Picsart - photo editing app
Picsart, is a free photo editing app for iOS or Android powered phone or tablet. It allows editing pictures directly on the smartphone through its various tools. It can be used both on the pictures stored in the device memory and on the pictures uploaded to one’s social media accounts (Facebook, Flickr, etc.)
The app is available on Amazon, in the Google store and in the iPhone app store.
See the page http://picsart.com/terms about ownership and distribution rights.
For awards and topics related to Picsart content, also see the blog http://blog.picsart.com/
Teaching Channel is a video showcase — on the Internet and TV — of inspiring and effective teaching practices in US schools. It has a rapidly growing community of registered members who trade ideas and share inspiration from each other. With the help of the Tch community, its mission is to revolutionize how teachers learn, connect, and inspire each other to improve the outcomes for all K-12 students across the US (K-12 stands for: "from Kindergarten (K) for 4–6-year-olds through twelfth grade (12) for 18–19-year-olds or in other words it generally coincides with European Primary and Secondary education).
In order to accomplish its mission, there are three simple goals, all of them reliant on input from teachers:
• Build professional learning resources that teachers want
• Deepen and improve opportunities for teacher learning
• Elevate and celebrate teachers in our society
Teaching Channel videos are produced by a team of professionals — a collaborative effort between video production experts, education advisors, and the classroom teachers themselves, but it is important to note that Teaching Channel does not determine or influence the content taught in its videos.
The video library offers educators a wide range of subjects for grades K-12. The videos also include information on alignment with Common Core State Standards and ancillary material for teachers to use in their own classrooms.
Teaching Channel Presents is a weekly one-hour TV program that features Teaching Channel videos, it is broadcast only in the United States.
Teaching Channel is somewhat similar to the UK's Teacher TV channel that ceased to exist in 2009.
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The resources listed in this article, appeared at the beginning of 2013 on the website of OpenCulture, are found in a variety of formats: video lessons, apps, books, websites, etc.
They cover a wide range of topics, from language learning to narrative, from Mathematics and Sciences to Art and Visual Culture, from Geography and History to Music and Philosophy.
Every resource appears in the list categorised by topic and/or format and with a few-words description giving an idea of its characteristics and peculiarities.
Xtramath is a free web based Math facts fluency program that helps students master basic mathematical skills.
Xtramath can be used by parents with their children at home or by teachers with their students in the classroom or as homework. Student activities are simple and straight forward and are designed to take only a few minutes each day. Parents and teachers regularly receive progress reports in email and more detailed reports can be accessed online at any time. The program is designed to be easy to use in the classroom. It organises students on shared classroom computers. Teachers can set up a class in few minutes
The program can be accessed from any internet connected computer.
Tubechop is an online resource that allows to easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video and share it via a link, an embed code or through the main social networks. The chopped section can be rated and commented.
This resource can be useful to take out interesting or relevant sections from longer videos and start a discussion also via the possibility to post comments.
Knowmia - video lessons database
Knowmia is a video lessons database. It contains more than 8000 lessons on a wide range of subjects from all sort of sources and with teachers' help to make each lessons properly tagged and easily searchable. Teachers using the tools offered by Knowmia can create lessons for their own class but also contribute these lessons to the greater community. Some teachers use lessons from Knowmia in the classroom while others assign them to students as homework.
MyKnowmia is one of the tools of this database and it is described as the place where students and teachers can see and access their classes and assignment. For students, that's where they go to view and do assignments. For teachers, that's where they go to create, assign and monitor assignments. Most of the home assignment tools will be launched soon and are not available just yet. Home assignments can be personalised and it is possible to monitor students’ progresses.
Flat World Knowledge - free textbooks
Flat World Knowledge is a large college textbook publishing company that allows students to read and share entire textbooks online for free. It develops and publishes peer-reviewed expert-authored college textbooks under a Creative Commons license.
This online library contains a comprehensive selection of books across disciplines including Business & Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Professional and Applied Sciences, and Mathematics. The books are available for free online but can also be made portable and used across many digital devices or printed with a premium option, the All-Access Pass.
Flat World Knowledge offers several other possibilities too:
• teachers can adopt online books to use them in the classroom or can have students get their own printed copy (normally for a fraction of the normal textbook prices)
• books are open and can be reviewed, customised and reshared
• study aid tools such as key term flashcards, practice quizzes and audio guided study aids to help students succeed.
BurningWell - public domain images
BurningWell is a repository for public domain images. Basically, this means that it is allowed to use the images freely for any purpose, commercial or private. It is not necessary to pay or to acknowledge or give credit to the photographer or to the website. When recognizable people appear in any of the images, the photographers have obtained a "model release" and assigned all rights to the public domain. This allows the images to be used in any manner, including advertising.
Most of the images are donated by photographers (both professional and private) from around the world who believe that great images should be shared.
BurningWell started in 2006 and contains today more than 1400 images.
N.B.: the search engine redirects to another website containing many images (over 6000) but most of them are not for free.
Albums on the website:
• Album: Upload
• Album: Activities
• Album: Animals and Bugs
• Album: Cityscapes
• Album: Landscapes
• Album: Objects
• Album: People
• Album: Plants
• Album: Textures
• Album: Artwork
SnagLearning - educational video
SnagLearning features high-quality documentary films presenting them for free to an international online audience as educational tools to ignite meaningful discussion within the learning community. The library currently contains over 2,000 documentaries that are appropriate for students from middle school and up covering nearly every classroom subject.
Many of these videos are produced by well-known educational sources, including PBS and National Geographic.
Teachers can submit and share their own lesson plans, quizzes and homework ideas with fellow educators. On each film page there is a section containing learning questions related to the video and a commenting area that functions as public forum to share and discuss.
Arts & Music
Math & Science
Political Science & Civics
World Culture & Geography
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Zotero - managing research sources
Zotero is an easy-to-use tool that helps to gather, organize, and analyse research sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects). It works as a reference manager software, allowing to store author, title, and publication fields and to export that information as formatted references, but also integrates some more social features like the ability to interact, tag and share the results of the performed researches in a variety of ways.
Zotero is an extension to Firefox, so it can sense when users are viewing a book, article, or other object through the browser, and —on many major research and library sites—find and automatically save the full reference information for the item in the correct fields. For the same reason, it can effortlessly transmit information to, and receive information from, other web services and applications. It can also communicate with software running on your computer (such as Microsoft Word) and be used offline (e.g., on a plane, in an archive without WiFi).
Zotero's Unicode support allows you to import, store, and cite items in any language. You can change the language of Zotero, and of the citations and bibliographies created by Zotero. Finally, there is an experimental multilingual version of Zotero, which supports storage of item metadata in more than one language (transliterations and translations).
Documentation is completely available in English and most of the pages are also translated in many other languages.