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Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

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Thanks for the heads up. I am aware of Alice and I like it, but so far have not been able to get a student interest. ON the other hand, they seem to love the simplicity and are having a blast with Pivot stick figure animator which is very easy to get addicted to and can be a good stimulus for creativity.
Rob

How about Google Sketchup? Indeed, the whole suite of google tools for educators (documents, google earth/sky, etc.) seem to be a must add on.

I've read a number of posts flaming google for their "save everything" philosophy and fears that they will sell off all your personal info some day. Although I doubt that will happen, I suppose it's a possibility. What do others think? To me that would be the only possible negative to embracing the all powerful google machine.
Jeff

April 08 session
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Many times your get programs or web applications for free, but at the price of tracking cookies, etc. I like to use Lavasoft's Adware, Spybot Search & Destroy and Microsoft Defender as my constant companions on the Web, and they are all free. However, I am a firm believer that if you use Lavasoft and Spyware, it is a good idea to support them with some cash to help support their further development.

The article in their FAQs is something that I recommend to friends who are installing these programs to clarify the issue. http://spybot.com/en/faq/4.html

Thanks to knowmate Mike McLeod for sharing these resources

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spyware is always a issue when surfing the net.  Many times you get programs or web applications for free, but at the price of tracking cookies, etc.  I like to use Lavasoft's Adware, Spybot Search & Destroy and Microsoft Defender as my constant companions on the Web, and they are all free.  However, I am a firm believer that if you use Lavasoft and Spyware, it is a good idea to support them with some cash to help support their further development.

The two free online Web virus scanners I use are:
  1. Panda's ActiveScan. I mostly use the paid Pro edition.  It catches problem files that even Norton misses.
  2. Trend Micro's HouseCalls

Thanks to Mike M  for this posting                       Sept06
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Source page: http://www.audacity.sourceforge.net

"Open source software for recording and editing sounds....developed under GNU (General Public License)". (Will be back after setting preferneces for Mozilla so I can copy and paste.)
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http://www.grisoft.com

 

Grisoft is in the business of selling antivirus software so you have to dig a little to find the free download for home use. AVG Free Edition is available to home users only. Use of AVG Free Edition within any commercial organization, school, church or charity is prohibited.

Their website describes the features:

  • Rapid virus database updates for the lifetime of the product

  • Easy of use

  • No system slow down

  • Automatic update functionality

  • A resident shield, which provides real-time protection as files are opened and programs are run

  • An e-mail scanner, which protects your e-mail

  • An on-demand scanner, which allows you to perform scheduled and manual tests

  • A virus vault for safe isolation and handling of infected files

The free version of AVG is widely used and there are no major complaints other than the size of the update files for those on dialup.

They provide nicely written online

reference guide for the product.

thanks to knowmate Therese Weel for this resource                 April06

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http://www.copernic.com/

find any of your files, emails, pictures, ... easily and instantly

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one feature of the opensource philosophy is an open structure for development of tools/materials/programs

this development is created through the efforts of a variety of individuals working together and then sharing under an open source licence

if you are looking for icons - check out the Crystal Project:

Currently, the Crystal Project, has more than 1300 icons in six different sizes, divided into the following categories: Actions, Apps, Files Systems, Devices and Mime Types. Get to know the complete theme, please, click on the Downloads section.

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 DimDim
is the Open Source web conferencing company.

With Dimdim you can show Presentations, Applications and Desktops to any other person over the internet. You can chat, show your webcam and talk with others in the meeting

At the moment it is available for I.E 6 and Firefox 1.5

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A free software for learning and collaboration

Dokeos is an Open Source elearning and course management web application translated in 34 languages and helping more than 1.000 organisations worldwide to manage learning and collaboration activitie

thanks to knowmate Andreas Buesing for this opensource tool       Sept06
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The eLearning XHTML editor (eXe) is a web-based authoring environment designed to assist teachers and academics in the design, development and publishing of web-based learning and teaching materials without the need to become proficient in HTML, XML or complicated web-publishing applications.

The eXe project was conceived to address the use of technology in the design and authoring of learning resources for the web. Initial research showed that while there are many web authoring tools available their usability and sophistication varied considerably. We identified the need for a tool to specifically assist teachers and academics to publish professional looking web pages according to the structure and form required for good teaching, and in such a way that this content could be integrated with existing LMS applications.

Thanks to knowmate Andreas Buesing for recommending this opensource tool
July06
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In my [Kenneth's] efforts to find open source systems to create and manage content that I can share easily with others I've learned about two areas where I can freely access cms and desktop systems:

1. cPanel with Fantastico on http://bluehost.com and http://siteground.com - this is where I have several instances of moodle, drupal, phpwebsite, joomla and a few other.

2. http://livecdlist.com and http://distrowatch.com where I have come to find and utilize several liveCDs that extends my ability to work with systems running from CDs in a desktop, thin client and server situation.

My basic requirements in bootable liveCDs are: desktop, browser, and access to media. I download iso files, burn them to cds that on a regular bases I use and keep up-to-date with:

http://e-lane.org/pub - the dotlrn and several other OACS packages that I use

http://puppylinux.com - small size general purpose...updated most frequently

http://dynebolic.org - multi media production and streaming

http://mepis.org - best OS replacement and desktop

http://edubuntu.org - fast becoming the unifying core code that all the other debian users use.

thanks to Kenneth Wyrick for these sites
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Furl [ http://www.furl.net/index.jsp ] your personal web file

Furl allows you to copy an article and store it on your computer electronically. It's virtue is, if you do a lot of research on the web, that you can store articles and refer back them on the computer, instead of having to print out large amounts of pages, usually half of which end up being discarded. Very handy for term papers, and professional writers who need to store articles for a short time--a day or a week, before deleting them. Very handy also for arranging footnotes and citations.


thanks to Joseph F. Dunphy for the recommendation
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Gizmo  VoIP option
Gizmo Project uses your internet connection (broadband or dial-up) to make calls to other computers. With the click of a mouse, you’re connected to friends, family, and colleagues anywhere on earth. It’s just that simple. You talk clearly. For as long as you want. For free. Gizmo Project uses your internet connection (broadband or dial-up) to make calls to other computers. With the click of a mouse, you’re connected to friends, family, and colleagues anywhere on earth. It’s just that simple. You talk clearly. For as long as you want. For free.

features:


gizmo features
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Google Earth [ http://earth.google.com ] provides satellite images from around the world. It has a fairly small download but requires a 3D graphics card which may not be available on some older machines. They combine various images to create a seamless trip. My husband was very excited the other day to see the back side of Mount Everest (he loves mountains) and recently took a tour of the Great Wall of China. A warning: it can be quite engrossing and before you realize it an hour has flown by!

New Features [July06]

Less Is More - A New UI
The most obvious change is a new and, we think, simpler user interface.


- textured" 3D buildings
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Google Sketchup, you can now create your own textured 3D models
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Creating and Sharing Geographic Information – A New Type Of KML
The best thing Google Earth's got going for it is the creativity of the millions of users who are adding and sharing geographic information. And with Google Earth (Release 4 BETA), we've expanded that capability in “KML,” the file format Google Earth uses to add and share data.
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versions of Google Earth in French, Italian, German, and Spanish
- improved the terrain, so peaks and valleys are more realistic


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a freeware automatic correction exercise tool, which is very easy to work with - very user-friendly, and the students also enjoy doing the exercises. It displays different types of exercises, such as crosswords, quiz, match, etc.
http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/halfbaked

Submitted by Cristina Costas  Sept. 24, 2005


Whilst Hot Potatoes is a great application, just about averyone who uses it in the context of education development or in particular Adult Education, needs to register and pay a licence fee to use the product.

From Hot Potatoes Comercial Licences

Hot Potatoes is free for use by individuals working for state-funded educational institutions which are non-profit making, on the condition that the material you produce using the program is freely available to anyone via the WWW. However, you need to purchase a licence under any of the following conditions:

  • You are working for a company or corporation, or an educational institution which is not state-funded.
  • You are in business for yourself.
  • You charge money for access to the material you make with Hot Potatoes.
  • You do not make the material freely available through the WWW.
  • AussieK   Sept 24, 2005


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    just check this out. I was using this conference room the other day and it's really neat.
    http://www.inetconferenceroom.com/rooms.nsf/home

    ICR rooms includes these features as standard:Voice Communications
    The moderator of a conference has complete control of who is participating and what actions they can take.
    Individual microphone and speaker volume adjustments

     Share your screen content
    Everyone can view the same screen in the follow-me mode, and you can move to any accessible website, with every change instantly reflected on all participant screens.
    Place presentation pages, slides, or flash on the internet and all your guests or customers can watch the presentation while you narrate and/or respond to questions
    Participants can talk with each other while the follow-me browser is being used for collaboration, demonstration.

    Instant Text-chat
    Type and send private or group messages
    Customizable fonts and coloring, icons 
    Polling

    Shared Calendar
    A shared Web-based calendar is available for scheduling meeting dates and times

    PowerPoint Presentations
    You can create special presentations and upload in advance for a conference.These slides can than be shared by all participants.


    Submited by Cristina Costas Sept. 24, 2005


    Note: this program was developed by Geoff Kaye of Compued in Perth Western Australia. Geoff has worked tirelessly in developing what we call "low threshold technologies" that will work effectively in areas that have low connection speeds to the internet. (AussieK)



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    quite useful software that can be used for free to store information. It is called indisk and it allows the users to upload and download files.
    It is quite simple to use, you just have to sign up for it. It's a Brazilian software but I am leaving you the link anyway!
    https://wwws.insite.com.br/indisk/

    submitted by Cristina Costa   Sept. 24, 2005
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    I am always impressed with the quality sites that I find in the UK.

    I know there are a number of educators signed in this weekend, although this site is applicable to anyone who is interested in keeping young people safe online.

    The internet safety zone has great information that could be a starting point for discussion within a classroom/family or just to gain personal information

    Another site that I really like getnetwise - you are just one click away
    It has great video tutorials and the spotlight section is well worth a look.

    Do you have any internet savvy sites that you regularly use?

    May08

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    open source logo image

    here is the introduction to an article on opensource from the OpportunityWales online guides area:

    Could your business benefit from free, quality software? Of course it could. But, what's the catch? As long as you're reasonably PC literate (or know a web developer) there isn't one. Here's how you can cut costs by tapping into a growing movement called 'Open Source' software.

    As its name suggests Open Source software includes publically available source code bundled with the product. By contrast commercial software, such as Microsoft Word, is 'closed source' - the source code is closely guarded by the developers and is never released. In practice this means that development of closed source products continues at the pace set by the developers and not by the users of the software.

    Does this matter?

    Yes. With Open Source software, the source code is available to its users, so anyone can add new features to the software. Because of its “open” nature, the software can also have less bugs as the users and developer join forces to find bugs, fix them and release new versions.


    the full article [4 pages] is well worth a read.
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    iteamwork was recommended by Knowmate AussieK.

    from the website:
    iTeamwork.com is a free, online, web-based team project management application that you use with your web browser.

    The methodology, implementation and interface are kept simple to insure that the focus is on managing projects rather than learning a new system.

    It also has a link to enable encryption which is a good idea it a team is working with sensitive information. You can create a project, compile a list of tasks, assign someone to complete the task, add notes about the project/tasks, percentage complete tracking, mark tasks as completed, reassigning a task to another person, change a task to a project etc.. It is a comprehensive team workplace that uses email notification to keep all members informed.
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    brilliantignorance blog has posted a list of his 5 favourite mac freeware products

    My Favorite 5 Mac freeware

    1. Quicksilver - Mac OS X on steroids.

    2. Adium - Best multi-protocol instant messenger

    3. Growl - System wide notification utility

    4. VLC Player - Plays everything under the sun (...well almost)

    5. MacJanitor - One touch system maintenance
    You might also want to check out his Essential section where there are comprehensive links to essential addons for pc's, mac's, firefox and treo
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    Meeting Wizard{www.meetingwizard.com). An easy-to-use and reliable tool for scheduling meetings.

    Thanks to Elga Nikolva for providing this link                 April06

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    As supporters of OpenSource options, knowplace recommends OpenOffice as an alternative to commercial office programs.

    It has recently come to my attention that people need help understanding the program. Here are a few links to tutorials that you might find useful.

    TutorialsforOpenOffice.org

    read this page first: http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/Welcome.html

    http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/category_index/Index.html   

    LearnOpenOffice.org

    http://www.learnopenoffice.org/tutorials.htm
     

    This site has a flash tutorial on Impress for presentations and 3 levels of tutorials for Calc [their version of Excel] that might be helpful as well as online pages to go through or print off.

    e-learning for OpenOffice

    http://www.digitaldistribution.com/about/lessons/
     

    Can work online or has downloadable program with tutorials:

      open office tutorials


     

     

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    http://www.openoffice.org/

    You can use it as replacement for MS-Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The handling ist a little bit different but the learning courve is not very steep if you already know something about word processing or calculation software.

    It's free and available for Windows, Linux and Macintosh.

    Thanks to Marian H. for this posting
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    ActiveColab is an example of how opensource products are moving into the mainstream business model.

    This project management system is built on opensource but provided for your server with support from the company.


    from Kenneth W:
    BEL Server-Basic(KDE) is a multi-server implementation of PCLinuxOS. It has been modified to come with many common servers pre-installed, such as apache web server, mysql, GroupOffice groupware, DNS, DHCP Postfix email server, Dovecot imap/pop3 server and many many more.

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    There is a very strong online community devoted to opensource.

    There is a great deal of information available with information on management and software available with open source options. There are also great articles to scan for information etc.

    Have you ever investigated this community? or another that you would like to recommend?

    from Kenneth Wyrick:
    drupal is one that i'm interested in and will be the way to go for some sites...i've spent some time with it a couple years ago when i created: http://alumnihouse.biz/ with the moodle at: http://alumnihouse.biz/lms is in current development.

    i love wordpress for the ability to edit the css for the elements of a website in a wysiwyg, it's simplicity...I was able to take a sandbox template and with the help of a friend create: http://oasci.org ...it's just a start...the other site i did a few months ago is http://bigmoneygriff.net

    joomla has a highly organized but complex way of modularizing content into a couple different modules so it takes time to know where to put content. I like the feel of it but it will take time to get good at using it. I didn't find an easy calendar to use when I first used it but it might be easier in a more recent release... see what i did in one day at: http://mahaliajacksonthemovie.com/ddp

    the phpWebsite is one that is not typically on the list when comparing cms....when i did my initial evaluation of the cpanel fantastico scripts on both bluehost.com and siteground.com I decided to ues phpWebsite for the majority of the sites I was working on, at the time.

    It's the only one of the php based cms on the fantastico that came with a calendar and a photo album by default...see http://yncuts.net as one that's been up for over a year...they don't use it much but it's still there with not spam...it's also the only php based cms that I found on fantastico that is maintained by a university.

    I'm currently using http://edubuntu.org to learn to install install wordpress which i found in synaptic......more another time....hope this was not too long.

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    "By 2012, more than 90 percent of enterprises will use open source in direct or embedded forms," predicts a Gartner report, The State of Open Source 2008, which sees a "stealth" impact for the technology in embedded form: "Users who reject open source for technical, legal or business reasons might find themselves unintentionally using open source despite their opposition."

    this quote is from the talk: Gartner: Open source will quietly take over as reported in ZNET - April 4

    Garner continues: "By 2012, more than 90 percent of enterprises will use open source in direct or embedded forms," predicts a Gartner report, The State of Open Source 2008, which sees a "stealth" impact for the technology in embedded form: "Users who reject open source for technical, legal or business reasons might find themselves unintentionally using open source despite their opposition."

    What is your take on this evolution?

    Comments:

    Randy D: I suppose the only downside one might consider in the increasing use of OpenSource software is the negative effect it might have on business opportunity. But, I think that opportunities for polished end user applications will always be there. In fact, since the market is growing, there will be a bigger demand for simple, hassle-free applications.

    I'm happy that OpenSource software like Moodle has been adopted so widely. Moodle may be perceived as a threat to businesses like Blackboard. However, I prefer to think of Moodle as an incentive to BB to provide a better product.

    Kenneth: Actually, business opportunities will increase because because more people will have access to use and customization tools that will enable them to produce, communicate and share content.

    FOSS really speaks to having more options for a person that is at the mercy of someone else creating software for them to use. http://www.fossweb.com/index.html

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    Here you find something like a sandbox for CMS and other tools. Go and give it a try:

    < http://www.opensourcecms.com/>

    This site was created with one goal in mind. To give you the opportunity to "try out" some of the best php/mysql based free and open source software systems in the world. You are welcome to be the administrator of any CMS system here, allowing you to decide which system best suits your needs. You should also visit CMS Training Videos for more in depth video tutorials for many of these systems.

    The administrator username and password is given for every system and each system is deleted and re-installed every two hours. This allows you to to add and delete content, change the way things look, basically be the admin of any CMS system here without fear of breaking anything.

    At the upper left hand side of your screen you will see a clock that is counting down. What it shows is how much time is left in this two hour demo window. Once the clock hits 00:00:00 the demos will be refreshed.

    I hope opensourceCMS.com is useful in your quest to find the right CMS software system for your needs. If you're looking for hosting, OpenSourceHost supports every system here. OpenSourceHost will even install and upgrade the system of your choice for free when you sign up for an account.

    thanks to Andreas Buesing for this recommendation
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    http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator

    PDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, StarCalc or any other Windows application.

    OpenSource project

    pdf creator

    thanks to Christine Lombarts for sharing this program                  Sept06
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    Ken Thompson's blog 'The Bumble Bee' posted this collection of directories last August:
    Collectively these five directories probably cover the 300 most popular commercial, Web2.0 and Open Source collaboration products currently available.

    1. Thinkofit
    2. Wikipedia
    3. Capterra
    4. econsultant (Web2.0)
    5. Sourceforge (Open Source)

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    plogger image
    Plogger is the next generation in open-source photo gallery systems. A web application not bloated with superfluous features or complicated configuration settings. Plogger is a simple yet powerful tool — everything you need to share your images with the world. Plogger is your photos integrated into your website, a fully featured photo sharing package with an attractive and easy to use administrative interface that makes managing your galleries a breeze. Integrating our gallery software into your website is as easy as inserting three lines of PHP code. And did we mention the price? Absolutely Free. Plogger requires a server setup with at least MySQL v3.23, GD1.0, and PHP4.

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    With Photostory you can make a dynamic slide show with your still images, add voice and fancy transition effects. Just add any image you have in your photo floder (or ripped online -as long as you're not using things commercially, I am pretty careless. You could also look for pictures that are free of copyright; I've seen references to sites with this quality lately.

    I've tried creating a few Photoshop sets to find out how to do so, and it is quite simple. It seem to be impossible to edit sound once you have saved a project, so perhaps you would need to work with mode versions, like editing a draft before you make a final decision. Could also be me who did not read the documentation carefully yet.

    The format when saved is .wmv
    On Windows you need the latest Windows Media player 10 (probably sorks best with xp).

    One irritation was that when on mac I could not open the Photostory files that others created, but that might be a matter of setting the right media player . You know, trial and error - and a litle help from your firends smile

    Just found on my computer a nice illustrated manual I've picked up somewhere, can't see who created it so cannot give credit. Now lte me see if I can upload it here; format is a Word document that opens nicely in my MS Office 2003.


    Submitted by Sus Nyrop Sept. 24, 2005
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    www.podomatic.com enables anyone to easily find, create, and distribute podcasts, which are audio files published to the Internet and available for downloading right into your iPod or portable music player. I've created one for my EFL class and it's working successfully for a project with students all over the world here (hellos are welcome!) http://caeb2006.podomatic.com/

    Thanks to Rita Z for this entry

    Andreas had this to say: I personaly prefer odeo to podomatic and use the player/html to include it in "normal blogs".
    From Europe we experienced sometimes problems to upload or record online and edit at podomatic... If you are patient it is a great tool...


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    I have searched for a possibility to give presentations on the web. I found these and want to share them with you:

    http://thumbstacks.com/
    I haven't tried this in great detail, but it looks promising at first sight.

    http://www.slidestory.com/
    You can build a foto-presentation with sound that runs as standalone presentation.

    http://splashr.com/
    Using flicr photos for your presentation, I haven't tried this in more detail.

    http://zohoshow.com
    Looks promising, you can give life presentations, if you switch to another page, you audience will see the new page too.

    http://www.vyew.com
    Seems to be the best of all. You can set up a meeting with shared desktop, blackboard and voice. I would like to try it out with some participants but haven't found some yet.



    thanks to Marian Heddesheimer for this great selection smile
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    his is another freeware automatic correction exercise tool. It's also very easy to work with - very user-friendly, and the students also enjoy doing the exercises. What I like best about this one is the feedback given at the end of the exercise, which is very complete. http://www.lucagalli.net/

    Submitted by Cristina Costas   Sept. 24, 2005
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    An alternative to "tiny url" with good functionality.

    Probably the best feature is the ability to rename (via the nickname feature) the url to something that is meaningful. Tiny Url doesn't appear to have that capability yet.

    If you set up a login at SU, you can establish a file of your personal snipped urls which can be designated as private or public access.

    http://snipurl.com/tefaq


    Submitted by Sharon Holdner   Sept. 24, 2005
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    I'll pick on one here, but there are many, many available, but a plug in that I enjoy using with the Firefox web browser is called StumbleUpon. This plug finds random web sites that are based on the interests you define when setting up StumbleUpon. For example, if you are interested in woodworking, it will find random web site dealing with woodworking. It is a great little tool, but one to which you can easily loose many hours. You get to it by going under the Tools menu in Firefox and choosing Extensions. Choose the link at the bottom of the window called 'Get More Extensions'. It will take you to a web site where you can choose from hundreds of extensions that increase the functionality of your Firefox web browser.

    Here is the direct link to StumbleUpon

    https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/138/

    Thanks to NorbertK for this posting                            April06
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    Welcome to The Tech Virtual Museum Workshop

    by Rob Stephenson last modified 2008-04-16 14:02

    Want to create your own museum exhibit? Want to develop it with other creative thinkers and experts around the world? Want to share your exhibits with visitors in virtual and real galleries? This is the place to design and prototype exhibits online, using the web and Second Life. Start here to propose exhibit projects, share wild ideas and prototype exhibits.

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    Thinkfree is a free site that allows you to either upload or create your own MS Office documents (Word, Powerpoint and Excel) and share with others.  You may also edit online using their (scaled down) MS Office tools, as well as collaborate with others on documents, inviting others to either view or edit via email.

    thanks to Jeff Cooper for this posting
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    http://www.vimeo.com/
    embed video in your blog. (Very easy, they provide the html code snipet to be placed in the blog)

    thanks to AndreasB for this posting                  April06
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    www.vyew.com

    It has VOIP, phone, chat and webcam capabilities and an individual is able to conduct webinars. I am still playing around with it. Educators may find it useful as it has an "Educate & Train" section.

    from the website:

    General Features

    • Browser-based
    • Hundreds of Active/Archived Meetings per User
    • Flexible, PowerPoint-like Authoring
    • Always-On/Persistent
    • External Publishing
    • Custom Branding
    • FREE!

    thanks to knowmate Daisy W for this post


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    Online collaboration through the use of a secured wiki and other tools. The web collaboration site that has been online since September, 2004. Its stated purpose: to put web collaboration in the hands of people who need it without having to download or install complicated software.

    Use the email addresses of the participants in the project to send an invitation. Participants can be created with varying levels of access from Administrator to read-only. Any Administrator can add additional participants. There is even a non-disclosure form in the advanced features.
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    Webhuddle'

    from the website:  Designed for ease of use, WebHuddle overcomes many of the common challenges faced by other virtual meeting applications on the market—such as high-price to entry, compromised network security, large client downloads, and unreliability—resulting in a frustrated IT department and less than satisfactory business results.

    • Cross-Platform: Use any Java-enabled computer (Linux, Windows, Unix, Mac) Learn more

    • Simple: No installation needed—client runs in web browser Learn more

    • Small: Thin client (about 125 KB)—loads quickly Learn more

    • Secure: All data encrypted by HTTPS protocol Learn more

    • Open Source: Leverage the many benefits of open source software, including value, transparency, and flexibility. If you find WebHuddle useful you may download it and freely install it on your own network.

    Using WebHuddle, you have options— and flexibility. Meetings can be conducted either in conjunction with an enterprise’s existing teleconferencing service, or utilizing WebHuddle’s optional voice over IP. WebHuddle also offers recording capabilities—presentations can easily be recorded for playback over any web browser for those who missed the live meeting.

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    I was going to recommend a small cooperative note-taking software, but now I have some concerns about it. Originally, I was going to recommend Webnote. In fact, I even set up a page for the Knowplace weekend at http://www.aypwip.org/webnote/knowplace. However, as soon as I did this, I found that someone had already used the program and had left some notes. Now it could be that it is someone from this group, or it could be that it has been used previously at a Knowplace get together. Or it may not matter. What is of import, is that either way, whenever you use this type of collaborative program, care needs to be taken to select a name that is not easily discerned by any passerby. So now, I have set up a new page at http://www.aypwip.org/webnote/knowplace0625 (todays date).

    posted by Elderbob Brannigan in the OpenWeekend Potluck session #1
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    Here is my contribution to this pot-luck. Wink 2 is the latest version of Wink. This version is much more useful because you can now add audio and voice narrations to your slide shows. And it can publish to SWF format for online delivery.  Oh, and it is free.

    Wink can capture screen shots and actions to create flash based tutorials, without Flash or Captivate. And the presentations are editable.

    Download it from http://www.debugmode.com/wink/

    I am also keeping a list of free tools for learners and you can access it at http://www2.mtroyal.ca/~rcorbett/edtech/LearnersET.mm.html

    Rod

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    yousendit is a website that will store your files online to be retrieved by the recepients on their own schedule, without filling up their email program.

    It only requires the recepient email to be entered but if entered your email address will appear in the from area. I would make sure that you let everyone know that you are indeed sending the file (in a separate email if you are concerned about security). Their privacy policy says that they do leave a cookie on their server to recognize you and that they store the emails on their server. This is logical as they keep the file on hand for 7 days or 25 downloads if you send it to multiple recepients.

    They do post a link for you when the file has been transfered:

    Your file has been successfully sent!

    We've stored your file on our server and sent your recipient an email with instructions for retrieving it. The file will be available for 7 days or a limited number of downloads.

    Here is a link for your reference:

    http://s27.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=2DA4IXVD4L0S612IHXPZPRRGUD

    The recipient gets email notification and downloads from the website.

    You've got a file called "1008-093-04-1069.gif" (6 KB) waiting for download.
    Message: testing the product
     You can click on the following link to retrieve your file. The link 
    will expire in 7 days and will be available for a limited number of 
    downloads.
     Regular link (for all web browsers):
    http://s27.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=2DA4IXVD4L0S612IHXPZPRRGUD
     
    This email was automatically generated, please do not reply to it. 
    For any inquiries, feel free to email support@yousendit.com
     The YouSendIt Team

    Seems like an efficient way to work with files especially if you do not like to include attachments in emails. The links and references on the site indicate a number of reliable sources use and approve of the program.



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