Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
Mahara is an open source ePortfolio and social networking web application, created by the government of New Zealand. It provides users with tools to create and maintain a digital portfolio of their learning and social networking features to allow users to interact with each other. Mahara also features interoperability with moodle.
Vittle is an interesting, an potentially useful, tool. Like “explain everything”, Vittle gives the chance to record, and present, any fascinating facts.
Turn you iPad in to a video whiteboard.
Vittle lets you narrate and annotate your photos and slides to create highly engaging videos.
Your iPad is now your broadcast studio.
Import a PDF from Keynote, PowerPoint, or elsewhere into Vittle. Drop in photos from your camera roll. Hit record, and start talking. It’s that easy.
SimpleMind is a “Mind mapping tool that turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device”. Rather than just making spreading nodes, it is also possible to make links between multiple ideas. There are some limitations in the free version of SimpleMind, but it is worth investigating. (Also available on Android devices).
Not one for everyone this, but if you are wanting to follow, or set up, and lead, an online course, then OpenLearning might be what you need.
OpenLearning: a “student centred online learning platform”. It’s flexible, easy to setup & allows anyone to run a course.
OpenLearning supports student grading, automatically marked quizzes/tests and content distribution all based around a proprietary OpenLearning wiki and comment system, which includes subtle features to keep students motivated. You might be interested in one of the courses available throughout the year, or run on of your own. Largely free ~ worth a try.
When you share your documents, using Draft, any changes a collaborator makes are on their own copy of the document, and you get to accept or ignore each individual change they make.
When you want to compare old drafts, you have a great view to see how your document changed over time.
Import your documents from cloud services like Dropbox, Evernote, Box, Google Drive.
FunBrain is an interesting collection of games to play in different settings, and subjects.
With free educational games, online books, & comics. Funbrain, was created for preschool children, to 14 year olds, offering more than 100 fun, interactive games, developing maths, reading, and literacy skills.
One brilliant feature of FunBrain, is that you can also read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Galactic Hotdogs, SkullDuggery Island, and The Lost Side of Suburbia
Remind (formerly Remind101) could be a very useful app. “A safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents”.
This is one to investigate. For our readers in The U.S., texting can be free. Those outside the U.S. can use email or the app to receive messages. Both are completely free! Get those you want to contact to download the app and opt-in to receive messages with push notifications!
Teachers can send or schedule reminders, assignments, homework, assessments, or motivational messages directly to students’ and parents’ phones
Interactions are “safe” because phone numbers are kept private, and messages are sent with no open replies. Useful?
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Whether it’s an app for making life easier, solving a problem or just an experiment, LiveCode is a great method of developing your next great app.