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Math in Real Life -Lessons Worth Sharing | TED-Ed

Math in Real Life -Lessons Worth Sharing | TED-Ed | technologies | Scoop.it
Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch
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Math in Real Life is a series of TED-Ed lessons (79) and TED Talks. 
The "real life" context found in the videos, in the Math in Real Life series, is broad in nature and like most TED-Ed videos, could make nice extensions to an educators learning environment instruction. e.g. educators will find lessons about how maths is used to guide ships and calculating rates of travel in space. 
Well worth a closer look by STEM/STEAM Educators.
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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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ClassFlow - Next Generation Lesson Delivery Software 

ClassFlow - Next Generation Lesson Delivery Software  | technologies | Scoop.it
Download ClassFlow for your Classroom, the next generation lesson delivery software for interactive whiteboards.
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ClassFlow is a free lesson delivery application that helps Education Practitioners design interactive and engaging lessons. 
Practitioners can create lessons from scratch or find free and low cost lessons that are already made in the marketplace. 
To get started, users need to...
  - set up a free account, then
  - set up new classes manually or import them from Google Classroom. 
ClassFlow also has an app called ClassFlow Moments that is specifically designed to keep parents, and/or other stakeholders, in the loop. 
As an Education Practitioners you have many options for what you can include in your classes including...
  - Interactive Whiteboard- Draw freehand or insert text and shapes. 
  - Quick Poll- Select from eight types of questions including multiple choice, true/false, essay, and creative response.
  - New Lesson- Create one or more cards that contain text, pictures, and shapes.
  - New Activity- Categorize items, crossword puzzle, flashcards, labeling diagrams, matching, memory, sequencing, timelines, Venn diagrams, and word search.
  - Assessments- Build different types questions to check for understanding including, multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay, and creative response. 
Find out more about ClassFlow by watching an overview at https://www.youtube.com/embed/DSvdZNlVmVg ;
ClassFlow can be used with learners at all grade levels. 
Like many tools, used in learning environments, this will take some practice and repetition to ensure learners are comfortable with it.
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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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Ratatype: - Typing test. Take free on-line typing speed test and get a certificate 

Ratatype: - Typing test. Take free on-line typing speed test and get a certificate  | technologies | Scoop.it
Test your typing speed online, find out how fast can you type with Ratatype WPM typing test and get online typing certificate
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Touch typing is, without a doubt, an important skill; sadly overlooked by many learning providers. 
Practitioners in Further, Adult & Community Education and Skills (#FACEandS) and/or Higher Education, often will not accept hand written assignments. 
This because typed pages are much easier for them to read, edit and auto-mark. 
Even an entry level job at the local Supermarket or fast food place will require at least some rudimentary typing skills so employees can swiftly and accurately enter customer or order information. 
The first step toward learning how to properly touch type is to learn where your typing skills currently stand. 
The easiest way to do that is to take an on-line typing test, like this one. 
It provides them with three numbers... 
 ● a gross typing speed, 
 ● an accuracy percentage, and 
 ● an adjusted typing speed. 
Beginners can usually manage about 35 words per minute, and practiced typists have been clocked at more than 100 wpm. 
The world record for typing on a QWERTY formatted keyboard is 216 words per minute. 
Ratatype allows users... 
 ● to test themselves, and 
 ● learn how to touch type
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AlfaTyping - Free typing lessons, lots of typing games and typing test

AlfaTyping - Free typing lessons, lots of typing games and typing test | technologies | Scoop.it
Free Typing Lessons - typing classes for teachers with lots of typing games and typing test.
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Learners can sign-up and use AlfaTyping, a free service that provides on-line typing lessons, and/or practitioners can create and manage accounts for their learners.
One of the nice things about AlfaTyping is that practitioners are able to create their own lessons using text that relates to topics learners are already studying.
That means when learners are reading the text on the screen and typing it, they are getting increased exposure to key vocabulary terms from other topics they're studying.
If practitioners don't have time to create their own lessons, they can use the pre-made lessons offered by AlfaTyping.
Regardless of whether they create their own lessons or use the pre-made lessons, they can track their learners' progress in AlfaTyping.

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Tackk Edu: (@TackkLessons)

Tackk Edu: (@TackkLessons) | technologies | Scoop.it
Browse Tackks about Tackk Lessons (@TackkLessons)
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Visit Tackk Edu to see...
   - science,
   - maths,
   - social studies,
   - art, and
   - language arts lesson plans that utilize Tackk.
Note: To create a Tackk page you do not need to register for an account, but unregistered Tackk pages expire after seven days.
I suggest practitioners registering for a free Tackk account before creating their first page. To create a Tackk page just...
   - upload an image
   - add text in the customizable fields above and below the image.
Tackk pages can also accommodate...
   - videos,
   - audio files, and
   - maps.

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Visit Tackk Edu to see...
   - science,
   - maths,
   - social studies,
   - art, and
   - language arts lesson plans that utilize Tackk.
Note: To create a Tackk page you do not need to register for an account, but unregistered Tackk pages expire after seven days.
I suggest practitioners registering for a free Tackk account before creating their first page. To create a Tackk page just...
   - upload an image
   - add text in the customizable fields above and below the image.
Tackk pages can also accommodate...
   - videos,
   - audio files, and
   - maps.

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Hyperstaffs

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Hyperstaffs is a collection of educational multimedia lessons that were created by Staffordshire University students studying interactive multimedia with Dr. Melissa Lee Price.

Each lesson was developed in conjunction with a primary or secondary school teacher in the United Kingdom and maps onto the National Curriculum in use in England and Wales.
Each lesson opens in a new window.

Lessons covered include
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
English
Foreign Language
Geography
Geology
History
ICT
Mathematics
Music and
Physics

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JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER

JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Japanese Science and Technology Center currently offers nine science lessons. The list of lessons and activities covers topics in...
- physics,
- biology,
- psychology,
- geography, and
- space science.
Each virtual lesson...
- presents a manageable chunk of information followed by activities in which learners are tasked to use that information.
- has multiple parts (some have 20+ parts) and multiple activities.
- is appropriate for middle/secondary school use.
Some lessons offer more depth than others, but all of the activities offer excellent content.

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3M Science of Everyday Life - Discovery Education

3M Science of Everyday Life - Discovery Education | technologies | Scoop.it
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Science of Everyday Life is a collection of resources for learners.
Resources include videos and interactives that help younger learners find out about the science around them and make connections to what they are learning in school.

Lessons are inquiry based and encourage exploration in life science, physical science, earth science and technology/innovation.
Lessons include resources and encourage learners to ask questions and delve deeper.
Note: The resources and interactives on the Science of Everyday Life are, in the main, Java and Flash based. If users are running these resources with an iPad, they will need to use an app like Rover (which allows users to view Flash), Photon, iSwifter, etc.

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Curriculum: Understanding YouTube & Digital Citizenship – Google in Education

Curriculum: Understanding YouTube & Digital Citizenship – Google in Education | technologies | Scoop.it

Google just launched a set of 10 interactive lessons designed to support practitioners in educating learners on digital citizenship.

 

Google (which owns YouTube) built the lessons to educate learners about...

- YouTube’s policies,

- how to flag content,

- how to be a safer online citizen, and protect their identities.

 

Follow this link to access the list of lessons, and the recommended flow for delivery.

 

Lessons are designed to fit within 50 minute classes, but can be adapted to fit a different schedule(s)

 

There is even an entire YouTube channel of related videos that should be of interest to anyone looking to teach about digital citizenship.:

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Music Discipline - Practice routine generator

Music Discipline - Practice routine generator | technologies | Scoop.it

At MusicDiscipline users can automatically generate balanced practice sessions that fit their time constraints and are altered each time so that their sessions are balanced and nothing gets left behind!

 

What new guitar players really need are some basic lessons and some sort of plan to help them practise the skills they need to get better at playing.

 

Both of these are easily achieved with the help of Music Discipline.

 

Music Discipline will get learners practising drills until they’re perfect. 

 

One for the "Flipped Classroom" perhaps!

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Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree.org

Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree.org | technologies | Scoop.it

GCFLearnFree.org - Resources for Functional Skills.

 

GCFLearnFree.org is an online platform for courses that cover...

- technology,

- online literacy, and

- maths skills.

 

Approximately 750 lessons designed for basic and intermediate levels.

 

Ideal for adults, courses are interactive and supported with articles, videos, and animation.

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Econ Ed Link - Economics Lessons, Lesson Plans, Videos & Educational Games

Econ Ed Link - Economics Lessons, Lesson Plans, Videos & Educational Games | technologies | Scoop.it
Learning about personal economics
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Econ Ed Link offers Educators lesson plans that are appropriate for younger learners. 
Many of the free lessons are designed for use not only in the learning environment but in the home as well. 
The parent/guardian section of Econ Ed Link offers good material that educators can send home with their learners (Flipped learning) to get parent(s)/guardian(s) involved in their youngsters' learning about personal economics. 
Educators can search the lesson plan index by...
  - grade level,
  - concept, standard, or
  - length of lesson (one class period vs. multiple class periods). 
Most of the lessons attempt to provide "real world" context. 
The videos and games, located in the interactive section of Econ Ed Link, can be used as stand-alone activities or as part of a lesson plan. 
With 300+ Free Economics Lessons, Videos & Educational games, this must be worth looking at!
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Be Internet Awesome -teach learners ‘the fundamentals of digital citizenship & safety so they can explore the on-line world with confidence.’

Be Internet Awesome -teach learners ‘the fundamentals of digital citizenship & safety so they can explore the on-line world with confidence.’ | technologies | Scoop.it
Be Internet Awesome is a multifaceted program that includes a fun and free web-based game called Interland and an educational curriculum to teach kids how to be safe and responsible explorers of the online world.
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Be Internet Awesome is a resource kit created by Google to teach younger learners ‘the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.’ 
Be Internet Awesome provides useful tips on different areas related to on-line safety. 
They include tips on how to...
  - responsibly share digital content and communicate with others,
  - how to discern between what’s real and what’s fake,
  - how to safeguard valuable information and protect personal privacy 
...and many more. 
Besides these resources, Be Internet Awesome also provides a number of tools to engage kids in hands-on learning activities on on-line safety and digital citizenship. 
Interlaid, for instance, offers four challenging games geared towards introducing them to the key lessons of digital safety. 
There is also a specific curriculum with a wide variety of lessons educators can download for free and use in their learning environments. 
Parents can download a special kit to learn more and also help with raising awareness about on-line safety. 
Check out Be Internet Awesome to explore the rest of the resources that are available.
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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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Common Sense Education (formerly Graphite) - Lesson Plans

Common Sense Education (formerly Graphite) - Lesson Plans | technologies | Scoop.it
Common Sense Education is a site by teachers, for teachers that helps you find the best educational technology resources and learn the best practices for implementing them in your classroom. Brought to you by Common Sense Media: Empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology.
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Common Sense (formerly Graphite) has a section packed full of pre-made lesson plans that practitioners and educators can take possession of and/or adapt to their own teaching requirements. 
These lesson plans are digitally focused and integrate a number of educational web tools and mobile apps to provide practitioners with practical working examples of the effective use of technology in learning environments. 
Practitioners can also create their own lesson plans and share them with the education community in Common Sense. 
NOTE: registration is required. 
Before creating a tech-rich lesson plan, users may want to check lesson plans others have already created. 
They can either check the ‘Featured lesson Plans’ section on the right hand side to view a number of suggested lesson plans or search the site for specific lesson plans. 
Users can filter their search using criteria such as subject and grades. 
Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/J6ojCWMcIuY to learn more about Lesson Flows.
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Cloudschool | A free teaching platform

Cloudschool | A free teaching platform | technologies | Scoop.it
Cloudschool is a free teaching platform. It's the easiest way for teachers to create and deliver lessons.
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Cloudschool is a free service for creating and publishing multimedia lessons.
Users of the free Cloudschool can create courses of study for their learners.
Within each course they can create and distribute multimedia lessons arranged in a variety of formats...
► those that are purely text-based or
► those that incorporate images, audio files, and videos.
Users can also add discussion questions for their learners to reply to within their Cloudschool course environment.
Cloudschool lessons can be made public or private.
NOTE: If lessons only includes text and images, it can be downloaded as a PDF or DOC to print and hand-out to learners.
Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/7NG9VbxZRw8 to learn more about how Cloudschool works.
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Mathematics Illuminated

Mathematics Illuminated | technologies | Scoop.it
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Mathematics Illuminated is a thirteen-part, well-organized learning resource/series for adult learners and practitioners.
Thirteen chapters with...
   - lessons,
   - videos, and
   - Java applets
...taking users through mathematics history, from the Pythagoreans to the cutting-edge mathematics used to reveal the shape of the universe.

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The unit on combinatorics is especially interesting.

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Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes

Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes | technologies | Scoop.it
Blendspace allows educators to blend their classroom with digital content.
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Blendspace makes it easy for practitioners to organize and share educational materials in a visually pleasing format.
On Blendspace users can arrange...
   - videos,
   - links,
   - images, and
   - files
...around any topic of their choosing.
Blendspace has built-in search tools so that users don't have to leave their Blendspace account in order to locate resources. When practitioners share a set of Blendspace materials with their learners, the learners can provide feedback to show that they understand the materials or they can ask questions about the materials.
Practitioners can also see if their learners actually looked at all of the materials that they have shared with them.
Using Blendspace can be a good way to create and deliver flipped lessons.

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Search Education – Lesson Plans – Google

Search Education – Lesson Plans –  Google | technologies | Scoop.it
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It's critical that learners understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task.
Google have created a series of lessons to help practitioners guide their learners to use search meaningfully in their coursework and beyond.

These Search Literacy lessons and Google A Day classroom challenges are broken down based on level of expertise in search...
- Beginner,
- Intermediate, or
- Advanced.
The Google A Day challenges help learners put their search skills to the test, and to get practitioner learning environments engaged and excited about using technology to discover the world around them.

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Smarthistory: a multimedia web-book about art and art history

Smarthistory: a multimedia web-book about art and art history | technologies | Scoop.it
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Smarthistory, originally developed by art history professors Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, is now partnered with Khan Academy to deliver lessons via video.
Smarthistory...
- is an online alternative to expensive art history books.
- features more than just images of notable works of art.
- provides a combination of video lessons, text articles, and audio lessons about eras and themes.
Learners can browse resources by...
- artist name,
- style of work,
- theme, or
- time period.

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AlgebraLAB

Algebra Lab visually speaking, isn't much to look at but, the resources are worth a closer look.


Algebra Lab is another resource for maths (and non-maths) practitioners.

 

Algebra Lab includes...
- lessons,
- activities,
- practice pages (online),
- study aids,
- a glossary, and
- word problems

...all helping learners understand the connections of how algebra is used in a practical sense.

 

The site is ideal for learners to explore on their own or with guidance from a practitioner.

 

Learners can directly access the site, and/or practitioners can pull ideas out to use within any other teaching they are doing.

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Educators Report "Flipped Classroom" Improves Test Scores

Educators Report "Flipped Classroom" Improves Test Scores | technologies | Scoop.it

I talked about the "flipped classroom", and the potential use of the model for CPD within Learning Providers, at our 2012 Annual Event in Southport.

 

Like any new methods/tools etc., learners need instruction & support as they are introduced into learning/teaching/cpd.

 

Yes time needs to be invested into producing resources to facilitate the "flipped classroom/cpd" but both return on investment and value on investment make it very worth while.

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HP Learning Center - free online classes for home, home office, business and IT

HP Learning Center - free online classes for home, home office, business and IT | technologies | Scoop.it
HP.com offers free, instructor-led, online business, technology and IT online classes, and quick lessons; all available 24/7.

 

The HP Learning Center classes (with 2 to 6 lessons) are easy to follow, learners can pick up pointers on how to go about with a digital lifestyle. Ideal for CPD; I've enjoyed the classes I've completed.

 

Users need to do a free registration before they pick a class to start off.

 

Classes include two to six lessons and may also include interactive demos, quizzes and assignments.

 

For quick sessions check out the 5-minute how-to videos or short lessons.

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