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SelfCAD - 3D Designing | Sculpting | Printing 

SelfCAD - 3D Designing | Sculpting | Printing  | technologies |
SelfCad is an online 3D Modeling Software that is easy to use and learn even for beginners. All in one Cad Program includes Slicer, Sculpting and Modeling tools
John Dalziel's insight:
SelfCad announces free licenses for all learners and Education Practitioners for 3 years! 
SelfCAD is an on-line 3D printing software application which allows users to design and print in 3D. 
Practitionhers who have been searching for 3D software without purchasing expensive licenses for their Learning Provider, can now turn to SelfCAD to supply their learners with...
  - advanced 3D models,
  - sculpting,
  - drawing,
  - a built in slicer, and
  - a 25,000 3D object library. 
SelfCad's Video Tutorials are also worth a closer look at
Sammy Ekaran's curator insight, November 4, 2017 9:56 AM
SelfCAD Offers Free Licenses for Students and Teachers for 3 Years
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Portable Apps - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives

Portable Apps - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives | technologies |
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After my last post, I was reminded of the frustrations I experienced, in the World of Education, when I couldn't use the software appropriate for many tasks. 
Portable apps came to my rescue. 
Portable apps are a “lite” version of a software, which can run without being installed on the host computer. 
It also doesn’t modify the computer’s configuration information. In other words, users of a Portable app can run it, use it, and no-one will ever know they were there. 
Apart from offering me more flexibility and security when I was working on public computers, another good use for portable apps is to keep the number of installed apps, on my laptop, to an absolute minimum. 
Installed programs take up space and can cause a computer/laptop etc., to run slower; so the less you have installed the better. 
I tend not to install something if there is a portable version available. 
Take a closer look the Portable app Directory, that includes apps for... 
  - Accessibility 
  - Development 
  - Education 
  - Games 
  - Graphics & Pictures 
  - Internet 
  - Music & Video 
  - Office 
  - Security and 
  - Utilities 
...there's currently 300+ apps available.
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emaze - next generation of on-line presentation software

emaze - next generation of on-line presentation software | technologies |
emaze is the next generation of online presentation software. Select any of the professionally designed free templates to create amazing presentations.
John Dalziel's insight:
Educators are increasingly embracing technology in their learning environments and trying new methods of imparting knowledge to their learners. 
Their main problem is, they are oftentimes too busy to try out new tools in a sea of choices that are now available to them. 
I don't know how many times I've read, heard or even said myself "Death by PowerPoint" but although many practitioners still love it, it can, for many, seem overly simplistic and antiquated. 
If you, and/or your colleagues, are looking for other options and tools that offer better features when creating presentations, then emaze is worth a closer look. 
Emaze has an easy-to-use interface letting users choose from a wide array of templates to create awesome visual learning aids, including 3D presentations, in minutes; enabling practitioners to provide their learners with a better learning experience. 
Since emaze is cloud-based, it also allows users to edit or update their presentations on any computer, mobile device, and/or other devices, anywhere on-line. 
Take a look, you know you should! 
NOTE: Don't be put off because the presentations take a little time to load.
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Toolz Online: - Tools for Software Developers (Free)

Toolz Online: - Tools for Software Developers (Free) | technologies |
Free Online Tools for Software Developers
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A Software developers toolbox provides Free Online Tools for Software Developers, the type of tools they need in their daily work like...
   - Validation,
   - Formatting,
   - Escaping,
   - Generation,
   - Date and String Functions,
   - Encryption,
   - Conversions,

   - Encoding and Decoding etc

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Teaching Geometry with 3DVinci's SketchUp

Teaching Geometry with 3DVinci's SketchUp | technologies |

3DVinci's (Google) SketchUp has some resources for mathematics / functional maths practitioners, who are looking for lesson ideas that will get their learners to think about mathematics in a way that isn't just numbers and equations on paper.


3DVinci presents a collection of mathematics projects that learners can do using Google SketchUp.


For those who have never used SketchUp, 3DVinci hosts video tutorials that will show them everything they need to know to get started using Google SketchUp to teach mathematics.

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Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is an alternative for Microsoft Office

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is an alternative for Microsoft Office | technologies |

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is a completely free office productivity suite, which includes three programs that reflect the different purposes and tasks required in any educational / working / personal environment.


These are:
- Writer - fully equipped modern word processor;
- Presentation - create effective multimedia presentations;
- Spreadsheets - handle all your data processing and analysis requirements.


Kingsoft Office Free is a revolutionary office suite with a small size of only 36.4MB. It is quite stable and reliable.


It is also available for Andriod OS.


Although it is a free suite, Kingsoft Office comes with many innovative features, including a paragraph adjustment tool, and multiple tabbed feature. It also has Office to PDF converter, automatic spell checking and word count features.


Ideal for those who can't afford alternatives.


This post provides more information and links for downloads.

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ClassFlow - Next Generation Lesson Delivery Software 

ClassFlow - Next Generation Lesson Delivery Software  | technologies |
Download ClassFlow for your Classroom, the next generation lesson delivery software for interactive whiteboards.
John Dalziel's insight:
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 ;
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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Snapseed - A complete and professional photo editor

Snapseed - A complete and professional photo editor | technologies |
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Snapseed. Download Snapseed and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
Snapseed is an excellent photo editor app developed by Google, providing users with over 20 tools and filters to apply to their photos. 
Snapseed Help - - provides guidelines on how to use each of the tools and features provided by this app. 
The Snapseed app is free of charge and is compatible with iOS9.0. 
If Practitioners, and/or learners, don't have access to photo editing software, Snapseed is well worth a try.
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Transum Software

Transum Software | technologies |
Free online software for Maths Teachers
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One for practitioners and learners delivering or on maths courses.
If they have not fully explored Transum’s excellent "Starter of the Day" pages then they should have another look, there are some gems there.
The homepage lists content for...
Learners and
The Topics Tab helps pinpoint specific Maths topics
All Transum Software is offered free however if it is used regularly they'd appreciate a contribution.
Suggested payments can be found under the Licence Tab.

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10 Best Software Tools to Create Animated Videos Online

10 Best Software Tools to Create Animated Videos Online | technologies |
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John Dalziel's insight:

Video is a powerful educational tool. An image is worth a 1000 words. But a Video is worth ten thousand words.
Animated videos are used more often for demonstrations, and have become a standard way of presenting information.
It is one of the powerful tools to communicate with learners.
This post has handpicked some of the tools available to create animated videos online.

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tbx - Technology - Free Software

Since Toolbox launched on 31 May TechDis have been busy adding more resources, trying to make sure it is as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible.


They particularly focussed on some of the free and Open Source software that they think can be really useful for learners.


There are short video clips and how-to guides available for...
- text-to speech tools (DSpeech and Balabolka),
- recording audio files (Audacity) and
- mind-mapping (XMind).


All of the software is free to download and can be run from a memory stick so there’s no need to install it.

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