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using New and Emerging Technologies to enhance Learning Provider's "current Practice" - John is a retired eLearning Adviser, but keeping up to date, and all views are his own
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GoAnimate: Create Animated Videos for your Learners 

GoAnimate: Create Animated Videos for your Learners  | technologies | Scoop.it

Make animated videos on-line for your learners with GoAnimate. Create animated marketing videos, sales videos, explainer videos, training videos and elearning videos. Make video presentations and produce video advertising. Use our powerful animation software to increase the ROI on your video.

John Dalziel's insight:
One of the many new tools for eLearning development is GoAnimate to Add Animation to your eLearning Whether educators want to create...
  - an animated whiteboard video (moving hand draws objects on your screen right before your eyes!), or
  - a more character-based video (animated characters walk, move, talk, and emote), 
...GoAnimate makes it possible. 
Even for those of us with limited or no drawing skill or knowledge of how to create animation. 
Some Educators are integrating GoAnimate clips with screen captures (e.g. created using Captivate or other software). 
This can be done by using GoAnimate's Camera Effects to zoom in on the screen of a PC, until the initial image of the screen capture is full size. That's when the GoAnimate video ends and the screen capture starts. 
By creating and/or integrating GoAnimate videos within eLearning, Educators can add humour, engagement, and a fun element that learners will love. 
But what may be more important to educators is they can publish their projects as fully SCORM-compliant training that can be uploaded to their LMS, with all of the record-keeping and reporting that they may need. 
Yes it will take some time but it's well worth giving it a try.
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Magisto - Educational Practitioners can use it for microlearning

Magisto - Educational Practitioners can use it for microlearning | technologies | Scoop.it
Magisto online video editor is the easiest and fastest video maker. Make inspiring video stories and business videos in minutes, with Magisto video editing
John Dalziel's insight:
Magisto is a tool for making short marketing videos but Educational Practitioners can use it for microlearning in a workplace in two ways:
  - Making educational videos for courses.
  - getting learners to make videos to revise the material they've learned. 
This type of ‘assignment’ is more fun, so learners will be more excited to do it. 
Practitioners can use the assignment as a final project, and boost the learners’ motivation by making it a contest for the best or most creative video. 
Another worth a closer look.
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Planboard - Digital lesson planner

Planboard - Digital lesson planner | technologies | Scoop.it
Get organized and reduce your classroom prep time. Accessible from anywhere to plan lessons, align to curriculum sets, and manage your schedule with ease.
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Planboard is an organisational tool (website and app) for lesson planning and tracking. 
Users start by...
  - creating a free account, then
  - create colour-coded subjects -- which can be further organised into sections if the subject is taught to more than one group, or class, of learners. Then
  - add subjects to a schedule using a built-in calendar. 
Creating and organising lessons is the final step; templates are available and editing tools allow users to... 
  - embed videos, 
  - attach documents,
  - include links to Google documents, 
...and more. 
Additional features are well worth exploring and using after the basic setup is complete. Curriculum sets can be added to subjects; lessons can be copied, shifted, and exported for collaboration with other educators; and standards can be added to lessons. 
Users can sync Planboard with other apps from Chalk.com, including Markboard, Attendance, and Collaborate. 
Markboard helps users manage assessment, Attendance tracks learner absences, and Collaborate is a comprehensive sharing tool. 
NOTE: There's quite a steep learning curve, and requires quite a lot of setup time. However, Planboard should save educational practitioners time in the long run and reduce the stress of managing course schedules and trying to keep lesson resources organised. 
The Tutorial videos do an excellent job of walking users through the features and how to use them. 
Download Planboard for...
View and edit your lessons anywhere 
Must be worth a closer look.
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Merece la pena echar un vistazo a esta herramienta. 
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Live Science - Bring Science Courses to life

For anyone who ever wondered 'why', Live Science makes every day a little more interesting by illuminating the amazing world around us
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Live Science launched in 2004, offers a fascinating window into the natural and technological world, delivering comprehensive and compelling news and analysis on everything from dinosaur discoveries, archaeological finds and amazing animals to health, innovation and wearable technology. 
A STEM/STEAM Portal where Educational Practitioners and Learners can access tons of interactive activities, video tutorials, guides, lesson plans, and news articles covering the latest in the world of science. 
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convert anything to anything - CloudConvert

convert anything to anything - CloudConvert | technologies | Scoop.it
convert anything to anything - more than 200 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats supported.
John Dalziel's insight:
CloudConvert is an excellent converter to use for converting almost anything Educational Practitioners and/or Learners will want. 
CloudConvert stands out from the crowd. 
It is... 
  - fast (even with large files), 
  - simple, 
  - easy to use, and most important of all, 
  - integrated with Google Drive and other cloud services such as Dropbox. 
This makes it possible to start a large video conversion, leave the app and just wait until the file appears in the users Google Drive / Dropbox.
It is possible to use Google Drive or Dropbox both as input or output destination for user converted files. 
CloudConvert supports over 200 different formats including... 
  - audio (MP3, AAC, FLAC…), 
  - video (MP4, AVI, MPG…), 
  - document (PDF, DOC, DOCX, ODT…), 
  - ebook (MOBI, EPUB, CBC…), archive (ZIP, RAR…), 
  - spdreadsheets (XLS, XLSX, ODS, CSV…), and 
  - presentation (PPT, PPTX, ODP). 
Some of the types of conversions users can carry out using CloudConvert include: 
  - Extract ZIP, RAR etc directly on Google Drive / Dropbox 
  - Merge multiple PDFs, JPGs, DOCs into one PDF 
  - PDF to DOC 
  - AVI to MP4 
  - M4A to MP3 
  - MOBI to PDF 
  - DOCX to ODT 
  - PNG to JPG 
CloudConvert does not require any software installation, users simply upload their files to the site and once the conversion is finished, files are permanently deleted. 
NOTE: The free version of CloudConvert supports up to 1GB maximum file size and provides you with 25 minutes maximum conversion time per file. 
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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.
John Dalziel's insight:
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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Portable Apps - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives

Portable Apps - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives | technologies | Scoop.it
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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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TinyTap - Play & Create Interactive Lessons

TinyTap - Play & Create Interactive Lessons | technologies | Scoop.it
TinyTap is a social platform which empowers families, teachers and students to learn from each other by creating their own personalized interactive lessons and games and playing thousands of new ones shared daily by a worldwide community of educators and learners worldwide.
Together we are building the world's largest marketplace for educational games - a community that celebrates creativity and knowledge!
Free on the Web the App Store and on Google Play Android.
John Dalziel's insight:
TinyTap is an excellent educational platform practitioners can use with their learners for a wide array of learning purposes. 
TinyTap features a huge library of interactive activities and educational content created by education practitioners to help learners in areas such as... 
  - maths, 
  - science, 
  - English, 
  - music 
 ...and many more. 
Learners will get to explore a variety of educational games handmade by practitioners or , in case they didn't find what they are looking for, design their own educational games from scratch and without the need for any coding knowledge. 
TinyTap provides a number of powerful tools to help users create engaging content. These include: 
  - Questions, 
  - Puzzles, 
  - Videos, 
  - Voice Input, 
  - Text Input, 
  - Soundboard 
...and more.
Practitioners can use TinyTap to ‘create fun educational activities for any purpose and engage their learners in something new. Educators around the world are creating valuable learning activities based on the school curriculum. 
Special needs practitioners can also utilise this platform to ‘come up with new ways to help those in need and personalise activities to fit each person individually. 
TinyTap includes a features called Insights that allows practitioners to track the progress of their learners. 
TinyTap can be played on-line at http://www.tinytap.it/activities/ and is also available on... 
Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/rUPE1ej3pjI to learn more.
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Turn Off the Lights | For Browser, Desktop and Tablet

Turn Off the Lights | For Browser, Desktop and Tablet | technologies | Scoop.it
Turn Off the Lights is a FREE browser extension that allows users to dim everything on their screen except for HTML5 videos they're watching. Get it Now!
John Dalziel's insight:
Turn Off The Lights is a lightweight tool to highlight the video player and darken the rest of a web page. 
With a single click on the lamp button, the page will fade to dark and automatically focus on the video, so users can watch the videos as if they were in the cinema. 
By clicking on the lamp button again, the page will return to normal. 
Turn Off the Lights is a lightweight and useful add-in designed for a more comfortable watching experience. 
It works for many video sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, twitch, Hulu, Facebook, Metacafe, YouKu, HTML5 etc. 
Visit https://www.youtube.com/embed/MV_CdGy9Js0 for a quick overview. 
Note: I've found that if there isn't a video on a website, Turn Off The Lights can be used to black out the whole screen; again useful during presentations - give it a go! etc. 
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Watch Frame by Frame - Watch YouTube & Vimeo videos frame by frame 

Watch Frame by Frame - Watch YouTube & Vimeo videos frame by frame  | technologies | Scoop.it
Watch Frame by Frame allows you to watch YouTube and Vimeo videos frame by frame and in slow motion.
John Dalziel's insight:
Video Clips are being used more and more within teaching and learning and there are many ways to watch on-line videos.
'Watch Frame by Frame' enables users to watch YouTube or Vimeo Video Clips in slow motion and/or frame-by-frame. Viewing videos at slower than usual speed can help learners catch things they tend to miss at normal speed. 
Users just need to... 
  - type (or paste) in the video link from YouTube or Vimeo and 
  - choose the appropriate settings. 
There are four controls users can tweak. 
  1: Next to the frame-by-frame playback controls there is a clock which can be toggled to show the movement of frames. 
  2 - 4: allow users to set the steps at a set speed and frames per second. 
Practitioners can share links with their learners - e.g. http://www.watchframebyframe.com/watch/yt/OGj8OneMjek - but may also wish to suggest the settings to use when viewing. NOTE: I'm sure you are aware that YouTube does already have playback speed settings hidden in plain sight. 
  - Click the Settings icon in the lower-right corner of the playback window (the little cog symbol). 
  - Select Speed from the pop-up overlay which appears. 
  - Choose 0.25 or 0.5 for slow speeds. You can also speed it up by choosing a higher speed. 
Watch Frame by Frame is a useful tool to enhance visual learning!
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ViewedIt - Screen, Voice and Webcam Recorder for Practitioners who use Google Chrome and/or Chromebooks

ViewedIt - Screen, Voice and Webcam Recorder for Practitioners who use Google Chrome and/or Chromebooks | technologies | Scoop.it
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John Dalziel's insight:
ViewedIt is a free Chrome extension that makes it quick and easy to create and share screencast videos. 
ViewedIt could be a good screencasting tool for teachers who use Chromebooks and want to share tutorial videos with their learners. 
Being able to track when learners watch their videos is an added bonus. 
With the extension installed users can record their entire screen or just one window tab. 
ViewedIt will let users record themselves with their webcam as well. 
To record on ViewedIt users simply have to... 
  - click the extension icon  
  - choose what they want to record. 
...when they're done recording (max time of 1 hour per video), their video is automatically stored on ViewedIt. 
From ViewedIt users can share their video via email and social media. 
If they choose to share via email, they will be able to track who watched their video and the percentage of the video they watched. 
There is no limit to the number of videos users can record. 
NOTE : To be honest, ViewedIt has the following shortcomings... 
  - it doesn't let users download their videos and 
  - it doesn't let users upload their videos to YouTube or other platforms. 
Still worth a closer look, especially if practitioners are engaging with "Flipped Learning" and/or only have Chromebooks. 
My first effort can be viewed at https://share.viewedit.com/kKs8nQij3NcbdaQTci4efu
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GoReact | Affordable Online Video Assessment

GoReact | Affordable Online Video Assessment | technologies | Scoop.it
Video record presentations and give instant, time-coded feedback
John Dalziel's insight:
GoReact is an ideal platform for teaching, among many other things, communication skills. 
GoReact makes it easy to... 
► capture and grade learner videos give feedback on a presentation; and 
► provide synchronous feedback from instructors and/or peers By watching themselves present on screen and getting time-coded feedback directly from their practitioner(s), learners can raise their self-awareness and hone their presenter skills simultaneously. 
GoReact is also a great tool for instructors to model positive feedback for learners and moderate peer comments before showing them to presenters. 
It’s a win-win for everyone. 
GoReact is the video coaching platform for presentations that learners will actually like to use and, at the same time, help them address any Oral communication apprehension (OCA) they may have. 
Instructor Accounts are FREE
NOTE: Oral communication apprehension (OCA)—is caused by three main factors in a learner... 
► fear of humiliation in front of their peers, 
► negative past experiences with presenting, and 
► insufficient preparation.
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AnatomyPal - resources for Pre-Clinical/Pre-Med/Foundation learners

AnatomyPal - resources for Pre-Clinical/Pre-Med/Foundation learners | technologies | Scoop.it
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AnatomyPal is a "must visit" for learners preparing for admission into medical, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary, and physical therapy H.E. Courses, and for training as a physician assistant. 
Anatomypal has several resources for Pre-Clinical/Pre-Med/Foundation learners! 
They include..
► interactive anatomy models from which the learner can view any model as if they were in the learning environment; 
► study guide videos; 
► Interactives and Labeled Interactives; 
► Upload images and draw on tools; 
► A+P terminology and 
...many other resources!
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iSLCollective video quiz maker - Video lessons

iSLCollective video quiz maker - Video lessons | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:
The iSLCollective video quiz maker is a 'free web-based tool that allows Education Practitioners to create interactive video quizzes around YouTube and Vimeo videos. 
This is how it works, either... 
Practitioners...
  - Register and login (It's FREE)
  - choose videos from YouTube or Vimeo.
  - write questions that will pop up throughout the video.
 - can also add a lesson plan, vocabulary list, and discussion questions. or... 
There is also an option for Practitioners to...
  - search for already-made video quizzes in the iSLCollective library.
  - tailor the quiz questions to meet the needs of their learners'. 
Once the new or tailored video quiz is ready, Practitioners...
  - click on ‘publish’ and
  - provide data about the video such as title, summary, lesson type, level, etc. 
Video quizzes created through iSLCollective provide different ‘play mode’ options. 
Learners can...
  - watch the video without quiz,
  - play video quiz in interactive mode,
  - use the Casino game mode, or
  - play it in non-interactive mode. 
There are several reasons why Practitioners would want to try out iSLCollective in their learning environments.
  - the quizzes allow Practitioners to focus on their learners during class, rather than handling the video.
  - the iSLCollective video quiz maker gives them a break from keeping track of video pauses, printing the questions beforehand, etc., and
  - the interactivity and gamification adds playfulness to video work
  - with various play modes (e.g. the classic Casino game where you bet on the right answer) and features like the tapping game where students tap on objects seen in the paused video screen. 
It’s a great homework/flipped learning tool as well! 
For an overview, watch the video tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/embed/XmjDqTT7wzA
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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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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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Spiral's Clip- turn video clips into a live chat with questions and quizzes

Spiral's Clip- turn video clips into a live chat with questions and quizzes | technologies | Scoop.it

Spiral - get learners to focus and concentrate on course video clips

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Spiral's Clip turns any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes. 
Educational Practitioners can provide instant feedback and see how their learners are performing. 
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Stockio - Download Free Vectors, Photos, Icons, Fonts & Videos

Stockio - Download Free Vectors, Photos, Icons, Fonts & Videos | technologies | Scoop.it
Download free Vectors, Photos, Icons, Fonts and Videos and more. We're constantly expanding our content with exclusive Stockio.com files
John Dalziel's insight:
Yes I always recommend that whenever possible, learners should use their own pictures, sounds, and videos. However, it is not always possible for them to use their own creations in multimedia projects or other assignments. 
That's when they need to look at websites like Stockio to search for images and video clips that they can download and use for free. 
According to the notices that accompany each file on Stockio, attribution is not required but is appreciated. 
To download an image, an icon, or a font set from Stockio individuals don't have to register on the site. 
Simply... 
  - browse or search then 
  - hit the download button when they find something that they like. 
However individuals have to be a registered user (registration is free) in order to download videos from Stockio. 
Another website to share with learners, and/or try out yourself.
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Stampede.it - video & audio assets for both personal and commercial projects for free

Stampede.it - video & audio assets for both personal and commercial projects for free | technologies | Scoop.it
Free audio and video assets to download for your projects.
John Dalziel's insight:
Finding high-quality video clips that can used in Teaching and Learning, for free, can be a challenge. 
After all... 
“You get what you pay for” 
...is a cliche for a reason. 
However, within the Creative Commons world, there are some sites striving to provide free content, even for use in commercial projects. 
Stampede.it has both video and audio assets that practitioners can use for both personal and commercial projects for free, and they don’t require attribution at all. 
NOTE: The selection is somewhat small but is extremely high quality. 
Users can download video and audio reflecting all sorts of indoor and outdoor situations... 
  - in a forest (Forest), 
  - by the beach (Waves), 
  - under a tree (Leaves), 
  - at a coffee shop (Coffee), 
  - out on a breezy day (Clouds), 
  - sailing (Ocean), 
  - sitting near a fire (Flame), 
  - out in the cold (Winter), 
  - sheltering from rain (Rainfall), 
  - in an office setting (Work), 
  - next to a stream (Water), 
  - in the moonlight (Night), 
  - near a waterfall (Niagara), 
  - near a barbecue (Smoke) and 
  - more gentle wind (Chimes) 
Some of the available sets above, have bundled video and audio, while others are just video files that users can use with their own audio tracks. 
These resources are well worth downloading.
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Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera on the App Store

Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera on the App Store | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera. Download Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard/Document Camera and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
Stage Pro is a very good interactive whiteboard and document camera app. 
As an education practitioner you can use this app to create interactive tutorials and demo videos using both the convenience of your camera and the strength of an interactive whiteboard. 
Users can... 
  - record video and audio, 
  - annotate and mark-up picture and documents, 
  - create multi-page presentations, and 
  - easily capture and share lessons. 
Stage Pro includes collaborative features that allows users to use live video and interactive tools to ‘ showcase real-time problem solving, demos, and experimentation. 
Paired with Airplay, Stage makes wireless sharing quick and easy.
With the added flexibility to move around the room, educators can truly engage and involve learners. 
Other interesting features provided by Stage Pro include... 
  - Easily switch backgrounds from live front/rear camera feed, 
  - whiteboard/blackboard canvas, 
  - any picture from your photo library, or royalty-free academic images; 
  - import PDFs from Dropbox, Google Drive, or “Open in…” iOS feature; 
  - lock/unlock camera auto-focus to produce perfect, blur-free tutorials; 
  - dynamically present in real-time, wirelessly using Airplay or via a wired projector connection; 
  - save everything directly to your iPhone or iPad photo library for anywhere, anytime access; 
simple, accessible, and effective - No app login or internet connection required 
…you should give it a try and see if you like it.
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Soapbox - screen & webcam recorder

Soapbox - screen & webcam recorder | technologies | Scoop.it
Stand out above the crowd. Create professional-looking videos with beautiful transitions.
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Soapbox is a relatively new tool from Wistia that makes it easy to create great screen-cast videos on a Chromebook or any computer that is using the Chrome web browser. 
With Soapbox installed in the Chrome web browser users can quickly record their screen and their webcam at the same time. 
Soapbox is a little different from other screen-cast tools. 
The most distinguishing feature is that users can have their video transition from their screen to their webcam to a combination of the two. 
Soapbox includes some simple editing tools for zooming in on an area of your screen and calling attention to specific parts of the screen. 
Once completed, Soapbox videos can be shared via email or anywhere else that users want to post a link to their video. 
Ideal for helping learners learn how to navigate a new web tool. 
For an introduction, take a look at https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZhHbgMkneP4 ;
NOTE: The shortcoming of Soapbox is that users cannot download their video. It lives on Wistia's hosting service.
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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.
John Dalziel's insight:
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 ;
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Check123 - Video Encyclopedia that helps teachers and learners find educational videos

Check123 - Video Encyclopedia that helps teachers and learners find educational videos | technologies | Scoop.it
Check123 is the web's first Video Encyclopedia. Come and learn about arts, history, science, space, animals and more in 1, 2, or 3 minute Videos!!
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A lot of time can be spent looking for appropriate videos to use in learning environments and/or for flipped learning. 
Check123 is a website that aims to help teachers and learners find such educational videos. 
The "123" aspect of the name Check123 refers to the length of the videos on the site. 
All of the videos are either one, two, or three minutes long. 
Check123 users can... 
  - refine their search results according to length of video, subject, and topic and/or 
  - search by keyword and/or browse the subject categories. Watch how it works at https://www.youtube.com/embed/zt_MF3h6eD4 Well worth a look!
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Telegraph - a minimalist publishing tool

Telegraph - a minimalist publishing tool | technologies | Scoop.it
Telegra.ph 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.
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Telegra.ph 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 telegra.ph 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 Telegra.ph - watch it at https://www.youtube.com/embed/1C1OnG7EBzc ;
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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Loom - a web tool for creating quick video tutorials

Loom - a web tool for creating quick video tutorials | technologies | Scoop.it
Loom is a video communication platform helping individuals and teams unlock the power of video in the workplace. Unlimited recording and storage. HD quality. Instantly ready to share.
John Dalziel's insight:
Loom is an excellent web tool for creating quick video tutorials to share with learners or peers. 
The tool is very simple and easy to use, and most importantly, it is integrated with several services including Gmail, Google Docs, Dropbox, Trello, Asana and many more. 
This means that any video users record can be watched directly where it is shared. 
To start recording a video... 
■ users need to install the Loom extension. Once installed, click on its icon and log in; 
■ users need to adjust the recording settings: users can specify whether they want to capture the current tab, the entire desktop or use the camera only. Users can also choose whether to use audio or camera in their recording(s). Once done... 
■ users then proceed to do the recording. 
Watch the video at https://www.useloom.com/share/546004f0dce111e6b701295503f3ba35 to learn more about how to use Loom. 
And yes... Loom is completely free of charge.
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