Google's $149 Photo Editing Tool Is Now Free

April 24, 2017
TWe have just learned through Open Culture that Google has made its popular photo editing software, Google’s Nik Collection, free of charge for both Mac and Windows users. The original retail price of this software is $149. The Nick Collection provides a wide variety of photo editing features that allows you to easily create and edit photos. ‘It is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.’

Watch the video below to learn more about Google's Nick Collection.

30 Educational Web Tools for Teacher Librarians

April 23, 2017
Librarians do an amazing job at school. They are entrusted with various educational tasks. These include, according to Queen University library, help students with information-related activities, assist students in developing information literacy skills that allows them to navigate and search the web effectively, collaborate with teachers in creating challenging project-based activities, run different literacy clubs, build library collections and many more. In today’s post we are sharing with you this handy visual we published last year featuring a number of interesting web tools to help teacher librarians in their work. Check them out and share with us your feedback.
  30 Educational Web Tools for Teacher Librarians

An Excellent Tool to Help You Stay Focused

April 22, 2017
Internet addiction can be a serious productivity killer. The net is full of all kinds of digital distractions and unless you know how to effectively manage your online time, you will always have issues with your productivity. Over the last few years, we have reviewed a number of key apps and tools to help you fight digital addiction and control your online time, most popular of them all is Pomodoro. Today, we are introducing to another cool tool to help you stay focused and on task.

Forest is a Chrome extension designed to provide a solution to Internet addiction. It is based on the concept of the tree in forest. ‘ You can plant a seed in Forest. In the next 30 minutes, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and start to browse the websites on your Blacklist, your tree will wither away. With this interesting mechanism, the sense of achievement and responsibility will drive our users to stay away from the distractions with no pain.’

Some of its features include”
‘A self-motivated and interesting method to help you beat Internet addiction
• Cultivate your personal pattern of time management: make good use of 30-minutes to fully concentrate on your work and finish it effectively
• Share your trees with friends’.

25 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Infographic)

April 22, 2017
Teachers all over the world do an amazing work, building generations of learners, igniting imagination and instilling a love of learning. In recognition of this noble role they play in our life, AAA State of Play has this awesome collection of inspirational quotes that uplift teachers and educators and motivate them to continue doing what they are doing. These are quotes made by popular thinkers across different disciplines from education to social activism. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page. Enjoy

25 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Infographic) Courtesy of Elearning Infographics

Best Practices for Building A Digital Portfolio

April 11, 2017
 Here is a handy infographic by Kudoswall to use with your students in class. The visual features a number of interesting tips to help students build and manage their digital portfolios. You can also check this ‘beginner’s guide to student portfolios’ to learn more about the educational importance of portfolios in learning. And if you are looking for web tools for creating portfolios, this collection embeds some good options to start with.

productivity tips Courtesy of Elearning Infographics

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