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Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More

Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks a lot like Grammar.ly, but it seems to be completely free at the moment. A great way to check your grammar and get feedback on your written work.

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ella88's curator insight, January 29, 2014 5:09 PM

Many studies have addressed the issue of identifying the different dimensions of culture. In the presentations concerning culture by Madlin Reck and Anne Tornow the ways in which national culture may influence management processes, including Hofstede’s dimensions of culture have been discussed extensively (Luthans & Doh, 2012).

Darlene Stark's curator insight, May 13, 2014 9:39 AM

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Afghanistan and the Taliban: Before, After and Now

The Kite Runner was set in the years 1975-2001. Everything during these years went from being peaceful, to bad, to even worse. The Taliban during these fateful years have taken control of Afghanistan and its government. They were thought of as heroes to the people of their once peaceful country, but their way of controlling their government is sadistic. In the present, they are even involved in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

During 1975, Afghanistan was a quiet place to live. There were economic hardships, but the residents of this pleasant country got through it. Kabul is the capital city of Afghanistan. It had the most economy problems in the country. Most of them were poverty difficulties. The president of this country at the time was Daoud Khan. Then, when winter came along, resistance towards communists began. Amir from The Kite Runner even knew of these communist attempts to rule his country. “Huddled together in the dining room and waiting for the sun to rise, none of us had any notion that a way of life had ended.” (Hosseini 36). The Afghan Islamist part of the resistance was favored by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States instead of the Afghan traditionalist and royalist parts. The uprising has just begun for the communist takeover in Afghanistan.

In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Even Amir from The Kite Runner even knew about this before it all happened. “And then in December 1979, when Russian tanks would roll into the very same streets where Hassan and I played, bringing the death of the Afghanistan I knew”(Hosseini 36) The Taliban during this time were thought of as refugees and were part of a resistance movement to expel the Russian troops from their country. The United States and Pakistan provided financial and military support so the Afghans could win against the Soviet soldiers. Despite the fact that there were civilians in Kabul, the Afghans did not care and used missiles, provided by the United States, to drop on the city resulting in civilian casualties and killed Soviet troops. In 1989, Ahmed Shah Massoud, took over Kabul as new leader. They ended up overthrowing President Sayid Mohammed Najibullah, who headed the Afghan government. In 1994, the Taliban were more powerful because Pakistan favored them and did everything in their power to support them. “Pakistan support for the Taliban is based on strong religious and ethnic bonds between the Taliban and Pakistan” (Amghar, Web 6). The militants of the Taliban are Sunni Muslim Pashtuns. They are thirteen percent of Pakistan’s population. They are basically most of the Taliban in general.

In 1996, Osama Bin Laden moved from Sudan to Afghanistan and met with Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s leader. “Bin Laden was involved in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998” (Amghar, Web 6). On September 11th, 2001, Bin laden prompted the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This resulted in the United States asking the Taliban to immediately hand over Bin Laden. General Pervez Musharraf, president of Pakistan, told the U.S. that he would support the capturing of Bin Laden. Instead, they couldn’t take down Bin Laden and Al Qaeda because of the ethnic and religious ties with the Taliban. Basically, Pakistan let the Taliban do what like to the people in there cites by robbing them and raping women. “The Taliban were exceedingly ignorant, which made them cruel” (Arbabzadah, Web 1). The Taliban used to be heroes to the people of the country, but now they are just plain evil. In The Kite Runner, Amir’s friend Farid said the Taliban would look for any excuse for violence. Amir bought a fake beard because it is considered a sin to shave and that all men should have beards. He saw Kabul during this time and was unfamiliar with it as it is not how it used to be when he was a kid. Afghanistan is just plagued by the Taliban with no hope for escape.

 

 In conclusion, the Taliban before, after, and now are a deadly force to reckon with. I have to say that religion has a strong connection with them as they think of most things as sins. Amir from The Kite Runner depicts Afghanistan as a peaceful state. Now, he thinks of it as a wasteland that is ruled by a stubborn government with a false sense of religion. In my opinion, as much as I hate the Taliban, they must be removed from Afghanistan and Pakistan because they can cause a lot of trouble for those countries and can stir up many civil wars within those countries.

 

 

Works Cited

Amghar, Adderrahim. "Home." The Resurgence of the Taliban in Pakistan. Nazareth College, 2014. Web. 01 May 2014.

Arbabzadah, Nushin. "The 1980s Mujahideen, the Taliban and the Shifting Idea of Jihad." Theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 28 Apr. 2011. Web. 01 May 2014.

Bai, Laxmi. "Security Research Review." : Volume 1(3) Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Afghanistan. Bharat-Rakshak, 2005. Web. 01 May 2014.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead, 2003.

 

Melissa Hanson's curator insight, June 18, 2015 8:54 PM

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Writing Standards 6-12 (Research to Build and Present Knowledge No. 8)

A teacher cannot reinforce the seriousness of plagiarism and following standard format for citations to students.  Having a tool that can assist in checking plagiarism issues would help eliminate this mistake.  Plagiarism takes a large role for any student, especially those continuing on in a higher educational institution.

 

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Muvizu | Animation software

Muvizu | Animation software | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Muvizu has everything you need to tell an animated story from drag and drop customizable characters and pre-built sets, to libraries of animations and automatic lip-synching.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is another great animation software that looks really easy to use. There are some nice examples of animated audio clips. Looks like great fun for students to exercise their creativity and build dialogues.

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Agora Abierta's curator insight, December 17, 2013 5:33 AM

Animación en el aula

Ester Feldman's curator insight, December 28, 2013 5:02 PM

Thank you Nick

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, January 26, 2014 7:44 PM

can make instructions to our students fun and easy to comprehend.

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Build HTML5, iPhone and Android apps online for schools and education

Build HTML5, iPhone and Android apps online for schools and education | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

AppShed Academy delivers key organisational tools that enable teachers to turn app development into a compelling teaching methodology. Anchor students’ creativity into the heart of your lessons and manage and channel their aspirations with confidence.

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Ryer Banta's curator insight, November 23, 2013 10:16 PM

Looks like this company has delivered on the great idea of making the creation of apps accessible to all. They have an education focus. I look forward to sitting down and doing some serious testing with this.  Great implications for project based teaching and engagement. In library, learning commons and across campus.

Al Post's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:21 PM

Looks interesting. I wonder how it compares to AppInventor from MIT. http://www.appinventor.org/ ;

ElizabethHS's curator insight, December 5, 2013 9:36 AM

From Nik Peachey's "Commercial Software and Apps for Learning" -- but this one is free for students and teachers.

I'm interested in how many apps there now are to help students program their own content into games. Another step toward gamification. Also, most of these apps are cross-platform, iWorld and Android.

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PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to your presentations

PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to your presentations | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
PowToon is a brand new presentation tool that allows you to create animated presentations and cartoon style videos just by dragging and dropping.
Nik Peachey's insight:

Here's another simple tool for adding animation to your presentations, or just creating animated  videos to explain different concepts.

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Silvia Gallardo-Martin's curator insight, November 22, 2013 10:35 AM

This tool is just so easy and fun to use! 

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, December 13, 2013 7:15 AM

looks like fun 

Stephanie Anne Bales's curator insight, June 10, 2014 1:42 PM

Presentation Tool

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Download YouTube Videos to MP3 | Vixy Freecorder

Download YouTube Videos to MP3 | Vixy Freecorder | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Not just for YouTube, Vixy Freecorder captures and converts video and MP3s from ANY site - for FREE!

Nik Peachey's insight:

Always useful to have another video recorder/downloader.

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Helene Bearup's curator insight, November 22, 2013 6:24 PM

thesecare always useful

Ester Feldman's curator insight, November 28, 2013 7:04 AM

Just what I was looking for.....Thank you .

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Reading level - Search Help

Reading level - Search Help | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Sometimes you may want to limit your search results to a specific reading level. For example, a second language learner may want more basic sites, a middle school teacher looking for educational material for her students may look for intermediate resources, and a scientist searching for the latest findings from the experts may want to limit results to those at advanced reading levels.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Very useful for lower level language students or those teaching them. The split into 3 levels is a bit basic, but can still sav a lot of time.

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Mike Dilger's curator insight, November 21, 2013 6:13 AM

This method might make it a bit easier when looking for differentiated material  for your classes.  Remember, in Schoology you can deliver individual material to one student or set up groups within your class and deliver to a group as well.  This research technique may save a bit of time.

Jorge Leal's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:42 PM

useful..

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Movies Archives - Story Of Stuff

Movies Archives - Story Of Stuff | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

In December 2007, Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios put a 20-minute movie about the way we make, use, and throw away Stuff on the internet, unleashing a torrent of pent-up demand for honest conversation about the impacts of our consumer-crazed culture on people and the planet. In the five years since The Story of Stuff was released, Annie’s ‘cartoon about trash’ has been viewed more than 30 million times worldwide.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Nice collection of videos to learn about production and values.

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Create an awesome photobook with friends

Create an awesome photobook with friends | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Create a beautiful photobook and invite your friends to contribute to it by adding their photos in one click.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a great way to create a collaborative photobook. Just log in and create a book and then start adding images. You can invite friends to contribut too. Great for projects or a class yearbook.

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Lyn Doolan's curator insight, November 12, 2013 4:34 PM
great idea thanks for the post
Zaziceva's curator insight, December 3, 2013 8:43 AM

Can't wait to do this 2013 photobook.

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Create short-run polls and lists | Quickdraw

Create short-run polls and lists | Quickdraw | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

With Quickdraw you can create a short-lived poll or list
and tweet it to your followers to get answers fast.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a handy tool for anyone using Twitter with their students. You can create a quick poll and tweet it to your followers along with a time restriction for answers.

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GamePress

GamePress | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Use GamePress to introduce students to programming and game development!

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a great tool to get students creating their own games. Great for collaborative projects and to give an introduction to very simple concepts of  programming.

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Agora Abierta's curator insight, November 21, 2013 6:26 AM

Aprender a crear juegos

Helene Bearup's curator insight, November 22, 2013 6:30 PM

Programming for kids. Suitable for primary

Juan Fernández's curator insight, August 1, 2014 3:24 PM

Good game to introduce students to coding.

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Tridiv | CSS 3D Editor

Tridiv | CSS 3D Editor | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Tridiv is a web-based editor for creating 3D shapes in CSS
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a great free browser based app for creating 3D models and images. Great for educational projects and embedding into educational materials.

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Mary Starry's curator insight, October 30, 2013 5:26 PM

Definitely decided this was beyond my capabilities after spending a few minutes with this app.  However, I could certainly see someone using this to display a molecular structure or to show in 3D how a specific protein fit into a cell receptor. 

Training in Business's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:06 AM

Tridiv | Free CSS 3D Editor 

 

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8 Types Of Infographics & Which One To Use When [Infographic]

8 Types Of Infographics & Which One To Use When [Infographic] | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
This visual presentation shows you the 8 types of infographics, and which one is the most effective to use depending on the content you are developing.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a useful post for anyone interested in creating infographics.

 

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David Baker's curator insight, October 29, 2013 5:48 PM

Selecting the correct type of format greatly increases effectiveness of content.  THis is similar to helping students learn to write for audience and purpose.

Deborah Owen's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:54 AM

Good to know about.

John O'Connor's curator insight, March 19, 2014 8:47 AM

info graphics are something that I really want to develop more skills in.

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Life Noted

Life Noted | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Life Noted makes organizing, keeping track of, remembering and recording daily events simple again.

From one screen, you can capture a moment in your life, record ideas and notes, add photos and videos, and manage your calendar.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a simple free app which combines personal manager with life journal. A nice tool to get students tracking and planning their learning.

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flea palmer's curator insight, October 29, 2013 10:39 AM

This looks neat and could be great for tracking group project work. Shame it's only available for i-devices at the moment although an Android version is promised soon.

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Scoot & Doodle

Scoot & Doodle | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

“Scoot & Doodle, a social creativity site that blends the video conferencing capabilities of Skype with the playfulness of Draw Something.”

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like an interesting tool for online teaching and learning.

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LaraBadioli's curator insight, November 29, 2013 7:31 AM

altro utilizzo funzionale degli scarabocchi in chiave social!

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, December 1, 2013 10:33 AM

Scoot y Doole un sitio de creatividad.

Simon da Roza's curator insight, January 12, 2014 6:09 PM

What a great way to collabrate and share and inspire!

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GoClass - Redefining classroom learning. Empowering instructors.

GoClass - Redefining classroom learning. Empowering instructors. | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
GoClass is a unique app for teaching and learning interactively within the classroom using iPads. It allows teachers to create lessons, create formative assessments, and garner student response.
Nik Peachey's insight:

I looked at this app about a year ago and at the time it didn't look very impressive. It looks now though like they have done considerable work to improve it. GoClass could be a great way to create and deliver your lessons directly from your iPad to your students' iPads or Android tablets (there is an Android version too). Very handy.

 

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Helene Bearup's curator insight, November 22, 2013 6:22 PM

Lesson delivery system for iPads . Much improved from previous versions

Dimitris V. Gkelameris's curator insight, November 28, 2013 12:22 AM

great app...for USA!

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Create interactive quizzes with Quizlet

Create interactive quizzes with Quizlet | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
We make simple learning tools that let you study anything, for free.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a great tool that allows you to create a variety of quiz types. The quizzes work well on iPad as well as in the browser.

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Patricia Stitson's curator insight, January 8, 2014 11:25 PM

This is quite fun!

Aguilar Dominique's curator insight, January 23, 2014 3:43 AM

Très utile pour vérifier l'acquisition de nos connaissances

HHBK's curator insight, October 9, 2014 4:07 PM

Great tool to learn and practice vocabular

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Movie-making for everyone | Plotagon

Movie-making for everyone | Plotagon | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Plotagon is a tool that lets anyone create an animated movie directly from a written screenplay. Write your story, choose actors, environments and music. Press play and your movie is done. It's that simple.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a fantastic tool to get students writing dialogues and interactions. They can really see their scripts come alive and turn them into movies. The text to speech isn't great, but this still makes for motivating writing tasks for students.

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Jennifer Cowley's curator insight, November 25, 2013 11:03 PM

Looks like it has great potential, especially given the death of Xtranormal.

Ester Feldman's curator insight, December 28, 2013 5:03 PM

Thanks again 

Guusje Moore's curator insight, January 20, 2014 7:35 PM

Wonder if this will work as a "next step" afterAnimoto

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eduCanon: interactive video. unleashed.

eduCanon: interactive video. unleashed. | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

The eduCanon platform is a tool for teachers to build lessons with interactive timed questions and engaging video content. Already, we've been amazed by the creative and inspirational uses of eduCanon by teachers--for flipped and blended learning environments.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is another free platform for creating interaction around web-based video. You can create multiple choice questions and assign each video lesson to different classes. Using the LMS features you can track students achievements. Nicely designed, but still a bit limiting to only have multiple choice.

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eduCanon's comment, December 19, 2013 5:14 PM
Hey! Ben from eduCanon. Love all the great reactions! I wanted to follow up and let everyone know that I was a teacher and know the need to be upfront: eduCanon's current functionality will ALWAYS be free :) We're building out premium features, but that will never restrict you from your current uses/content! Also thought I'd throw out a little about what we've recently released:<br><br>1. You can now use videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and TeacherTube!<br><br>2. We have free response (open-ended) questions in our premium version, as well as gradebook export, and lesson search through the eduCanon database.
eduCanon's comment, December 19, 2013 5:15 PM
Mistyped ENTER. but one more: 3. Our question builder is richer and more dynamic than ever! embed from any website and style questions with fonts, images and web content!
eduCanon's curator insight, December 19, 2013 5:17 PM

Reach out with any questions! Love to hear from fellow teachers!

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Talky

Talky | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Truly simple video chat and screen sharing for groups. Add multiple people to the conversation. Easily add anyone's screen to the conversation. Add a shared key to a room for added privacy.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a great way to have simple group video chats without downloading software or even signing in.

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Helene Bearup's curator insight, November 22, 2013 6:20 PM

For Firefox 24 and google chrome only. Haven't tried it yet but sounds good.

Aunty Alice's curator insight, December 24, 2013 5:55 PM

Been looking for something like this . Now to do it.

AraceliGF's curator insight, February 9, 2014 6:47 AM

Video chat and screen sharing for groups, no sign in required.

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MyWebRoom | Ultimate web destination

MyWebRoom | Ultimate web destination | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a great intuitive way to set up online resources for your students. The interface looks like a 3D room and the objects can be linked to different web-based resources for them to use. Great way to create an online self access centre for your class.

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callooh's curator insight, November 22, 2013 11:43 AM

Thanks to Nik Peachy for this resource

Helene Bearup's curator insight, November 22, 2013 6:28 PM

Now this is just awesome. 3d room where you can embed lesson resources.  gotta try this one

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, November 29, 2013 11:38 PM

This is a customizable personal space. I think I like it!

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EDpuzzle

EDpuzzle | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Record audio notes or explain a video with your voice.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a great free tool for cropping online video and also adding a voice over track to it. Great for creating flipped instruction or viewing tasks for students.

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Daniel Compton's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:03 PM

Easy to use for embedding comments and questions into videos

Juan Fernández's curator insight, August 1, 2014 3:23 PM

Nik Peachey's insight:
This is a great free tool for cropping online video and also adding a voice over track to it. Great for creating flipped instruction or viewing tasks for students.

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Capture 360 degree images with sound

Capture 360 degree images with sound | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

After capturing, its time for our bubble-builder in the cloud to do its magic. State-of-the-art computer vision turns your raw video into a seamless immersive bubble.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a fascinating app to use for student projects. It captures a 360 degree video and converts it into a spherical image with sound.

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Mike Dilger's curator insight, November 21, 2013 6:20 AM

Haven't had a chance to use it yet but this looks fantastic. Imagine outdoor ed students capturing their sites and sharing them with this system.  A step up to your stunning panorama photos Jules!  What about a virtual tour inside our chapel?  Over to you now to come up with other uses, or just ask your students.

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T-Charts (Pros and Cons)

A simple T-Charts program. Have a tough decision to make? Measure the pros and cons of a situation. Share the answer with friends.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a simple app or measuring the different aspects of an argument. Nice tool for students to use to prepare for discussions and debates.

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blubbr. Trivving & loving it!

blubbr. Trivving & loving it! | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
blubbr. Play & create video trivia with friends
Nik Peachey's insight:

You can use this free tool to create timed mutile choice quizzes based around one or more YouTube videos.

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BI Media Specialists's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:12 PM

This is one of my favorite finds this month! You can create trivs (short videos) and then create timed-multiple choice quizzes to do with them. You can also create questions to go with YouTube videos. This would be a great instructional resource for classes with iPads or BYOD policies.

Yosef's curator insight, November 28, 2013 5:28 AM

כלי יעיל לשימוש בשילוב תמונות וטקסט

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Many Eyes

Many Eyes | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
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This free tool enables you to use your own data to automatically generate a number of different kinds of visualisations which can be used in infographics.

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rwestby's curator insight, October 29, 2013 2:42 PM

Great visual data generator. 

ORG's curator insight, November 7, 2013 4:07 PM

This free tool enables you to use your own data to automatically generate a number of different kinds of visualisations which can be used in infographics.

juanjovilar's curator insight, November 21, 2013 7:12 AM

Herramienta que te permite obtener gráficos muy visuales, a partir de  tus própios datos como por ejemplo una tabla excel.