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Student e-Planner - One for learners from the Chrome Web Store

Student e-Planner - One for learners from the Chrome Web Store | technologies | Scoop.it
An electronic planner that allows students to track assignments and due dates.
John Dalziel's insight:
Coursework needs its own routine and habits. 
For assignments, reminders, and a helpful calendar, learners should check out Student e-Planner a Chrome extension that helps learners organise every class and assignment. 
Student e-Planner enables learners to...
  - add their courses,
  - enter their assignments,
  - schedule due dates and times, and
  - mark off items as they complete them.
Extra Student e-Planner features include...
  - a calendar view of all coursework,
  - a tab to see their completed items,
  - the ability to add notes,
  - editable colours per class, an overall theme colour, and
  - desktop notifications for reminders. 
Student e-Planner is an impressive Chrome extension that helps learners stay on course.
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Ivette Torres-Vera's curator insight, March 21, 10:56 PM
Coursework needs its own routine and habits. 
For assignments, reminders, and a helpful calendar, learners should check out Student e-Planner a Chrome extension that helps learners organise every class and assignment. 
Student e-Planner enables learners to...
  - add their courses,
  - enter their assignments,
  - schedule due dates and times, and
  - mark off items as they complete them.
Extra Student e-Planner features include...
  - a calendar view of all coursework,
  - a tab to see their completed items,
  - the ability to add notes,
  - editable colours per class, an overall theme colour, and
  - desktop notifications for reminders. 
Student e-Planner is an impressive Chrome extension that helps learners stay on course.
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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 ;
Must, at least, be worth a trial.
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Planboard - Digital lesson planner

Planboard - Digital lesson planner | technologies | Scoop.it
Get organized and reduce your classroom prep time. Accessible from anywhere to plan lessons, align to curriculum sets, and manage your schedule with ease.
John Dalziel's insight:
Planboard is an organisational tool (website and app) for lesson planning and tracking. 
Users start by...
  - creating a free account, then
  - create colour-coded subjects -- which can be further organised into sections if the subject is taught to more than one group, or class, of learners. Then
  - add subjects to a schedule using a built-in calendar. 
Creating and organising lessons is the final step; templates are available and editing tools allow users to... 
  - embed videos, 
  - attach documents,
  - include links to Google documents, 
...and more. 
Additional features are well worth exploring and using after the basic setup is complete. Curriculum sets can be added to subjects; lessons can be copied, shifted, and exported for collaboration with other educators; and standards can be added to lessons. 
Users can sync Planboard with other apps from Chalk.com, including Markboard, Attendance, and Collaborate. 
Markboard helps users manage assessment, Attendance tracks learner absences, and Collaborate is a comprehensive sharing tool. 
NOTE: There's quite a steep learning curve, and requires quite a lot of setup time. However, Planboard should save educational practitioners time in the long run and reduce the stress of managing course schedules and trying to keep lesson resources organised. 
The Tutorial videos do an excellent job of walking users through the features and how to use them. 
Download Planboard for...
View and edit your lessons anywhere 
Must be worth a closer look.
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Merece la pena echar un vistazo a esta herramienta. 
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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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Asana: an easy way for "teams" to track their work

Asana: an easy way for "teams" to track their work | technologies | Scoop.it
It’s free to use, simple to get started, and powerful enough to run your entire business. Sign up for free today.
John Dalziel's insight:
Asana is an application to help learners and/or practitioners enhance their workflow and increase their productivity. 
Asana allows users to create... 
 ● tasks,
 ● to-dos, and
 ● reminders 
...and collaborate with others on 'projects' that matter to them. Users can... 
 ● add due dates,
 ● assignees,
 ● followers and
 ● details 
...to their tasks. 
They can also upload files and attachments to tasks and share visuals directly to Asana from other apps. 
Asana also provides users with a variety of organizational features to help them arrange their tasks into projects and keep track of what their team is doing. 
They can... 
 ● send notifications when tasks are completed,
 ● search across all of their projects to quickly find data they need,
 ● comment on tasks,
 ● use conversations to make announcements to their team,
 ● ask questions in a project 
 ...and more.
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Wunderlist | To-do list, Reminders, collaboration and more!

Wunderlist | To-do list, Reminders, collaboration and more! | technologies | Scoop.it
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There are many tools for making check lists. Practitioners, and/or learners, could...
   ● go old-school and keep check lists in a paper notebook, or
   ● put them on Post-It notes on their desk, or
   ● use a plain text file to keep track of their check lists, if they’re a fan of the minimalist look on their computer.
There are also a lot of other great tools that can be used to manage checklists, each of which can be very valuable if they decide to make a lot of different lists.
Wunderlist is one such tool that allows users to...
   ● make different to-do lists.
   ● organize and share their to-do/work etc., lists.
   ● set Due Dates and Reminders and Assign to-dos. No matter whether their lists are course/work related or just for fun.
   ● share their lists and work collaboratively on projects with others.
Wunderlist works seamlessly across all major devices, available for free on...
   ● iPhone,
   ● iPad,
   ● Mac,
   ● Android,
   ● Windows,
   ● Kindle Fire and
   ● the Web
No matter what they’re planning, how big or small the task may be, Wunderlist makes it easier to get stuff done.

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Skaffl - classroom workflow

Skaffl - classroom workflow | technologies | Scoop.it
Get Skaffl - classroom workflow on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

Skaffl could provide a solution for practitioners who want a simple way to distribute and collect assignments without wading through a myriad of extra features that they won’t use.
Skaffl is a free iPad app that is designed to help practitioners...
   - distribute,
   - collect, and
   - grade assignments
...on their iPad.
On Skaffl practitioners can create 'classrooms' that their learners join through a class code.
Once a 'classroom' is created practitioners can distribute assignments and hand-outs to their learners.
Assignments can be created in the app or practitioners can attach items created outside of the Skaffl app.
Their learners can submit work through the app.
Practitioners can grade their learners’ assignments directly within the app.
Assignments that aren’t going to be graded (a rough draft of an essay, for example) can be annotated by practitioners to provide learners with ungraded feedback.
To sum up, with Skaffl
Practitioners can:
   - Create activities for students to complete
   - Plan ahead and save activities for distribution when you need them

   - Collect student work

   - Annotate and grade student assignments
Learners can:
   - Get their assignments and keep track of due dates
   - Hand in their assignments from other apps
   - Annotate and complete written assignments
   - Ask questions directly to their teachers using assignment comments

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StoryCorps

StoryCorps | technologies | Scoop.it
Our mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.
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StoryCorps website, USA based, has a couple of good tools for learners, across the world, who are going to interview others.
They provide learners with excellent questions that they can use when interviewing people about their lives or about the lives' of others.
Learners can select their own questions from "The Great Questions Lists" and "The Great Questions Generator" will help them select the best questions for the person or people they're planning to interview.

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Beesy.me - Improve your team productivity

Beesy.me - Improve your team productivity | technologies | Scoop.it
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Beesy provides an all-in-one platform for helping users plan and coordinate projects, set-up to-dos and deadlines, communicate with clients and co-workers and much more.
Beesy is available both on the web and as an iPad app.
The online and iPad versions of Beesy use five main sections...
the Dashboard, which provides an overview of tasks and calendar appoints;
a Notes section for meeting notes and minutes;
a list of Actions created by users and tasks to assigned to other people;
a People section for user contacts; and
a section for planning Projects and goals.
The features in the iPad version of Beesy are more useful than on the online version. e.g. users can actually send an email from the app, draw and write on downloaded web pages, and record and save audio files.

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Simple Surface

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Simple Surface is another tool for learners to use to create webs and mind maps to...

- plan creative stories,

- draft outlines for research reports, or

- diagram a set of concepts they're trying to connect.

Learners could also use Simple Surface as a storyboard tool to plan video projects.

In their words " Plan smarter and faster"

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Floor Styler - create floor plans,house plans and 3D plans with Floor Styler

Floor Styler -  create floor plans,house plans and 3D plans with Floor Styler | technologies | Scoop.it

FloorStyler is an online service helping learners design construction plans.


- Create an account on the website
- Verify the account via the received email
- Log into the application
- Begin designing floors by dragging various types of objects onto the canvas such as furniture, walls, doors, etc.
- Final work can be saved on the website or exported to a JPEG or PNG image.


NOTE: The free account of the site does not offer high resolution image exports or designing embedding. These features are offered by premium plans that begin from $9.90 per year.

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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (or other tablets)

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (or other tablets) | technologies | Scoop.it

Many learning providers have, or are considering, investing heavily in iPads (and other tablets) for classroom use.

 

This post, from edudemic highlights common mistakes many learning providers are making with iPads (and other tablets), mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives; they include...

 

1) Focusing on content apps


2) Lack of Teacher Preparation in Classroom Management of iPads  (or other tablets)


3) Treating the iPad (or other tablets) as a computer and expecting it to serve as a laptop.


4) Treating iPads (or other tablets) like multi-user devices


5) Failure to communicate a compelling answer to “Why iPads?” Or other tablets?

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Interesting points!

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Pedagogical Quickies

Pedagogical Quickies | technologies | Scoop.it

Every couple of months or so, Marc-André publishes a quick pedagogical clip that presents an educational issue along with solutions often inspired by technology.

 

Marc-André’s YouTube channel is aimed at dealing with educational issues ranging from content creation to professional development.

 

Ideal resources for stall development and/or as great conversation starters for "forward planning" meetings etc.

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Form Scheduler - Google Forms add-on

Form Scheduler - Google Forms add-on | technologies | Scoop.it

Lets you limit responses and schedule the form based on the google calendar events.

John Dalziel's insight:
If Educators use Google Forms, then they might want to check out this Add-On called Form Scheduler. 
The free version enables users to close their Form at a maximum number of responses and/or a specific date. There is also a feature to open a form during specific events. e.g. let's say an educator has a course session from 9 am to 11 am on their Google Calendar. They can use Form Scheduler to open during that time slot.
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GoalsOnTrack: App for Goal Setting

GoalsOnTrack: App for Goal Setting | technologies | Scoop.it
GoalsOnTrack is a robust and comprehensive smart goal setting software program that helps you set, track and share goals, manage tasks, track time, build habits, create vision board, keep goal journal, and achieve more success in reaching both personal and business goals.
John Dalziel's insight:
Not all learners are created equal. 
Learners that perform well, tend to be those who are self-motivated and who love learning for learning’s sake. 
They take notes in lectures, not because they have to but because they want to, and they set themselves goals and hold themselves accountable for meeting them. 
However we're also aware that it’s easy to lose focus if they don’t have something to keep them on track. 
That’s where GoalsOnTrack comes into play. 
The GoalsOnTrack application can be accessed through both the web and through a smartphone application and it’s all about helping learners set and stick to SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goals. 
Bigger goals can be broken up into smaller chunks so that they’re easier to swallow, and users can also take notes on their goals and their progress or track their progress offline. 
NOTE: It isn't FREE - approx £52 a year at the time posting this (Less than £5 a month or 15p per day). 
Both apps require an active account via the website. 
Not everyone needs to use an app to set and achieve their goals – but most people will at the very least feel some benefit.
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Kiddom - Collaborative Learning Platform for Educational Practitioners

Kiddom - Collaborative Learning Platform for Educational Practitioners | technologies | Scoop.it

Kiddom is the easiest way to plan, assess, and analyse learning. Practitioners and learners sign up for free.

John Dalziel's insight:
Kiddom provides an easy Way to Plan, Assess, and Analyse Learning which is similar to Google Classroom;. there is also a free iPhone and iPad app at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/kiddom-collaborative-learning-classroom/id986718947?mt=8 
Kiddom provides a collaborative learning space where Educational Practitioners can...
  - plan,
  - assess and
  - analyze 
...learning. 
Kiddom is ideal for...
  - blended learning or
  - flipped learning environments. 
Kiddom is also integrated with Google Drive allowing users to easily create and share documents with learners. 
To help both Educational Practitioners and learners stay organised, Kiddom automatically creates folders for documents and assignments shared through Google Drive. 
Educational Practitioners can use Kiddom to monitor learners progress using the app’s integrated grade book. 
Based on generated progress reports, Educational Practitioners can track learners' learning and assess classroom performance. 
Kiddom’s assessment library provides... 
  - quizzes, 
  - videos, 
  - assessments, 
  - lessons, 
  - real-world exercises,
...and more. 
Learners can use Kiddom to see all of their papers, videos, quizzes, practice worksheets and more. 
Kiddom also allows them access to ‘detailed achievement reports in real-time. 
Easily understandable graphs to show what they mastered, what needs work, and what to focus on next. 
Free for learning environments: Kiddom is an easy way to plan, assess, and analyse learning.
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Transformation Centre - resources to help education leaders improve all aspects of their 'schools' and work toward a vision for change

Transformation Centre - resources to help education leaders improve all aspects of their 'schools' and work toward a vision for change | technologies | Scoop.it
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The one thing we can all be sure of is change. 
Google's Transformation Centre is ‘a hub of resources to help education leaders improve all aspects of their 'schools' and work toward a vision for change.’ 
Based on feedback (stories, templates and guides) collected from a wide variety of schools, Google's Transformation Centre includes seven main elements; these are... 
■ vision, 
■ learning, 
■ culture,
■ technology, 
■ professional development, 
■ funding and sustainability, and 
■ community engagement. 
Each of these elements feature a collection of resources and materials designed specifically to help education leaders tackle the change process.
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To-do list and task manager. Free, easy, online and mobile: Todoist

To-do list and task manager. Free, easy, online and mobile: Todoist | technologies | Scoop.it
Trusted by millions, Todoist is the best online task management app and to-do list. For Web, iPhone, iPad, Android, Chrome, Outlook and many more!
John Dalziel's insight:

Research is a time-intensive activity, which means learners will benefit if they have a tool to organize both their professional and personal life.
Todoist is one option worth a closer look.
Todoist enables learners to manage all of their projects and access them from any platform they own, including their...
     → desktop computer,
     → laptop, and/or
     → portable devices.
They can also share their tasks and collaborate with other people.

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WhatsDue: Never Miss A Due Date

WhatsDue: Never Miss A Due Date | technologies | Scoop.it

WhatsDue puts all of your due dates for all of your classes in 1 easy to use todo list

John Dalziel's insight:

How do your learners know WHAT’S DUE, 2015 Style?
The WhatsDue Free App Makes it so easy for practitioners to keep their Learners, and/or other stakeholders (employers, administrators etc.), up to Date with - What’s Due!
The process for practitioners is straight forward – just...
   - go to http://whatsdueapp.com/
   - click on the "Teacher Signup" Button and
   - sign up.
When signed-up...
   - enter assignments, tests, etc.,
...in fact anything that has a due date that they want their learners to be aware of.
What about the learners?
The learners just...
   - download the free app (available in the Apple Store and on Google Play) and
   - enter a code for their course (this is a short code users will see in the web interface)
...and WOW!, they see what’s due and when it's due in a simple easy to read display.
The whole process is...
   - totally straightforward,
   - highly functional, and
   - 100% free.

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My Study Life

My Study Life | technologies | Scoop.it
A free cross platform planner app for students, teachers and lecturers designed to make your study life easier to manage.
John Dalziel's insight:

MyStudyLife is a Learner Planner for All Platforms, which could provide an excellent service for learners if they get into the habit of using it to keep track of their assignments.
My Study Life allows learners to organise...
   - their classes,
   - tasks and exams
...and never forget a lecture or assignment again
When learners start using the app they...
   - have to enter their courses, then
   - start to enter tasks into each course.
Each task is assigned a due date.
The My Study Life homepage shows them the tasks that have due dates approaching.
Whether or not MyStudyLife will help learners will be determined by whether or not they get into the habit of using it.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention it's free.

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Airtable

Airtable | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

Managers, practitioners, learners, and others, STOP using spreadsheets as a database.
Airtable provides an alternative that is as fast and easy as editing a spreadsheet.
But only Airtable is backed by the power of a full database, giving users rich features far beyond what any spreadsheet can offer.
Plus with Airtable, users get seamless access from anywhere.

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Build with Chrome

Build with Chrome | technologies | Scoop.it
Now you can build with LEGO® bricks using Google Maps as your baseplate. Imagine. Explore. Build online in Chrome.
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Build with Chrome, is a collaboration between Chrome and the LEGO Group which has brought colourful bricks to the web using WebGL, a 3D graphics technology. It was originally built by a team in Australia as an experiment, and now Google has opening it up to everybody. So now users can publish your wacky creations to any plot of land in the world.
There are a few new features to make it easier to build and explore this digital world of LEGO creations.
- Users can now sign in with a Google+ account to help find stuff that people in your circles have created.
- A new categorization system for completed Builds will help users sort and filter for specific types of structures.
- To hone skills users can explore the Build Academy, a series of short tutorials.

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VideoNot.es

VideoNot.es | technologies | Scoop.it
The easiest way to take notes from videos. Everything synchronized!
John Dalziel's insight:

VideoNotes is a new tool for taking notes while watching YouTube videos. Load any YouTube video on the left side of the screen and on the right side of the screen VideoNotes gives you a notepad to type on.
Integrating with a Google Drive account, it allows users to share and collaborate on notes, just as they can do with a Google Document.
VideoNotes is an ideal tool for learners to use to take notes, ask questions, and answer questions while watching any "flipped environment" instruction videos (hosted on YouTube).

Learners can...
- share their notes with practitioners, enabling them to plan/structure their next face-to-face session;
- share their notes with peers for either collaborative work and/or peer reviews.

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WikiBrains

WikiBrains | technologies | Scoop.it

Wikibrains is website designed to help users brainstorm/blue-sky in a web format.

 

The difference? When users brainstorm/blue-sky on Wikibrains they're also performing a basic Internet search at the same time.

 

To create a brainstorm/blue-sky web on Wikibrains...
- enter a word or phrase.
- users will be prompted to add more words by completing the phrase, "Makes me think off..."
- add a new word or phrase which,in turn, will be added to the web.

 

As words are added, on the right side of the screen, users will see links to search results about each word.

 

Note: by creating a Wikibrains account users can alter their brainstorm/blue-sky webs by adding custom paths and links between elements.

 

Another perk is the option to browse other users' webs and modify them for your own use.

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i-list.it

i-list.it | technologies | Scoop.it

A tool that may help Learners and/or Practitioners organize and manage their tasks.

 

Create TO-Do lists, update them, change their order and or priorities.

 

The Standard Account is FREE  but has only one board with a max of 10 tasks per board (There is also advertising)

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