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CruxLight for Gist Reading Digital Text

CruxLight for Gist Reading Digital Text | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
CruxLight automatically distills the web article to its essence thus helping the user get the gist of the article.
Nik Peachey's insight:

I wrote about an earlier version of this tool here: http://quickshout.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/digital-study-skills-gist-reading.html This version is actually looking better. Well worth checking out to help students build online gist reading skills.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, May 6, 2013 7:28 AM

Useful tool to be aware of, thanks! 

André Sanguinette's curator insight, May 6, 2013 11:50 AM

Muito bom o artigo, e uma ótima ferramenta para pesquisa de alunos e professores, para melhorar seu desempenho e utilizar melhor esta ferramenta tão presente no nosso dia a dia que é a internet, a importância da leitura não é muito apreciada por muitas pessoas, que já se acostumaram com a cultura da informação mastigada que a TV e a internet consolidaram em nosso país.

Se o problema é tempo, os bookmarks estão sempre oferecendo a opção read later, e com o apresentado no artigo acima, ainda resume todo o texto para os mais apressadinhos, vale a pena conferir e utilizar.

"O pesar de viver sem prazer bem vale pelo prazer de morrer sem pensar"

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:16 AM

Excellent. Students benefit.

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Developing Your Digital Study Skills

Developing Your Digital Study Skills | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Making the move from our safe and trusted traditional literacy habits to newer digital skills can be quite a challenge, but as teachers I think we are really unlikely to be able to use technology and help our students use technology really effectively unless we are prepared to face this challenge. Technology needs to be more than part of the way we teach but it also has to be part of the way we ourselves continue to learn and part of our everyday professional practice.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a great tool for note taking on digital texts.

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Behbud Muhammedzade's comment, May 14, 2013 4:23 AM
I recommended it to my students, ...
Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:14 AM

Modeling digital workflow is powerful for our students.  Natural, authentic learning and sharing our practice.

Rosidah Awang's curator insight, September 19, 2014 10:40 PM

Digital learning skills.

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Shotcut: Free Video Editor

Shotcut: Free Video Editor | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor.

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I haven't tried this yet but it does look like a very hand piece of free video editing software if you don't already have a tool for that job.

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Profe Harper's curator insight, May 2, 2013 11:11 AM

For the more advanced students, this video editing software can be a big help with video projects.

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The News Literacy Project

The News Literacy Project | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
The News Literacy Project is an innovative national program to mobilize journalists to help middle and high school students sort fact from fiction in the digital age.
Nik Peachey's insight:

Interesting looking project to help students check information they find on the internet.

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Татьяна Фокина's curator insight, April 30, 2013 12:09 AM

Хотела бы вынести цитату педагога проекта "В разгар постоянно меняющейся, электронным приводом информационная культура, способность различать правду от вымысла и определить надежность спектра средств массовой информации, из газет на веб-сайтах, растет" ... 

Доктор Алан Гудвин
Jillian Zuber's curator insight, May 2, 2013 10:03 AM

Very Cool!

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:20 AM

Great idea.

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Keeeb – Perfectly in Ordnung

Keeeb – Perfectly in Ordnung | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Create topic pages for anything you want to research or collect. Group, rearrange, comment, and organize all your keeebies the way you want to.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like quite an innovative new curation tool. It would work ncely for creating clas projects and gathering research.

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Pearletta Wilson's curator insight, April 29, 2013 10:54 AM

To be explored and compared with Evernote - may suit some students much better.

Les Howard's curator insight, May 8, 2013 7:40 AM

Looks like a great curation tool

Marc Thomalla's comment, May 16, 2013 3:15 PM
Thx! Best, Marc (COO @keeeb)
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VideoNot.es

VideoNot.es | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
The easiest way to take notes from videos. Everything synchronized!
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a really useful digital study skills tool. Take and keep notes while watching video online and keep the whole thing synchronized.

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Amadeu Marin's comment, April 29, 2013 5:51 AM
Thanks, Nik, and sorry if I raised unnecessary doubts about this service; I suppose we all need to boost our digital literacy, and being able to figure out if a web tool is safe is one of the key skills, isn't it? Cheers!
Nik Peachey's comment, April 29, 2013 8:10 AM
Hi Amadeu. No problem. It's always a good idea to check every source before signing up. I work very quickly and often forget so it's good to remind me. I usualy stay away from services which require me to sign in through another service, but this looks really good so I made an exception.
André Manssen's curator insight, April 29, 2013 4:56 PM

Voorwaarden van de site: https://videonotes.uservoice.com/tos

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Screenbird

Screenbird | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Screenbird. Free Simple, Sharable Screen Recording. No Downloading Executables. Works through Java in your browser.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks potentially very useful, though I couldn't get it to work on my Mac.

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Pascual Pérez-Paredes's comment, April 25, 2013 2:00 AM
I guess jave is off
Stewart Whitney's comment, April 25, 2013 7:56 AM
There's a message saying 'Missing Plug-in'. I clicked on all the things to get it and run the program, but it won't work. : ( Oh well. I have Snagit anyway.
Suzanne's curator insight, April 25, 2013 2:40 PM

Interesting and free if you upload your recorded videos to YouTube. Tutorials anyone?

http://screenbird.com/GYRM8L0C/

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Check out Ginger!

Check out Ginger! | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Your #1 grammar and spell checker for social media, e-mails and documents!
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like an interesting approach to checking spelling and grammar.

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Antoinette Robinson's comment, April 23, 2013 5:48 PM
I downloaded Ginger...looking forward to trying this tool.
Adrianna Kowalska's curator insight, April 24, 2013 5:09 AM

Another inspiring tool from Nik Peachey's Tools for Learners

Danijela Vujisic's comment, April 25, 2013 4:05 AM
Thanks, I just downloaded it! So useful!
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Easy Portfolio | e-Portfolio Tool for Students & Teachers

Easy Portfolio | e-Portfolio Tool for Students & Teachers | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Easy Portfolio is the easiest way to capture evidence of learning within a portfolio.

A variety of records can be added, including

✓ Photo and videos
✓ Audio recordings or Music files
✓ Web links to online work
✓ Text Entries/Observations
✓ Digital documents direct from dropbox or email

Share a portfolio via email or sync direct to a dropbox account

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a really useful mobile portfolio tool for learning

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Isidore Postmes's curator insight, April 16, 2013 5:26 PM

Lets go mobile and collect....is making portfolio's really getting fun? I'm gonna try definitely!

John Rudkin's curator insight, April 18, 2013 3:02 AM

Looking at Portfolio packages, this one is neat.

Philippe-Didier Gauthier's curator insight, March 24, 2014 2:46 AM

#Eportfolio   Certain outils, comme celui-ci, permettent de penser le ePortfolio comme un véritable Environnement Personnel d'apprentissage (EPA).  Enfin !!!!.

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Podcast Gallery - The Best Audio and Video Podcasts

Podcast Gallery - The Best Audio and Video Podcasts | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Podcast Gallery is an online directory of the best audio and video podcasts across all genres. You can watch your favorite podcast shows in the browser or download them to your Dropbox or Google Drive.
Nik Peachey's insight:

Great collection of podcasts for developing listening skills.

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Susan's curator insight, April 18, 2013 1:07 PM

Get rid of those horrible mundane CDs! Use podcasts. Much more authentic!

Elsa Escalante's curator insight, April 19, 2013 1:50 PM

This is a site where you can find any kind of podcast, it’s an amazing place to search and share your favorite podcast.

 

It a free site, and you can listen at any time wherever you want, as long you have an internet connection.

 

The podcast are actualized constantly

 

Good thing: Has a wide collection of podcast of different topics

Bad thing: Almost every podcast is in English

 

Rate: 8

Dj Ghostfader's curator insight, May 7, 2013 11:49 PM

Need more exposure for your podcast ? Check this post.

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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

Nik Peachey's insight:

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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Mural.ly - Google Docs for Visual People

Mural.ly - Google Docs for Visual People. Thousands of creative people from all over the world are using Mural.ly to grow ideas.
Nik Peachey's insight:

More like Wallwisher or Glogster than Google docs, but looks pretty good.

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Ania Zielinska's comment, April 9, 2013 9:47 PM
oops got my canvases mixed up - meant to say http://www.edcanvas.com/
Alessandra's comment, April 9, 2013 11:02 PM
Ania, I don't know if a mobile app is available for apple (it's not for windows yet). It's very smooth, I agree. It reminds me of Prezi and Glogster, as well :)
Nik Peachey's comment, May 7, 2013 7:07 AM
Mural.ly runs natively in the Safari browser on mobile as it's html5 based
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Have fun telling your story | Tellagami

Have fun telling your story | Tellagami | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Tellagami is a mobile storytelling platform. Create and share a short story in seconds. Download our free app!
Nik Peachey's insight:

I wrote about Xtranormal years back (See http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/text-to-speech-movies-for-efl-esl.html ) and have really enjoyed their products. as great to see that they now have this very simple to use storytelling app for short messages. Love it!

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Virtual TV Media (VTM)'s comment, April 1, 2013 4:56 PM
This is not Machinima but it is fun!
Metty Antony's curator insight, April 1, 2013 9:36 PM

Xtranormal is a great hit with students

Maria Lupandina's curator insight, April 8, 2013 4:11 PM

Занимательная вещь, способная увлечь детей лет 10-13. Сайт переводит вас к приложению для iOS, собственно только в виде приложения всё и работает. Можно создавать короткие анимированные ролики, записывая свой голос или набирая текст. Объем текста ограничен. Говорят персонажи только по-английски. Полезно будет для напоминания о домашней работе, о различных кратких правилах или исключениях. Ученики могут использовать это приложение на уроках или дома, создавая свои мини-ролики. А им это, безусловно, понравится!

 

Только английский язык.

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Soo Meta — Keep Stories Rolling

Soo Meta — Keep Stories Rolling | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Grab videos, pictures, text paragraphs from any source and turn them into short movies.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a great tool for creating online mixed media presentations. Really easy to use interface. Great for digital narrative too.

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Felipe Policarpo's curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:46 AM

Learning how to scoop it.

silvermanmc's curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:32 PM

nice tool for learning and developing analysis skills

 

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:19 AM

Great for flipping

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PDFCool PDF Editor Freeware - Edit PDF easily and freely

PDFCool PDF Editor Freeware - Edit PDF easily and freely | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Unlike other documents, PDF document is like a snapshot of your source document. You may be tired of finding ways to edit it. With PDFCool, the user can double-click a sentence to edit it, or drag an area and then use the Text Editor tool to edit them.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a handy free tool.

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Johani Karonen's curator insight, May 2, 2013 3:03 AM

A must in every toolkit.

Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, May 7, 2013 11:18 AM

Οι λειτουργίες που υποστηρίζει:

Edit PDF,Add Text,Delete Text,Page Editing,Font Setting,Word to PDF Conversion,PDF to Word Conversion, Any to PDF Conversion, Batch Conversion,Convert Webpages to PDF, Creating Graphic PDF.

 

Michele Cairns's curator insight, May 8, 2013 11:36 AM

Putting this in my digital toolbox.

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Dragontape.com / Explore

Dragontape.com / Explore | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Mixtapes in Minutes! Drag your favorites onto a timeline and share your mixes with your friends!
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a handy tool for creating collections of videos and putting them together.

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MapStory : Welcome!

MapStory : Welcome! | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

MapStory empowers a global community to organize knowledge about the world spatially and temporally. With MapStory, people of all kinds turn into Storytellers who can create, share, and collaborate on MapStories and ultimately improve our understanding of global dynamics, worldwide, over the course of history.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a great tool for creating digital narrative based around geographical locations. There's also a lot of interesting content already there too.

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Guille Florian's curator insight, April 28, 2013 5:25 AM

Excellent tool

Lois A Bolin, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 28, 2013 10:07 AM

The City of Naples WEB APP used a storyboard which tell the story of naples development via a map--- map story is similiar.  Should make us think how we need to get georgraphy back into schools integrated with history and ecnonmics.

Jasmin Rez's curator insight, April 29, 2013 8:33 AM

via @LeadershipABC 

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Image Dictionary

Image Dictionary | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Quickly lookup an image of the highlighted words without leaving your current page.
Nik Peachey's insight:

Nice image dictionary extension for Google Chrome users.

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Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, April 26, 2013 2:37 PM

I love this idea!

RitaZ's curator insight, April 28, 2013 9:15 AM

promising tool to be discovered.

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A Collaborative English Grammar

A Collaborative English Grammar | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

I have to admit that I'm not a great fan of grammar, but this is a site that I do really like. It's called English Language and Usage and it is like a Q & A of English grammar. The site has a huge collection of questions that people have sent in about various aspects of English grammar idioms and general usage and anyone who is registered can the try to answer the questions.

Nik Peachey's insight:

A great way to get student and teachers to approach understanding grammar.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, April 26, 2013 2:40 AM

A good site for students who like to learn on their own and share thoughts and doubts with the learners' community

Susan's curator insight, April 26, 2013 4:54 AM

Great site whenever you have those doubts about English grammar.  Even native speakers get it wrong at times!

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, April 29, 2013 3:17 PM
Really great,thank toy!!!!!!!!!
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Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling

Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Meograph is the easiest way to create multimedia stories.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a great tool for digital narrative projects. There are also some great ready made examples which can help to provide some inspiration.

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Crowdsourcing Knowledge with Students

Crowdsourcing Knowledge with Students | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

I have been playing with a very simple brainstorming and voting website called tricider. The great thing about tricider is that it is incredibly quick and simple to use, and yet it enables users to collect information and opinions from all over the web in a very easily digestible and powerful way.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is an older blog post but the tool I review in it is still one that I constantly use both in online and face to face courses as well as conference presentations. I've included some suggestions for how to use it with students.

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Niels Jakob Pasgaard's comment, April 18, 2013 1:35 AM
It is a nice tool - I have also written a post on it here: http://www.edidaktik.dk/en/tricider-i-undervisningen.html
Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, April 19, 2013 8:14 AM

Another good proposal from Nik. Easy survey tool. Ideal for brainstorming and proposing solutions and giving ideas and opinions.

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uWall.tv | Listen to a Wall of Music

uWall.tv | Listen to a Wall of Music | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Millions of artists sort by genre for you to discover and play instantly in a playlist, listen to hours of music and videos for free.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a great way to search and browse YouTube videos

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Melodee Peters's comment, April 18, 2013 7:02 AM
I also use Jango.com to play music in the classroom. It allows me to create a station with music that I have pre-selected and therefore know the lyrics won't come as an unpleasant surprise.
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Scholar Droid – a useful app for searching Google Scholar on smartphone

Scholar Droid – a useful app for searching Google Scholar on smartphone | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

The use of Scholar Droid is very simple and quite efficient. The user can write any keywords in the search field and determine the content format: be it article or book. The app displays the results from Google Scholar in one column feed. The articles or books can be downloaded or displayed through the app.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a useful tool for Android users.

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Class Charts - seating plans and behavior management

Class Charts - seating plans and behavior management | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

With Class Charts you get data rich seating charts and streamlined behaviour management. You can even collaborate with other teachers and work as a team to tackle behaviour.
And it's 100% free!

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a really useful classroom management tool. Similar to http://www.classdojo.com/ but with a more 'grown up' interface.

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Maria Lupandina's curator insight, April 20, 2013 11:27 AM

Удобный инструмент для управления поведением и даже успеваемостью учеников. Ученики "награждаются" баллами за проявление своей активности на уроке, как положительной так и отрицательной. В итоге выводятся таблицы, которые можно отправить родителям. На этом сайте есть возможность по умному рассадить учеников за партами, учитывая заданные критерии. Коллеги одной школы действуют с одними и теми же учениками, необходимо только выслать приглашение на сайт.

На выбор предлагается английский или испанский язык интерфейса, к сожалению, снова без русского.

Class Charts's comment, April 23, 2013 3:25 PM
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Deb's curator insight, May 4, 2013 5:38 PM

Classroom management.

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ActiveTextbook | Interactive Textbook Software

ActiveTextbook | Interactive Textbook Software | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Active Textbook provides educators with the tools to extend and customize digital learning materials, making them truly engaging for effective learning outcomes. Students can interact with customized content and cooperate with their peers using built-in social learning tools available on a variety of computing devices.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a good idea. Users can create digital text books based around adding multimedia interactivity to PDF files. These can be combined into courses and then groups of students can interact around the text.

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Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, June 19, 2013 4:25 PM
Great share!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anne Fox's comment, June 20, 2013 3:26 AM
The price is good compared to other options such as Inkling
Christin Lopez's curator insight, October 23, 2014 7:15 AM

This site provides a way to have an online textbook that you can share with students. Even in the free edition, there are upgrade charges for features and more storage, you can create and join classes. 

 

It looks like this has the potential to be a great resource, but I found trouble right away while searching for a couple topics that I currently teach. There are not textbooks that have tags that help me find what I was looking for. This made me question if the information is on the site and not tagged, or is it too new that others have not uploaded information. I thought that the software creators would have obtained copyright privileges for a number of topics to start the site out. They would have been seed ideas to get the ball rolling. For you to upload PDFs, you need to have the copyright permissions. So while the potential is there for individualizing, it is not a quick jump right into it.