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Venngage - Free Infographic Maker 

Venngage - Free Infographic Maker  | technologies | Scoop.it
Join over 1 million people creating their own professional graphics with our easy to use infographic maker. Sign up for free and choose from 100+ infographic templates.
John Dalziel's insight:
Venngage is more than just an infographic builder, it allows for the design of...
  - flyers,
  - charts,
  - data reports 
...and so much more. 
Venngage provides what seems like never-ending template options. 
Potential users can sign up with their Google Account and then start building. 
NOTE: Apart from Students, who have a "Free Plan", Venngage isn't free! Take a look at the pricing plans at https://venngage.com/pricing/ ;
Once signed up, simply select one of their templates and begin replacing their info with yours. 
Venngage provides a great way to visually display data for any audience, and it is super easy and intuitive. 
All of the tools that are available are listed down the right-hand side. 
There are...
  - icons,
  - maps,
  - images, and
  - users can upload any images they want. 
The free Student version is awesome!
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OECD iLibrary: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

OECD iLibrary: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development | technologies | Scoop.it
The new OECD cross-searchable online library containing over 5000 e-books, 5000 MS Excel™ tables, 400 statistical datasets and 2500 working papers.
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From... 
  - ready-made tables to interactive databases, 
  - "at a glance publications" to full reports, 
...the OECD iLibrary offers wide ranging research and knowledge to a variety of audiences. 
All book and journal content is available to all users to read on-line by clicking the READ icon. 
Read editions are optimised for browser-enabled mobile devices and can be read on-line wherever there is an internet connection - desktop computer, tablets or smart phones. 
They are also shareable and embeddable. 
The OECD iLibrary also features content for all users to access and download such as the OECD Factbook, OECD Working Papers, Indicators, and more. 
NOTE: Subscribers benefit from full access to all content in all the 7 available formats. PDF, Read, ePUB, Web, CSV, XLS and Data. 
Visitors to the OECD iLibrary can browse by... 
  - Theme, 
  - Country, 
  - Theme & Country 
  - Catalogue and/or 
  - Statistics 
NOTE: The Themes in the OECD iLibrary include... 
  - Agriculture and Food 
  - Employment 
  - Governance 
  - Social Issues/ Migration / Health 
  - Urban, Rural and Regional Development 
  - Development 
  - Energy 
  - Industry and Services 
  - Taxation 
  - Economics 
  - Environment 
  - Nuclear Energy 
  - Trade 
  - Education 
  - Finance and Investment 
  - Science and Technology and 
  - Transport. 
An iLibrary well worth a closer look!
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Quizizz: Fun Multiplayer Classroom Quizzes to engage learners

Quizizz: Fun Multiplayer Classroom Quizzes to engage learners | technologies | Scoop.it
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Quizziz is a fun assessment tool that continues to add more and more features; this makes obtaining feedback from students and providing feedback to them much easier. 
Some of the newer features include receiving a daily report of the Quizizz summary and being able to send parents, and/or other stakeholders the results of a learner’s Quizizz 'game'. 
The daily summary report shows the... 
  - number of Quizizz games used,  
  - number of responses, 
  - percentage correct 
...as well as additional information. 
It’s nice for practitioners to be able to have that data available so quickly. 
Quizizz easy to implement, users simply create their own by adding their own questions or search from the public Quizizz available and drag in the questions they want and then edit them according to their preferences. 
Other benefits include the ability to either play it live or assign it as "practice" or homework. 
NOTE: If practitioners create a Quizizz and there isn't enough time for learners to finish, no worries because when learners use the same login and pin number, they continue from where they left off in the game.
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Attendance Sorter - Google Sheets add-on

Attendance Sorter - Google Sheets add-on | technologies | Scoop.it
View attendance in a neat, compact, easy to understand format with automatic data sorting.
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Attendance Sorter is a Google Sheets Add-on that will take attendance data collected through Google Forms and make it easy to sort in meaningful ways. 
These videos are worth a closer look... 
https://www.youtube.com/embed/uB6Yd5HqMv0 provides a brief tutorial and 
https://www.youtube.com/embed/_6WqHDGb-pU provides a short overview of what Attendance Sorter can do for you. 
Attendance Sorter could save time and make the data collected meaningful. 
Well worth a closer look.
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timeStats - raise awareness of time spend on particular web pages.

timeStats - raise awareness of time spend on particular web pages. | technologies | Scoop.it
You will be surprised how much time you spent on particular web pages.
John Dalziel's insight:
An add-in for Chrome that will raise a users awareness of the time they spend on particular web pages. 
TimeStats is a handy extension that does just that, creating a colourful pie chart that could show users the amount of time they spend on time-wasting websites instead of studying/working/etc. Learners, and/or practitioners, might be surprised at how big a slice a seemingly harmless website can have. 
By having a better overview of their web activity, users, if they really want to, can act on it.
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GraphFree

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GraphFree is an incredibly flexible online graphing tool, boasting capabilities not found even in the most popular graphing calculators. Whether you’re a teacher who wants to make better graphs for tests, or a student looking for homework help, it’s time to try GraphFree.
John Dalziel's insight:

GraphFree is an on-line Graphing Tool for Learners and Practitioners providing an alternative to some expensive graphing calculators and apps.
On GraphFree users can...
   - enter plot graph points manually or
   - enter an equation or function
...to see a graph generated.
Each graph can then be saved as an image to use in
   - a document,
   - a presentation, or
   - a SMART Notebook folder.
Note: GraphFree provides a helpful gallery of tutorial videos and an extensive guide for new users.
For many, GraphFree will provide all of the functions that they need.

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infogr.am - Create infographics & online charts

infogr.am - Create infographics & online charts | technologies | Scoop.it
Create infographics and interactive online charts. It's free and super-easy!
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Infogr.am is an on-line tool for creating interactive charts and graphs.
There are four basic chart types that you can create on Infogr.am...
   - bar,
   - pie,
   - line, and
   - matrix.
Each chart type can be edited to use any spreadsheet information that you want to upload to your Infogr.am account.
The information in that spreadsheet will be displayed in your customized chart.
When you place the cursor over a completed chart the spreadsheet information will appear in small pop-up window.
Infogr.am charts can be embedded into a...
   - blog,
   - website, or
   - wiki.

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Knoema's World Data Atlas

Knoema's World Data Atlas | technologies | Scoop.it
Detailed international and regional statistics on more than 2500 indicators for Economics, Energy, Demographics, Commodities and other topics. Tables, charts, maps free to download, export and share.
John Dalziel's insight:

Knoema's World Data Atlas provides a huge collection of...
   - data sets,
   - maps, and
   - charts
...for almost every country in the world.
There are many data categories to pick from.
Some of the data categories that users will find include...
   - GPD Per Capita,
   - Government Debt,
   - Migration,
   - Housing,
   - Energy Consumption, and
   - Agricultural Production.
Each data set, map, and chart can be...
   - exported,
   - downloaded, or
   - embedded into a blog post or webpage.
Note: Registered Knoema users can use the data sets to create their own data visualizations.
Excellent resource for social studies, environmental science and more.

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Surfkollen: What do you know about your online activity?

Surfkollen: What do you know about your online activity? | technologies | Scoop.it

Surfkollen is a Swedish add-on for either Firefox or Chrome. 

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Surfkollen is a Swedish add-on for either Firefox or Chrome. It analyzes the last 7 days of your online activity, and presents the results on a slick, colourful graph. Surfkollen can only analyze the last 7 days, so the insights you can get from at it at the moment are a bit limited.
However If you’re anything like me, a single week can easily represent your typical surfing habits.

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Internet Live Stats - Internet Usage Statistics

Internet Live Stats - Internet Usage Statistics | technologies | Scoop.it
Watch the Internet as it grows in real time: Internet users, websites, blog posts, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest users. Visualize the total number of emails, Google searches, YouTube videos, Tumblr posts, Instagram photos, in 1 second.
John Dalziel's insight:

Internet Live Stats is part of the Real Time Statistics Project (Worldometers and 7 Billion World).
They are an international team of developers, researchers, and analysts with the goal of making statistics available in a dynamic and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world.
i.e.practitioners and/or learners.
Some useful data for many subject areas.

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Worldometers - real time world statistics

Worldometers - real time world statistics | technologies | Scoop.it
Live world statistics on population, government and economics, society and media, environment, food, water, energy and health.
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Enables practitioners and/orlearners to view all kinds of global data.
Worldometers provides constantly updating statistics about a wide range of topics...
- World population
- Government & Economics

- Society & Media

- Environment
- Food
- Water

- Energy

- Health
...taken from a variety of online sources.
The site is both educational and awareness-raising and could be used in many ways.

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HealthMap | Global Health, Local Knowledge

HealthMap | Global Health, Local Knowledge | technologies | Scoop.it
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Health Map is a real-time epidemic tracking application that is available as an iPhone and Android app as well as a website.
Those working in or training to work in Public health can use the information to monitor health issues around the world.
The information is collected from different sources like online discussions, publicly available datasets, health alerts, news aggregators etc.
Health workers and researchers can use the global or the local maps to study how outbreaks are occurring around the world.

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Fascinating!

Mirela Monte's comment, August 14, 2013 10:07 PM
Excellent commentary! Thank you John!
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Twitonomy: Twitter #analytics and much more...

Twitonomy: Twitter #analytics and much more... | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

Many learning providers share their updates through text, images, and videos on the social network Twitter.
Twitonomy is a free to use web service that lets users get in-depth Twitter statistics.
For each learning provider that has publicly viewable tweets, users can access a breakdown of things like total tweets, percentage values of the categories tweeted, multiple graphs of tweeting activity, and information about which user was tweeted most by an account and who was replied to the most.
Twitonomy lets organisations export tweets to an Excel sheet to keep local backups. They can find out who is not following them back, and they can even track clicks on the links in their tweets.
All of these features are offered under a single dashboard for free, thanks to Twitonomy.

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Flubaroo - Quickly grade and analyse learner performance

Flubaroo - Quickly grade and analyse learner performance | technologies | Scoop.it
Flubaroo helps you quickly grade and analyze online assignments and assessments, as well as instantly share scores with students!
John Dalziel's insight:
Flubaroo is a FREE add-on to Google Forms/Sheets which lets users quickly grade and analyse learner performance on multiple choice and fill-in assignments. 
Within a minute users will be able to: 
  - Get scores for each learner, and identify learners in need of extra help; 
  - view average score, and a histogram of scores; 
  - quickly identify questions which a majority of the learners missed; 
  - share scores with learners via email or Google Drive, along with optional notes to the class and/or to each learner; and 
  - assign your own score to open-ended questions. 
Designed by a teacher, for teachers, Flubaroo is easy to use. 
Try it today for your assignments, quizzes, assessments, or even an exam!
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Story Map Series - World Population Trends - Interactive Map & Guiding Questions

Story Map Series - World Population Trends - Interactive Map & Guiding Questions | technologies | Scoop.it
This story map was created with the Story Map Series application in ArcGIS Online.
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World Population Trends is one of a number of interactive story maps produced on the ESRI platform - http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/ ;
The Fifteen maps, in this series, show patterns of change in the world's population from 1960 through 2015. 
The maps in the series represent population changes due to...   
  - birth and death rate changes,
  - life expectancy changes, 
  - fertility rate changes, and 
  - changes in migration. 
The guiding questions, on many of the maps within the series, asks learners to evaluate the data presented to them to determine answers to the questions. 
Clicking on countries provides data via pop-ups (zero values may mean data was unavailable) 
Note: a short link is available to share with learners, and/or others, and the HTML code to embed the resource in a web page. 
The HTML code is also available for Autoplay, which is ideal for public display monitors. 
An excellent "Real World" resource for data evaluation.
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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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Microsoft Classroom

Microsoft Classroom | technologies | Scoop.it
A 'virtual space where practitioners can manage all of their classes.
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Microsoft Classroom is a 'virtual space where practitioners can manage all of their classes. 
It allows practitioners to... 
► create and grade assignments, 
► design different class sections, 
► provide personalised individual feedback and 
► collaborate with other practitioners in Professional Learning Communities. 
Microsoft Classroom is included in Office 365 for Education which users can access from the App Launcher in the Office 365 navigation bar. 
It's also worth looking at the 6 basic things every teacher using Microsoft Classroom should be able to do infographic at http://selectedreads.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/6-basic-activit_889_27256b79186b0669b5afa3e98648f36e7625f246.png?w=1600&h=5220
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Edusight - Notes

Edusight - Notes | technologies | Scoop.it

Edusight Notes is a mobile app that helps practitioners capture evidence of student learning as it happens throughout the year.

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Although developed for younger learners, EduSight Notes provides a means, for practitioners/assessors etc., to quickly capture anecdotal evidence about student learning, of all ages, in their learning environments.
EduSight Notes enables them to...
   ● take note of important behavior or character development for all their learners, and
   ● store examples of learner work to guide their assessment practice.
All notes and observations are organized by learner in a handy timeline view.
All this provides the means to reflect on learners’ progress by reviewing evidence of their learning, and application of skills etc.

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Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view.

Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view. | technologies | Scoop.it
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In their words...
"Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about...
   - social,
   - economic and
   - environmental
...development at...
   - local,
   - national and
   - global levels.
We are a modern “museum” that helps making the world understandable, using the Internet."
Gapminder...
   - provides a good way for visual learners to see data sets in a context that is significantly different from standard data sets.
   - has a page for educators on which they can find thematic animations, graphs, quizzes, model lessons, and a PDF guide to using Gapminder.
NOTE: For practitioners working in learning environments with slow Internet connections or very strict filtering, Gapminder also has a desktop application that users can download and install for Mac or Windows computers.

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Check My Flood Risk - Is your home at risk from flooding?

Check My Flood Risk - Is your home at risk from flooding? | technologies | Scoop.it
Use the Check My Flood Risk Map from Shoothill to assess the flood risk to your property from the Rivers and Sea in England.
John Dalziel's insight:

This Check My Flood Risk map shows the Environment Agency's assessment of the likelihood of flooding from rivers and the sea across England.
The information is based on the presence and effect of all flood defences, predicted flood levels, and ground levels. The data is available at...

http://data.gov.uk/dataset/risk-of-flooding-from-rivers-and-sea

...under Open Government Licence V2.
Note: The map is intended as a general guide only, to increase awareness of the likelihood of flooding from rivers or the sea, and to encourage people living and working in these areas to find out more and take appropriate action.

A useful resource for Environmental Science courses and more...

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Data Visualization: How much have we polluted?

Data Visualization: How much have we polluted? | technologies | Scoop.it
ElkanoData offers you a tool to visualize the environmental footprint generated by each country. Explore, analyze, compare and reflect.
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This is an eye-opening map which shows the extent to which we have polluted the earth from 1960 to 2008.
Simply choose two countries you want to compare, pollution-wise, and choose the date you want to look at (from 1960 to 2008). You will then be presented with information showing how much those countries have polluted.
This has so many uses in so many subject areas.

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ChartsBin.com - Visualize your data

ChartsBin.com - Visualize your data | technologies | Scoop.it
ChartsBin.com is a web-based data visualization tool that will allow everyone to quickly and easily create rich interactive visualizations with their own data.
John Dalziel's insight:

ChartsBin is a web-based data visualization tool that will allow practitioners and/or learners to quickly and easily create rich interactive visualizations with their own data.
Users can then share their interactive visualizations with others by embedding them in...

-  websites,

- blogs or sharing via...

  - Facebook or Twitter.
A "must visit" destination for statisticians, and computer scientists!
Ideal for anyone who wishes to see research data in a refreshing way.

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WeatherSpark

WeatherSpark | technologies | Scoop.it
WeatherSpark: beautiful weather graphs and maps making in-depth weather information easily accessible.
John Dalziel's insight:

I found this website fascinating and it seems to offer more, for teaching and learning, than other websites and apps.
It's still in Beta and some features apply only to the USA but there are plenty of settings and data for learners to explore, including...
- weather averages
- forecast accuracy
- historical weather and
- Global Warming
...for chosen locations.
The "Help" link is accessed via the more button.
Note: the link I've provided sets the location at Liverpool, UK but it is easy to change.

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Piktochart

Piktochart | technologies | Scoop.it
Information graphics - how do you create infographics without any design knowledge? Piktochart is an easy infographic tool/creator/maker/designer that requires very little effort
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Piktochart helps practitioners and/or learners to create infographics, share and get results in 3 easy steps.
No design experience is required.

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2013 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

2013 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM | technologies | Scoop.it
The official site of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club is presented by IBM. Follow The Championships, get live scores and results, and see who will win this grand slam tennis tournament.
John Dalziel's insight:

The official Wimbledon site has a huge amount of information that can be used for independent research by learners.

The site features the latest news, player profiles, video / audio feeds and photo galleries.

Each year, when the competition starts, functional skills learners could use some of the statistics for data handling activities or, by using the timeline find out what happened in Wimbledon in the year they were born...

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