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Youtube

Youtube

Tool: Youtube

Website: www.youtube.com

Rating: 412stars

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A key learning resource and a place for anyone to share their own video content. YouTube is filled with fantastic video footage on practically every imaginable topic. Videos are a fantastic way of enhancing lessons as meaningful footage, graphics and sound effects can evoke even more interest in the subject.

Usage

YouTube can also be used in conjunction with other commonly used programs such as Microsoft PowerPoint. By simply copying the URL of the YouTube clip and pasting it onto the PowerPoint slide then hitting the space bar you will access the live link and view the video directly from the slide – this allows for a blended learning experience. You Tube clips can be used to promote classroom discussions, this is a robust approach to teaching which allows students to create, edit and upload and discuss their own videos is an even more powerful application of teaching.

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YouTube is an ad-funded video-hosting service and is free to use. However, in the U.S, it is currently trialling YouTube Red which is a paid membership that gives you Ad-free videos, options to save videos and playlists for offline use and free Google Play Music subscription. Anyone with a digital camera or video camera and internet connection can create, upload and share their own videos on YouTube, to use this as an educational tool can be a challenge and a thrill for students. YouTube is a publishing tool and a video hosting service.

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Pocket

Pocket

Tool: Pocket

Website: www.getpocket.com

Rating: 4-stars

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Pocket, previously known as Read It Later, is an application and service for managing a reading list of articles from the Internet. It enables the collation of web content (articles, videos, pictures) that a user wants to watch and read.

Usage

Pocket allows the user to save an article or web page to the cloud for later reading. The article is then sent to the user’s Pocket list (synced to all of their devices) for offline reading. Pocket removes clutter from articles and allows user to adjust text settings for easier reading. User can share the articles e.g. via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter.

Review

Reviewing the Pocket resources requires the Internet connection. The User needs to create an account. Pocket profile can be integrated with Google. For iOS and Android devices, there is dedicated app. For Windows Phone user can install a free Pocket client Poki. If there is no dedicated application – Pocket’s web version is available. Very useful tool as it is a Place, where user (students) discovers, saves and recommends web content worth to visit.

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Flipboard

Flipboard

Tool: Flipboard

Website: www.flipboard.com

Rating: 4-stars

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Flipboard is a social-network aggregation, magazine-format mobile app localized in more than 20 languages. It collects content from social media and other websites, and presents it in magazine format.

Usage

Flipboard allows users to “flip” through their social-networking feeds and feeds from websites that have partnered with the company. Flipboard can be used as a source of information and inspiration, not as a course development tool. It allows users to collect stories, images, videos into own magazine and manage all created magazines in a convenient dashboard at https://editor.flipboard.com/. Users can share the articles via e.g e-mail, Twitter, Facebook.

Review

Access to the service is free. Apps for IOS, Android and Windows Phone mobile devices are available without any charge. The tool is easy to access as reviewing the Flipboard resources is possible via browser or dedicated apps and requires an Internet connection. User needs to create an account to login to the service or the user can integrate an account with Facebook, Twitter, Google. Flipboard is comparable to a personal magazine, which lets to keep up on the news, follow topics, magazines and people user finds interesting. Additionally, it is possible to share stories, videos and photos that are worth to follow.

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Pinterest

Pinterest

Tool: Pinterest

Website: www.pinterest.com

Rating: 4-stars

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Printerest is a thematic social networking service available as a free website or downloadable for mobile devices as a dedicated app.  It is a visual bookmarking tool that helps discover and save creative ideas.

Usage

In Pinterest users can upload, save, sort, and manage images and other media content through collections known as pinboards. It is possible to browse the content and share everything that’s important to him/her. Pinterest offers a virtual pinboard where can be added new articles or images from the web, according to own interests. In this way the user can organize and plan his/her web activity and share favourite articles, pictures and info with colleagues. Content can also be found outside of Pinterest and similarly uploaded to a board via the “Pin It” button, which can be downloaded to the bookmark bar on a web browser, or be implemented by a webmaster directly on the website. Some websites include red and white “pin it” buttons on items, which allow Pinterest users to pin them directly. There is also a possibility to send a pin to other Pinterest users and email accounts through the “Send” button.

Review

Using the tool on devices with iOS and Android is available by app or in case of Windows Phone by the external app Pin.it  (the developer of this app is not associated with Pinterest). Users can use Pinterest via browser. An account is required to use the tool.

It is a great tool as it is easy to set up, interesting to use and free. Students can relate to this app as it is considered a mainstream social media platform, so incorporating it into education is relevant and interesting for the student.
With Pinterest user can view, store and share different type on information collected created on the pinboards.

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Piktochart

Piktochart

Tool: Piktochart

Website: www.piktochart.com

Rating: 4-stars

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Piktochart is an online tool for creating infographics. Combining charts, graphs, text, and graphics, users can easily assemble and present information using the drag-and-drop interface. Users choose a template, or theme, and then fill it with their own information. Using Piktochart’s bank of icons, images, fonts, and other design tools, organizing and sharing information can be fun and engaging. Icons and images are organized by subject, including education, entertainment, people, and shapes. Once completed, each template can be saved for future editing, and the finished product can be exported as a PNG, JPEG, or PDF file. The free user version can work on up to five themes at a time. The education pricing for an individual  is 35 euros for 12 months or 110euros for 30 accounts for 4 months. The paid accounts offer a larger range of features and templates.

Usage

Picktochart can be used by students to learn concepts of grouping, graphing, and visually representing pieces of information. By putting together a Picktochart infographic, they will interpret data and then create a combination of text, images, and charts or graphs to share with others. Furthermore by discovering what’s visually appealing to their audience, students will improve their awareness of how other people learn thereby helping them with future presentations. Educators can use it in their lesson plans and in-class presentations. Used well, it can distil information into understandable chunks and students should respond well to its sleek design.

Review

“Piktochart templates are set up to work well with all kinds of data, and students will be excited once they see their own research looking so slick and professional. The design is fantastic, with modern, charming icons and fonts, and it’s not too difficult to make seriously high-quality infographics with Piktochart. That said, it’s not totally intuitive, and the guidance offered can be confusing. But if they poke around enough, students will figure out how to use Piktochart for school projects, class presentations, and maybe even just for fun.”-Teacher

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Thing Link

Thing Link

Tool: Thing Link

Website: www.thinglink.com

Rating: 4-stars

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Thing Link is tool that allows educators and students embed audio, video and rich media links directly in images and share them across the web. This tool is free to use and very simple to operate. An effective tool encourages interactive thinking and collaborating. In the classroom, setting it can be efficiently incorporated into group work and every day teaching plans as a way to engage students. Thinglink is a cloud-based tool so there is no need to download and install software with files being on a specific computer. Due to this, users can access the service through multiple devices using several operating systems. Products are stored on the ThingLink site so students or educators do not necessarily need a web site to publish however the option to share to social media or other websites is featured and can be utilised if need be. Furthermore, ThingLink supports multiple languages, including English, French, Japanese, Finnish, Spanish, Chinese, Swedish, Italian, Hindi, Russian, Portuguese, German and Polish making it a diversely useful tool.

Usage

ThingLink can be used by teachers or students to designate parts of sites or pages with pictures and videos that will produce a pop-up with a description and or a link to something else on the web when they are scrolled over. To do this students and educators use rich media tags to incorporate links to other sources such as YouTube, wiki,etc. By doing this educators and students make static images interactive and henceforth learning becomes more engaging. ThingLink also allow users to track analytics of the images and links that they have shared so users can keep track of how their images/videos have been received.  ThingLink is easy to set up for all major web publishing and blogging platforms, including WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Wikispaces and Drupal., ThingLink offers plans targeting education with a free plan that is very adequate for educational purposes and very easy to access. Sign up and account creation is straightforward and can be done ahead of time by educators on behalf of students. The design interface requires little training and is very simplistic in design.

Review

“Students can create, collaborate and communicate and engage in critical thinking and problem solving. It is an amazing tool that is transforming teaching and learning. It’s a tool that can be used for annotating images and defining through multimedia, students can use mobile apps for iOS and Android to quickly capture life’s moments with wifi and overall it helps students develop 21st century skills.”- EdTech

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Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate

Tool: Adobe Captivate

Website: www.adobe.com/products/captivate.html

Rating: 4-stars

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Adobe Captivate is a rapid responsive authoring tool that is used for creating eLearning content such as software demonstrations, software simulations, branched scenarios, and randomized quizzes in Small Web Formats (swf) and HTML5 formats. It can also convert Adobe Captivate generated files formats (swf) to digital MP4 (.mp4) formats which can be played with media players or uploaded to video hosting websites. It can also be used to create screencasts, and to convert Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to swf and HTML5 formats. They do offer a teacher and student price that can purchase the license for 412.50 euros.

Usage

This tool is valuable as it has a responsive design. This means that from a single project, users can create eLearning content that can be viewed across multiple devices such as tablets, phones, and laptops. Furthermore it allows for HTML5 publishing which fully supports publishing to HTML5 formats. It also creates a rapid eLearning authoring environment that allows users to create eLearning material without having any knowledge of coding. It has rich multimedia capability and includes an extensive range of assets that users can add to their courses. Moreover it provides an easy quizzing platform,  thereby providing interest and interactivity to an eLearning course. Scoring is also supported. All courses produced can be published to any SCORM-compliant LMS.

Review

The program is intuitive and allows for a strong layering of effects, graphics, and outputs well. It handles all media typically used for computer-based training, and the end result is high quality. It is an easy program to learn quickly (though not within an hour and probably not for a novice) and once the program is understood, is able to produce very complex interactions. “Overall the program is fantastic to work with.” –Trevor S.- Review G2Crowd

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Go Conqr

Go Conqr

Tool: Go Conqr

Website: www.goconqr.com

Rating: 4-stars

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GoConqr is a personal learning environment that allows students & teachers to create and share learning resources. GoConqr includes tools to create Mind Maps, Flashcards, Notes and Quizzes. The tool facilitates study planning and monitoring of progress in real time it also including collaboration features, allowing one to connect with study partners to share knowledge. All of above should help make studying easier and more productive. This software is relatively easy to access and use. They offer three packages as well as an app that is downloadable to android and iOS devices. The three packages are; the basic package which allows you to create 3 subjects and a total of 20 resources, secondly the basic+ which allows you to create unlimited subjects and unlimited public resources by referring 3 friends to GoConqr and finally a premium package that gives you the ability to create private resources and go ad free for £9.99 per year. Overall, the software is user friendly and very interactive.

Usage

This is a powerful tool for both students and educators. There is a suite of creation tools on offer including; engaging Mind Maps, Flashcards, Slides and Quizzes. It succeeds in making study a more immersive and imaginative experience. There is a library of 4 million learning resources covering thousands of subject categories across multiple languages and exam levels. In addition, there are interactive collaboration option such as the ability to set up or join a community, invite friends and collaborate with peers. Either one can choose to share creations of one’s own, or those of other learners and publicly published resources are free to use, copy, edit and share.

Review

“It’s a very good app! I can use it for all my exam revision. But if you could create an update where we can create cards, mind maps etc. straight on our devices that would be awesome.” ITunes Review of app.

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Ted Ed

Ted Ed

Tool: TED Ed

Website: www.ed.ted.com

Rating: 4-stars

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TED is a global community that aims to spread ideas. In order to do that it offers a set of freely available videos featuring talks by knowledgeable, interesting and respected figures covering almost all topics. Its newest initiative is TED’s education, which is intended to raise the voices and ideas of teachers and students.  All TED talks are available for free in the form of short and powerful videos (usually 18 minutes or less).

Usage

TED offers a highly responsive search facility to search its talks based on topics, languages and duration. It is convenient to use and allows the viewer to search and select the talk which best suits their needs or interests. In addition, its functionality “Surprise Me” allows the viewer to let TED select a talk of a previously specified kind.

Review

As TED is an online application, it needs internet connection. However, it allows you to download a talk in MP4 format, which let you see the videos even offline. You do not need to login in order to use TED but if you do it you will have a more personalized experience.

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Ed Puzzle

Ed Puzzle

Tool: Ed Puzzle

Website: www.edpuzzle.com

Rating: 412stars

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This is a web application that enables teachers and students to teach and learn through videos, voiceovers, audio notes and embbeded questions and quizzes.

Usage

Teachers will be able to build video-based courses using straighforward and intuitive easy to use video editor. Crop interesting parts of videos to explain the topic under teaching, insert audio tracks to explain the video in your own language and approach, embed audio notes for introductory comments, conclusions, remarks and add quizzes for formative assessment anytime during the video to check students understanding and to know whether they are watching your lessons.

Review

EdPuzzle is a great tool which is 100% free. It is Provided as web service and an internet connection is required which could make it difficult to use without broadband connection due to video-based technology (e.g. LAN, Wifi). The output of the tool is rich media learning resource, which can be crafted from public repositories (e.g. Youtube videos, Vimeo videos) or local files (which are stored and streamed from publisher hosts) Learning content can be adjusted by cropping interesting parts of videos. It also provides a platform for including interactive videos for teachers and students and teachers are able to enrich video content with audio tracks, notes and quizzes. Overall this is an effective learning tool with unlimited space quoted for videos, classes and students.

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