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Cathy Anderson

How do we harness the energy of information? Through Education!!

Web everything and barely scratched the surface….

Written By: Cathy - Jun• 05•10

It’s one of those days when I am inspired by everything and have little or no organization or thought to what I am going to write about..but keeping up with this blog is a must on my list of things to do so I entitled this WEB Everything.  This post is a free flowing stream of consciousness about some different tools and sites I use across the web for a variety of different things.

When I thought about how to or what to write for this post I immediately turned to “Feed My App,” which is “a Web 2.0 Directory with the best and latest web 2.0 sites, daily updated. We classify web apps by tagging them and creating a brief description for each one listed.”

In all honesty I don’t get to spend enough time reviewing these tools however there are some here that I do use routinely.  This site categorizes the sites based upon tags.  The tag cloud is listed on the page.  In my review of the site I found the tag cloud which lists everything from A (accounting) to W (wiki).

I clicked on “Knowledge” in the tag cloud and found WebMD.  WebMDis a site I go to when I have an unexplained ache or pain this is where I go to get information.  Happy to say I am not spending too much time there but I do appreciate it’s information and accessibility.

I am intrigued by Wolfram Alpha.  I have used it a little and it is listed in the FeedMyApp directory under knowledge.   The goals of Wolfram Alpha are:

  • Long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone.
  • We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything.
  • Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of             knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive        answers to factual queries.
  • Our goal is to accept completely free-form input, and to serve as a knowledge engine that generates powerful results and presents them with maximum clarity.
  • Wolfram|Alpha is an ambitious, long-term intellectual endeavor that we intend will deliver

Another of my favorite sites is Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus. Visual Thesaurus is a powerful tool used to illustrate the relationships between words and much more.   From the website it states that: Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning.

Another exciting website that educators in particular need to review isScitable. Scitable is a free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group, the world’s leading publisher of science. Scitable currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms.

Scitable is an open source/content website for scientist to present and share content.  Scitable labels itself as a collaborative learning space for science.  I am not a scientist nor do I teach in this discipline but it will be interesting to see how this seemingly well organized and presented site evolves.  If you are a science educator this is definitely as site to watch and get involved in as it provides a social networking format as well.

I have used Twine in the past..it is now Evri.  The website for Evristates that finds the latest news on your favorite topics so you can sit back and get informed.  I used Twine as a social networking tool or newfeed tool to connect with others who had similar interests.  Ultimately Evri seems to be a social bookmarking site.

There are 252 bookmarking sites, but what are they really?  According to Wikipedia social bookmarking is  a method for Internet users to share, organize, search, and manage bookmarksfile sharing, the of web resources. Unlike resources themselves aren’t shared, merely bookmarks that reference them.

Writing this blog post has given me the motivation to investigate blogging sites.  some may claim that blogging is “dead” and some do. However being somewhat new to blogging I think it is essential. I like writing and writing blogs. It has truly allowed me an avenue for professional growth. If you blog for others and not yourself first then perhaps blogging is dead.

I used a WordPress theme to create this blog and recently opened up a word press blog at wordpress.org to create a free blog for a venture, Steampunk Adventures,that I have going with a team in Second Life ™.  I also use Blogger which is connected to my Google Account at cathylanderson.blogspot.com.

WordPressboasts over 237,000 bloggers.  It is a large resources for bloggers, writers, and educators who which to access a collaborative tool for writing, gathering comments and generating discussion.

According to Wikipedia Technorati is a site which is an Internet search engine for searching blogs. By June 2008, Technorati was indexing 112.8 million blogs and over 250 million pieces of tagged social media. The name Technorati is a blend of the words technology and literati, which invokes the notion of technological intelligence or intellectualism.

If you wish you may also create video blogs.  Sites such as Vodspot provide a medium to present your videos. According to the Vodspot Blog: a… “new publishing platform for your Vodpod videos collection. It lets you turn your Vodpod collection into your own video site (we’ll host it for you) , and that you can use to create a video section of your site or blog or just to have your own little video world in cyberspace.”

FeedmyApp lists 214 blog sites.  There is bound to be one that will meet your needs if you aren’t overwhelmed by the review of all these sites.

In addition to creating, storing and sharing videos online there are also many ways to create, share and store audio files online.  One interesting site is BlogRadio. This site provides services for:


1. Subscribe to your favorite blogs using the BlogRadio Desktop Manager Tool

2. We’ll convert the text of the blog to an audio file (with a natural voice) for you.

3. To listen to your blogs, just start up the Desktop Manager and start listening!

Listen voice is an interesting sites which promotes their voice notes for many areas. Of special interest to educators maybe the group feature of this site. For groups there is a collaborative learning effort, whereby different members of study group can pick a topic each and record and share voice notes on it with each other would save time for everybody. Also, teachers can use our platform and record their lectures easily by just putting the Bluetooth earpiece and share with their students or other groups on a paid/ non-paid basis.  ListenVoice is a social learning platform, which enables its users to record voice notes using their phones. Users can access these voice notes from their computer, smartphones and download to their mp3 players. They can share notes with others using Facebook, Twitter, Email etc.

The voice notes are recorded via a  phone call, it is not noted whether or not this is a toll free call to Listen Voice.  For a basic free account one gets 5 minutes of recorded time using voice.  For a subscription at 19.95, the price at this time, the user gets to record a maximum of 2 hours of voice notes per call.

Blogamp is a site which promotes itself as audiocasting for the masses. Blogamp has been around for a while this information from their website indicates that:it was designed to deliver on-demand audio via a variety of web-based flash player widgets just before podcasting was established, back when audioblogging was the term used. Blogamp audio files maybe embedded to your website or blog.

Another site that maintains it’s currency and grows in recognition is Connexions.  Connexions is an environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web. … All content is free to use and reuse under the Creative Commons “attribution” license.   Connexions is a site which allows members to copy and reuse educational content as well as create your own content to share with others.

Connexions is a key player in the open content movement for education.  This is one of many sites, based upon the concept of social networking, that allows for the presentation of and reuse of educational resources.

Another site that I am professionally interested in is that of Moodle. As an educator I believe it is essential to stay current with the most recent trends in learning management systems. As Moodle is open source new innovations are continously evolving in the use of this LMS.   Due to the recent economic downturn more and more educators are seeking more economic solutions in their learning management systems.  As an example of this the South Carolina Department of Education recently adopted Moodle as a solution.

Another tool that i use for scheduling meetings with individuals outside of my organzation is Doodle. Doodle is... an online scheduling tool, Doodle takes the pain out of finding the right date and time for a group of people to meet and makes scheduling virtually effortless. The basic service is a free online coordination tool which requires neither registration nor software installation.

If you haven’t checked out YouTube…then I have to ask..why haven’t you? and been a bit judgmental about that.  YouTube is the video archive of who we are currently as people.  It shows what we do to have fun, make music, present information, and demonstrate how to do things. YouTube is just cool.

Do you want to incorporate videos into your course site but just don’t have the time?  Then Snag Films may have just the resource for you.  Interested in a serial killer?  Midwifery? former President Nixon? Egypt?   This site has a film for you. Be aware that this site is supported by “commercials” just like “real TV.”

Photosharing sites are popular with my favorite being Flickr..well it’s the one I use.  It has been my experience that as a user of some of these sites you “just end up using one,” without any real analysis or comparison of these sites.  One thing I do like about Flickr is picnik it is a photo editing site that can be used to do some basic photo edits for pictures uploaded to Flickr.  There are 470 Web 2.0 photo apps listed on FeedMyApp.   I use Twit Pic for photo sharing on the Twitter..it is the one that my cell phone defaults to, and when I am goofing around with photos and Twitter..well it’s the one I use.

In doing research for this blog I have found some sites I need to check out such as PhotoFunia. This site does the following as an online photo editing tool that gives you a fun filled experience.
You upload any photo and just wait to see the magic. Our proprietary technology automatically
identifies the face in the photo and let’s you add cool photo effects and create funny face photo
montages.


Dumpr is another site that allows the user to upload photos from his/her computer and apply affects to the picture.

Snipshot is a pay for service sitewhich allows for many photo editing services. These services include:

  • Edit RAW files online
  • Apply special effects
  • Make portraits faster with face detection
  • No download necessary—100% browser based, no plug-ins required
  • One-click import from any web site with our bookmarklet
  • Save as GIF, JPG, PDF, or PNG
  • One-click enhance improves most images
  • Basic editing tools like crop, rotate, resize
  • Basic image adjustments like contrast, brightness, saturation, sharpness and hue
  • Unlimited undo and redo (Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y, or ⌘Z and ⌘Y on your Mac)
  • Nondestructive editing—we always work from the original
  • Edit big pictures—up to 10 MB, or 25 megapixels (5000×5000 pixels)
  • Import PDF

Splashup, a webbased photo editing tool is one I will be checking out frequently.  This site provides photo sharing, layer and blend modes, filters, layer effects, brushes and text editing.

I also found a site I was not previously aware of but will definitely book mark for further review and that is Seed from AOL.   From the About site it states that Seed: Join this network of amazing talent, and reach one of the web’s largest monthly audiences. SEED is the place for you to be seen, to be heard, to get credit and to get paid.

Triond is another site worthy of further exploration for writers as it provides: a complete publishing service that enables users to easily publish quality content of any type, in any media format. We publish your work on a network of niche websites so you reach a wider audience, gain more recognition and earn more revenue.

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