The 70 coolest free applications in existence – Seopher.com
Chris Sessums shared this as the link of the day on twitter this morning.
(tags: free software)
Microsoft Office Live Workspace – Microsoft Office Online
Ryan Bretag pointed to this by name this morning. It’s Microsoft’s answer to Google Docs. I’ll have to try it out.
(tags: officelive googledocs)
Improving Academic Presentation Style
When you absolutely have to present… how do you make it good and academically sound? No answers here.. just wanted to point to the discussion
Microsoft’s answer to Google Docs is a SharePoint space
Amyloo passes on that MS may be hosting others’ documents using SharePoint on their own servers in en effort to compete with web-based office suites.
(tags: googledocs sharepoint)
The end of the road for Office?
Dave Winer’s take on the arrival of Google Docs etc… in the wake of IE, which may have been meant to protect the Office monopoly.
(tags: googledocs msoffice internetexplorer)
and Life: BBC – Science & Nature – Human Body and Mind – Sleep Profiler
Via Life Hacker I found this sleep profiler. Answer a few questions and receive healthy suggestions.
injenuity » Blog Archive » Bringing The Network to a Job Interview
Jen is taking “the network” to her job interview. I’m excited to see how this turns out, and as I said in the comments, I applaud her risk taking. :)
(tags: twitter googledocs backchannel)
Steve Dembo says “KidPix, eat your heart out” and points to this, a tool (or game?) that lets kids create pictures, stories, and movies. Wow.
(tags: elementary art)
Welcome to NCS-Tech! » Blog Archive » Teen Second Life After School Club Promo
This is a very cool video promo for a Teen Second Life After School Club… made with animoto, which is even cooler than I initially thought – by a long shot.
(tags: edugames secondlife animoto video)
Second Life for Distance Education
Paul Pival links to an article and video about San Jose State University using Second Life for distance education.
(tags: edugames secondlife distanceed)
An AB 430 administrator mentioned this service the other day, and then I saw it in Scott McLeod’s blog, so I’m checking it out. Call Jott to turn your voice into text – in an email, blog post, or tweet.
(tags: audio voice-to-text)
Give One, Get One: One Laptop Per Child ….
I don’t think I’ve linked to this yet, and Beth does it justice. You can now buy an XO laptop (the “$100” laptop) for double the cost. You keep one, and a needy child gets one.
Halo 3 shines harsh light on games in education
Sylvia Martineza with another solid games in education post, this one about the economic forces working against the development of educational games… when hits like Halo 3 are possible.
Jing Project: Visual conversation starts here. Mac or Windows.
Via Betsy Weber’s TechSmith blog I found a link to this cross-platform screen capture app (annotated stills and video). Turns out people I follow on twitter rave about it.
Cool OSX Apps
Here’s a blog that lives up to its name. Get a frequent fix of cool OSX Apps. I just subscribed. (Via Rolly Maiquez at The EdTech Advantage)
(Another) Google Presentations Post
Kevin at REMC Ramblings shares an interesting perspective on the irrelevance of Google Presentations’ shortcomings in the “flashiness” departement.
Blog vs wiki?
Miguel tries his hand at answering this frequent question.
(tags: blogs wikis)
Google Presentations vs. Microsoft Powerpoint
Mashable’s take on these two tools. (Via Stephen’s Untold Stories)
Twitter Quote: Email Sig Sighting
Alan shared an email signature quote (originally a tweet) that made me LOL.
(tags: funny clever)
Twitter is taking a shower tonight
Interesting perspective on twitter from Dave Winer. Did his attention, criticism, and praise help save us all from having twitter down on a work night?
Instructional design: Video Games
Paul is getting to Gee’s Good Video Games + Good Learning before me… and in this post he discusses Vygotsky’s ZPD in realtion to games. Something similar appeared in my lit review, too.
(tags: edugames zpd vygotsky)
More Virtual News from Google (and others)
Sylvia points to an article that points to an article about a rumor (that’s right) that Google might be developing a virtual social networking world built on Google Earth.
Edublogs Round One: And the Bloggies Go To . . .
RR shares some “model posts” from pre-service teachers.
(tags: edublogs blogging)
Google To “Out Open” Facebook On November 5
This link from iJohnpederson is the first I’ve heard of this exciting Google news. I can’t wait to see what 3rd party developers do with Google tools – and data.
ijohnpederson: Del.icio.us in Plain English
How could I not bookmark this video with del.icio.us. And the best part about it, says iJohn, is that it talks directly to teachers.
(tags: del.icio.us socialbookmarking)
The Four Eyed Technologist » Blog Archive » The Simple Reality
Ryan Bretag coins a great extension of a Prensky Quote and says: Will we ever reach a point where students say “when I go to school, I have to power up”?
(tags: edugames education)
LetterPop, free online newsletters
Here’s a cool tool via Kevin Jarrett’s blog. Though there are many ways to do a good newsletter (including a blog, I’d say), this might appeal to teachers, especially if they want to print a hardcopy.
Wikispaces Creates Video Widget for TeacherTube!
This may have been a part of the early wikispaces announcements, but I thought it was worth pointing out anyway. BTW, teachertube has a blog. ;)
(tags: wikis wikispaces teachertube video)
immersive learning simulation
Clark Aldrich offers a mindmap of sims, serious games, educational simulations and more. His blog is a steady stream of new terms and new ideas related to simulations and learning.
(tags: edugames simulations)
- Raph Koster unveils virtual world platform Metaplace > www.developmag.com
Koster et al. are creating a tool to allow anyone to make an online world. Here’s the key passage: “Right now, there are lots of people who want to use virtual worlds for research, or education, or business, but it’s just too darn hard to get one going.”
Generation YES » Educational Games
Sylvia Martinez on how the pressure of making money impacts design in educational games.
To do list, simple, easy, fast, sharable: Ta-da List
Someone twittered about this the other day and I had occasion to try it out with a client. It seems to need levels of authors/editors, but it’s super easy and simple to use for collaboration. It’s to do lists 2.0.
(tags: web2 todo)
Here’s another free tool – but only for California schools. I also had reason to bring this up with a client this week, so now I’m sharing it here. It’s a free web-based help desk system.
Thinkature – My workspaces
One of my other clients asked me to incorporate this into an upcoming training. It’s mind mapping 2.0. Think Inspiration, but a multiuser webbased version. It’s lacking bells and whistles (like making an outline), but it’s well worth sharing.
Mint | Refreshing Money Management
This last tool I picked up from Dave Winer’s blog a week or so ago. It’s a way to combine all of your accounts and track/manage your finances online. I’ve been a bit reluctant to put all my info in, but it looks legit and it’s getting rave reviews.
Give Yourself Permission to Claim Your Life
Good advice from Liz at Successful Blog. Sit and breathe in the air a bit… when you feel like a human, get up and do something to claim this life you’re living…
Via Wes Freyer: ZoomIt “is a free application for Windows-based computers which provides visual accessibility features similar to the built-in ‘screen zoom’ feature of Mac OS X.” I can’t wait to share it with the Tablet PC teachers in Laguna.
Obama continues to embrace social networking tools
Also via Wes Freyer. Here he discusses Barack Obama’s use of Linked In to poll voters. Very cool.
(tags: politics socialnetworks)
Criteria for evaluating games
Wow. Doug Johnson asked for a list of criteria for choosing educational games for libraries and classrooms – and he got some interesting responses from the LM_Net.
Wikipedia Mindmap – more data visualization!
Via Tom Woodward: “You pick a topic from wikipedia and it creates an interactive mind map of the content.” Very cool concept with very cool features.
(tags: wikipedia mindmaps)