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Photos for Class: The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class!

Photos for Class: The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class! | technologies | Scoop.it
The World’s easist way to search for safe, creative commons images and cite them.
John Dalziel's insight:
Learners can spend a great deal of time searching for images to use in their projects/coursework/etc. 
It's important that they are made aware that...
  - not all images they find can be used and/or
  - they're also supposed to give credit where credit is due if the images can be used (Attribution). 
Photos for Class is an ideal site for learners to use to find free images they can use and a huge bonus is that Photos for Class automatically adds the required attribution information to the footer of the images that they download. 
Photos for Class has, until recently relied on Flickr's library of Creative Commons and public domain images, however Photos for Class has started to include public domain images from Pixabay's safe search. 
Richard Byrne's video - https://www.youtube.com/embed/WNkroByAw8U - demonstrates how anyone can use Photos for Class to find and download free images. 
Yes it's "Simple but Effective!"
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I'm always looking for more resources for great ways to legally add images to student projects. My fav. is Flickr Creative Commons!

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ClassHook | Educational Clips from Popular Media

ClassHook | Educational Clips from Popular Media | technologies | Scoop.it
Teach your students using their favorite TV shows and movies.
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ClassHookuses YouTube as a source of videos and can...
  - save Educators time when searching for a video clip to support a point in their lesson plan.
  - also be helpful in finding a video to build a flipped lesson upon. 
ClassHook enables educators to search for video clips according to subject and topic. 
Most of the video clips found on ClassHook come from television shows and movies. 
ClassHook has also introduced a new feature that filters profanity from videos. This new feature is called "profanity skipping" and it does what the name implies. As a video plays back, any profanity in the clip is skipped. Profanity skipping was developed by ClassHook in response to educators who said they had found a clip that would be useful in a lesson except for one or two swear words. ClassHook's profanity skipping feature will let those educators use such clips. 
Learn more about ClassHook by watching the video clip at https://www.youtube.com/embed/nfJr3DW1cYE ;
Go on, it must be worth while creating a YouTube playlist to organise the clips found via ClassHook.
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ScienceFriday - Audio Science Lessons

ScienceFriday - Audio Science Lessons | technologies | Scoop.it
Science Friday is your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science. It's brain fun for curious people
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Listening is an important skill for all learners and many Educators use podcasts to enhance those skills. 
Science Friday is a weekly podcast (hosted on Sound Cloud) that features science stories spanning a wide array of topics, but most topics that are related to current news stories. 
No surprise, new episodes appear on Fridays 
Educators, and/or learners, can listen to each episode in its entirety or they can choose to listen to the individual segments as featured on the Science Friday homepage. 
Science Friday's education section - https://www.sciencefriday.com/educate/ - offers many free STEM activities, lesson plans and resources. 
The lesson plans are generally connected to one of the Science Friday segments. 
Educators can search for lesson plans in the Science Friday education pages according to grade levels, duration and subject. 
Options include...
  - English Language Arts
  - Physical Science
  - Mathematics
  - Life Science
  - Engineering and Technology
  - Earth Science
  - Chemistry - Media Guide and
  - Science Club 
Video clips - https://www.sciencefriday.com/videos/ - are also available in the Explore section of Science Friday. 
This is one that STEM Educators, and others, should visit!
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More Open Digital Textbooks worth a closer look

More Open Digital Textbooks worth a closer look | technologies | Scoop.it
Four more platforms, that I've not posted before, all providing open digital textbooks
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This post provides four more platforms, that I've not posted before, all providing open digital textbooks. 
In alphabetical order...
  - Bookboon - http://bookboon.com/ - has published more than 1,000 free textbooks for learners. These textbooks can be downloaded in PDF format without prior registration.
  - TextBookGo - http://textbookgo.com/ - is another source for free etextbooks. Free eTextbooks for many subject categories and for all tablet and digital textbook viewing devices.
  - The Open Textbook Library - https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/ - provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks. Explore the library's books to see if an open textbook fits your course's, and students', needs.
  - Wikibooks - https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wikibooks:Card_Catalog_Office - offers an open content textbooks collection that anyone can edit. It has over 2000 books and other educational materials that can be browsed by subject, completion status or reading level. 
I hope educators and learners can find some useful eTextbooks from these and th previous links that I've provided.
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Educational Documentaries

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Many Educators spend time looking for some good websites that provide curated educational documentaries. 
These links feature some options that may be worth a closer look. 
These links are to platforms where Educators, and/or Learners, can get access to a plethora of documentaries spanning different topics and subject areas. 
Educators can...
  - browse through the wide range of categories on offer,
  - pick appropriate documentaries and
  - share with learners. 
The Documentaries are provided with a short written synopsis and an embedded clip usually from popular video hosting sites such as YouTube and Vimeo. 
If learning providers block these websites, Educators probably won't be able to watch some documentaries from these sites. The sites are...
  - Documentary Heaven - http://documentaryheaven.com/watch-online/ - over 30 categories from Education and Human Rights to to Science and War
  - Documentary Storm - https://documentarystorm.com/ - educational documentaries from different on-line sources and 
  - Free Documentaries - http://freedocumentaries.org/ - full-length documentary films free of charge, with no registration needed. 
I hope there is something here for all of you.
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Do Nothing for 2 Minutes -  Alleviate stress, and refocus

Do Nothing for 2 Minutes -  Alleviate stress, and refocus | technologies | Scoop.it
I just did nothing for 2 minutes. Can you?
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There are times when Education Practitioners and learners alike feel completely overwhelmed. 
The...
  - stress of a deadline,
  - pressure of an assignment, or
  - time constraints 
...can create stress in our lives. 
How they manage stress can impact...
  - grades,
  - decisions, and even
  - professional reputation. 
There has been a lot of articles about...
  - the power of yoga,
  - guided breathing,
  - meditation and mindfulness 
...in today's learning environments. 
Sounds great, but how can you get started? 
Well, Do Nothing for 2 Minutes is an easy-to-use website with a simplistic objective. 
Simply visit the site and do nothing for 2 minutes. 
Once users visit the site, they...
  - will hear the sounds of the ocean and see the picture of a sunset.
  - are encouraged to relax and do absolutely nothing for 2 minutes. 
A clock appears on their screen with a 2 minute countdown. 
If users move their mouse or touch their keyboard, the timer will restart back to 2 minutes. 
Whether practitioners use it with learners or for themselves, it's a great tool that can be used to calm minds. 
Give it a try and see if it calms your mind, alleviates stress and/or helps you refocus.
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Read2Me - Convert Text to Audio

Read2Me - Convert Text to Audio | technologies | Scoop.it
Instantly convert articles from your favorite websites into a podcast.
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Read2Me is a free service that could be a useful resource to support learners. 
Read2Me can be used to play the audio of an article while learners are reading a printed copy of the same. 
This can be a great help to some learners enabling them to participate more in group discussions. 
Read2Me is free service, converting a webpage or an uploaded document into an audio file that learners can listen to on the Read2Me website. 
To use Read2Me users simply have to...
  - paste a link to an article or
  - upload a file and then
  - be patient while it converts to audio. 
When the conversion is complete...
  - hit the play button on Read2Me and
  - listen to the text of the article spoken aloud. 
Users can adjust the speed at which the narrator speaks. 
Note: 60 seconds of audio can be produced without having to create an account on Read2Me. 
If users do create an account, they can have five minutes of audio produced per day. As a frame of reference, a typical article from a news website yields less than five minutes of audio.
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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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Unsplash | Beautiful Free Photo Community

Unsplash | Beautiful Free Photo Community | technologies | Scoop.it
Do-whatever-you-want free HD photos. Gifted by the world's most generous community of photographers.
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Yes there are many websites with royalty free photos, but few are curated and closely-monitored like Unsplash
Unsplash is curated by Crew, a marketing agency, so that all photos that appear on the site are handpicked. 
Why is this is important? 
Well two reasons, users can be confident that... 
  1: they’re getting high-quality photos, and might even find it difficult to narrow down their choices. 
  2: the photos are completely free to use. 
While other websites provide also Creative Commons photos, the fact that users upload the content directly to those websites means there’s no quality control and users can’t be fully confident in the licensing. 
However the images on Unsplash come with a generous license: they can be used for personal or commercial projects with no attribution necessary. 
At the time of posting this... 
  - Unsplash has a collection of over 200,000 images; 
  - new images added on a daily basis; 
  - photos are contributed by over 40,000 photographers, and 
  - creating a free account allows users to follow photographers and create a collection of their favourite photos. 
Looking for inspiration? 
Just take a look at their curated collections. 
So if you’re looking for free-to-use, headache free photos that you can share with the confidence that you won’t be hit with a copyright violation — head over to Unsplash.
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Wikipedia "Tools and Resources" for instructors

Wikipedia "Tools and Resources" for instructors | technologies | Scoop.it
If you’re interested in adding a Wikipedia assignment to your course, we can help. Our staff has been supporting the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada since 2010. In…
John Dalziel's insight:
There's a high probability that readers of this post use Wikipedia but, if they are Education Practitioners, will tell their Learners not to! 
That's the reason for this post! 
Wikipedia has long been the bane of most educators – resulting in the... 
"don’t believe everything you read on the internet because anyone can publish anything" movement. 
While Wikipedia provides subject matter for teaching... 
  - credibility, 
  - authority, 
  - source citations, 
...and more 
The idea of actually using Wikipedia to explicitly teach research is less common. This is where Wikipedia "Tools and Resources" for instructors comes in. 
Over the last 7 years, the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada, have collected user experiences and feedback to put together some guidelines and training for practitioners and their learners. 
Guidelines include... 
  - Resources for instructors 
  - Getting students ready 
  - Subject-specific handouts 
  - Classroom handouts and 
  - Designing assignments 
This is just a taste of what's on offer. 
Find out more on the WikiEdu home page at https://wikiedu.org/
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As I've been saying for 6 years, Wikipedia Is Not Wicked!

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Kahoot! - Create, play and share fun learning games for any subject

Kahoot! - Create, play and share fun learning games for any subject | technologies | Scoop.it
Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!
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Kahoot!...
  - is a great tool for assessments and having a game based learning element added to the learning environment. 
  - can even be used for professional development. 
  - offers many quizzes in the "public library" which can be duplicated and then personalised/edited. 
When playing, Kahoot! in "ghost mode" it enables learners to try and beat their initial score. 
Jumble, one of Kahoot!'s recent additions, has proved to be a lot of fun and beneficial for learning. 
In Jumble... 
  - practitioners create a question and each of the four coloured tiles becomes part of the response. 
  - when the question appears on the board, the squares on the board are shown but the order is "jumbled". 
  - learners must then slide the squares into the right order to either spell the word, properly form the sentence, or answer the question. 
Foreign language teachers should find Jumble useful for getting learners to practice their spelling as well as for reinforcing proper word order for sentence structure in the language being taught. 
Suitable for all ages, for FREE! 
P.S. Matt Bergman - http://www.mattbergman.net/about-matt.html - has shared a Kahoot! Cheat Sheet that's well worth a closer look at... https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LIgPYv3KJU-rVsTmRAkgWVnYvtFZaEDs8esVt6l7Gko/edit
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Digital Explorer - real science and exploration live in the learning environment

Digital Explorer - real science and exploration live in the learning environment | technologies | Scoop.it
Engaging young people in global issues for a better future. Our projects provide inspirational lessons and resources direct from the world to your classroom.
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Digital Explorer brings real science and exploration live to the learning environment through: 
♥ robust and engaging curriculum-based resources, for use inside and outside the learning environments; 
♥ inspiring and spirited youth expeditions, which are curriculum-linked and facilitate peer-to-peer learning; 
♥ linking expeditions in the field live with learning environments;
♥ in-field education support for research, scientific and exploratory expeditions; 
♥ face-to-face visits with explorers and scientists, talks and engagement days; 
♥ practical training sessions for teachers and educators led by leaders in appropriate fields. 
Digital Explorer's unique projects provides practitioners with inspirational lessons and resources direct from the world to their learning environments. 
Resources can be filtered by... 
♥ Subject - currently 11 subjects to choose from and/or Age - 07-11, 11-14, 16-16 16+ and/or 
♥ Format - e.g. Experiments, Google Earth Files, Lesson booklets, Slideshows, Student Sheets, Subject Updates and Teacher manuals; and/or 
Topic 
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Printrbot - aims to bring an affordable 3D printer to every Learning Provider

Printrbot - aims to bring an affordable 3D printer to every Learning Provider | technologies | Scoop.it
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Keeping ahead of the game is an aim of many Learning providers and they are aware that some of the most impactful technologies, of the future, are already available today. 
It’s becoming increasingly clear that 3D printing is not just a passing fad, but already is making a huge impact within Learning Environments. 
3D printing is already being utilised in a number of fields today, including... 
► aerospace and defence, 
► the automotive industry and 
► healthcare... 
to name just a few. 
For an education-focused 3D printing company, Learning Providers may find it useful to check out Printrbot which aims to bring an affordable 3D printer to every Learning Provider. Printrbot offers discounted pricing for educators to meet this goal. 
Here in the UK RoboSavvy - https://robosavvy.com/store/brands/printrbot?dir=desc&order=price - are Printrbot's Authorised Distributors.
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Louvre HD - Popular Paintings and Works of Art

Louvre HD - Popular Paintings and Works of Art | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Louvre HD. Download Louvre HD and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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The Louvre HD app provides access to a huge library of some of the most popular works of art and paintings stored in the Louvre museum. 
Louvre HD will take users on a virtual tour to explore over 2300 paintings featured in its collections. 
Users will get to discover popular master pieces by...
  - Canaletto (The Rialto Bridge)
  - Da Vinci (Mona Lisa),
  - Jean Auguste Dominique ( La Grand Odalisque),
  - Lucas Van Valckenborch (The Tower of Babel),
  - Vermeer (The Lacemaker), 
...and many more. 
What’s more, Louvre HD provides you access to HD versions of paintings. 
Collections are organised by century, genre, or by name. 
You can also use the app’s internal search functionality to locate specific works of art. 
Louvre HD allows learners, and/or educators, to download paintings so that they can access and view them offline. 
Louvre HD also enables them to add them to ‘My Favourites’ and view them in slideshow mode. 
Educators, and/or learners, can share the ones they like on social media or by email. 
Try it out, if you love modern art, this app is definitely for you.
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Apple Teacher Learning Centre - Apple Education's CPD Resource

Apple Teacher Learning Centre - Apple Education's CPD Resource | technologies | Scoop.it
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Apple Teacher Learning Centre is a free educational resource from, no surprise, Apple. 
Apple Teacher Learning Centre...
  - is an on-line platform designed specifically for educators implementing Apple products in their instruction.
  - provides a wide variety of resources, materials, lesson ideas and projects to help educators make the best of Apple technology in education. 
NOTE: Individuals can...
   1: find out more about Apple Teacher, before signing up, at https://www.apple.com/education/apple-teacher/
   2: benefit from this on-line platform, even though they are not an Apple user, because several of the learning activities, lesson tips and project ideas can be applied through the use of apps that are not necessarily Apple’s. 
To use Apple Teacher Learning Centre educators need to
   - sign up using your Apple login credentials.
   - fill in their information including the subject they teach and 
   - click the ‘Sign up’ button 
Once logged in, educators select the collection, iPad or iMac, that they want to browse. 
Each selection features a number of...
   - resources,
   - guides, and
   - study materials
...for using iPads, Macs or Apple apps in their learning environments. 
As well as the iPad and Mac collections, educators can also access a number of other interesting resource pages such as...
   - ‘Learning Resources for Teacher’,
   - ‘Bring Apple Teacher to your School’,
   - ‘Earning Swift Playgrounds Badges’,
   - ‘Inspiration for Teachers’ 
...and many more. 
 Go on head over to Apple Teacher learning centre and give it a try.
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Penguin schools - resources to encourage younger learners to enjoy reading

Penguin schools - resources to encourage younger learners to enjoy reading | technologies | Scoop.it
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Looking for resources to encourage younger learners to enjoy reading?
Yes! Then Penguin Schools is a dedicated channel for educators and librarians; to encourage learners to...
  - explore story lines,
  - get to know characters,
  - examine language use and more importantly
  - establish a lifelong love of reading along the way! 
The Classroom Resources are divided into...
  - Primary (5-11) and
  - Secondary (11-18) 
There are also other sections to explore...
  - Authors to learn more about the creators of the stories and discover what else they’ve written!
  - Books with 8 categories to choose from,
  - Fun Stuff with activities, games, competitions and apps and
  - Watch and listen with videos, podcasts & audio 
Educators, Librarians and others can also sign up to the Penguin Schools and/or Puffin newsletter 
Don't miss out, take a look now!
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Applied Digital Skills:- Digital Tools to Help Learners Succeed On-line

Applied Digital Skills:- Digital Tools to Help Learners Succeed On-line | technologies | Scoop.it

Help your learners succeed on-line and prepare for their careers with free digital tools and online lessons from Applied Digital Skills.

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There are so many digital resources today, so many educators, including myself, who are regularly sharing resources and ideas for teaching, so many ways to focus the learning process on the interests and abilities of learners, that when educators complain that their learners are not engaged, it has to be the time to stop and to look carefully at why this happening. 
Educators, need to push their limits, seek new approaches which will stimulate curiosity and an appetite for learning. 
Educators need to give learners the space and time to practice, to create and not just consume knowledge to pass exams. 
Applied Digital Skills is a free technology curriculum aligned with ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education); it provides free lessons for educators to dip into and use or adapt to their teaching context. 
Each lesson indicates the necessary time, level (i.e. who it is most suitable for), a focus on the skills which are meant to be developed, as well as a rubric. 
Well worth a closer look and by doing so, helping learners succeed on-line and prepare for their future.
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Using digital media to help students learn or improve on their education. This form of academia should be incorporated in all school districts.
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Teach - When I Worry About Things - BBC

Teach - When I Worry About Things - BBC | technologies | Scoop.it
A collection of short films that explore mental health issues faced by young people.
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BBC Teach have a range of resources to help Educational Practitioners if they're looking to talk about mental health in the classroom
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Poetry By Heart -Poetry Resources

Poetry By Heart -Poetry Resources | technologies | Scoop.it
Poetry By Heart 2014
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Poetry by Heart is a dynamic website that encourages learners to engage in poetry and, in England, encourage learners aged between 14 and 18, to take part in competitions. 
Poetry by Heart is funded by the Department for Education, maintained and developed by The Poetry Archive - https://www.poetryarchive.org/ - and The Full English - http://www.thefullenglish.org.uk/ - as a resource for a national poetry recitation competition and for teaching and learning about poetry. 
Poetry by Heart has compiled... 
  - Shakespeare’s Sonnets where Education Practitioners, learners and curious visitors alike can explore all 154 of his sonnets. 
  - a First World War Poetry showcase to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War 
  - Poetry for children 
  - a Learning Zone 
  - a Random Poem "Lucky Dip"
...and more. 
All three websites must be worth a closer look.
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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. 
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Internet Poetry - poems from over 100 poets

Internet Poetry - poems from over 100 poets | technologies | Scoop.it
Download this app from Microsoft Store for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile. See screenshots, read the latest customer reviews, and compare ratings for Internet Poetry.
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Internet Poetry provides excellent resources and inspiration from the greatest poets 
Internet Poetry offers poems from over 100 poets. 
Once installed, users just... 
  - open it, 
  - select the name of a poet to review a list of their works (100+ poets to choose from), then... 
  - click on a poem to read it in full and/or share it. 
NOTE: Windows 10 or Windows 10 Mobile is required.
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Free stock videos – Pexels Videos

Free stock videos – Pexels Videos | technologies | Scoop.it
Pexels Videos makes it easy to find free stock footage for your website, promo video or anything else. All videos are free for personal and commercial use.
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Pexels offers completely free videos. 
All videos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. 
That means learners, and/or practitioners, can edit or change the videos and use them free for personal and even for commercial projects. 
All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. Visitors to Pexels can search for videos using keywords or browse the most popular videos. 
Most clips range from 10 seconds to just over one minute. 
There is a lot of out-door footage in city streets and in nature. Visitors will also find indoor activities, including mixing cocktails, writing notes and many other videos. 
Well worth a closer look. 
P.S. Pexels free stock photos - https://www.pexels.com/ - are worth a visit as well!
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ExploreLearning Gizmos: Math and Science Simulations That Power Inquiry and Understanding

Hundreds of online simulations with lesson materials, supporting research-based strategies to build deep conceptual understanding in math and science.
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ExploreLearning's Gizmos provides over 400 STEM on-line simulations that power inquiry and understanding. 
It has a free Gizmos account, available for science and math educators, with a curated collection of Gizmos that change every January/July. 
Each Gizmo comes with practitioner guides and customisable lesson materials to help practitioners and learners delve deeper into the resources. 
Some of the major features of Gizmos include... 
  - interactive design which allows for extensive manipulation of variables and ‘what-if’ experimentation; 
  - visualisations and graphing tools help capture and compare results from experiments; 
  - in-depth activities creating moments to explore, discover and apply new concepts. 
To learn more about Gizmos, watch the "Introduction to Gizmos" video on the home page. 
Must be a "Should Look" for all STEM Practitioners!
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OER Commons - open educational resources

OER Commons - open educational resources | technologies | Scoop.it
OER Commons is a dynamic digital library and network. Explore open education resources and join our network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvement.
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Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons is a platform that provides open access to a wide variety of open educational resources that are either in the public domain or are licensed under Creative Commons. 
Resources include things such as... 
  - full courses, 
  - course materials, 
  - modules, 
  - textbooks, 
  - streaming videos, 
  - tests, 
  - software, 
...and other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. 
Practitioners/Teachers can re-use and adapt these instructional resources for their own teaching situations and according to the needs of their learners. 
The OER Commons website also provides tools to allow educators to contribute their own educational materials. 
To contribute their educational materials, users can use... 
  - Open Author to create media rich documents, 
  - Lesson Builder to create interactive lessons, or 
  - Module Builder to design interactive modules. 
OER Commons has an internal search functionality that allows users to easily locate any resource they want. 
Users can refine their search by... 
  - subject, 
  - grade level and/or 
  - standards. 
To learn how to search OER Commons watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/JXFUOVxv0gY ;
Well worth a closer look!
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Audio Notebook: All-Day Sound Recorder, Widescreen Notepad, and Colour Coded Note Organiser

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Are you, and/or your learners, struggling to take notes while keeping up with discussions. 
Then Audio Notebook is worth a closer look. 
Audio Notebook captures everything that is said, so users don't have to worry about missing a thing. 
Users can... 
- edit and add to their notes while recording and/or reviewing later. 
- colour code their notes with multiple categories to find them easily and stay on top of all of their projects. 
- pick between three fonts for their notes: Georgia, Helvetica Neue, or Courier. 
Audio Notebook is perfect for: 
- Learners: To record all their lectures, and take notes on all their classes, 
- Professionals: For every meeting and interview, 
- Everyone else: To capture their thoughts and ideas for all of 'life's projects'.
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