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Educaplay: Multimedia Educational Activities

Educaplay: Multimedia Educational Activities | technologies |
Make and share your own learning resources. You can practice with other user activities. Free!
John Dalziel's insight:
Educaplay is an on-line platform that allows educators to create and play multimedia educational activities. 
Some of the things Educators can do with Educaplay include... 
  - Creating multimedia activities such as quizzes, crosswords, interactive maps and matching games among other things.
  - Using activities from Educaplay's on-line archive with more than 1 million activities generated by Educators.
  - Integrating their activities within Moodle, Blackboard or any other LMS.
  - Getting Learner progress and results on all activities. 
NOTE: There is also the Educaplay Premium , designed basically for educators that want to control the privacy of their activities and avoid publicity. If Educators do not want to share their activities or simply want to control when and who uses the activities, this is the solution. 
However, Educaplay continues to improve and remain free!
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Telegraph - a minimalist publishing tool

Telegraph - a minimalist publishing tool | technologies | is a minimalist publishing tool that allows you to create richly formatted posts and push them to the Web in just a click. Telegraph posts also get beautiful Instant View pages on Telegram.
John Dalziel's insight: gives practitioners, and/or learners, a simple place to publish their writing and pictures without the need to create an account on the site. 
To publish users simply go to and start writing. 
As well as including pictures in their writing, users can also include videos. 
Richard Byrne has created a video clip to show how users can publish a multimedia story on - watch it at ;
The end result is given its own URL that users can share with those that they want to read their work. 
The whole process of publishing on Telegraph is quick and easy.
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Voxer combines the power of live voice with text, photos, and videos all in one smartphone app

Voxer combines the power of live voice with text, photos, and videos all in one smartphone app | technologies |
Voxer is a messaging app for your smartphone with live voice (like a PTT walkie talkie), text, photo and location sharing. Download Voxer for iOS, Android, or use Voxer for web.
John Dalziel's insight:
Voxer combines the power of live voice with text, photos, and videos all in one smartphone app - for iPhone and/or Android and/or the Web. 
An ideal app for assessing candidates undertaking vocational qualifications. 
Voxer delivers voice LIVE - so learners can hear assessors as they speak and they can reply immediately. 
Voxer simultaneously records the message so it can be listened to later. 
Features include... 
• Live and recorded audio, text, photos 
• Walkie Talkie-like functionality on a smart device 
• One-on-One Chats or Large Group Chats (up to 500 people - ideal for on-line courses) 
• Message Forwarding 
• Dropbox Integration 
• Voice-to-text transcription 
• Available on any data network or wifi 
• Military-grade security and end-to-end encryption 
• Syncs seamlessly across all user devices 
Find out more about the features at ;
This must be worth a closer look.
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Adobe Spark - Communicate with impact

Turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos—in minutes. It's free, start now on the web or in the app store.
John Dalziel's insight:
Adobe Spark is an excellent application with huge educational potential. 
 Practitioners can use Spark to create a wide variety of multimedia materials to include in their course delivery. 
There are three main types of creations users can build and share on Spark... 
 ♥ Post (this is especially useful for sharing announcements, invitations, and inspiration quotes), 
  ♥ Page (great for photo journals, event recaps, portfolios, catalogs..etc) and 
  ♥ Video (great for creating animated stories, presentations, lessons and many more).
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blubbr - create interactive quizzes based on YouTube clips

blubbr - create interactive quizzes based on YouTube clips | technologies | allows people to play and create video trivia games about the things they love. blubbr is all about making the things you're interested in into fun, social games.
John Dalziel's insight:

Blubbr is a quiz creation service that enables users to create interactive quizzes that are based on YouTube clips.
Their quizzes can be about anything of their choosing. The structure of the quizzes has a viewer watch a short clip then answer a multiple choice question about the clip.
Viewers will know right away if they chose the correct answer or not.
Users may find the video available at useful as it demonstrates how to use Blubbr to create a video-based quiz.

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Go Social Studies Go

Go Social Studies Go | technologies |

Go Social Studies Go is a free site dedicated to making the study of history fun and painless.

John Dalziel's insight:

Go Social Studies Go could be an excellent resource for some practitioners and their learners.
The site is divided into three main sections;

   - U.S. History,

   - World History, and

   - World Religions
Learners can access text, comparable with many existing textbooks, along with multimedia elements for the topics they're reading about.
For some learners, Go Social Studies Go can offer a nice refresher on many topics pre-face-2-face sessions and/or when revising.

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 18, 2015 1:49 PM

How to make social studies fun

Jennifer McGuff's curator insight, August 1, 2015 4:29 PM

Ways to make social studies fun and interesting.  

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SchoolsWorld | technologies |
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SchoolsWorld is a multimedia platform, providing innovative and informative content for everyone involved with or wanting to be involved in schools.
Besides all the content from Teachers TV, there is something for everyone:
- videos,
- interactive games,
- work sheets,
- fact sheets,
- information and
- latest education news.
There's also opportunity to get involved in competitions and daily polls.

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The Physics Classroom

The Physics Classroom is an online interactive tutorial of basic physics concepts. The lessons use an easy-to-understand language to present common physics principles discussed in physics courses.


The Physics Classroom provides access to...

- physics tutorials,

- Mind on Physics Internet Modules (1300+ questions designed to improve understanding of common physics topics),

- problem sets for practice,

- multimedia,

- animations (ideal for using on an interactive whiteboard or projector-connected PC)

- activity sheets,

- curriculum corner (pdf downloads),

- labs,

- photos, and more.


I suggest practitioners spend time exploring this site before recommending it to learners so they can help them navigate it.


There is a danger, because it is so information heavy, the Phusics Classroom could be a turn-off for learners who are just dropping in looking for something specific.

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mySimpleSurface | technologies |

A tool for learners and/or practitioners to use to

- create webs and mind maps

- plan creative stories that they are going to write.

- plan video and other multimedia  projects.


My Simple Surface works on iPads too.


You don't have to register to try.

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Qwiki - Show what you know

Qwiki - Show what you know | technologies |

Qwiki has launched a creation tool that allows users to create their own multimedia Qwikis; short narrated story that includes images, videos, and text.


Creating the basics of a Qwiki is very easy.

-   uploading content (or linking to hosted content like a Flickr image),

-   recording narration, and

-   caption content.


Be warned-:

-   the order in which users upload content is the order in which it they appear in the resulting Qwiki.

-   Voice recordings are limited to 20 seconds


Users can also record with their webcam and have a video of themself appear in their Qwiki.


Qwiki Creator is another tool for students to use to create short multimedia stories or short introductory narratives about topics that they're studying in their classes.

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Freeware | MP3 Skype Recorder

Freeware | MP3 Skype Recorder | technologies |
Freeware MP3 Skype recorder is absolutely free automatic Skype call recording tool for windows Skype users.


Some Learning Providers are ditching traditional phones, including mobiles, for the super cheap alternative known as Skype.


Hard working Assessors are wanting to save assessment calls to use as evidence in (e)Portfolios. This free software tool will let them record Skype calls!


I've spent many months trying out such recording software and this I've found to be one the best of free Skype recorders: MP3 Skype Recorder.

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Buncee | Create, Present and Share Engaging Multimedia Lessons

Buncee | Create, Present and Share Engaging Multimedia Lessons | technologies |
Buncee is fun and easy web tool for educators and students to create and share engaging multimedia presentations, interactive lessons, digital stories, and more
John Dalziel's insight:
Buncee is a multimedia presentation tool which can be used to create... 
  - interactive presentations, 
  - cards, 
  - signs 
...and other engaging visuals. 
There are many new items added to their library and some additional features, including the ability to use Buncee for assessment. 
Creating with Buncee is easy; users can add multiple items on to the canvas and move them around very easily. 
Education Practitioners can create lessons with assessments through the classroom edition. 
Buncee also offers many ways for learners to be creative and more engaged in learning by creating something authentic, as there are thousands of items that they can add to bring it to life and make it their own. 
Another one worth a closer look!
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Team WhiteBoarding with Twiddla - Painless Team Collaboration for the Web

Team WhiteBoarding with Twiddla - Painless Team Collaboration for the Web | technologies |
Twiddla is a free, no-setup, web-based meeting playground. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Voice and Text chat too!
John Dalziel's insight:
Twiddla is very impressive and belongs at the top of the list of apps to consider if a tool like this required. 
Inviting others to collaborate on Twiddla is quick and easy – just... 
• hit the green GO button to start a session and 
• use the Invite option (towards the upper right hand corner of the screen). 
Twiddla provides a great set of tools. 
Users can easily add an image, web page, or document as a background to markup. There is a colour palette tool, pen width tool, a shapes tool, and text can be inserted. 
There is even a “browse” option so that links within a background image can be clicked on, which was pretty unique. 
Not only is there a chat option built in, but there's even free audio conferencing capability! 
Twiddla must be worth a closer look. 
P.S. Other similar tools you may want to compare/look at are... 
• Groupboard - or 
• Megascopes' Whiteboard - or 
• Scribblar - or 
• ScribLink -
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Sutori - a free tool for telling stories in a unique, engaging, and interactive way

Sutori - a free tool for telling stories in a unique, engaging, and interactive way | technologies |
Create and share visual stories collaboratively
John Dalziel's insight:
Sutori is a free tool for telling stories in a unique, engaging, and interactive way. 
How does it work? 
Step 1: Users create a short title to get their audience engaged and interested in their Sutori. 
Step 2: Use the Story Tool to add, move, or delete items. Not only can users add traditional text and multimedia components, they can also add assessment tools (i.e. multiple choice and drag and drop) and/or a discussion forum. 
Step 3: Collaborate with peers. NOTE: The free version limits users to joining or creating 2 groups for free. 
Step 4: When the story is finished, add a conclusion and share with the world to see. 
If you need more information on how to use Sutori to create engaging and interactive stories take a look at ;
This has so many uses in the world of education.
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Cloudschool | A free teaching platform

Cloudschool | A free teaching platform | technologies |
Cloudschool is a free teaching platform. It's the easiest way for teachers to create and deliver lessons.
John Dalziel's insight:
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 to learn more about how Cloudschool works.
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Timeline JS - Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.

Timeline JS - Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use. | technologies |
Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.
John Dalziel's insight:

Timeline JS is an open source timeline creation tool. Timeline JS supports inclusion of image and videos in the events on the timelines that practitioners, and/or learners create.
To create a timeline through Timeline JS users first create a Google Spreadsheet using a template provided. After creating the spreadsheet users publish it to the web and insert its URL into the Timeline JS generator. The last step is grabbing the embed code from Timeline JS and embedding the resulting timeline into a blog or website or other web presence. Find out more by watching ;

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Hyperstaffs | technologies |
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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
Foreign Language
Music and

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ESL Writing Online Workshop (ESL-WOW)

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The ESL Writing Online Workshop is an online multimedia program designed to guide non-native speakers of English through each stage of the pre-writing, while-writing, and post-writing processes:
1) Getting Ready to Write,
2) Developing Your Ideas,
3) Revising Your Work, and
4) Editing and Polishing.
This online resource is designed for both college students and adult learners.

Andrea Wilson Vazquez's curator insight, June 21, 2013 7:33 PM

For college ELs

Dave Lenhart's curator insight, September 20, 2014 11:53 AM

Our next meeting will be about this

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Google World Wonders Project

Google World Wonders Project | technologies |
From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world.


The World Wonders Project is, in essence, a multimedia encyclopedia of 132 historic and notable sites across five continents.


A combination of Google Streetview imagery, Google Earth 3D buildings, UNESCO World Heritage information, videos, and pictures all on one page.


Practitioners and/or learners visiting  the World Wonders Project can move through the Streetview imagery just like they would on Google Maps.


The Education tab in the upper-right corner of the World Wonders Project provides access to teaching guides and media packs for places and themes featured in the World Wonders Project.

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Scooped by John Dalziel! | technologies | empowers users to Share, Listen, & Download sound clips that have been uploaded to it's site.


If practitioners are looking for a new source of sounds that their students can use for their multimedia projects, might just be what they're looking for.


Learners should be reminded to credit the source of the sounds that they download and use in their projects. is a community-powered site. I was able to download sounds without registering on the site. However to upload sounds users do need to register on the site.

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SFMOMA | Interactive Features

SFMOMA | Interactive Features | technologies |

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has an excellent collection of multimedia, interactive features about art and artists.

Visitors can learn about...
     - styles of art,
     - specific works, and
     - the artists.

A mix of videos and slideshows is contained in this interactive archive.

The archive contains features about well known artists, e.g. Picasso and Pollock, as well as works that aren't quite as famous.

Lauren's curator insight, August 1, 2013 8:10 PM

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a collection of multimedia and interactive elements for a variety of artists and artworks. The information provided is in depth, however, only limited number of subjects are covered as compared to other resources. This is a great place to get information if your subject matter is available. 

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Lesson planning tool: Learning Score - Lesson planning tool: Learning Score

Lesson planning tool: Learning Score - Lesson planning tool: Learning Score | technologies |
Learning Score is an amazing multimedia lesson-planning and delivery tool that uses a music score metaphor to show the range of planned activities for a lesson as a graphical time line.


Download Learning Score with a free lifetime licence for a limited time only.


Learning Score is a delivery and CPD tool for teachers, trainers and assessors.


By downloading this trial users have to agree to receive emails from Tribal relating to the Learning Score. After submitting personal details, a validation number will be sent to the email address provided. The validation number is required to complete the download.


Note: this is a full licence for Learning Score, valid for 12 months. If users wish to continue using Learning Score after this date, they have to contact Tribal to renew the licence for free!

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