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Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning - Free Course by Apple Distinguished Educators on iTunes U

Download or subscribe to the free course by Apple Distinguished Educators, Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning.
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‘Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning’ a free iTune U’s course. 
This course is a great introductory lesson to help users learn how to use iPads to visualize their learning through sketch noting. 
The course can be used by learners of any age... 
● Adults and older learners can work through the activities independently at their own pace. 
● Younger learners with limited reading ability can use the video resources and do many of the activities with educator direction. 
The course also includes suggestions on how educators can use this course with their learners as a part of their learning environment activities
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Craft - job search - IAG

Craft - job search - IAG | technologies |
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Craft can help learners find...
   - positions to apply for and
   - information about different companies.
Learners can...
   - search for a specific firm, or
   - click a category to see a list of leading companies.
They can then click a logo to find out...
   - what a company does;
   - how many employees a company has;
   - about the companies key financial statistics and
   - if there are any jobs on offer.
Note: at the time of curating this, Craft is mostly centred on London & San Francisco, but many of the companies are very large and have a large reach.

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STEMNET | Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network

STEMNET | Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network | technologies |
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STEMNET's Vision is to increase young people’s choice and chances through...
   - science,
   - technology,
   - engineering and
   - mathematics.
STEMNET do this by enabling all young people to achieve their potential in STEM by:
   - Ensuring that all young people, regardless of background, are encouraged to understand the excitement and importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in their lives, and the career opportunities to which the STEM subjects can lead;
   - Encouraging businesses , organisations and individuals wanting to support young people in STEM to target their efforts and resources in a way that will deliver the best results for them and young people;
   - Helping all schools across the UK to understand the benefits of engaging with STEM and embedding it within curriculum planning.

You may also want to take a look at STEMNET's interactive story at...

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Help Teens Protect Themselves Online

Help Teens Protect Themselves Online | technologies |
Free download from Microsoft: Linda McCarthys book, Own Your Space: Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online, helps parents and kids learn to avoid the dangers of the Internet.
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Own Your Space is a free ebook aiming to educate teens on internet safety.

The Own Your Space ebook goes into great detail about protecting teens and their online spaces.

Avoiding patronizing language or repetitive safety information, Own Your Space is directed towards tech-savvy teens.

Topics covered include...
- how to stay safe on social networking sites,
- keeping private blogs secure, and
- how to deal with cyberbullies.

A great resource for practitioners providing teens with a comprehensive guide to keeping themselves safe online.

Llandrillo Library's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:14 AM

Written by young people, parents and experts in firewalls, networking and wireless systems, as well as advanced Mac and Firefox users. This is a fresh approach to the topic of esafety, digital citizenship and is for anyone who uses the "Net every day and want to know how to secure their systems, preserve their Net lifestyles, and protect their data"

Tina Jameson's curator insight, September 5, 2013 9:59 PM
Any resource which promotes awareness of the need to be 'cyber space saavy' is worth sharing. I found this link would not open directly on the iPad. Works fine on PC.
Trevor Sokolowski's curator insight, May 12, 2015 7:13 PM

It is our job to teach our youth at a young age the dangers of the internet. Giving your kids your credit cards to use freely on the internet is very stupid and could lead to their future and your future savings being wasted. 

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27 Ways to Refocus a Team

27 Ways to Refocus a Team | technologies |
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Within education there are a huge range of teams that exist; sizes varying considerably.

It's important to keep these teams focused and at times,it's important to get them refocused.

This post, via a graphic by Mia MacMeekin, provides a range of ways this could be achieved.

Those learners on management/Initial Teacher Training courses, and/or those who are already managers, may find this post useful.

Especially when considering stratergies to refocus their teams.

It's also useful for practitioners acting as "guides on the side" with teams of collaborating learners.

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Careers Advice

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A new mobile version of the National Careers Service website has been launched.
Available online via any mobile or tablet device, the new website means people can access top quality advice and guidance on jobs and careers anytime, anywhere.

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Skills for Life Network

Skills for Life Network | technologies |
A web resource for Skills for Life professionals, providing weekly updates on Skills for Life issues, jobs, news, resources and events.
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A must visit for Functional Skills Practitioners; providing news and information resource for everyone with an interest in learning and skills: Skills for Life, Functional Skills, Foundation Learning, Employability Skills, ESOL, Apprenticeships, NVQ's, Advice and Guidance, Professional Development.

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People learners may want to follow | LinkedIn

LinkedIn has recently introduced the ability for members to directly follow over 100 of, what many consider to be, the world’s most influential industry thought leaders; they will be / are sharing content about professional issues and topics.


This provides a new way for learners to tap into the insight and professional advice of leaders from a variety of fields.


It could also be a great way for learners to kickstart their own professional and personal success.


This link enables users to see the people, who are posting content including videos, photos, and Slideshare presentations, who are available for them to follow.


NOTE: this isn’t just one way communication. There’s interaction via a comments section where users can have discussions on LinkedIn or share and discuss the content using social media and/or email.

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Inside Jobs: Choose Your Career

Inside Jobs: Choose Your Career | technologies |

Inside Jobs is a site that offers information about careers and the training required for them.


On Inside Jobs visitors can...

- search for career information by keyword or
- browse through categorized collections of information.


Each career in the list has a short video featuring someone in the industry explaining what they do and how they got into the field.


For USA users, Inside Jobs provides lists of learning providers that offer programs related to the careers that learners are interested in.


Inside Jobs could be a good resource for UK learners who want to learn more about a particular career field.


Learners may...

- discover a career they’ll love;

- Check out job videos,

- explore career options, and

- get inspired to make career choices for their future.

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10 Tips For Learners returning to the FE and Skills Sector (Adult Learners)

10 Tips For Learners returning to the FE and Skills Sector (Adult Learners) | technologies |

The actual title for this IAG post is...

"10 Tips For Students Going Back To School At Any Age"


The post (aimed at USA Learners) offers sound advice, that can be adapted for the UK FE & Skills Sector, for older learners.


Information, Advice & Guidance practitioners may well find this post useful.

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CKUK :: home

CKUK :: home | technologies |

CKUK is ideal for practitioners who teach IT to students with learning difficulties.

CKUK's website provides...

     - CK Click - An Online Magazine;
     - CK SexTalk - Sex & Relationships;
     - CK Respect - Bullying & Hate Crime;
     - CK Works - Self employment Information;
     - CK Grows - Gardening Skills;
     - CK Pose - Drama & the Arts;
     - CK Learn - Learning & Games and more...


Take a look at CKActive for daytime activities.

CKUK provides accessible and interactive information and online learning that can be understood by everyone.

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Moving On

Moving On | technologies |
I'm not sure what made me revisit the BT Resources but I'm glad I did.

Moving On is a free interactive resource from the BT Learning and Skills programme. Designed to help users to learn...

* more about themselves;
* the skills they need in life and work; and
* how best to develop and demonstrate these when they...
o identify jobs that are a good match for their...
+ personality,
+ interests and
+ skills; and
o apply for jobs.

This is done using a mixture of...

* videos;
* online animations; and
* activities.
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Health and Safety for Beginners

Health and Safety for Beginners | technologies |
Health and Safety for Beginners (HSfB) provides...

* health and safety downloads;
* support for health and safety courses;
* toolbox talks;
* careers advice;
* discussion forums and much more...

The added bonus - it's all FREE! - the entire collection of revision aids and downloads are provided to help with various courses, including...

* NEBOSH General Certificate;
* NEBOSH Fire Certificate;
* NEBOSH Diploma;
* NEBOSH Environmental Diploma;
* NVQ 3, 4 & 5;
* MSc;
* PGCE and many more.
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What Employers Want - NIACE

What Employers Want - NIACE | technologies |
Information, advice and activities to support young people to get a job and progress at work. All the material is based on feedback from employers about what they look for when recruiting a young person.
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This website provides information, advice and activities to support young people to get a job and progress at work.

All the material is based on feedback from employers about what they look for when recruiting a young person.  

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Maths Careers

Maths Careers | technologies |
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This comprehensive website answers one basic question for learners — what do you do with a mathematics education?
The site is maintained by The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (UK), a charity which promotes and supports understanding, teaching, research and applications of mathematics.

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Your Life - Showing how science and maths leads to exciting, successful careers

Your Life - Showing how science and maths leads to exciting, successful careers | technologies |
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Your Life brings together business, educators, civil society and government, to show how science and maths leads to exciting, successful careers.

It aims to make the most of all our talents and to grow the number of women in science, technology and engineering.

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DSA - Safe Driving for Life

DSA - Safe Driving for Life | technologies |
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This text-based, no-frills site has some sections that are light on content.
However there is lots of useful information to help visitors to develop and/or improve driving skills.
Separate sections are provided for...
- learners;
- experienced drivers and riders; and
- professionals - such as lorry, taxi and bus drivers.
For learners there is advice on a wide range of topics including...
- finding an instructor to prepare for the driving test; and
- choosing the right car or bike.

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CompassLearning - Learning Profiler

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CompassLearning has created a Learning Profiler that is free to use and the results are easy to share.
The resulting information could be helpful as a starting place for getting to know the learners on a course. It would also go a long way in helping practitioners identify resources and tools that will best meet the needs of individuals.
When learners have finished going through the profiler, they can share their result “badges” with others through a link to the badges, through Facebook, Twitter, email or a printed report.
This would be a good getting-to-know-you activity, at induction, where learners could visually see their similarities displayed.
An alternative, would be a one-to-one session with learners. This would alow practitioners to get additional information from the learners; providing better picture of who they are, what they love, fear, get excited about, etc.
Yes it will take time but the information gleaned will be invaluable!
Try it out.

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StudentMoney | technologies |

Student Comparison Site, Money Guide and Deals - Compare student accounts, money saving tips, loans, overdraft facilities and student deals

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This website is packed with money saving tips for learners, including a loans-repayment calculator.

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Education for Employability (MLD)

These resources, from Northern Ireland Curriculum, has some resources targeting learners with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD).


The five pdf resources, Education for Employability (MLD), include...
- Introduction Education for Employability
- Unit 1 About Me and Work
- Unit 2 Opportunities
- Unit 3 Self-Employment and Social Responsibility
- Unit 4 Transition - Preparation for Post-16

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A new web-site that features a standardised set of data called the Key Information Set (KIS).


The completely revised Unistats web-site provides extensive information for over 31,000 courses in the UK, including...
- student satisfaction ratings,
- graduate salaries and employment,
- tuition fees and
- financial support, and
- the cost of accommodation.


The new KIS data have been collated after consulting students about the information they find most useful when they are choosing higher education courses.


The data for each course link directly to the relevant course webpage, which provides more detail on what the course contains and how it will be taught.

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What Type of Learner Are You? [Infographic]

What Type of Learner Are You? [Infographic] | technologies |

As practitioners will already know, the way that one learner studies may differ from the way that a classmate does, because of their different styles of learning.


The four types are...

- visual learners,
- auditory learners,
- read and write learners, and
- kinesthetics learners.


Each function is clearly illustrated and explained in this infographic produced by


Learning suggestions, and which tests the learner types are likely to excel in better than others, are provided.


This is a helpful guide for...

- IAG Practitioners

- Learners

- Initial Teacher Training

- educators, especially those who are adamant that there is only one way to revise.

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SkillPages | technologies |

SkillPages enables your learners and/or colleagues to get found by anyone anywhere searching for their skill(s).


By demonstrating and sharing theirr skills, expertise or talents on SkillPages.


Talent is no longer restricted by geography.


Telecommuting makes it possible to hire anyone from any part of the globe as long as they have the skills and they are available.


HR departments use every available resource to find the right talent for their organization and SkillPages is a resource, with three million members around the world offering their talent, that IAG practitioners should take a closer look at.

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Home -

Home - | technologies | is a resource for those who want to launch some kind of business by themselves, and/or a non-profit venture.

     - is free,
     - provides information for those who want to...
          - be independent workers,
          - add some extra income to their regular earnings.
     - provides articles with information and guidance on...
          - how to start a business,
          - funding options,
          - lists of mentoring programs,among many other resources.
     - also includes tips on how to balance work and private life.

WebToTheRescue is not a place to just get information, it's more where users can learn about how to create their own business.

NOTE: some content is USA specific and further research may be needed in other countries.

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Discover Engineering

Discover Engineering | technologies |
Discover Engineering provides a portal to...
* hundreds of websites for young engineers. Here they'll find everything they need to know about how to become an engineer; and
* resources for practitioners and advisers.
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