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A Maths Dictionary for Kids 2015 by Jenny Eather

A Maths Dictionary for Kids 2015 by Jenny Eather | technologies |
Interactive, animated maths dictionary for kids with over 600 common math terms explained in simple language. Math glossary with math definitions, examples, math practice interactives, mathematics activities and math calculators. © Jenny Eather 2001-2015.
John Dalziel's insight:

Understanding the language of maths is a barrier for many.
A Maths Dictionary for Kids, may help some learners, it has been around for along time.
Every year it is updated with more great content and not just for kids.
The dictionary provides simple and clear definitions of math terms.
Each definition includes a small diagram or simple activity to illustrate the term's definition.
A Maths Dictionary for Kids does not have a search option, but it doesn't need one as all definitions appear alphabetically just like in a physical dictionary.
Nearly all of the content in the dictionary can be printed.

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Rewordify - Understand what you read

Rewordify - Understand what you read | technologies | helps you read more, understand better, learn new words, and teach more effectively.
John Dalziel's insight:

Rewordify is an on-line tool that practitioners can use with their learners to help them read difficult passages.
Rewordify simplifies complex passages and render them reader-friendly.

   - can paste in difficult sentences, paragraphs, or whole chapters and then click on "Rewordify text".
   - will then get a paraphrased version of their text with a simpler and easier vocabulary.The reworded words are highlighted which means that learners can click on them to hear and learn the origin harder words.
Rewordify also allows users to obtain a simplified version of any web page. Just paste in the URL of the webpage you want to read in the yellow box and hit 'Rewordify'.

To learn more about how Rewordify works, watch the video at...

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Ask3 | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Ask3 (from TechSmith, the makers of Jing and Camtasia) is...
- screencasting software,
- collaboration tool,
- differentiation platform and
- scaffolded support system all rolled into one FREE iOS app.
Learners and/or practitioners can draw on a virtual whiteboard, record their drawings, narration and even annotate over pictures.
Ask3 also...
- allows learners to automatically upload these screencasts so that they are instantly viewable from all iPads logged into the same "class".
- also gives learners the ability to comment on each other's video - from within the video timeline; they can pause the screencast and add their own comment(s), question(s) or suggestion(s). All of these comments are instantly viewable for the class and practitioner to see and reply to.
There's more.
If text isn't enough to answer a question. Peers and/or practitioners can...
- pause the video where they want to provide help,
- comment,
- ask a question or solve the problem.
Ask3 then allows them to screencast over that paused image and to create their own video response, taking over from where the original video left off.
The video response is then available for the class to view in the timeline as well.
I'm sure that's enough to enthuse potential users.

Mark Ayton's curator insight, August 15, 2013 6:28 AM

Need a simple free tool for instantly preparing, presenting, pre-recording and flipping learning activities? This could be the very thing to get your suite of iPads out of the racks and into action! Thanks to @acljohn for another great find.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, August 15, 2013 7:08 PM

Looks like a very useful collaborative classroom tool.  Free too at the moment so well worth trying!

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Screenleap | Instant Screen Sharing

Screenleap | Instant Screen Sharing | technologies |

ScreenLeap shares a users actual screen in real-time by letting recipients (learners) join a live session.



- go to ScreenLeap and click on “Share my screen”.

- a unique session code will be provided that users can send to anybody.

- once they enter the code on ScreenLeap, they can join the session and see exactly what you are seeing or doing on your computer.


The best part about ScreenLeap...

- no software to download,

- no extensions to install and

- no signups to do.


All that's required is a browser (Firefox works well) with updated Java plugin.


This  allows ScreenLeap to be used on computers, tablets, smartphones and any other device with a web browsing capability.


P.S. Learners can share their screens with assessors :-)

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Add phonetic transcription to any English text with Phonetizer

Add phonetic transcription to any English text with Phonetizer | technologies |

Phonetizer is a really easy to use tool users...
     - just cut and paste or type in the text they want to use in the left hand side,
     - click on 'Transcribe' and...
...the text appears on the right with the phonetic writing underneath each line.


Users can then cut and paste to a document if they want to save it.


Phonetizer is a great tool to add pronunciation support to any reading text and help learners to develop their pronunciation as they read.

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7 Things You Should Know About... | EDUCAUSE

The 7 Things You Should Know About...pieces provide quick, no-jargon overviews of emerging technologies and related practices that have demonstrated or may demonstrate positive learning impacts.


Any time you need to explain a new learning technology or practice quickly and clearly, look for a 7 Things You Should Know About... brief from ELI.

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Mathway | Math Problem Solver

Mathway | Math Problem Solver | technologies |
Free math problem solver answers your algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and statistics homework questions with step-by-step explanations, just like a math tutor.
John Dalziel's insight:

Mathway provides learners with the tools they need to understand and solve their maths problems.
With hundreds of millions of problems already solved, Mathway is probably the #1 problem solving resource available for learners, employers, practitioners and other stakeholders.
Mathway's long-term goal is to provide step-by-step solutions to all maths problems, using the simplest interface possible, across the most commonly used platforms available.
To be fair, Mathway is an ambitious endeavor that will improve with time.
The Mathway website also has a handy worksheet creator for practitioners which can help them quickly set up assignments.
Users can take...
   - algebra,
   - geometry,
   - trigonometry,
   - calculus, and
   - statistics problems the online problem solver and, get to understand the process via the step-by-step solutions.
NOTE: Mathway is also available as an iOS and Android app but with in-app purchases.

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81DASH - a communication Platform for educators.

81DASH - a communication Platform for educators. | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

81 Dash provides a place for practitioners to create chat rooms to use with learners to host conversations and share files.
Once registered practitioners can begin creating rooms where messages and files can be exchanged.
As the owner of a room practitioners can delete messages written by their learners; this resolves the complaint many practitioners have about many other backchannel tools.
What's the complaint?
Not having a way to delete messages or delete a room if learners write inappropriate things in the backchannel.
Learners join an 81 Dash room by going to the URL that is assigned to their room.
When they arrive in the room for the first time they will be asked to register.
There are two registration options; registering as a "guest user" does not require learners to enter email addresses.
A big plus for a backchannel is it allows "shy" learners to ask questions and share comments.
To be fair it also provides a good outlet for more outspoken learners who want to comment on everything.

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 IPAD 4 SCHOOLS | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Many learning providers fail to setup good support networks or provide the sensible CPD that’s required to use them effectively.

This blog, IPAD 4 Schools (don't be put off by the 'schools' part), discusses simple sensible steps to using the iPad in learning environments and its obvious effect in delivering 21st Century, student-centred learning.

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What Type of Learner Are You? [Infographic]

What Type of Learner Are You? [Infographic] | technologies |

As practitioners will already know, the way that one learner studies may differ from the way that a classmate does, because of their different styles of learning.


The four types are...

- visual learners,
- auditory learners,
- read and write learners, and
- kinesthetics learners.


Each function is clearly illustrated and explained in this infographic produced by


Learning suggestions, and which tests the learner types are likely to excel in better than others, are provided.


This is a helpful guide for...

- IAG Practitioners

- Learners

- Initial Teacher Training

- educators, especially those who are adamant that there is only one way to revise.

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Quick Screen Share

Quick Screen Share | technologies |

From the creators of Screencast-O-Matic, who I have mentioned before,...
- No registration required and completely free.
- Nothing to install for sharer or sharee (assuming you have Java).
- Works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
- Even lets you remotely control mouse and keyboard!


NOTE: The current version creates a direct peer-to-peer connection, so if you're on a super secure learning provider or company network it may, or may not, be able to connect, but in most cases users will find it works quite well so give it a shot!


It can save lots of time, travel, money and much more...


Coling's comment, October 17, 2011 3:25 AM
I wonder if this might be used for assessor/trainers to 'capture' competency in some NVQ activities in the way we suggest that Vodburner captures the whole thing but only when using Skype.
I will let you know. Very useful tool anyway
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99Chats | technologies |

Communication Channels are important for Learning Providers - 99 Chats is an easy to use chat service that lets practitioners create chat rooms that can be added to a website, VLE or blog etc.

99 Chats is highly customizable and can be a great way to expand the learning experience. An ideal way to offer extra help for learners when they need it or perhaps even to communicate with employers and/or other stakeholders. Easy and free with lots of possibilities to improve communication in the learning environment.

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