Voxy is a language-learning program based on real-life daily activities. Based on leading language learning principles and the latest technology, the integrated Web and mobile platform accelerates learning and creates a highly effective, immersive experience. Location-based language lessons and camera flashcards help learners with useful vocabulary and expressions in context.
The program provides authentic material for homework assignments, including built-in reading comprehension and vocabulary building tools. Lessons are designed in bite-sized increments for maximum compliance with assignments.
The program creates many opportunities for students to collaborate and learn together for it encourages group work and collaboration. Interactive games make language learning fun and keep students coming back for more. It also allows teachers to monitor students’ engagement, success and performance with easy-to-use reporting.
Voxy’s integrated web/mobile/SMS platform uses relevant up-to-date real-world content of a student’s choosing to shape lessons that are accessible anywhere, anytime. This approach is based on the pedagogic theories of motivation and learning. The used method increases frequency of study and accelerates learning by teaching in-context. The system on which the program is based is interactive and adaptive, meaning that each learner can personalize his/her curriculum.
Voxy is currently focused on teaching English to native Spanish and Portuguese-speakers. An expansion for speakers of other languages is planned.
Tiching is a free Spanish platform dedicated to education. It collects teaching resources and a social network has formed on top of this service. At present collected resources are more than 83000. The website is available in all official languages of Spain and in English. Tiching is aimed at the whole education community: teaching staff, students, families, publishers and anybody related in some way to the world of education.
Two search engines are provided. The internal one gives a number of options to refine researches, including language, skills, level of education, etc. The second search engine can be installed in external WordPress websites and blogs to perform searches in Tiching directly from there.
The social network has been designed for the education community and is formed by more than 25000 people collaborating from all over Spain.
There are many types of digital educational content in Tiching: activities tutorials, projects, teachers guides, etc. They are provided in many different formats such as video, text, image, interactive activity, etc.
Each content file contains:
• Basic information: title, description, image, tags, language, short URL, creator;
• Validation: it’s the internal validation process through which every resource passes when uploaded
• Thanks: it’s a feedback about the usefulness of a resource
World Intellectual Property Organization
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity. It presently counts 185 member states. It promotes the development and use of the international IP system through services, laws, infrastructures and development. It also works with the member states and stakeholders to improve understanding and respect for IP worldwide.
On its website WIPO provides general information about intellectual property (IP) and the deriving rights (IPR) and news as well as information about the services, activities and resources useful to who wants to learn or keep up about the various fields and aspects where IP intervenes.
The content of the section “WIPO Academy” more directly deals with IPR in training, teaching and research.
WIPO Academy - http://www.wipo.int/academy/en/
Some other highlight:
WIPO Intellectual Property Handbook: Policy, Law and Use - http://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/iprm/
A tool to search among free publications by WIPO - http://www.wipo.int/freepublications/en/
WIPO Lex database (Collection of IP Legislation) - http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/
o Careers & Recruitment
o How WIPO Works
o Members and Observers
o Treaties and Contracting Parties
o What is Intellectual Property?
o WIPO Assemblies
o Women and Intellectual Property
o Arbitration and Mediation Center
o Article 6ter of the Paris Convention
o Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs
o International Classifications
o International Patent Classification (IPC)
o Locarno Classification
o Nice Classification
o Vienna Classification
o Lisbon System for the International Registration of Appellations of Origin
o Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks
o Law of Patents
o Patent Search
o PCT EDI
o PCT Quality Framework Task Force
o PCT Reform
o PCT Resources
o PCT E-Filing Standard
News & Events
o Conferences, Meetings and Seminars
o Press Room
o RSS Newsfeed
o Subscribe to e-mail newsletters
o WIPO Magazine
o World IP Day
o Building Respect for IP
o Cooperation with Certain Countries in Europe and Asia
o Copyright and Related Rights
o Global Challenges & IP
o Global Infrastructure
o IP for Development
o Africa Bureau
o Bureau for Arab Countries
o Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
o Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean
o Least Developed Countries
o Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
o Standing Committee on Information Technologies (SCIT)
o The Economics of IP
o Traditional Knowledge
o WIPO University Intellectual Property Coordinators
o WIPO Academy
o Case Studies (IP Advantage)
o Conferences, Meetings and Seminars
o Directory of Intellectual Property Offices
o Free Information Products
o Intellectual Property Digital Library
o Industrial Property Statistics
o WIPO Electronic Bookshop
o WIPO Lex
o WIPO Standards
Ptable is an interactive Web 2.0 periodic table. It provides dynamic layouts, property trend visualization, orbitals, thousands of isotopes, and 5 writeup sources. The application uses no Flash or images, giving all the scalability and accessibility of a normal web page (it can be viewed on any kind of computer and device).
The layout, unless differently specified by the user, automatically switch to fit the width of the screen. Using the check boxes at the top of the page allows to dynamically switch between various configurations (simple, with names, with electron configuration, and inline inner transition metals).
In addition to Wikipedia descriptions in all languages, write-ups, photos, videos, and even podcasts are offered in the first tab's dropdown. Write-up windows can even be torn off or docked to the edges to allow simultaneous use of the table while reading.
Data is acquired from primary sources and curated libraries. Layout and presentation were reviewed by the world's foremost periodic table academic, Eric Scerri. Translations and non-English element names, however, should be considered no more reliable than Wikipedia.
Search (into the box at the top right) can be performed by name, symbol, or atomic number. Advanced searches work, for example, on the atomic weight, number of orbitals, etc.
Most browsers, tablets, and phones can store the site and its data for use offline. Firefox prompts you with a notification bar at the top while Chrome and Safari directly save it.
Full descriptions in 40 languages from Wikipedia.
Turnitin is an effective online technology for improving student writing. It is used by educators worldwide (over 60 million papers were processed in 2011) to check students' papers for originality, to enable web-based peer review and for digital grading of student work.
Its most used and famous feature is OriginalityCheck, the plagiarism prevention tool. It ensures original work by checking submitted papers against billions of web pages, millions of student papers and leading library databases and publications. Originality Reports provide a summary of matching or highly similar text found in a submitted paper.
Another important tool, GradeMark, allows an instructor to edit and grade student papers online. The instructor can add comments within the body of the paper, point out grammar and punctuation mistakes, evaluate the paper against qualitative or quantitative rubrics, etc.
A third tool is PeerMark: Instructors can create and manage PeerMark assignments that allow students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates.
Turnitin integrates with more than 50 Course Management Systems, including Blackboard, Moodle, Instructure Canvas, Desire2Learn, Pearson Learning Studio, and Sakai.
Tux Paint is a free drawing program for children (3 to 12) that combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. It is used in schools around the world as a computer literacy drawing activity.
The program runs on multiple platforms. It’s simple interface presents a number of useful drawing tools and at the same time relieve the user of the need to think about the technical details.
Sound and visual helps are available: fun sound effects are played when tools are selected and used and a cartoon mascot appears at the bottom to give tips, hints and information.
Parts of Tux Paint have currently been translated into almost 100 languages.
Stamps, starters and brushes are stored using popular open formats (PNG, SVG, Ogg Vorbis, etc.) allowing parents and teachers to create their own content for use at home or in the classroom - even using completely free tools.
The 'Tux Paint Config.' program allows parents, teachers, and school technicians to alter Tux Paint's behaviour using a simple, easy-to-use graphical interface.
PerúEduca is the national educational portal of Peru. It is a learning environment providing educational resources and tools for educational use. It is structured as an interactive communication channel aimed at aiding both students and teachers in the teaching and learning processes by quickly responding to demands and needs of its users and by simplifying communication and interaction processes.
PerúEduca contains virtual courses for teachers which that are part of the ecosystem of virtual education provided by the Department of Educational Technology of Peru. The aim of these courses is to integrate and promote skills, knowledge and attitudes related to professional development. The portal also contains other types of material for teachers: articles, official texts, communities of practice.
With regard to the students, the portal offers resources as videos, games, e-labs, images databases, books, animations, audios, simulations, etc., as well as services as the calendar, careers guidance, etc.
Access to all the content on the website is free (although registration is needed). It is covered with a Creative Commons Licence.
Shmoop is a free online platform containing over 1000 learning guides and test preparations written by educators and experts on a number of subjects (see table of content). It was created with the aim of improving learning tools by using an approach to education based on the keywords: relevant, real, approachable.
The learning guides are characterized by deep analysis of the topics, focusing questions, quotes and references to pop culture. Hypertext and multimedia play an important role in the guides as a way to provide students with an easier although richer learning possibility.
Shmoop holds itself to the highest academic standards and cites its sources so students borrowing ideas from it can (and indeed must) cite Shmoop in their work.
The content written primarily by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities, like Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, and Yale. Most of the content is free to be read without logging in, but with a free account other tools such as Clippings and Stickies become available.
Top rated contents are available in Spanish too.
Premium service gives access to the other materials and tools provided by the platform such as the premium test prep courses for the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP exams and the possibility to create classrooms where to invite students and monitor their progress through detailed real-time reports.
• US History
• SAT Subject Test: History
• SAT Subject Test: English Literature
• SAT Subject Test: Biology
• SAT Subject Test: Spanish
• SAT Subject Test: Spanish with Listening
• AP Art History
• AP Biology
• AP Calculus AB
• AP Calculus BC
• AP Chemistry
• AP English Language
• AP English Literature
• AP Environmental Science
• AP European History
• AP Human Geography
• AP Macroeconomics
• AP Microeconomics
• AP Physics
• AP Psychology
• AP Spanish Language
• AP Spanish Literature
• AP Statistics
• AP US Government
• AP US History
• AP World History
High School Exit
Independent School Entrance
• Teacher Resources
• SAT Teacher Guide
• Digital Literacy
Alberoventi is a social networking platform developed within an extensive communication research project with the aim of helping teachers and educators of all levels to use new educational resources and methodologies, taking particular advantage of the resources of the Web.
Alberoventi offers a variety of different experimentations and services through protected autonomous platforms where members can get into action individually or (mainly) in groups and interacting with the others in order to achieve goals, thus developing at the same time the tools to use and their own knowledge on the selected topic. These platforms are partially designed on the characteristics and necessities of each single group and the possibilities made available for each of them depend on the particular collaborative education methodology chosen or developed specifically for that group.
Alberoventi is currently in Beta version. Its present projects are aimed at the training of high school and university students and of teachers. At present among its activities there are collaborative writing, web tv productions and foreign languages teaching.
Alberoventi's activity also include a big effort to constitute a network of schools and teachers interested in the use of the new methods offered through the online platform.
MIL for Teachers
MIL (Media and Information Literacy) for Teachers is a website that gathers together the MIL Curriculum for Teachers and some teaching resources organised in media libraries.
The MIL Curriculum for Teachers is designed as a flexible and comprehensive framework that educators or curriculum developers may adapt to the local context of their countries. This model MIL Curriculum for Teachers is intended as a tool that will provide educators of all background with the main competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitude) on MIL. It focuses on pedagogical approaches necessary to enable teacher to integrate MIL in their classrooms.
1. Curriculum and Competency Framework
• UNESCO Constitution
• Unifying Notions of Media and Information Literacy
• Benefits and requirements of MIL
• Main topics of the MIL curriculum for teachers
• The curriculum framework
• Policy and vision
• Knowledge of media and information for democratic discourse and social participation
• Evaluation of media and information
• Media and information production and use
• Core teacher competencies
• Pedagogies in the teaching and learning of MIL; using the curriculum
• Appendix: Selected Media and Information Literacy Resources
2. Core and Non-Core Modules
• Module 1: Introduction: Citizenship – Freedom of Expression and Information, Access to ...
o Unit 1: Understanding media and information literacy: An orientation
o Unit 2: MIL and civic participation
o Unit 3: Interacting with media and other information management institutions
o Unit 4: MIL, teaching and learning
• Module 2: Understanding the News and Media and Information Ethics
o Unit 1: Journalism and society
o Unit 2: Freedom, ethics and accountability
o Unit 3: What makes news - Exploring the criteria
o Unit 4: The news development process - Going beyond the 4WS and 1H
• Module 3: Media, Information and Society
o Unit 1: News reporting and the power of the image
o Unit 2: Industry codes on diversity and representation
o Unit 3: Television, Films, Book Publishing and the Global Village
o Unit 4: Representation and music videos
• Module 4: Languages in Media and Information
o Unit 1: Reading media and information texts
o Unit 2: The medium and the message: Print and broadcast news
o Unit 3: Film genres and storytelling
• Module 5: Advertising
o Unit 1: Advertising, Revenue and Regulation
o Unit 2: Public Service Announcements – Analysis and Production
o Unit 3: Advertising – the Creative Process
o Unit 4: Advertising and the Political Arena
o Unit 5:
• Module 6: New and Traditional Media
o Unit 1: Introduction: From traditional to new media technologies
o Unit 2: Uses of new media in society – mass and digital communication
o Unit 3: Uses of interactive multimedia tools including digital games in classrooms
• Module 7: Internet Opportunities and Challenges/Risks
o Unit 1, part 1: Living in the World of the INTERNET
o Unit 1, part 2: Young People and Challenges/Risks in the Virtual World
• Module 8: Information and Library Skills
o Unit 1: Concepts and applications of Information Literacy (IL)
o Unit 2: Learning environments and information literacy
o Unit 3: Digital information literacy
• Module 9: Making the link: Media and Information Literacy, Communication, Pedagogy and ...
o Unit 1: Communication, teaching and learning
o Unit 2: Learning theories and MIL
o Unit 3: Managing change factor in relation to the enabling environment for MIL in schools
• Module 10: Audience
• Module 11: Media and the Global Village
o Unit 1: Media ownership in today's global village
o Unit 2: Socio-Cultural and political dimensions of a globalized media
o Unit 3: Commoditization of information
o Unit 4: The rise of alternative media