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Microsoft Translator - Addressing Language Barriers - inclusion

Microsoft Translator - Addressing Language Barriers - inclusion | technologies | Scoop.it
Microsoft Translator live is a free translation and transcription service that let's you have translated conversations across multiple devices on iOS, Android, Windows, PowerPoint and web for 1:1 conversations or larger group interactions. Support for real time conversation for over 60 languages including Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese and many more. Break the language barrier
John Dalziel's insight:
With an increase in on-line courses, presenting to wider audiences, it's important that Learning providers ensure that their learners feel welcome and can take part in any conversations. 
A wide range of "Learner languages" can be a barrier to this! 
Microsoft Translator will translate an educator's spoken or typed words in real-time. 
Wait! 
Before you say anything, Microsoft Translator isn't a one-way street. 
Learners, and/or others, who have joined the "translation room" conversation can reply in their chosen languages and their messages will be instantly translated into the educator's chosen language and the languages of others participating. 
To get started Educators just...
  - open the Microsoft Translator website and
  - choose "start conversation." 
Their translation room is then launched. 
Learners and others that make up the audience can join the conversation by...
  - entering the join link or
  - scanning a QR code. 
Individuals can...
  - choose the language they want the text and/or spoken words translated into and
  - can reply in their chosen languages and their messages will be instantly translated into the chosen language of all other participants. 
Microsoft Translator has dedicated mobile apps. 
Get the Translator App for...
NOTE: This PowerPoint feature can also be used for audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing. 
It can also be used in any modern web browser on a laptop. 
And there's more! 
In addition to the stand-alone website and mobile apps, 
Microsoft Translator is available as a PowerPoint add-in. 
When installed into PowerPoint, Microsoft Translator will automatically subtitle the slides as the presenter speaks. 
More than 60 languages are available in the Microsoft Translator PowerPoint add-in. 
For a brief demo, take a look at...
  - Richard Byrne's video clip at https://www.youtube.com/embed/82xE02F5QnE OR
  - Microsoft's demo of Microsoft Translator working in PowerPoint in a classroom at https://www.youtube.com/embed/5tZn_osINXw ;
If educators are delivering on-line courses, they need to try out Microsoft Translator
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WebRoom: provides all the features required for effective live on-line classes and meetings

WebRoom: provides all the features required for effective live on-line classes and meetings | technologies | Scoop.it
Teach or Meet Live Now
John Dalziel's insight:
Many Educators are looking for ways to host an on-line learning environment, an on-line tutoring session and/or to 'connect and collaborate' with colleagues, the list goes on. 
At times all of us could use a free and easy way to create on-line rooms. 
Yes you could use Google Hangouts, but, to be fair, more times than not at least one person has trouble signing into the Hangout (Heads-up - the cause is usually found in having multiple Google Accounts open at the same time). 
Other virtual 'conference room platforms' can be expensive. 
A possible solution to both of those problems is WebRoom which provides all the features required for effective live on-line classes and meetings. 
Basically there are three steps...
  - Create a room - just enter your name and email address,
  - Invite Participants - use the invite function, or share the link provided via email, chat or however you like and
  - that's it - Participants join instantly by clicking the link. 
As for the technical requirements...
  - Browsers... a current version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Edge
  - Mobile Devices...Android OS 4+ and Chrome application or Android 5+ with a built-in Chrome browser. iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod) with iOS 11 or above and only with Safari browser IMPORTANT! 
Heads up - a connection between Safari and Edge browsers, at the time of posting this, can not be established. 
Last of all, take a look at Richard Byrne's video clip "How to create a Virtual Conference Room" at https://www.youtube.com/embed/4BQYrR9Y4fs ;
This is a "I must try it out" tool!
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ReClipped - Take & Share Notes on Educational Videos

ReClipped - Take & Share Notes on Educational Videos | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:
Looking for ways that your learners can share educational video clips, that they find, and observations/notes that they make? 
Well look no further... 
ReClipped lets users...
  - take notes,
  - share notes, and
  - share clips from educational videos. 
With a ReClipped account users can clip sections of videos that they find on...
 - Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/ ;
 - DailyMotion - http://www.dailymotion.com/gb ;
 - Coursera - https://www.coursera.org/ - and
In addition to clipping they can create time-stamped notes about the videos that they clip. 
A Pinterest-like aspect of ReClipped appears if users choose to share their clips and notes on a board. 
ReClipped boards can be shared publicly or kept private. 
Take a look at the...
  - Reclipped Guide at https://www.reclipped.com/guide or
  - "How To" video clip at https://www.youtube.com/embed/EiAOfRqwXCY ;
ReClipped has lots of potential for learners to both discover and share notes about educational videos. 
Note: Because of the public search for ReClipped boards I'd be cautious about letting younger learners use it.
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FlipQuiz™  Creating Digital Quizzes

FlipQuiz™  Creating Digital Quizzes | technologies | Scoop.it
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Many educators use Google forms as their "go to" tool to create different types of quizzes, questionnaires and polls. 
Anything they create on Forms will be automatically saved to their Google Drive so they can access, view, and edit it anytime they want. 
For something different... 
FlipQuiz is a web tool that allows Educators to easily create gameshow-style boards for test reviews within learning environments.  
All boards created can be saved for later use. 
Educators can also share their boards up on-screen and have learners work on them collaboratively. 
Watch the demo at https://flipquiz.me/demo to see what the gameshow-style board looks like. 
The final plus - It's FREE! 
NOTE: There is the option to upgrade to FlipQuiz PRO - charges, for the upgrade, can be paid monthly or yearly.
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Create new quiz reviews for free - Flip Quiz boards can also be saved for reuse. 
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Classkick -  learn together in real time

Classkick -  learn together in real time | technologies | Scoop.it
Kickstart Student Learning

Give quality, real-time feedback when students need it most.

Get Started, It's Free
John Dalziel's insight:
I'm sure we all agree that being able to provide feedback and assistance, especially to learners who might be struggling, is important. 
The Classkick app helps with that process by providing Educational Practitioners with faster ways to provide feedback. Classkick is an app that allows learners and Educational Practitioners to learn together in real time. 
Practitioners can create lessons using...
  - existing worksheets, or
  - new text, audio, or videos. 
Students complete their work on a...
  - Chromebook,
  - iPad,
  - laptop, or
  - desktop. 
Practitioners can view the work that Learners are doing in real time and can see anyone who might need help. 
Practitioners can provide comments and feedback to learners in real time as well. 
Classkick allows learners to help each other and it can be used by learners who are physically present in the learning environment as well as by ones who might be elsewhere. 
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Feedly: organise, read and share what matters to you.

Feedly: organise, read and share what matters to you. | technologies | Scoop.it
Feedly: organize, read and share what matters to you.
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Feedly has recently added some new interesting features to improve the way users save, read and share web content. 
With these new features, users will be able to create boards, highlight salient part of stories, and add notes. 
Users are in control of... 
  - which publications they follow,
  - which blogs they follow,
  - which YouTube Channels they follow,
  - which Google Keyword Alerts they monitor,
  - which sources they turn into easy-to-read feeds and
  - which content from their organisation's internal portals, content management systems, and SaaS applications they access securely. 
All that content can be organised into easy to read collections and, if required, shared via Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, email and more. 
Such posts can be scheduled with Hootsuite or Buffer. 
Ideal for Subject centred collaboration where Educational Practitioners can curate, comment and prioritise the best articles/resources/etc., about specific topics and ideas. 
Must be worth a closer look.
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Spiral's Team Up- improve the process and outcomes of group work

Spiral's Team Up- improve the process and outcomes of group work | technologies | Scoop.it
Spiral - The fastest way to carry out formative assessments.
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Team Up is a tool that improves the process and outcomes of group work. 
Learners work in teams during one or more sessions - contributing ideas and building shared presentations in the form of slide shows. 
Teams can work from individual or shared devices to create high quality outcomes that everyone can learn from. 
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Factile - Create multimedia quiz games

Factile - Create multimedia quiz games | technologies | Scoop.it
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Looking for ways to engage learners in collaborative team work and enhance their learning while having fun? 
Factile is a web tool that enables educational practitioners to create multimedia quiz games for their learning environments. Using a simple and intuitive gameboard, practitioners will get to create engaging quiz games without the need for any coding skills. 
The process is easy, practitioners... 
  - open an account with Factile,
  - click on ‘build now’ in homepage, then 
  - type in their titles and categories 
  - click on a square to open up the editor for a question and fill in with their content. 
Factile can be used... 
  - for formative assessment purposes to check learners understanding of newly taught lessons. 
  - to introduce new concepts or review latest ones. 
NOTE: Factile is totally free for the first 3 games. After that, users must upgrade to the PRO version for $5/month (or $48 per year). In the PRO version users also get extra features like image, video and equation uploading, as well as the ability to print games. Must be worth while trying out the free games.
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Highly - highlight the vital parts and instantly share with others

Highly - highlight the vital parts and instantly share with others | technologies | Scoop.it
Highlight the web to share the important parts.
John Dalziel's insight:
Highly is a highlighter tool, ideal for those who are engaged in research and who find themselves reading hundreds of documents a day, many of which they need to share with peers, education practitioners and/or others.. 
The question is, when studying a long document, how do individuals bring their colleagues’ attention to the pertinent sections? 
There's no doubt that giving page and paragraph locations for every sentence they need to read is both time-consuming and impractical. 
This is where Highly plays an important role. 
Using the Highly Chrome app - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/highly-highlighter/hjpahjhcglfdopbholajmhpamgblhjhg - users can highlight the vital parts of a text and instantly share them with other people. 
Highly also lets users highlight...
  - images, 
  - charts, and 
  - other non-text objects. 
For those doing research or collaborating on assignments this has to be worth a closer look!
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ColorNote – free Android notepad app that provides users with a simple notepad editing experience

ColorNote – free Android notepad app that provides users with a simple notepad editing experience | technologies | Scoop.it
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Android ColorNote is a free notepad app that provides users with a simple notepad editing experience to write down their... 
  - notes, 
  - to-do lists, 
  - reminders, 
  - emails and 
  - memos. 
ColorNote has two note taking formats: 
  - a lined-paper styled text option and 
  - a checklist option. 
The text option allows users to add as many notes as they want. 
Users can easily edit their saved notes, share them with others and/or delete them. 
Users can also use ColorNote checklist mode to create to-dos. 
Users can add unlimited number of items to their list and once it is saved, users can check or uncheck their items with a single tap. 
Other interesting features provided by this app include: 
  - organising notes by colour, 
  - protecting your notes with a password, 
  - writing a diary and/or journal in the calendar, 
  - searching notes and memos, 
  - organising your schedule by notes in the calendar, 
  - sharing notes via SMS or email
…and many more. 
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G Suite – Gmail, Drive, Docs and More

G Suite – Gmail, Drive, Docs and More | technologies | Scoop.it
Do your best work with Google’s suite of intelligent apps (formerly Google Apps). Get business email, video conferencing, online storage and file sharing.
John Dalziel's insight:
Many Learning Providers are embracing G Suite which provides all the tools they need to... 
  - Communicate - GMail, Hangouts, Calendar, Google+; 
  - Store - Google Drive; 
  - Collaborate - Docs, sheets, Forms, Slides, and Sites; and 
  - Manage - Admin and Vault;
...in one package that works seamlessly from computers, phones or tablets. 
No it isn't free but at the time of posting this, it starts at about £4/user/month. 
If you’re one of the Learning Providers that already use G Suite, and/or are contemplating using it, then keeping track of your data is critical. 
Such organisations need tools that can help them manage access to ensure that only the right people are sharing information.  
Team Drives - https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/drive/get-started-team-drive/ - make it easy for employees to manage file access. 
Team Drives allows users to specialise permissions based on who they would like to... edit, comment, reorganise or delete ...certain files. 
Unlike files in My Drive, files in Team Drive belong to the team instead of an individual. 
Even if members leave, the files stay exactly where they are so your team can continue to share information and get work done. By default, all members within Team Drives automatically see the same files regardless of who adds or reorganises them—cutting back on how many times organisations have to grant file access to trusted team members. 
To get started on Team Drives use the step-by-step guide https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/drive/get-started-team-drive/ ;
A "should use" for those who have G Suite accounts!
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OneTab extension for Google Chrome and Firefox - save up to 95% memory and reduce tab clutter

OneTab extension for Google Chrome and Firefox - save up to 95% memory and reduce tab clutter | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:
Managing tabs within Google Chrome or Firefox is not only something that adults need to master, it is an essential skill that practitioners can teach their learners. 
What is OneTab? 
The OneTab extension can be used to quickly gather open tabs, reduce the amount of memory used, and convert your tabs into a list. 
Your list can be restored, shared, and organised. 
How does it work? 
To see how easy the OneTab extension is to use, watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/5QXHnjxkFl8 ;
Why would Educational Practitioners Use The OneTab extension? Well OneTab gives users the ability to save time and work smarter. 
OneTab is an ideal tool to automatically generate, and/or share... 
  - a whole range of course appropriate lists to share with Learners; 
  - a list of links for presentations; 
  - a list of links for 'flipped learning'; 
  - a list of links for assignments... 
...and more. 
I wish I'd known about this before I retired and for Chromebook users and those who collaborate I would think it's a must try out! NOTE: When using the OneTab extension, Pinned Tabs are not included withing the lists.
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Team WhiteBoarding with Twiddla - Painless Team Collaboration for the Web

Team WhiteBoarding with Twiddla - Painless Team Collaboration for the Web | technologies | Scoop.it
Twiddla is a free, no-setup, web-based meeting playground. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Voice and Text chat too!
John Dalziel's insight:
Twiddla is very impressive and belongs at the top of the list of apps to consider if a tool like this required. 
Inviting others to collaborate on Twiddla is quick and easy – just... 
• hit the green GO button to start a session and 
• use the Invite option (towards the upper right hand corner of the screen). 
Twiddla provides a great set of tools. 
Users can easily add an image, web page, or document as a background to markup. There is a colour palette tool, pen width tool, a shapes tool, and text can be inserted. 
There is even a “browse” option so that links within a background image can be clicked on, which was pretty unique. 
Not only is there a chat option built in, but there's even free audio conferencing capability! 
Twiddla must be worth a closer look. 
P.S. Other similar tools you may want to compare/look at are... 
• Groupboard - http://www.groupboard.com or 
• Megascopes' Whiteboard - http://whiteboard.megascopes.com or 
• Scribblar - http://scribblar.com or 
• ScribLink - http://www.scriblink.com
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Top Folders Pro - File Manager on the App Store

Top Folders Pro - File Manager on the App Store | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Top Folders Pro - File Manager. Download Top Folders Pro - File Manager and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
Top Folders Pro is a scanner app that offers a wide variety of features. 
At the time of posting Top Folders Pro is free but only for a limited period of time. 
Top Folders Pro enables Practitioners to create high quality PDF scans of their Learners and their own documents using the camera on their phone. 
Once scanned Educators can use the Top Folders Pro’s editing features to...
  - sign,
  - highlight,
  - annotate,
  - delete and
  - crop pages. 
It also lets users passcode their documents and support touch ID security measures; that way it’s only users who can access and view their materials. 
Top Folders Pro also provides access to all of a users cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive. 
Users can log in to any of these platforms right from within the app. 
Users can also automatically sync all their scanned docs to these services. 
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PDFelement 6.3: A Complete PDF Solution

PDFelement 6.3: A Complete PDF Solution | technologies | Scoop.it
PDFelement is your all-in-one PDF solution. Create, edit, convert, annotate, protect, merge, watermark, compress, and sign PDF files in a better way.
John Dalziel's insight:
If you are an educator and/or learner you must have noticed that digital files are taking over from the traditional paper work. 
Many refer to this as going paperless. 
Well, it’s thanks to the efficacy of being paperless that directly translates to improvement in document handling hence escalated productivity especially within learning environments. 
PDF files are now one of the most popular files around in the realm of... - reading, - creating documents and - collaborating with others. 
PDFelement 6.3 is an all in one tool with powerful features for editing, converting, annotating, filling and signing PDF files. 
Within education PDF files are being used...
  - to Convert Assignments, Course Notes and Other Documents To and From PDF
  - when Collaborating on Projects
  - to Digitally sign files
  - to Convert Paper/Scan Documents to Readable/Editable PDF Documents and
  - to Combine Files Into One Large File 
PDFelement is compatible and available on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android for organisation-wide standardisation and there is a trial version to use to check the tool.
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Outplanr: Turn to-do lists into daily work plans

Outplanr: Turn to-do lists into daily work plans | technologies | Scoop.it
Turn task lists into real, feasible work plans, that also include time spent on meetings. Keep projects on track and easily check how much time was spent on each task against your estimates. Avoid downtime and team burnout. Plan, track and relax.
John Dalziel's insight:
Outplanr is a project and resource manager that turns a users to do list into a weekly work plan, where they can see what their team are doing in real-time. 
Users can organise and keep track of multiple projects, while making sure that everyone knows what do do now and next, avoiding stress for the team and keeping everyone motivated and on track. 
All users need is the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera or Internet Explorer. 
Outplanr will work on Macs and PCs and they even offer special Tablet and Mobile-friendly versions. Potential users can see a more detailed overview by visiting the Outplanr Guide at https://outplanr.zendesk.com/hc/en-us ;
NOTE: Outplanr offers a 30 day Free Trial before users have to choose a plan and subscribe - Pricing can be viewed at https://www.outplanr.com/pricing.html ;
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Kanbanchi - Free Online Project Management & Collaboration Software Tool

Kanbanchi - Free Online Project Management & Collaboration Software Tool | technologies | Scoop.it
Kanban software for task management, project management and collaboration. Online kanban board helps teams and enterprises manage projects the agile way.
John Dalziel's insight:
Kanbanchi is a free education app that allows Education Practitioners and learners to visually monitor projects. 
There are templates for...
  - lesson plans,
  - newsletters, and
  - learning environment tasks 
...that help users get started. 
Kanbanchi was designed to help Educators and learners manage project-based learning. 
Once users set up a dashboard they can populate it with cards to help track different aspects of a project. 
The cards can be...
  - different colours,
  - assigned to specific people,
  - given a start date, due date, and an estimate for how long it will take to complete that specific task, and
  - given a priority from low to high. 
With Kanbanchi users can...
  - Attach files from Google Drive
  - Create an unlimited number of dashboards and cards
  - Push due dates to Google Calendar
  - Share with an unlimited number of collaborators
  - Sort and filter cards as needed 
Take a look at the 3 minute demo at https://www.youtube.com/embed/l4zjVCoo-nA
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Biteslide - Research, create, and present projects on-line

Biteslide - Research, create, and present projects on-line | technologies | Scoop.it

Biteslide is engaging presentation tool for learners to research, create, and present projects online.

John Dalziel's insight:
Designed for Educational Practitioners and younger learners, with Biteslide learners can create digital slideshows using text, photos, and video clips. 
Once Educational Practitioners create their own accounts, they can add learners and assign projects. 
Practitioners can...
  - make a "slidebook" (slideshow) template for learners to copy and customise, or
  - provide general instructions and give students free reign. Learners then sign in with a unique username and password and create their slidebooks. 
Learners can search for images or videos on Google or YouTube from their computers -- a custom search tool is embedded in the slidebook creation screen. 
Learners can also customise the design of their slides, as well as add "editors" to allow for collaboration with other learners. Finished slidebooks can be downloaded or printed, and learners can mark their slidebooks "ready for review." 
NOTE:
  1: A limited number of student accounts and projects, and unlimited slidebooks, are available with a free teacher account. Other paid subscription levels offer more options.
  2: Essentially Biteslide is a of PowerPoint that learners can use to present ideas, organise thoughts, or demonstrate what they've learned.
  3: Learners can't create their own drawings, video, or audio content within Biteslide. 
The opportunities provided by this open-ended digital creation tool are limited only by a user's imagination 
The easiest way for you to evaluate Biteslide, is to try out the demo at https://www.biteslide.com/tryitnow/trialslidebook ;
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eduClipper - curate and organise digital content

eduClipper - curate and organise digital content | technologies | Scoop.it
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Educlipper is a website where Educational Practitioners can curate and organise digital content. 
 Educlipper has been designed specifically for educators and by an educator. 
To set up an Educlipper account is pretty easy and can be done in a few clicks and once logged in registered users can instantly start adding content . 
There is also a handy Educlipit button that users can install on their browser to bookmark digital content they come across while browsing the web. 
Another good feature that Educlipper offers to its users is that users can work collaboratively on the content they curate from the web, they can also organise it into educlipboards and share it with others - learners for example.
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Spiral's Quickfire - The fastest way to carry out formative assessments.

Spiral's Quickfire  - The fastest way to carry out formative assessments. | technologies | Scoop.it
Spiral - The fastest way to carry out formative assessments.
John Dalziel's insight:
Spiral - https://spiral.ac/ - is a website that I've posted about before. It does not require any software download and is completely free of charge for Educational Practitioners. Just... 
  - visit the Spiral Website, 
  - Login or Join for Free, 
...you then have access to a wide range of tools, including Quickfire. 
Quickfire is an ideal tool to use during a session to... 
  - introduce,
  - assess,
  - review and
  - reinforce 
...learner knowledge and understanding in learning environments. It provides the educational Practitioner with the responses of all learners in real time. 
Learners' answers are displayed anonymously on a whiteboard to develop confidence and encourage risk-taking. 
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Awesome screenshot - a central hub for all user screenshot images, letting users edit and annotate them

Awesome screenshot - a central hub for all user screenshot images, letting users edit and annotate them | technologies | Scoop.it
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Awesome Screenshot makes taking screenshots a more customisable process. 
Awesome Screenshot acts a central hub for all user screenshot images and lets users edit and annotate them. 
The Awesome Screenshot app - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/awesome-screenshot-app/mfpiaehgjbbfednooihadalhehabhcjo - makes sharing screenshots easy. 
Users can upload them to the Awesome Screenshot App’s server, which in turn gives them a public URL so their friends, colleagues and/or others can access them. 
Users can also save their screenshots to the Chromebook’s local drive or directly to Google Drive.
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Mindomo - Mind Mapping and Concept Mapping

Mindomo - Mind Mapping and Concept Mapping | technologies | Scoop.it
Real-time collaboration on mind maps, concept maps and outlines. Works with Google Drive.
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Mindomo allows users to visually outline complex concepts, tasks, ideas, and other related information in a structured form. 
Some of its features include: 
  - Real-time collaboration 
  - Embedded video and audio files 
  - Presentation Mode 
  - Multiple layouts (mind map, concept map, org chart, tree org chart) 
  - Great variety of Import/Export formats 
  - Map customisation by adding icons, colours, styles and map themes 
  - Full map history, undo and redo functions 
  - Password protected mind maps 
  - Comments and voting enabled on topics  
  - Multilevel numbering 
Desktop version - https://www.mindomo.com/ - is also available, that enables users to work offline 
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Post-it® Plus - turn any physical sticky notes into digital notes

Post-it® Plus - turn any physical sticky notes into digital notes | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Post-it® Plus. Download Post-it® Plus and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
I've worked with many colleagues and invited presenters who use "Post-it" notes for many activities, to collect feedback and many other things. 
Generally, these "Post-it" notes are then photographed (at best) and binned. 
To be fair, the activities have, in many cases been engaging, but the physical manipulation, removal of duplicates, collation etc. can waste time. 
The Post-it Plus app that can make such activities more engaging and take less time. Post-it Plus is a free iPad app that you can use to turn any physical sticky notes into digital notes. 
With this free app installed on an iPad or iPhone users can... 
  - snap a picture of a collection of physical sticky notes and have them quickly digitised. 
Once the notes are digitized... 
  - re-arrange them, share them with collaborators, and/or 
  - send them to another application like Dropbox. 
If users have multiple sets of notes they can combine the best notes into one board on the Post-it Plus iPad and iPhone app. 
For a quick overview, take a look at https://www.youtube.com/embed/jtQljSfghiA ;
Post-it Plus is ideal for... 
  - digitising the output of a brainstorming session that started with physical notes; 
  - learning environments in which only the practitioner has an iPad or there are only a few iPads; practitioners could have their learners carry-out brainstorming sessions with physical notes then go around the room with one iPad to create a digital record of those notes. These can then be projected, via the app, through an LCD projector or interactive whiteboard to show learners all of the notes and talk about which notes should be sorted into various categorised boards in the app. 
That's just a taste of what can be done. It must be worth a closer look.
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MathPickle - Fun and Challenging Math Puzzles

MathPickle - Fun and Challenging Math Puzzles | technologies | Scoop.it
Put your students in a pickle!
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Math Pickle is a free site that offers dozens of fun and challenging maths puzzles for learners of all ages. 
The puzzles are arranged by both grade level and topic. 
The puzzles... 
  - can provide practitioners with a new way to challenge their learners to use their mathematics and reasoning skills and... 
  - are designed so that all learners will eventually experience a "failure" and a "break-through" during the process of completing the puzzle in groups/teams. 
The Math Pickle puzzles are designed to foster collaborative problem solving over the course of 45 to 60 minutes. 
Most of the Math Pickle puzzles are presented as a series of small, connected problems that learners have to solve to complete the puzzle presented to them. 
The puzzles themselves can be viewed as slides and or downloaded as PDFs.
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Piazza • Ask. Answer. Explore. Whenever.

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Piazza is a free online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors. Students as well as instructors can answer questions, fueling a healthy, collaborative discussion.
John Dalziel's insight:
Piazza is an advanced Wiki-Style Q&A tool that compels collaboration and higher-order thinking. 
Practitioners with virtual classrooms and/or blended learning environments with large on-line components may match well with Piazza. 
It's a place for learners to ask questions and get answers. Learners' responsibility to understand content increases as they're required to explain to and/or edit an explanation for their peers. 
Piazza’s unique feature is the format of its Q&A tool. Instead of a posted question that receives multiple responses, there's one designated learner response and one practitioner response. Peers can edit/update answers, with changes to the question’s history viewable using a slider at the top. 
NOTE: Piazza also gives learners anonymity options to encourage everyone—even shy learners—to ask and answer questions. Practitioner endorsements of good questions and answers let practitioners push their learners in the right direction. 
Other Piazza features include... 
► a polling tool, 
► a space for online discussions, and 
► the ability to message learners. 
Piazza’s wiki-style approach pushes learners not only to post responses, but also to edit and enhance them. 
This requires learners to use higher-level skills, like evaluation and synthesis, while at the same time helping others who might be stumped. 
iOS and Android mobile apps lets practitioners stay connected with their learners on the go. 
Find out more from some who use Piazza at https://piazza.com/professors ;
As you'd expect with any new tools, coaching on expectations, as well as frequent practitioner moderation and feedback will be required! 
Well worth a closer look, especially for on-line courses, avioding long queues of sidebar Q&As
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