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Are iPads and tablets bad for young children?

Are iPads and tablets bad for young children? | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Flewitt thinks that to deny children access to tablets is to "risk having one section of society that is growing up with skills and one section that is growing up without. You might think that it doesn't matter because they will develop those skills later. But it's not the same. They won't identify with it. It's not part of who they are … Children have been born into a world where these things exist," she says, "like we were born into a world where there were televisions, cars on the streets and packaging on food."

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Commercial Software and Apps for Learning
This site is a collection of short reviews and links to commercially available apps and software which can be used to support learning.
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Digital Publications for the Digital Classroom

Digital Publications for the Digital Classroom | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

The home of my digital education publishing site.

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, April 10, 2016 4:16 AM
very useful materials and ideas for the classroom
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How To Study In College. Best App and Simple Study Method For Students

How To Study In College. Best App and Simple Study Method For Students | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
How To Study In College combines a study guide, a unique new app to manage your time and workload, and an online learning center, to get your best grades in less time with less stress. Know what you have to do and if you have time to get it done - in real time.
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This is an interesting mixture of app and study guide to help students make better use of their time.

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Business & Organizations | BookFusion

Business & Organizations | BookFusion | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
BookFusion gives you the tools to create and distribute enhanced and interactive content, training materials, product documentations, case studies, videos, whitepapers and other digital content securely to any device that can be accessed by employees, members or subscribers wherever they are.
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An interesting tool for creating a digital training library.

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PubCoder Beta 3 - Digital Publishing Software for interactive apps, ebooks and HTML5

PubCoder Beta 3 - Digital Publishing Software for interactive apps, ebooks and HTML5 | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
PubCoder Beta 3 - Digital Publishing Software for interactive apps, ebooks and HTML5
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This is a low cost ool for creating a range of interactive digital content.

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Happy Snap - An Augmented Reality Find-and-Seek Adventure for iOS and Android

Happy Snap - An Augmented Reality Find-and-Seek Adventure for iOS and Android | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Happy Snap - An augmented reality mobile app for kids. Search, discover and explore the world around you.
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A nice way to use augmented reality to get kids active and exploring their world. Available on iOS or Android.

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Studytracks puts curriculum to music

Studytracks puts curriculum to music | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Studytracks is the award-winning innovation in education that takes the curriculum and puts it to music to drive engagement, retention and attainment in and out of the classroom.

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Nice idea and the initial app is free, but buying content can get pricey.

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What Is Everything?

What Is Everything? | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Everything is a new interactive experience by David OReilly featuring Alan
Watts - out now PC, Mac, Linux & PS4 - check here for the latest updates on
this project.
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Wonderful game.

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Video and online conferencing for business and life | G Suite Hangouts

Video and online conferencing for business and life | G Suite Hangouts | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Meet is designed to take the headaches out of joining a video call at work. Just set up a meeting and share a link. No worrying about whether teammates, clients, or customers have the right account or plus-ins. With a fast, lightweight interface and smart participant management, 30 person video calls are a breeze.

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Google's new video conferencing platform. No free plans.

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Olli Hatakka's curator insight, June 9, 2017 2:44 AM
I rescooped this Nik Peachey's scoop about an easy to use video conferencing system By Google (part of the  G Suite).  I have not tried it yet, but planning to do so. Has anyone any  esperiences about this application?
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The Science of Happiness by Nik Peachey on iBooks

Read a free sample or buy The Science of Happiness by Nik Peachey. You can read this book with iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
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The first of my Lessons in Digital Literacy plans is now available for iOS.

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Akash Chowdhry's curator insight, March 30, 2016 5:36 AM

The first of my Lessons in Digital Literacy plans is now available for iOS.

Maria Palaska's curator insight, March 30, 2016 1:58 PM

The first of my Lessons in Digital Literacy plans is now available for iOS.

Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales's curator insight, April 2, 2016 7:31 AM

The first of my Lessons in Digital Literacy plans is now available for iOS.

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ITyStudio

ITyStudio | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Simulate the most diverse situations (in management, sales force, communications, etc.) using ITyStudio and its library of characters and varied settings Use avatars and choose their movements and attitudes from a variety of available

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Nice idea, but looks pretty expensive for the average teacher.

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Flipgrid.

Flipgrid. | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Video collaboration, discussion, and assessment for students and teams.
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Love this idea, just a shame there's no free version. The version for K12 starts at $65 a year.

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Home - Learning Bird

Home - Learning Bird | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Learning Bird is an affordable, online alternative to private tutoring. We match content from real teachers to students based on their geographic location, their grade level and their learning profile.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a good potential way for teachers to share their lessons and make some extra money.

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iPad visualiser

iPad visualiser | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

They say the simplest ideas are often the best ideas… iVisualiser is the perfect presentation tool for both education and industry alike. Carefully designed to be incredibly simple to use, iVisualiser is a powerful app for collaboration, still-image AND live video annotation ...and review.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a useful tool for teachers with iPads and not too expensive at £1.99

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Transcribe audio to text automatically | Vocalmatic

Transcribe audio to text automatically | Vocalmatic | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Automatic Transcription by Vocalmatic. Convert your audio into text and edit to perfection with our online editor. Get started with 30 minutes for free!
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Looks useful for anyone with lots of transcription work to do.

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Make Your Own Game with RPG Maker

Make Your Own Game with RPG Maker | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Ever dream of making your own video games? With RPG Maker, those dreams can become a reality, even if you know nothing about game programming! All it takes is a combination of your imagination and dedication, and our software. Imagine your friends playing as the heroes you created, traversing dungeons you crafted, and thwarting the evil plans your villains hatched.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a collection of good low cost software for creating role playing games.

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Forest

Forest | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Forest team partners with a real-tree-planting organization, Trees for the Future, to plant real trees on the earth. When our users spend virtual coins they earn in Forest on planting real trees, Forest team donates our partner and create orders of planting.
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This low cost app is an interesting way to stay focused and avoid being distracted by your phone.

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Lifeliqe | We're visual learners

Lifeliqe | We're visual learners | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Lifeliqe introduces the first digital science curriculum that engages students with interactive 3D models. Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core aligned. Augmented, Virtual and Mixed reality enabled.
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Some nice applications of AR and 3D models.

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GameMaker | YoYo Games

GameMaker | YoYo Games | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Making top 2D games with the GameMaker: Studio game engine is easy. No code or programming required
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a great tool to help students make computer games. There is a free trial and large educational discount: https://www.yoyogames.com/education

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SiLAS - Avatar Animation Software - Silas Solutions

SiLAS - Avatar Animation Software - Silas Solutions | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it

Students can select their favorite characters and the X and Y buttons to scroll through a range of emotions: angry, very sad (crying), sad, happy, excited. When the student speaks the avatar's lips move and records what they say. The characters can move through their virtual world with use of the controller's directional pad.

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Really nice idea. Just a shame that there's no free trial version.

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What We Do - LightSail

What We Do - LightSail | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
With LightSail, you don’t have to make big changes to the way you already teach to get the results you want. Whether you have an independent reading program, teach guided reading or plan to focus on whole-class novels, LightSail gives you the tools you need to transform your current approach.
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This looks really interesting, though there is nothing about pricing on the website. The site seems aimed at decission makers with budgets rather than at teachers.

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Noteshelf - Best Note Taking App for iPad

Noteshelf - Best Note Taking App for iPad | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Noteshelf is a note taking app that lets you take notes, sketch, annotate PDFs and more on your iPad. You can also record audio, draw shapes and more.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Great note taking app. Not free but at $7.99 not a huge investment.

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Summize on the App Store

Summize is your new go-to study tool. Take a picture of a textbook page or news article and get a summary, concept analysis, keyword analysis or bias analysis in seconds.
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This looks like an interesting study tool for $0.99.

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, March 29, 2016 9:23 PM

This looks like an interesting study tool for $0.99.

steve batchelder's curator insight, March 30, 2016 1:43 AM

This looks like an interesting study tool for $0.99.

Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales's curator insight, April 2, 2016 7:31 AM

This looks like an interesting study tool for $0.99.

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RedCritter for Teachers

RedCritter for Teachers | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
RedCritter classroom management. Engage and reward your students.
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Interesting motivational tool that adds an element of gamification to the classroom.

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IGlobe Chick's curator insight, March 20, 2016 10:41 AM

Interesting motivational tool that adds an element of gamification to the classroom.

Ramon Pavia's curator insight, March 21, 2016 3:26 AM
Interesting motivational tool that adds an element of gamification to the classroom.

Interesting motivational tool that adds an element of gamification to the classroom.

 
Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales's curator insight, March 25, 2016 5:00 PM

Interesting motivational tool that adds an element of gamification to the classroom.

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Digital Video - An interactive ebook for teachers

The book focuses on practical ways teachers can explore and exploit the potential of the vast web-based video resources that now exist on the internet. In addition to this the book offers guidance on how to encourage students to use video as a creative tool that can support their language learning.
The book has 10 chapters beyond the introduction. These chapters focus on a range practical , theoretical and technical issues which should help the reader to fully utilise digital video in a range of contexts from the classroom, blended learning and all the way through to fully online delivery.
The book contains:
-: 315 full colour illustrations
-: 26 embedded video tutorials
-: 42 detailed activities with materials and links
-: 17 Cool tools with step by step illustrated guides, video tutorials, suggested activities and getting started suggestions
-: 70 pages of reviewed links to tools and resources
-: Detailed tips and advice on pedagogically related aspects from choosing a clip and task design to paradigms for building video into your syllabus through a range of up to date approaches.
-: An interactive glossary
Nik Peachey's insight:

The first in my series of independently published ebooks for teachers.

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SusanMichelle's curator insight, August 11, 2015 2:40 AM

The first in my series of independently published ebooks for teachers.

Lee Morden's curator insight, August 26, 2015 4:05 PM

Always looking for new techniques to communicate.

Shona Whyte's curator insight, August 28, 2015 8:41 AM

I don't usually scoop things you have to pay for, but this is only 3 dollars on iTunes, and Peachey has a solid track record on practical tips and tutorials for language teaching tools.

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Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro

Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro | Commercial Software and Apps for Learning | Scoop.it
Moovly is an online tool that allows you to create animated videos, tutorials, explainers, presentations, infographics, video clips, display ads or e-cards.
Nik Peachey's insight:
This looks like a really useful tool. It's run on a freemium model. The free version allows for the unlimited creation of videos up to 10mins long at 480p.
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Filomena Gomes's curator insight, March 20, 2015 10:26 PM
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This looks like a really useful tool. It's run on a freemium model. The free version allows for the unlimited creation of videos up to 10mins long at 480p.

Andrew Sparks's curator insight, April 24, 2015 12:07 AM

this could be good when explaining historical events.  Say for a teacher giving a lecture

lynnegibb's curator insight, September 23, 2015 9:26 PM

Could be just what I need for my students