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Thursday, 28 May 2009

New LiveStream!

An email came through earlier which I didn't pay much attnetion to until the same topic came up again in a Twitter post. Mogulus is now LiveStream and it is fantastic. I tried it a while ago when it was still Mogulus and left it on the back burner, as UStream gave me more of what I wanted, but not any more. I am seriously thinking of switching LOL over from Ustream to Livestream for a test drive. The channel is ready to go and I hope to try it out June 5th for the final LOL of the school year.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

SimplyBox,Cohere and Zotero-Putting Ideas Together!

A colleague of mine put me on to this a few weeks back. SimplyBox is an application that allows you to organise snapshots from websites into boxes and containers by simply selecting an area of a website and dragging it to the appropriate box in your toolbar. This is called boxing and saving. You can then share your box with others and all boxed items link back to the original website. Clever!

There is potential here for student tool kits. Certainly a group of kids working on a collaborative project could easily create, share and collaborate on their collection of resources in a simple, visual yet powerful manner.

Here is the Sharing Video

I am making it my job to also investigate Cohere " a visual tool to create, connect and share Ideas." This app. would appear to go a bit further by allowing people to create collections of ideas linked to websites, connect these to other ideas and collaborate on these collections with others.

Here is the Introductory Video

Finally I came across Zotero today, another powerful bookmarking, organisational tool with an iTunes like interface, which grabs full text when you bookmark an item. These can all be annotated and all notes become part of the searchable database. Drag and drop features make organisation easy, and plugins exist to create citations and bibliographies from all citations within a project. The library can be accessed on different machines through synching.

Here's the Introductory Video

Monday, 18 May 2009

Relevant Information

Every wondered what day of the week you were born on, what time the sun rises in different parts of the world, what the possible closed forms of PI are, or any other piece of info related to something else?

Try a Wolframalpha search.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

More on the Twitter Front!

Just come across a few new Twitter tools while tracking Twitter Posts.

SnapTwitter allows you to easily share Flickr pictures on Twitter.

TwitPic lets you share pictures on Twitter using your Twitter credentials.

I am beginning to think I need a whole Twitter page.

I'd be interested in hearing about the different ways Twitter is used with students.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Getting the Tweet of Things

I have been forcing myself to be more consistent with Twitter lately. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been a most unwilling participant up until now. I just  didn't understand the WOW of it. That is slowly changing.  I have now committed myself to opening it each day and refreshing the page occassionally, which has lead me to stumble across some really great stuff. Tiny url's, little blog snippets, these are two of the most valuable facets of Twitter I have found so far. Yes it is nice to keep in touch and post personal updates on what we are doing, so our friends to read about it, but to be able to share interesting ideas and links with our social networks, without writing or having to read blog posts to get to the meat of things...well, is there a need to elaborate further?