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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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ClassFlow - Next Generation Lesson Delivery Software 

ClassFlow - Next Generation Lesson Delivery Software  | technologies | Scoop.it
Download ClassFlow for your Classroom, the next generation lesson delivery software for interactive whiteboards.
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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 https://www.youtube.com/embed/DSvdZNlVmVg ;
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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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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Web Literacy - Mozilla Learning

Web Literacy - Mozilla Learning | technologies | Scoop.it
We want more people to see themselves as citizens of the web. The Mozilla Learning Network offers programs and a global community dedicated to helping people learn the most important skills of our age: the ability to read, write and participate in the digital world.
John Dalziel's insight:
Web Literacy provides an initial framework that examines the entry-level web literacy skills (participate, read and write) and 21s century learning skills (problem solving, communication, creativity and collaboration). These skills are presented in a visual map which practitioners can explore by simply clicking on a given skill and they will be provided with more information about it including things such as definitions and activities to use in learning environments with learners. Each activity comes with a set of instructions on how to use it with learners together with a detailed overview of the web literacy and 21st century skills it attempts to teach.
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The Teacher Toolkit

The Teacher Toolkit | technologies | Scoop.it
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TheTeacherToolkit hosts a range of engaging techniques for effective teaching. 
I think it's fair to say that it targets Learners on Educator Certification courses, the USA's equivalent of Initial Teacher Training. 
The practitioners and learners seen on this website are from the Central Texas area and are all successful graduates of their program. 
For every tool on the website, visitors will find... 
 ► An explanation of how and when to use it 
 ► A template they can use to implement the tool 
 ► A place to take notes about how you use each tool (NOTE: this one is available if visitors register on the website) 
TheTeacherToolkit is also adding videos that will show visitors the strategies in action. 
Tool Categories include... 
 ► Classroom Management 
 ► Opening Activities 
 ► Checks for Understanding 
 ► Reading Strategies 
 ► Games 
 ► Closing Activities 
...and more. 
A should take a closer look website!
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Bedtime Maths — fun, real world, mathematics activities

Bedtime Maths — fun, real world, mathematics activities | technologies | Scoop.it

Helping learners love maths!

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Bedtime Math provides fun, real world, mathematics activities for elementary school and middle school learners and, although the activities are designed for learners to do at home with their parents, they could also be used/adapted for older learners.
The Bedtime Maths activities incorporate common household objects. In addition to the written maths lessons Bedtime Maths has a few math videos that practitioners may want to check out.

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Fifty Things To Do before you're 11¾

Fifty Things To Do  before you're 11¾ | technologies | Scoop.it
National Trust project for children to achieve badges for completing 50 tasks
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50 Things to do Before You’re 11¾ is an inspiring project to help youngsters become more active during the summer holidays - and the website is well-designed and fun to use (with parental support).
One for Family Learning I feel.

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Surfkollen: What do you know about your online activity?

Surfkollen: What do you know about your online activity? | technologies | Scoop.it

Surfkollen is a Swedish add-on for either Firefox or Chrome. 

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Surfkollen is a Swedish add-on for either Firefox or Chrome. It analyzes the last 7 days of your online activity, and presents the results on a slick, colourful graph. Surfkollen can only analyze the last 7 days, so the insights you can get from at it at the moment are a bit limited.
However If you’re anything like me, a single week can easily represent your typical surfing habits.

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Form Time Ideas - Tutor group activities

Form Time Ideas - Tutor group activities | technologies | Scoop.it

Ideas and activities to keep learners engaged. A fresh set of activities is generated each time you visit.

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Encourage Functional Skills learners to access "Form Time Ideas" frequently.
Form Time Ideas is a simple, but useful website, from secondary Maths teacher Jonathan Hall.
It offers a random selection of activities that practitioners can use during face-2-face sessions (or any other appropriate times). Refreshing the site offers a completely new set of random activities.
The menu bar at the top also allows practitioners to just show the Literacy or Maths activities, links to the latest news or a ‘Name that Flag’ challenge.

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Dorian Love's curator insight, November 20, 2013 1:22 AM

What a great idea!

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Help your child's maths | Oxford Owl

Help your child's maths | Oxford Owl | technologies | Scoop.it
Oxford Owl: Help your child’s maths with free advice and activities. All from Oxford University Press.
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Oxford Owl is a collection of free children’s...

- Maths eBooks
- Literacy eBooks, with maths on every page,
- Games; and
- Activity Sheets
... for learners ages 3-5 and 5-7.
These fun games, activities and resources are designed to help young learners enjoy maths, practise maths skills and help to build their confidence.

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BP Educational Service

BP Educational Service | technologies | Scoop.it
The BP Educational Service (BPES) provides free curriculum-linked teaching resources for primary and secondary schools and colleges.
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I've posted in the past about BP Educational Services who provide a large range of curriculum-linked teaching resources targeting primary and secondary schools.
Ideal for practitioners is such learning providers and/or those on Initial Teacher Training Courses.
I try to revisit such website and, on one such visit, found the site has recently been redesigned and features hundreds of...
- lesson plans,
- videos and
- online activities,
...most of which are related to Science, Design & Technology and Geography.
Registration is required to access the resources, but this is free.

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Games and fun for learners from UK museums, galleries, heritage and science centres

Games and fun for learners from UK museums, galleries, heritage and science centres | technologies | Scoop.it
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Show Me has lots of games, activities and resources from different UK...

- museums,

- galleries,

- heritage and

- science centres.

It’s a great resource for Family Learning Practitioners that's well worth exploring!

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CERT's curator insight, May 15, 2013 4:12 AM

Some great ideas to practice in the classroom as well! 

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Heritage Explorer - Home

Heritage Explorer - Home | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Heritage Explorer site, lets users search their database of over 9,000 images and find curriculum related resources, to use or adapt for their learners.
These resources will be of interest to practitioners looking for History resources.
Users also have access to...
- images by themes;
- teaching activities;
- whiteboard lessons...
...and more.

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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.
John Dalziel's insight:
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. 
Check out Be Internet Awesome to explore the rest of the resources that are available.
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The Concord Consortium - hundreds of free research-based resources

The Concord Consortium - hundreds of free research-based resources | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Concord Consortium provides hundreds of free resources that are research-based, and available to use today. 
The Concord Consortium helps Educational Practitioners find the right resources for their learning goals. 
Educational Practitioners just need to sign up to... 
  - create classes,
  - assign activities,
  - track student progress, 
...and more. 
Users can...
  - search by keyword or
  - Browse using a range of filters. 
Many of the resources available are part of collections created by Concord Consortium's various research projects. 
Each collection has specific learning goals within the context of a larger subject area. 
Note: Educational Practitioners can find out more at https://concord.org/ where they can also... 
  - subscribe to the eNews updates via email
  - read commentary on the latest developments in education and technology at Concord Consortium's blogs. 
Cons: Some activities are Java-based and hard to use in some Learning Environments. 
A "should take a closer look" for all STEM/STEAM Practitioners.
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TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games on the App Store

TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games on the App Store | technologies | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games. Download TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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TinyTap has released Talk or Type a new feature that enables practitioners to create voice-based activities that allow learners to answer by speaking or typing. 
Practitioners can use Talk or Type in a wide variety of educational activities and it can also be helpful when creating elements for learners who haven’t yet learned how to write, or are learning to pronounce new languages or practicing speech exercises. 
Watch the tutorial at http://www.tinytap.it/activities/g1xu8/play/talk-or-type-tutorial to learn more about how to use this new feature from TinyTap.
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Mozilla Learning - helping people to read, write and participate in the digital world.

We want more people to see themselves as citizens of the web. The Mozilla Learning Network offers programs and a global community dedicated to helping people learn the most important skills of our age: the ability to read, write and participate in the digital world.
John Dalziel's insight:
Mozilla Learning Network... 
 ► provides a wide range of web literacy materials to help education stakeholders incorporate the digital skills of the 21st century learning. 
  ► offers free resources that include programs, tools, guides, and step-by step teaching activities that they can use in learning environments with learners to help them develop an ability to read, write and participate in an openly networked world.
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Matific - Maths activities

Matific - Maths activities | technologies | Scoop.it

Matific develops mathematical excellence and problem solving skills through playful interaction. Matific catalog features hundreds of math games and activities, organized according to national maths teaching programs and popular textbooks.

John Dalziel's insight:

Matific is an excellent maths application that provides games and activities designed specifically to help learners develop mathematical and problem solving skills.
NOTE: Membership (at the time of posting this - Feb 2016) varies from £3.33 per month for 3 months to £1.83 per month for 12 months

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BrainRush - Adaptive Learning Games

BrainRush - Adaptive Learning Games | technologies | Scoop.it
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BrainRush allows practitioners to set up virtual classrooms, assign any BrainRush to any learner and monitor their activity and progress in real time.
Practitioners can also differentiate their lesson plans by assigning remedial or advanced work based on unique learner needs.
BrainRrush library has zillions of BrainRushes, covering just about any topic.
If users can’t find what they’re looking for, they can create their own anytime.
NOTE: I'd advise practitioners check each Brainrush before assigning to learners because of "Cultural differences" e.g. the use of a comma before "and" in the USA but not in UK

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BrainRush allows practitioners to set up virtual classrooms, assign any BrainRush to any learner and monitor their activity and progress in real time.
Practitioners can also differentiate their lesson plans by assigning remedial or advanced work based on unique learner needs.
BrainRrush library has zillions of BrainRushes, covering just about any topic.
If users can’t find what they’re looking for, they can create their own anytime.
NOTE: I'd advise practitioners check each Brainrush before assigning to learners because of "Cultural differences" e.g. the use of a comma before "and" in the USA but not in UK

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Engage: Engaging Science

Engage: Engaging Science | technologies | Scoop.it
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ENGAGE is a new project from the science upd8 team, bringing up-to-date science into learning environments across Europe.
At the time of writing this, they offered two new activities to get learners talking and thinking:
   - Car Wars: It's 2020, and these fun activities get learners comparing pros and cons of different fuels to choose a new car
   - Grow your own body: help learners apply knowledge of cells and organs and get-up-to-speed with the exciting technology of lab-grown organs

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DocsTeach

DocsTeach | technologies | Scoop.it
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Finding Primary sources (those were first-hand created in a given period of time and never undergone any kind of editing or distortion) often isn't easy
Docs Teach, from The National Archive, allows practitioners to create primary source activities for their learners.
It provides seven activity-creation tools that can help learners to develop historical thinking skills and gets them thinking like historians.
With these 7 tools to choose from, practitioners can find and insert primary sources and customize an activity to meet the needs of their learners.
To find primary source documents practitioners can use the search functionality on the right hand side.

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JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER

JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Japanese Science and Technology Center currently offers nine science lessons. The list of lessons and activities covers topics in...
- physics,
- biology,
- psychology,
- geography, and
- space science.
Each virtual lesson...
- presents a manageable chunk of information followed by activities in which learners are tasked to use that information.
- has multiple parts (some have 20+ parts) and multiple activities.
- is appropriate for middle/secondary school use.
Some lessons offer more depth than others, but all of the activities offer excellent content.

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Help your child’s reading with free tips & free ebooks | Oxford Owl

Help your child’s reading with free tips & free ebooks | Oxford Owl | technologies | Scoop.it
Oxford Owl: Help your child’s reading with free tips, phonics support, free ebooks, and the latest reading news. All from Oxford University Press.
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Oxford Owl is a collection of free children’s ebooks for learners ages 3-11. Each ebook has accompanying audio so that learners can choose to read along, or read independently. The books also have activities focusing on reading comprehension and story recall. There are several options for filtering the ebooks including by...
- age,
- book type, and
- by series.
As well as the eBooks visitors will find...
- activities and recommendations for each age group,
- games to print and play, and
- online games with characters from the books and site.
NOTE: Oxford Owl is flash-based. Not ideal at all for a learning environment full of iPads. Luckily, there are solutions. There are several Flash Browsers that you can download for the iPad to view flash content. My current preference is Photon.

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FlashMaths.co.uk - Maths starters, activities and games

FlashMaths.co.uk - Maths starters, activities and games | technologies | Scoop.it
A huge collection of maths starters, activities and games designed to aid the teaching of maths lessons in and out of the classroom.
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One for Functional Maths Practitioners - 

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Added by my on Jan, 27th , 2015

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Teaching Packs

Teaching Packs | technologies | Scoop.it
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And here is one for Primary School and/or Family Learning Practitioners and more...
Teaching Packs offers complete packs of resources linked to different topics.
Each pack has a wide range of resources, including...
- eBooks (to share with the class on a large display or for use in guided / independent reading),
- audio quizzes,
- activity sheets and
- display resources.
At the time of curation, the range of packs on offer included...
- The Times Tables Pack (with fourteen audio multiplication quizzes),
- The Punctuation Pack (with a guide to all types of punctuation and lots of activities) and
- The Pirates Pack (including a 30 page eBook and lots of related resources).
There is a small charge for them and learning providers can buy packs on an individual basis or subscribe to the site to access every pack.
We are assured that the site will be growing over the coming months, with new packs added as quickly as they can be made!

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