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DesignCap - Free On-line Poster Maker, Create Your Own Stunning Posters 

DesignCap - Free On-line Poster Maker, Create Your Own Stunning Posters  | technologies |
DesignCap's poster maker allows anyone to create custom posters with lots of templates, clipart, and fonts, etc. in minutes, no advanced graphic skills needed. Try it for free now!
John Dalziel's insight:
Educators can use DesignCap to create educational posters to use in learning environments and/or to share with their learners. 
There are three easy steps... 
  - choose a poster template from the gallery, find the one you like then click on it. 
  - customise the layout and content of the selected poster. Users can change things such as...
   ... poster background,
   ... text fonts,
   ... add clip arts,
   ... upload their own photos ...and many more. 
When the poster is ready users can 
  - share it with others in social media websites, save it to their computer, or print a copy. 
DesignCap is free and doesn't require any software download but users need to sign up if they want to save and share their posters. 
Registration is free. 
Go on, give DesignCap a try and see if you like it.
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FlowVella - Presentation Software | Interactive Presentation Apps

FlowVella - Presentation Software | Interactive Presentation Apps | technologies |
Presentation software for Mac iPad and iPhone. Easiest way to create beautiful presentations.
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FlowVella provides users with a set of professionally-designed templates to choose from. 
These include... 
► video presentations, 
► reports, 
► portfolios, 
► photo galleries 
...and many more. 
With a simple drag and drop users can include photos, videos, sounds, text, GIFs, PDFs and images from major cloud based services like Google Drive and Dropbox right into their Flows. Additionally, FlowVella works offline allowing users to create presentations without Internet connection. 
All their Flows can be shared via a customisable link that works across different devices. Other sharing options include: print via AirPrint, export to PDF, embed link, and share to social media network. Remote presentation is also supported. Users can present straight from their iPad, connect to a projector, or use AirPlay.
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SlideHunter - 4000+ Free Presentation Templates

SlideHunter -  4000+ Free Presentation Templates | technologies |
Download free presentation templates compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint, creative PPT backgrounds and 100% editable slide designs
John Dalziel's insight:

SlideHunter contains a collection of free slide decks. These slides can be downloaded then imported into...
■ PowerPoint,
■ OpenOffice Impress, or
■ Google Slides.
NOTE: for Google Slides users, they can import all of the slides or select just the ones that have the layout they want.
Once they've imported the slide templates users can modify them to fit their needs.
If users just need a piece of artwork or a diagram template, they can find them on SlideHunter too.

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3D Gallery Template from

3D Gallery Template from | technologies |
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I've tried out the Classtools 3D Gallery Generator which enables learners, or others, to create a virtual 3D gallery of images and videos.
Each gallery can have up to ten images and or videos.
Below each image or video users can insert captions to provide explanations of the significance of the visuals in their galleries.
My experiment with this tool can be seen at... ;

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Vertex42 - Excel Templates, Calendars, Calculators and Spreadsheets

Vertex42 - Excel Templates, Calendars, Calculators and Spreadsheets | technologies |
Excel templates, calendars, calculators, spreadsheets, and other Excel solutions for business, home, and educational use.
John Dalziel's insight:

One of the reasons why staying afloat is so challenging, for many learners, is because money, for many, is...
   - such an abstract concept.
   - just numbers on a page, or pieces of paper in a wallet.
Functional Skills, I hear many of you thinking!
But what if that wasn’t the case?
What if learners could easily and accurately visualize their financial health?
Wouldn’t it be great if they knew where their money was, at all times?
Vertex42 has a range of spreadsheets that make this possible), and more (Note: They need adapting for UK use as they use US Dollars not £.

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2010+ Free Powerpoint Templates PPT and Free PowerPoint Backgrounds

2010+ Free Powerpoint Templates PPT and Free PowerPoint Backgrounds | technologies |
FPPT offers free most rated business Power Point templates, PowerPoint background, engineering and medical powerpoint designs, nature PPT and abstract PowerPoint templates
John Dalziel's insight:

Free PowerPoint Templates is a third-party provider of free PowerPoint templates. The website features more than 2000 templates. Users can download templates by browsing through different categories to find free PowerPoint templates related to...
- business,
- finance,
- holidays,
- religion,
- technology,
...and the list goes on.

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Paperkit | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

While many people may still find themselves abstaining from using online grid paper templates, there are certainly a number of benefits associated with doing so.
Practitioners, and/or learners, should keep in mind that Paperkit can provide them with countless variations of their graph, dotted or lined paper templates.
The printable paper is convenient as users don't need any other software (Word or Photoshop) to generate it . Whether they need to write something down, draw a sketch or a wireframe they can easily adjust the paper to their needs.
It also saves learners purchasing reams of paper when they only need a few sheets.

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GeneratedPaper: Over 40 templates

GeneratedPaper: Over 40 templates | technologies |
free printable papers for the daily use
John Dalziel's insight:

Generated Paper is a free to use web service that allows users to download and print various kinds of papers for free.
Mainly covering special papers used by professionals from various fields.
Categories are shown at the top of the page.
By clicking on the desired category users view all the relevant papers available.
Papers are downloaded in PDF file format.
Some pages have a customise button on top of the paper thumbnail images.

Clicking on this customise button will enable users to set their preferences.

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UltraSlideshow Lite

UltraSlideshow Lite | technologies |

UltraSlideshow Lite is a program that lets users create flash slideshows easily and for free.


Users can, beware of copyright, use their own digital music files and photos and combine them using a favourite slideshow template or manual creation.


Professional video-editing tools such as titles, frames and transitions are also available. 


The resulting flash slideshows can be exported as SWF, HTML, or XML so they can embed in websites, blogs, vles, some ePortfolios or watched offline.

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Formatively - Fast and Free MLA and APA Formating

Formatively - Fast and Free MLA and APA Formating | technologies |

Format your entire paper in MLA and/or APA format. Automatically generate cover pages, outlines, essays, and works cited pages for free. Automatic MLA Format Template.

John Dalziel's insight:
For readers of this post who are not familiar with Formatically it is a very easy to use platform that helps learners and practitioners format their coursework essays and papers in MLA (Modern Language Association) format. 
The whole process is simple and easy. 
Formatively provides users with an MLA format template where they will add their data and follow directions to generate a properly MLA formatted paper. 
NOTE: There is also an automatic formatting tool for APA (American Psychological Association) style which is still in beta phase. 
It enables users to format their papers in APA style the same way they would do with MLA mentioned above. 
Besides MLA and APA formatting features, Formatically features other interesting sources to help learners with their academic writing. 
These include... 
● written formatting guides, 
● essay writing help, and 
● a few short videos. 
Potential users should be aware that as a Fremium tool, Formatically has... 
● a "basic version" with limited features and 
● a "pro version" with more features. 
Another one worth a closer look!
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The Teacher Toolkit

The Teacher Toolkit | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:
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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MockDrop | technologies |
Free online device mockup images. Select your screenshot and drop it on the mockups.
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Ideal for enhancing images for presentations and more...

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SmileTemplates - Free PowerPoint Templates & Backgrounds

SmileTemplates - Free PowerPoint Templates & Backgrounds | technologies | - free PowerPoint templates and backgrounds. We have the best collection for PowerPoint presentations ready for download.
John Dalziel's insight:

Try something new with professional graphics and high-quality free PowerPoint templates from SmileTemplates.
Categories include...
   - Abstract
   - Business
   - Education
   - Finance
   - Food & Drink
   - Health & Recreation
   - Industry & Production
   - Legal
   - Medical
   - Military
   - Nature
   - People
   - Real Estate
   - Religion & Holidays
   - Science
   - Sports
   - Technology
   - Transportation
The PowerPoint templates provided are easy to use.
Just select a free or an inexpensive design of your choice, and you'll be guided through the easy process of downloading and saving it to your computer.

Szymon Mantey's curator insight, January 19, 2015 2:29 PM

ulalala szykuje nam się darwmowy powerpoint nowej firmy ktora wproawdza swoj produkt... sweet!

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Incompetech: Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs

Incompetech: Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Every STEM learner, and/or practitioner, that I know needs graph paper.
If you're one of those people and find yourself running short on graph paper or you need a graph paper that is different from what's available, try Incompetech.
Incompetech offers more than forty different graph and lined paper templates. The offerings from Incompetech even includes sheet music ledger.

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Search and download 1,000s of free Office templates for CVs, spread sheets, calendars, presentations, brochures, certificates, labels, business cards & more.
John Dalziel's insight:

Most people, learners, practitioners & other stakeholders, consider this web presence / Microsoft portal to be a place to download PowerPoint templates and that too is mostly done via the PowerPoint application.
However, doesn't just provide free PowerPoint templates, it also offers a plethora of clipart, icons, symbols and photos for presentations.

It also provides links to partner websites which offer everything from animations to royalty free music, all of which can be a great resource for those creating presentations.

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Blugraphic | Vector & Psd Freebies : Templates, Mock-ups, Websites, Icons

Blugraphic | Vector & Psd Freebies : Templates, Mock-ups, Websites, Icons | technologies |
Download free psd files, patterns, textures, templates, mock-ups, icons, ui kits, ui elements, buttons, banners and other psd freebies
John Dalziel's insight:

All files on this website are completely free, practitioners & learners can use them anywhere in their projects.
However, if they are looking to re-post any freebies on a website, they should link back to the blog.
Wassim, who has provided the resources, prefers an Anchor text link to specific pages and asks users NOT TO LINK DIRECTLY TO THE DOWNLOAD LINK.

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Interface Builder for Web Apps - Divshot

Interface Builder for Web Apps - Divshot | technologies |
Divshot is a revolutionary drag-and-drop interface builder that exports to clean HTML and CSS.
John Dalziel's insight:

Divshot is a web service that is currently offering its services for free; the site states that it will be introducing premium plans soon.
Using this website, practitioners and learners are able to setup the visual interface for their HTML5 web apps or webpages within minutes.
A number of template options are provided, each time a new page is added. When users are finished with their interface, they can use Divshot’s options to either download the entire project as a ZIP archive or simply copy the code of their current interface.

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Printable Calendar

Printable Calendar | technologies |

Printable Calendar is a utility providing a clean, simple calendar that you can print in your web browser.


By default, when users visit the Printable Calendar’s homepage, they will see a view of the current month’s dates. Month and year can then be changed and update the calendar to reflect the selections.


A Print button lets users print out the calendar just like they would any other page.

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