Tools and Resources relating to: Personal Growth

  • Toodledo - Toodledo is an incredibly powerful tool to increase your productivity and organize your life. More than just a to-do list, Toodledo provides you with a place to store your notes, outlines, and habits. Access your data on any device or browser. We’ll keep everything up to date with automatic syncing. Toodledo is flexible enough to work with many different productivity styles. You can use the popular GTD methodology, or you can use your own system. You can keep things simple, or you can add as much complexity as you need. Keeping track of your to-do list has never been easier.   Toodledo (info source: https://play.google.com/store/apps )
  • J.A.F.A.R. - J.A.F.A.R., The Skills Manager Pro™ is an individual skills management software which is developed to accompany an online course “How to Get Skilled: Introduction to Individual Skills Management” offered by OPEN SUNY® on Coursera® learning platform. The software uses the J.A.F.A.R. Individual Skills Management Model. The Model provides a comprehensive framework for increasing one’s effectiveness of career development by learning how to analyze, organize, develop, monitor, and present their work-related skills in a highly competitive job market environment. The acronym J.A.F.A.R is derived from letters in the main steps of the Model (Job Analysis, Full mastery, Assessment, and skillset Review).   J.A.F.A.R., The Skills Manager Pro™
  • Medium - Medium is a publishing platform with a social twist. The platform has 120 million readers that are able to directly follow the publisher or the writer they want and read their articles. The platform encourages writers from all over the world to become a member and publish on its platform. The social aspect of the platform makes it easy for readers to follow the writers. The more followers you have, more widely your work will get published. The writers can also choose to publish freely or for a fee. This management is done by the Medium platform that has either free membership of paid membership with only the paid members able to view materials that demand fees.   Medium
  • Wordwall - Wordwall is a tool that helps you to create better lessons quicker. Wordwall is an easy-to-use tool that lets you create a series of interactive games and activities for students. Find a series of templates that you can freely copy and adapt to your requirements. It has a nice interface and is easy to use. The free version offers a quite large number of games. The monthly price for the full version is not too high. In addition, the tool is available in several languages. Wordwall Wordwall - HOW TO CREATE AN INTERACTIVE QUIZ
  • Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies - The 2020 Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies from the EDUCAUSE research library contains 226 free technologies arranged into 40 types and 15 clusters that educators can use to promote more productive and interactive learning. Brief descriptions, example tools and pedagogical uses are provided for each category. This Typology has been developed by Matt Bower and Jodie Torrington from the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University, Australia.   2020 Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies 
  • Yalla - Yalla is the most popular Live Group Voice Talking and Entertaining Community. Voice Chat and play games with people from nearby or all over the world. Meet new friends is never easier: Choose group voice rooms from thousands of live rooms daily, filter rooms by Countries or Topics. 50+ Countries have already been covered, while tons of topics are available to choose from. Party with friends with no distances: Group voice-talk with friends no matter where they are, broadcast your favorite music inside the room, sing karaoke together, and play a range of games directly in group chat. Let's get the party started. Enjoy free live voice chat over 3G, 4G, LTE, or WiFi.   Features: PUBLIC CHAT ROOMS — Browse 1,000's of live chat rooms from nearby or around the world that cover thousands of topics. PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS — Start private one-on-one text and voice conversations with your ...
  • Splitwise - This application is used to keep track of your shared expenses and balances with housemates, trips, groups, friends, and family.   Splitwise Main features of this application are:- Split Expenses, record debts Equal, unequal splits Calculate total balances Simplify debts Categorize expenses Easy CSV reports Offline mode, cloud sync As per BusinessInsider website: "I never fight with roommates over bills because of this genius expense-splitting app".
  • OpenWHO - OpenWHO is the World Health Organization's new interactive platform that offers online courses to people preparing to work in epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies or already doing so. The OpenWHO platform delivers WHO’s and partners’ expertise closer to where it is needed and provides information in user-friendly formats for frontline responders and decision-makers. The platform is managed by the Learning and Capacity Development unit in the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme. Users take part in a worldwide, social learning network that is based on interactive, online courses and materials covering a variety of subjects. OpenWHO also serves as a forum for the fast sharing of public health expertise and in-depth discussion and feedback on key issues.   OpenWho
  • HelloTalk - HelloTalk is the ultimate for foreign language exchange. Learn a language by chatting with native speakers around the world. HelloTalk is an app that combines social media with education and collaboration. It connects individuals from all over the globe in a single app and helps them learn language from each other. The idea behind the app is, if a Japanese person wants to learn Nepali, and if a Nepali person wants to learn Japanese, they can connect in the app with each other and help each other learn their language. HelloTalk  
  • Bandcamp - Bandcamp is a site for musicians who are eager to publish new content. It allows musicians to directly get support from the audience they are impacting. Bandcamp allows the musicians to get paid for their art from the audience that chooses to contribute to their endeavors. You can also sign up as a fan to listen to music and get new music daily. It will help you explore new music and expand your musical knowledge as well. If you are interested in signing up certain musicians you can do that as well by signing up as a label.   Bandcamp
  • Google Analytics - Google Analytics is one of the most popular digital analytics software. It is Google’s free web analytics service that allows you to analyze in-depth detail about the visitors on your website which provides valuable insights that can help you to shape the success strategy of your business. Today, almost all the businesses have an online presence through a website. Therefore, it becomes very important for you to learn the inner structure of your site to see whether it is accomplishing its purpose or not. For this, you need to know the details of what people do when they visit your website, how long they stay and what all pages do they visit on your website. Irrespective of whether you are e-commerce website or an informative blog, you would definitely want to understand and study the behavior of your visitors to deliver better results. Google Analytics
  • NPTEL – A Centre of MOOCs - National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project of MHRD initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003, to provide quality education to anyone interested in learning from the IITs. The main goal was to create web and video courses in all major branches of engineering and physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level. It is cited as the largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects and is the most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world. Online courses are available on topics relevant to students in all years of higher education along with basic core courses in sciences and ...
  • New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help – LinkedIn free training resources - Almost overnight, remote work has become mainstream. Companies around the world are encouraging their employees to work from home to prioritize the health and safety of their workforce and communities amid coronavirus. Working through this rapid change can be hard and we’re moving quickly to help members get information they can trust, stay connected to their community and learn how to be more productive and successful in their jobs.   New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help - LinkedIn free training resources
  • What is a Cognitive Tool for Learning? - The idea of a cognitive tool or 'mind tool' was popularized in the 1990s by David Jonassen. It explains that not all educational technologies are beneficial for learning. According to this concept, only educational technologies that help us learn more deeply than before are beneficial. Definition We usually think of an educational technology as a cognitive tool if it supports higher-order cognition. It is contrasted to an educational technology that does not do anything to support higher-order cognition. Examples For example, a calculator might take the full cognitive load of a multiplication task from a student, thereby not supporting cognition but rather making us 'think less'. By contrast, a spreadsheet or mind map may be a tool that helps us think more deeply about a topic. It will help us sort and organize our thoughts so that we can develop theories and deeper understandings ...
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Why Should we use Technology in the Classroom? - With technology now totally embedded in our student's lives, we are faced with a quandary; if you can't beat them, join them. ...and join them we should. It is our job to prepare them for their world, not to make them bend to fit a non-digital, obsolete world. But, what are the benefits of using technology in the classroom? In this article, the author lays out 20 incredibly compelling reasons why our teaching will benefit from doing so. 20 HUGE Benefits of Using Technology in YOUR Classroom. Find more articles like this, see: teacherofsci.com
  • WeVu - WeVu, cloud software developed from the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) at UBC-Vancouver, focusses on hands-on skills learning where students self-record video using a camera or their phones and instructors provide time-stamped feedback and assessment. Users include health professions, business communication, trades education, and performing arts. WeVu also accommodates the collaborative annotation of audio, images, and PDF. Media files can be uploaded into the software or can be imported from YouTube, Dropbox, or other servers. WeVu also provides user activity logs, allowing .csv download of user activity and time-stamped and general comments. A free version of WeVu is available, limited to 1 site per site owner (unlimited site members) and with videos stored externally on YouTube or Dropbox.   WeVu  
  • Todoist – The Best To Do List App & Task Manager - Life has become much more demanding in this digital era than it has ever been before. To keep track of everything that needs our attention, we now seek aids of technological tools. Todoist is an organizational tool to tame life's chaos.   Todoist - The Best To Do List App & Task Manager   Keywords: Organization, tool, app, to-do list, personal organization, sticky notes, productivity tools  
  • Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking - In a world of competition and exhilaration, success comes to those who are actively organized. A vital tool to aide students in today's digital era where as much of learning happens online as it does in an in-person classroom is a proper note taking strategy. KQED Inc. describes how digital note taking strategies can enhance students' thinking ability and thus, assist them to achieve success.     Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking     Keywords: organization, note taking, digital notes, efficiency  
  • Populr.me - Populr.me can be used for social media, business, education, or many other uses. Build websites with templates for networking, sales, marketing, etc. Drop in text, video, pictures, embeds.  Upgrade for additional features, or keep it free.  Great for building interactive syllabi, professional profiles, ePortfolios, and other online information.   Populr.me   Keywords: web editing, websites
  • MOOC-list - MOOC-list allows you to search for freely available online courses from Coursera, edX, Futurelearn, and other providers. You can search using multiple criteria such as subjects, keywords, platforms, etc.   MOOC-list
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • Read&Write for Google Chrome™ - Makes documents, web pages and common file types in Google Drive (including: Google Docs, PDF & ePub) more accessible. It’s designed to help everyone engage with digital content in a way that suits his/her abilities and learning styles. A range of support tools to gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including: Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying Word prediction offers suggestions for the current or next word as you type Collect highlights from text in documents or the web for summarizing and research Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting   Read&Write for Google ...
  • Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators (HAPPE) - Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators, HAPPE, is a monthly blog series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.  The goal of the series is to connect practitioners and educators in the Helping Professions with mobile apps they may find useful in practice or in their pursuit of life-long learning.  We believe digital literacies are important skills for the new millennium. This series aims to educate and inspire Helpers to appropriately integrate technology into their professional lives.   Happe   Keywords: mental health, counseling, mobile apps
  • Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) - This open education resource (OER) is designed to assist with reading and writing at the college level. The Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides multimedia support to students preparing for college-level writing, as well as students making the transition out of introductory-level writing courses. The Online Reading Comprehension Lab (ORC) is the, first of its kind, online reading resource, which offers an abundance of support materials designed to help students develop college-level reading skills. The OWL site is OER and CC licensed and hundreds of activities are available that can be directly embedded in your own blog or course site.   Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL)   This 30-minute webinar about the Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) was presented as part of the Open SUNY Fellow Cat series by Dr. Francesco (Frank) Crocco, Director of the Online Writing Lab at Excelsior College, and Dr. Elizabeth Johnston, ...
  • Quizlet - Create your own study materials or choose from millions created by other Quizlet users. Quizlet has a number of powerful interactive learning tools, such as: - Creating flashcards - Memory games - Race against the clock Matching games - Listen to automatic pronunciations in 18 languages - Enhance studying with images and audio Quizlet Live is also available and is a collaborative learning game for the classroom to allow teams of students to work together, racing to learn the material in a Quizlet study set.   Quizlet   Keywords: games, gamification, quiz, language
  • SUNY OER – Ready-to-Adopt Catalog - The SUNY Ready-to-Adopt OER catalog, created by OER Services with support from our partner Lumen Learning, focuses on general education curriculum, course materials in this catalog include peer-reviewed content to replace expensive textbooks, plus ancillary materials like PowerPoint slides and test bank questions. Many courses also include online homework, auto-grading, adaptive tools, and analytics to improve learning and create more individualized educational experiences. The best part is that these high-quality course materials and tools are free to SUNY students!   SUNY Ready-to-Adopt OER catalog   Keywords: textbooks, OER
  • Teaching Tolerance - Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use the materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. The program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias. The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. The Social Justice Standards show how anti-bias education works through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice and action.   Teaching Tolerance   Keywords: diversity, global citizenship,
  • Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.   Adobe Education Exchange   After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find: Lesson plans and other learning materials Self-directed workshop Live short courses Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities. https://youtu.be/2FTMCVBRQGc   Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
  • RealtimeBoard - A simple whiteboard platform for cross-functional team collaboration. Data, images, spreadsheets, tasks, graphics, videos and more. The Realtime Board combines all of these parts in one place to allow teams or the entire organization to collaborate with each other. There are plenty of collaboration possibilities. Agile & Lean, Action plan, Strategy & Management, Kanban board, Meeting organizer, User story mapping, Gantt chart, Milestone chart, Retrospective, Product Management, Business model canvas, Persona, Product backlog, Six thinking hats, Random words, Empathy map, Timeline, Mindmap, UX & Design, Sitemap, Affinity diagram, Ideation, Wireframing, Lean UX. The image below visually shows just a few of the examples of how this tool can help to visually organize your ideas and processes. RealtimeBoard    Keywords: whiteboard
  • OER Community Course Experience - The OER Community Course Experience is created by the State University of New York (SUNY) OER Services. The SUNY OER Community Courses introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to Open Educational Resources. Throughout the learning space, you have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing, and licensing OER. In this course, participants have opportunities to connect in conversation with peers, and work with OER advocates from the SUNY community who can help you along your learning journey.   OER Community Course Experience   Keywords: Open Educational Resources, OER, tutorial  
  • Gliffy - Gliffy is a collaborative web-based diagram editor that can be used to create mind maps and other visual organizations of information such as; flow charts, org charts, schematic drawings, floor plans, technical drawings, and more.   Gliffy   Keywords: Collaboration, Productivity Tools, Visual Design
  • Babble – learn a new language online - Babble is a language learning website. It is effective and easy to use. You can explore a new language by taking a brief sample lesson that ends with a quiz. The sample lesson involves writing as well as speaking exercises. Babble is housed in Germany and it offers reasonable monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual subscription/payment options.   Babble   Keywords: Lifelong Learning
  • Med-Tech Innovation News - This website is the UK and Ireland leading publication for medical design and manufacturing technology and innovation. Their expert editorial team brings together daily news, technical content, analysis, case studies and high-profile interviews with industry experts and thought leaders. Med-Tech Innovation News provides intelligence for professionals involved in the design and production of Class I, II & III medical engineering and manufacturing community with the latest innovations in technology, materials, processes, digital health, and R&D.   Med-Tech Innovation News   Keywords: Blogs, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Resource Library  
  • SAMR Model - The SAMR model, developed by Ruben Puentedura, is a theoretical framework for scaffolding technology integration into education. The video below describes SAMR (Substitution - Augmentation - Modification - Redefinition) and introduces you to the model. The Emerging Ed Tech website provides a few Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle. SAMR Model   (Video length: 2 minutes)   Keywords: 3D, Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps
  • ALISON - Alison is a free online site that offers courses from the world’s leading experts. Join 12 million learners in distance learning courses which contribute to the lifelong learning, share information and knowledge, and exchange ideas.   ALISON   Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Presentations, Resource Library, Video
  • Explorable Explanations – Learning through play - Explorable Explanation is a hub for learning through play that has been created by artists, coders & educators to reunite play and learning. It is a great tool to teach something interactively rather than the usual read-watch-listen-question-and-answer format.   Explorable Explanations   Keywords: Gamification, Simulations  
  • Stanford University Online – Lagunita.edu Platform via EDx  - Lagunita is Stanford's instance of the open-source software release of the Open edX platform, which was developed by the joint Harvard/MIT non-profit organization, and which Stanford engineers have been collaborating on since April 2013. Lagunita hosts many of the free, online courses that are taught by Stanford faculty and made available to lifelong learners around the world for self-enrichment. Lagunita also hosts a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of Stanford University's schools and departments. All of the personal and professional learning opportunities that are hosted on Lagunita and open to the public are made available through Stanford Online. To see their complete catalog of Stanford Online courses on Lagunita and other platforms, you can visit their website below.   Stanford University Online - Lagunita.edu Platform via EDx  Keywords: Lifelong Learning  
  • TED Talks - TED Talks: ideas worth spreading include talks from speakers from a variety of backgrounds who provide thought-provoking presentations about a wide variety of topics. The short TED Talk videos average 10 to 18 minutes.   TED Talks   5 Benefits Of Watching Ted Talks   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Video  
  • Digital Public Library of America - "The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society. DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions."   Digital Public Library of America   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • TED Talks: lifelong learning playlist - TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). This playlist is of 5 TED Talks related to lifelong learning. Titles include "The Nerd's Guide to Learning Everything Online"; The Life-long Learner"; "What We're Learning from Online Education"; "On Being Wrong"; "What Adults Can Learn from Kids."   TED Talks: The love of lifelong learning   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • Digication - Digication is the leading provider of ePortfolio and assessment management systems. Digication develops its platform with students, faculty, programs and institutions needs in mind, and enables institutions to close the loop that links student learning to institutional assessment and reporting. #EmTechMOOC provides free access to the "New" Digication on under Open SUNY. You are welcome to use any available platform or tool to create your ePortfolio. Just a few of the many alternatives that are available to build your portfolio can be located through EmTechWIKI and searching the ePortfolio category.   Digication's Official Website   Request an ePortfolio Account There are a few different ways you can create an ePortfolio for #EmTechMOOC. If you are enrolled in #EmTechMOOC may Request a Digication Account under Open SUNY. If your institution has its own ePortfolio platform, we strongly recommend you make use of it. Not only will you develop more ...