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Anatomy Arcade

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Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome games, interactives and videos.
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If you want to make learning anatomy a little more fun, try Anatomy Arcade. This game collection is made to teach learners about the human body.

They can look for games by body system or game type.

Learners love the jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and matching games.
Go on try it out, you know you want to...

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Educational Apps | Facebook

Educational Apps | Facebook | technologies | Scoop.it

Educational Apps. FiTES (Find Try Evaluate & Share) - You are the experts in your field of work

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Sharing posts about apps and extensions I've found, tried and evaluated for the world of Education.
For learners, practitioners, and other stakeholders...
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Outplanr: Turn to-do lists into daily work plans

Outplanr: Turn to-do lists into daily work plans | technologies | Scoop.it
Turn task lists into real, feasible work plans, that also include time spent on meetings. Keep projects on track and easily check how much time was spent on each task against your estimates. Avoid downtime and team burnout. Plan, track and relax.
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Outplanr is a project and resource manager that turns a users to do list into a weekly work plan, where they can see what their team are doing in real-time. 
Users can organise and keep track of multiple projects, while making sure that everyone knows what do do now and next, avoiding stress for the team and keeping everyone motivated and on track. 
All users need is the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera or Internet Explorer. 
Outplanr will work on Macs and PCs and they even offer special Tablet and Mobile-friendly versions. Potential users can see a more detailed overview by visiting the Outplanr Guide at https://outplanr.zendesk.com/hc/en-us ;
NOTE: Outplanr offers a 30 day Free Trial before users have to choose a plan and subscribe - Pricing can be viewed at https://www.outplanr.com/pricing.html ;
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FlipQuiz™  Creating Digital Quizzes

FlipQuiz™  Creating Digital Quizzes | technologies | Scoop.it
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Many educators use Google forms as their "go to" tool to create different types of quizzes, questionnaires and polls. 
Anything they create on Forms will be automatically saved to their Google Drive so they can access, view, and edit it anytime they want. 
For something different... 
FlipQuiz is a web tool that allows Educators to easily create gameshow-style boards for test reviews within learning environments.  
All boards created can be saved for later use. 
Educators can also share their boards up on-screen and have learners work on them collaboratively. 
Watch the demo at https://flipquiz.me/demo to see what the gameshow-style board looks like. 
The final plus - It's FREE! 
NOTE: There is the option to upgrade to FlipQuiz PRO - charges, for the upgrade, can be paid monthly or yearly.
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Create new quiz reviews for free - Flip Quiz boards can also be saved for reuse. 
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GoalsOnTrack: App for Goal Setting

GoalsOnTrack: App for Goal Setting | technologies | Scoop.it
GoalsOnTrack is a robust and comprehensive smart goal setting software program that helps you set, track and share goals, manage tasks, track time, build habits, create vision board, keep goal journal, and achieve more success in reaching both personal and business goals.
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Not all learners are created equal. 
Learners that perform well, tend to be those who are self-motivated and who love learning for learning’s sake. 
They take notes in lectures, not because they have to but because they want to, and they set themselves goals and hold themselves accountable for meeting them. 
However we're also aware that it’s easy to lose focus if they don’t have something to keep them on track. 
That’s where GoalsOnTrack comes into play. 
The GoalsOnTrack application can be accessed through both the web and through a smartphone application and it’s all about helping learners set and stick to SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goals. 
Bigger goals can be broken up into smaller chunks so that they’re easier to swallow, and users can also take notes on their goals and their progress or track their progress offline. 
NOTE: It isn't FREE - approx £52 a year at the time posting this (Less than £5 a month or 15p per day). 
Both apps require an active account via the website. 
Not everyone needs to use an app to set and achieve their goals – but most people will at the very least feel some benefit.
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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.

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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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AutoMastery - Google Forms add-on

AutoMastery - Google Forms add-on | technologies | Scoop.it

AutoMastery is a Google Forms Add-On that allows the Form owner to send learners assignments based on their score on a Google Form.

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As Educators, you'll be aware that...
  - administering a quiz,
  - sorting the scores,
  - then trying to ensure learners get appropriate assignments (personalised Learning), based on the scores, 
...takes a lot of time! AutoMastery is a new Google Forms add-on, that automates all of those tasks so practitioners can spend time facilitating and following up with learners who need extra help. The AutoMastery add-on allows users to automatically differentiate assignments for learners based on the score they receive on a Google Forms quiz. 
Users...
  - set a mastery score and a beginner level score. 
Learners who score...
  - at or above mastery will receive a link to an extension activity.
  - at or below the beginner level will receive an assignment that is designed to fit their needs and help them build the necessary skills to move to the progression level.
  - above beginner but below mastery will receive an assignment that is designed to bring them up to the mastery level.
...All assignments will be sent to the learners through an automated email. 
NOTE: When installing the AutoMastery add-on, users are likely see a warning message that says the app has not been approved by Google and to only install it if you know and trust the developer. I'm assured this is just a glitch that will be worked out soon! 
Once installed, users will need to configure AutoMastery. 
During this step users will set the mastery and beginner scores and add the links to the three different assignments they've have selected. 
AutoMastery has the potential to be used, by educators, across all subject areas; must be worth trying out.
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Kanbanchi - Free Online Project Management & Collaboration Software Tool

Kanbanchi - Free Online Project Management & Collaboration Software Tool | technologies | Scoop.it
Kanban software for task management, project management and collaboration. Online kanban board helps teams and enterprises manage projects the agile way.
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Kanbanchi is a free education app that allows Education Practitioners and learners to visually monitor projects. 
There are templates for...
  - lesson plans,
  - newsletters, and
  - learning environment tasks 
...that help users get started. 
Kanbanchi was designed to help Educators and learners manage project-based learning. 
Once users set up a dashboard they can populate it with cards to help track different aspects of a project. 
The cards can be...
  - different colours,
  - assigned to specific people,
  - given a start date, due date, and an estimate for how long it will take to complete that specific task, and
  - given a priority from low to high. 
With Kanbanchi users can...
  - Attach files from Google Drive
  - Create an unlimited number of dashboards and cards
  - Push due dates to Google Calendar
  - Share with an unlimited number of collaborators
  - Sort and filter cards as needed 
Take a look at the 3 minute demo at https://www.youtube.com/embed/l4zjVCoo-nA
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Document Studio - Google Sheets add-on - Create Personalised Documents

Document Studio - Google Sheets add-on - Create Personalised Documents | technologies | Scoop.it
Create documents with Google Sheets and Google Forms responses. Includes Mail Merge, Store merged files in Google Drive and Share
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Document Studio is powerful Google add-on that lets users effortlessly generate documents and reports using merge data stored inside Google Sheets. 
Document Studio can also create documents with live data from Google Forms submissions. 
The generated documents can be automatically sent inside personalised email messages using the built-in Mail Merge. 
The resulting documents can be produced in PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and several other formats. 
Resulting files are uploaded to the users Google Drive, they can be instantly shared and there’s also an option to send files directly to the printer via Google Cloud Print. 
Ideal for printing individual certificates, generating personalised training handouts and more. 
To get started...
  - Create a template inside Google Docs, Google Sheets or Google Slides and add placeholders, such as {{Name}} or {{Address}}, for merge fields.
  - Create a Google Sheet with the source data. The column headings will correspond to the placeholders in the template while the rows represent the records.
  - Install the document merge add-on and follow the wizard to produce the documents. Document Studio will create one document per row in the sheet.
Document Studio includes a WYSIWYG email editor to help users send the merged documents to one or more recipients inside personalised email messages. 
If a user's template is a Google Spreadsheet and it contains any formulas, they are re-calculated and evaluated in the generated document. 
Users can also include...
  - unique images,
  - Google Maps,
  - QR Code images and
  - PayPal payment links (ideal for on-line course registration) in generated documents with the help of simple spreadsheet functions.
In addition to document merge, the Document Studio add-on can also be used for creating documents in real-time from Google Forms submissions. 
Watch the video tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/embed/TSDXfdo3JVU or check the help centre at https://digitalinspiration.com/docs/document-studio to learn more about Document Studio. 
Go on, Personalise your communications with learners and other stakeholders and save time by using Document Studio.
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Mercury Reader - make websites and articles easier to read

Mercury Reader - make websites and articles easier to read | technologies | Scoop.it
Mercury Reader - Clear away the clutter from all of your articles. Instantly.
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If you have learners (or know anyone) who...
  - is easily distracted,
  - needs to enlarge text, or
  - might have a preference for light or dark backgrounds 
...then Mercury Reader is a Chrome extension that makes websites and articles easier for those learners to read. 
Mercury Reader strips away ads, which can be distraction, and it pulls the information from an article into one simple and easy to read document. 
Images will still appear in the new version and hyperlinks will still work just as they did in the original article. 
Mercury Reader allows users to...
  - change the size of the text,
  - adjust the font, and
  - select either a light or dark theme. 
There is also an option to send the text to a Kindle.
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SelfCAD - 3D Designing | Sculpting | Printing 

SelfCAD - 3D Designing | Sculpting | Printing  | technologies | Scoop.it
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
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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 https://www.selfcad.com/tutorials
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SelfCAD Offers Free Licenses for Students and Teachers for 3 Years
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Icons by Noun Project - Google Slides add-on

Icons by Noun Project - Google Slides add-on | technologies | Scoop.it
Get access to over 1 million high-quality icons from Noun Project. For icons from Beyoncé to Venn diagrams, we got you covered.
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Icons by Noun Project is a library of more than 1 million free-to-use icons that have many uses in learning environments, from creating info-graphics to making presentation slides more visual to better understanding abstract terms with images. 
This Google Slides add-on gives users...
  - quick, easy access to 100 of its most commonly used icons.
  - the option to change the colour of the icons — a premium, paid option on the website — for free! 
Note: If the icons users need aren’t available via the add-on, they can always download and use them from the website - https://thenounproject.com/ - for free (with attribution through a Creative Commons license). 
Learners can use icons to create info-graphics with Google Drawings. 
Education Practitioners can add icons to their presentations and other materials to make stronger, brain-friendly verbal/visual connections. 
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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. 
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iSLCollective video quiz maker - Video lessons

iSLCollective video quiz maker - Video lessons | technologies | Scoop.it
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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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Talk and Comment - Voice notes anywhere

Talk and Comment - Voice notes anywhere | technologies | Scoop.it
Make voice notes and comments on any site!
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Our voice is one of the most powerful tools we possess, but, when providing feedback to learners, educators tend to default to writing instead of talking. 
Yes, there are definitely times when writing is the way to go, but there are other situations when spoken words can have a dramatic impact. 
Talk and Comment is a Chrome extension that allows users to provide voice comments on any site or app. 
This is a great way to provide feedback to learners. 
This "Talk and Comment" free extension lets users record and send voice notes on all sites (Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Github, Gmail, Google+, Wordpress, ...), in a easy way. 
The resulting Voice notes can be played even if others don't have the extension installed. 
To find out more, take a look at the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/85yPcWnRvHg ;
This was my first effort - http://talkandcomment.com/p/02aacb94e558dd96317057b0 (voice note) 
P.S. 
  1: Close and then restart Google Chrome after adding the Talk and Comment extension and 
  2: Turn off when not in use.
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Educaplay: Multimedia Educational Activities

Educaplay: Multimedia Educational Activities | technologies | Scoop.it
Make and share your own learning resources. You can practice with other user activities. Free!
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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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Habit List: Breaking bad habits and Setting new ones

Habit List: Breaking bad habits and Setting new ones | technologies | Scoop.it
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Habit List allows users (Learners, Educators, everyone) to detail any habits they want to start and then to monitor whether they’re sticking to them – either for the week, for the month or for all-time. 
It’s easy to set repeating tasks, which makes it a great tool to track revision on the run-up to an assessment. 
Ultimately, whether you want to study harder or start going to the gym, the Habit List app helps users to establish a new habit. Available for iOS devices (Currently £3.99) at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/habit-list-create-good-habits/id525102168?mt=8
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eLearning Vocabulary

eLearning Vocabulary | technologies | Scoop.it
Posts that I've made, using the "Comics Head" App on my iPad, to cover the language used in the eLearning World. I'll be adding more as time goes on, watch this space...
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One LiveBinder that I've produced for Educators and Learners to help understand eLearning Language.
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Quizlet Diagram Maker: Make diagrams and learn with activities and games — for free!

Quizlet Diagram Maker: Make diagrams and learn with activities and games — for free! | technologies | Scoop.it
Create and study custom diagrams on Quizlet. Diagrams can help you study using images, charts and maps with activities and games. Try it free!
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Quizlet Diagram Maker is a free tool from Quizlet that allows learners to learn in a visual way. 
Learners can...
  - easily create diagrams using images and text.
  - add annotations, locations and definitions.
  - add different layers of customisation to their study material. Using Quizlet’s diagram-specific activities, learners will get to review and learn from their diagrams in fun and interactive ways. Educators can also use Quizlet Diagram Maker to create visual diagrams to save and share with learners in learning environments. 
The process is simple and easy. 
NOTE: To design your own diagrams potential users need to create a free account. 
To learn more about Diagram Maker watch the video at https://quizlet.com/en-gb/features/diagrams
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Library Extension (for web browsers)

Library Extension (for web browsers) | technologies | Scoop.it
The #1 Browser Extension that lets you instantly see book and eBook availability from your local library
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Library Extension is an excellent Chrome add-on (Firefox coming soon) to help users check whether their local library has a particular book that they come across on-line. 
The way it works is straight forward...
  - Once users install it on their browser
  - click on the book icon in the top right and set up their libraries.
  - Next time they browse books on sites such as Amazon or Goodreads they will instantly get to see whether those titles are available in their chosen libraries or not.
  - If they are they can borrow or place a hold on them with a single click. 
Library Extension is definitely a time saver. 
Audiobooks, music and movies are supported for select libraries. Library Extension supports almost 4000 libraries in different countries including here in the UK, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. 
Visit https://www.libraryextension.com/supported-libraries to see the full list of support libraries. 
As for the sites that work with Library Extensions, these include... 
  - Amazon (ca, co, uk, com, .de),
  - Barnes and Noble,
  - Good Reads,
  - Google Books,
  - Chapters/Indigo,
  - BookDepository,
  - AR BookFinder, and
  - LibraryThing. 
Just add the Library Extension to your Chrome Browser register your Library, if it's not already on the list, and give it a try. 
P.S. To increase public use of a Library, the libraries should ensure that they are registered.
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Venngage - Free Infographic Maker 

Venngage - Free Infographic Maker  | technologies | Scoop.it
Join over 1 million people creating their own professional graphics with our easy to use infographic maker. Sign up for free and choose from 100+ infographic templates.
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Venngage is more than just an infographic builder, it allows for the design of...
  - flyers,
  - charts,
  - data reports 
...and so much more. 
Venngage provides what seems like never-ending template options. 
Potential users can sign up with their Google Account and then start building. 
NOTE: Apart from Students, who have a "Free Plan", Venngage isn't free! Take a look at the pricing plans at https://venngage.com/pricing/ ;
Once signed up, simply select one of their templates and begin replacing their info with yours. 
Venngage provides a great way to visually display data for any audience, and it is super easy and intuitive. 
All of the tools that are available are listed down the right-hand side. 
There are...
  - icons,
  - maps,
  - images, and
  - users can upload any images they want. 
The free Student version is awesome!
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CheckMark - make grading Google Docs Grading easier

CheckMark - make grading Google Docs Grading easier | technologies | Scoop.it
CheckMark
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As Education becomes increasingly digital, Educational Practitioners need to find quick and innovative ways to providing timely feedback. 
Timely feedback is an important aspect of increasing learner engagement. 
Learners need to know what they are doing well and what they need to improve. Educators are aware that when grading in an on-line environment, this can be a very difficult and time consuming task. 
CheckMark reduces the amount of time spent adding comments and allows practitioners to provide learners with better feedback. 
The CheckMark Chrome Extension is a solution for grading papers as it provides users with a menu of "comments" that can be automatically inserted into Google Docs. 
How does it work? 
Users will need to...
  - visit the Chrome Store to install the CheckMark Chrome Extension.
  - open the Google Doc they're going to grade and highlight the text that they want to comment on. 
...Once text is highlighted, they'll will see a list of comments that they can select. 
Finally...
  - choose the comment that they would like to insert. 
CheckMark will automatically insert the feedback as a comment in Google Docs. 
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Screencastify - Screen Video Recorder

Screencastify - Screen Video Recorder | technologies | Scoop.it
The #1 screen recorder for Chrome. Capture, edit and share videos in seconds.
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Screencastify is one of the best screen recording tools to use on Google Chrome. 
 Screencastify is simple and easy to use and within few minutes users will have their screencast ready to share with others. 
NOTE 1) The Lite version is free and supports 10 minutes per video and up to 50 videos per month.
2)The premium version comes with more advanced features and unlimited video recording limit. 
Educational Practitioners can use Screencastify to create video explainers and tutorials. 
They can even include their webcam in the screencast and use their voice for narration. 
They can also enhance the content of their video using a wide variety of editing tools and annotations. 
Screencastify offers different sharing options...
  - save videos directly to Google Drive or local desk in different formats (e.g., GIF, MP4,etc)
  - publish them on YouTube, or
  - share them using a generated link. 
To learn more about Screencastify watch the video at... https://www.youtube.com/embed/c2ieATZ5fwk ;
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Pear Deck - Google Slides add-on

Pear Deck - Google Slides add-on | technologies | Scoop.it
Welcome to Pear Deck Slides Add-on! Now you can add Formative Assessments and interactive questions to your Google Slides.
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Pear Deck for Google Slides makes it easier than ever to reach 100% learner engagement! 
Education practitioners will love the 100% participation and learner engagement they get with Pear Deck. 
The Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on lets users add Formative Assessment questions right from the Google Slides editor! 
Don’t have passive learners, just looking at presentation slides. Let them interact with them on their own devices during presentations. 
You can do the same thing inside Pear Deck’s website - https://www.peardeck.com/ - as well. 
Yes, presenting from the front of the room all the time is a very Sage-on-the-stage way of teaching, but it still has its place. And when learners are interacting individually, they’re way more locked in to what’s going on. 
The 30-day free trial of paid features unlocks a heap of interactive slide types, like...
  - warm-up,
  - temperature,
  - reflection,
  - exit ticket,
  - drawing response,
  - text response and
  - number response. 
The free version includes...
  - multiple-choice,
  - number response and
  - text response slides and 
...an unlimited number of slide decks. 
By adding interactive slides to a presentation, practitioners get instant feedback from learners and learners are actively interacting with the session instead of passively listening. 
Take a look at How Pear Deck works at https://www.youtube.com/embed/evoJy4WcReM ;
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Natural Reader - text to speech on-line

Natural Reader - text to speech on-line | technologies | Scoop.it
Free text to speech online app with natural voices, convert text to audio and mp3, for personal and commercial use
John Dalziel's insight:
Many Learning Providers are looking for FREE text to speech (TTS) technology web tools that do not require downloading software and can be used on Chromebooks, laptops or computers. 
TTS technology is helpful for English Language Learners (ELL), learners who struggle with dyslexia and can be used by all learners to...
  - assist them with reading,
  - assist them with their own writing and, with an upgrade...
  - create mp3 audio files, 
Natural Reader - https://www.naturalreaders.com/index.html - is an on-line application that supports pdf, txt, doc, docx, rtf and epub files. 
This one stands out because the spoken speech sounds so natural (something that is hard to get with artificial speech). 
The free version of Natural Reader will give users 20 minutes with premium voices per day. 
Users can select...
  - their preferred "reader Voice", from the drop down menu and/or 
  - the speed at which the text is read. 
Has to be worth a closer look... or should that be listen?
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NicerTube | Instantly Remove Comments and Distractions around YouTube™ Videos!

NicerTube | Instantly Remove Comments and Distractions around YouTube™ Videos! | technologies | Scoop.it
Get rid of all the fluff, distractions and sometimes-dodgy content around YouTube videos by using NicerTube. Works like Magic!
John Dalziel's insight:
Many Educational Practitioners use YouTube as a teaching tool on a regular basis. 
Although it has improved over time, questionable content sometimes appeared in the suggested videos section. 
NicerTube is a YouTube platform alternative. 
NicerTube is very easy to use, simply...
  - copy and paste the URL of a YouTube video,
  - choose a creative background, and
  - NicerTube creates your new video platform. 
Want to see an example? 
NicerTube conversion result http://nicertube.com/x8d8z6 ;
NicerTube is free, easy-to-use, and allows users to make as many videos as they would like; however, it does contain advertisements.
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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. 
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