

Context and Phonetic Spell CheckerWord Prediction and Auto-CompletionText-to-Speech with Word HighlightingIntegrated English dictionaryDyslexia Optimized fontsExport notes to Email and Clipboard

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This looks like a useful free app. Not so sure that it will instantly improve spelling, but it may well help.

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WebRoom.net - The Online Classroom Built for Collaboration

WebRoom.net - The Online Classroom Built for Collaboration | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

The ideal tool for group or one-to-one classes - WebRoom allows collaboation on a range of Google document types as well as whiteboard download and screen sharing. A great tool for delivering online classes or courses.

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This is a great tool for creating an online school or for independent teachers.

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Security in-a-box | Tactical Technology Collective

Security in-a-box | Tactical Technology Collective | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Although the toolkit was designed primarily to address the growing needs of advocates in the global South - particularly human rights defenders - the software guides and security strategies in this toolkit are relevant to everyone; specifically people working with sensitive information. This may include vulnerable minorities, independent journalists or whistleblowers, as well as advocates working on a range of issues, from environmental justice to anti-corruption.
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Typito | Beautiful text and graphics for your videos

Typito | Beautiful text and graphics for your videos | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Typito makes it simple for everyone to add beautiful text, images and basic graphics to videos. Make Youtube, Vimeo, explainer and marketing videos awesome with Typito.
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This looks like a useful way to enhance your video projects.

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photocopiables

photocopiables | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Photocopiables is a theme-based supplementary resource center for English language teachers. Go to Resource Packs page, where you'll see bundled resources listed according to their grammar concept. There are also online versions of the resources for you to try them out before you take them to your class.

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A great resource for English language teachers.

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Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, October 10, 8:13 PM
ideas for teaching English- useful for EFL teachers
Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, October 11, 2:53 PM
These links are great to introduce, review or even use as a way to see where your students are at on various grammar points.
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Teaching Kids News - Readable, teachable news.

Teaching Kids News - Readable, teachable news. | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Teaching Kids News posts weekly news articles, written by professional journalists and curriculum material written by educators. All of the written material is free to read and use.

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A good resource site with a strong US focus.

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Google Expeditions

Google Expeditions | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys.
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Good tool for taking first steps into virtual reality.

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Blogging- @p4

Blogging- @p4 | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

P4 is a publishing platform where you post content into streams. On P4 people can share their interests, ideas and passions with the world.
We have designed it with the aim to allow everyone to write online in a way they feel like all in one place, — from posting tiny chat bits, to blogging, to telling big-big stories, whether you do it solely for yourself or with a goal to shout it out.

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This is an interesting new blogging platform that allows users to create communal streams of related blog content.

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Belouga | Connecting the World through Education

Belouga | Connecting the World through Education | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Belouga is a web based educational platform that connects classrooms around the world. Our mission is to encourage intercultural communication to create a better tomorrow.
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A great platform to link up classrooms across the world.

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WORDISER, Learning English Made Simple

WORDISER, Learning English Made Simple | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

With Wordiser you get your own online teaching assistant, saving yourself class prep time and revolutionizing your teaching. You can use it to create and share powerful lesson notes and study word lists, setting automated student homework and revision. Class worksheets and exercises can even be printed at a click of a button, while written assignments are auto-checked for errors and annotated. And so much more!

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This looks like a great free tool to help your students develop their vocabulary.

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Claudia Andrade's comment, September 26, 2:01 PM
Have you tried eliminating the advertisement that invites students to play games like grand thief and other games?
Claudia Andrade's comment, September 26, 2:02 PM
Interesting but there is an ad that invites students to play games like grand thief and others. I'm trying to find how to eliminate that temptation...
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Find and Create a Variety of Interactive Activities and Assignments for Your Students

Find and Create a Variety of Interactive Activities and Assignments for Your Students | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

There are lots of ready made interactive activities designed for learners. You can search through these and find something appropriate for our students. Some of these look a bit homemade, but the functionality and design is sound.

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A really impressive collection of tools and activities.

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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, October 14, 6:38 AM
Een fijne collectie didactische werkvormen. 
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Anonymous peer feedback to help you grow professionally.

Anonymous peer feedback to help you grow professionally. | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
A free online platform that makes professional feedback easy through short simple evaluations, so individuals can grow to their full potential faster and more efficiently.
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A great too to use for teacher development. A great way to get honest 360 feedback.

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Using Image Prompts to Inspire Writing & Speaking Activities

Using Image Prompts to Inspire Writing & Speaking Activities | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
As a teacher you can create classes and assign writing tasks to students. The students do their writing tasks within the platform and can publish and share them there. This is a little like posting to a blog, but within a safe environment.
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Some great images and prompts on this site.

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Create Speaking Activities Based on Sequneces of Images

Create Speaking Activities Based on Sequneces of Images | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
This app enables teachers or students to create sequences of images and videos and record a monologue about each one.
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Great tool to get students speaking.

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Diana Umbarila's curator insight, September 13, 1:10 AM
We and our students could create videos using photos! 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, September 13, 4:23 AM
Great iPad app for photo story creation
 
Andrea Paola's curator insight, September 13, 10:09 AM
Such amazing tool to take advantage of technology :) Tools like this ones are excellent to enhance the development of  la guage skills while taking advantage of technology. As it not only enables students to use their devices to learn, it also promotes speaking skill. It is a shame that it is only available for iOS. 
It would be great if the application could be used in different platforms. 
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Teacher Advisor With Watson

Teacher Advisor With Watson | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
With Watson's teacher-specific search and recommendation tool, you can now find relevant lessons, activities, standards information, and strategies faster than ever—all from a corpus of proven-effective materials recommended by educators.
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Looks like IBM are getting in on the teacher resources act.

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6 Free Online Teaching Platforms | Design Custom Courses

6 Free Online Teaching Platforms | Design Custom Courses | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Have you thought about teaching an online course or simply supplementing your face-to-face course with an online component? Whether you’re considering sharing your expertise via a completely online course or creating a hybrid, you now have a universe of options available for online teaching platforms to you. Here are some of the best online learning sites available.
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Some useful platforms and tips if you want to start developing your own courses.

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WriteWell | Best college paper templates | Best Essay Formats

WriteWell | Best college paper templates | Best Essay Formats | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
We know how hard it can be to write - we've all been paralyzed by the blank page. But the truth is, anyone can write well. It's just a question of process. We are a team of technologists, educators, designers and writers who have come together to democratize good writing. With clear steps and easy-to-use tools, WriteWell makes writing fun and engaging for everyone.
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This sire has a really large collection of templates that students can use to help structure their writing work.

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ducky58's curator insight, October 12, 5:44 AM
Very useful tool indeed.
Shari Flynt Williamson's curator insight, October 22, 6:32 PM
This would be helpful in high school, college, and on the job.  What a great site!  Templates for all the papers you write in life.
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Scratchwork

Scratchwork | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

A board is an infinite virtual space for ideas. See the big picture in fullscreen mode. Use your laptop's standard trackpad gestures to pan and zoom with ease. Draw anywhere. Quickly duplicate, move, and resize your annotations. Add blank pages and upload PDF documents for annotation. Print or save your annotated pages as a PDF document.

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This is a virtual whiteboard that was designed for maths, but will also be great for art. It allows you to easily scan and drawn images with your webcam or mobile device and convert them in digital graphics that you can manipulate move around and change. Use the invitation code: L3Z9 to get registered more quickly.

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Improve Writing Skills with Peer Evaluation

Improve Writing Skills with Peer Evaluation | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Getting students to peer evaluate can be a real organisational challenge in the classroom, but now it looks like there is a simple technological solution. Peergrade is a great tool to get students assessing each others’ work and giving each other feedback.
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Great tool for encouraging peer feedback.

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Exploit Interactive Digital Narrative for Language Development

Exploit Interactive Digital Narrative for Language Development | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Draw a Stickman can be used for lots of activities including retelling the story, writing the next chapter of the story or just predicting what will happen as the adventures unfold.

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This is a wonderful site that I've used a lot in my teachine and training.

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, October 3, 4:30 AM
useful for language learning and other subjects too
 
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Communication Snacks Podcast

Communication Snacks Podcast | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Learn professional communication tips to get you hired, promoted, funded! Join Silicon Valley communication gurus Marc and Blythe Musteric as they share communication tips from their 20,000+ hours of coaching clients in Silicon Valley. From interpersonal communication to presentations and public speaking to grammar, effective communication can be challenging.
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Really useful listening materials for business English.

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Human Brain Cloud. A massively multiplayer word association game.

Human Brain Cloud. A massively multiplayer word association game. | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Human Brain Cloud is a very simple massively multiplayer word association game. The idea is, given a random word, a player types the first thing that comes to mind. For instance, given the word "forest", a common word players submit might be the word "tree", and this would result in a very strong directed association between "forest" and "tree".
On the other hand, given the same word "forest", fewer people might associate it with something like "birthday party", resulting in a very weak association or no association at all.

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Great to see this back online.

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Free Reading and Language Development Lessons from DreamReader

Free Reading and Language Development Lessons from DreamReader | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
DreamReader is a really useful free resource which is constantly being up-dated with new materials. The site doesn't require any kind of registeration from either students or teachers and only carries a minimum of advertising, so it's a real gem of a site for hard up teachers and certainly something we should share.
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Great free reading resources.

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Creative Tail

Creative Tail | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

CreativeTail.com is a fresh new design community. Our scouters collect the best open source files from a variety of top quality, handpicked designers. When ready, the files are published as open source, free to use for private and commercial use.

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A useful collection of free icons & images to enhance worksheets and student projects.

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Free online timeline maker

Free online timeline maker | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Time.Graphics is a timeline and free of charge online service for creating infographics. Is it possible to make historical analysis in one click? Yes, it’s real. We present to your attention the innovative service!
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This looks like a great free tool that has been nicely integrated with Google apps.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, September 19, 6:47 AM
A good tool to create rich timelines and infographics where different element can be embedded
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Office Mix

Office Mix | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

It's true that we on the Office Mix team partnered with educators around the world to create an easy solution for turning PowerPoint presentations into interactive online lessons. But everyone who uses PowerPoint 2013 or higher can benefit from also using Office Mix.

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A really useful plugin for making PowerPoint into a much more interactive tool for online and class lesson delivery.

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