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25 tools to entertain, educate, enthrall

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25 tools that I think are fun, interesting and helpful. All are free, and quick to learn. Try a new tool today!

25 tools that I think are fun, interesting and helpful. All are free, and quick to learn. Try a new tool today!

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  • 1. 25 tools to entertain, educate, enthrall and excite!
    Phil Bradley
    http://www.philb.com
  • 2. Tagxedo
    Next generation Wordle product
    Simple and easy to use
    Flexible
    You can add your own images to create your own wordcloud shapes
  • 3. Two of my creations
  • 4. Vuvox
    Media Creation, made easy, and Incorporate images, videos
    Create embedded content and hotspots
    Use photographs as frames for slideshows
    A nice alternative to Powerpoint
  • 5. Web 1.0 and 2.0 compared: a worked example
  • 6. Voxopop
    Discuss interests with others
    Interact quickly and easily
    Using your own voice
    Start your own talk groups
  • 7. My worked example
  • 8. Readability
    Readability makes it easier to read webpages
    It removes the clutter around what you’re reading
    Great for printing as well
    Install as a browser bar button
  • 9. Before/after BBC news story
  • 10. Wallwisher
    Online bulletin board with post-it notes
    Easy to create, maintain, and involve others
    Great for group use
    Embed video and image links too
  • 11. Wallwisher demo wall
  • 12. Trailmeme
    Create a ‘trail’ of websites/pages for people to explore
    Good way to introduce a subject
    Assisted learning, explored at own pace
    Easy to create
  • 13. My Web 2.0 apps example
  • 14. Animoto
    Create video compliations from images
    Produce professional looking products
    Free accounts limited to 30 second clips
  • 15. My worked example
  • 16. Whichbook
    Choose a book to read based on various criteria
    Use a simple sliding scale to emphasis elements
    Then choose your book and borrow from your library
  • 17. Whichbook in action
  • 18. YouSendIt
    Send large files easily
    Browser based
    Overcome email limitations
    Free and commercial versions
  • 19. YouSendIt home page
  • 20. Plugoo
    Plug a chatbox into your site/blog
    Links directly into your messenger
    Excellent for ‘Ask a librarian’ type service
    You have complete control over it
  • 21. Me chatting to.... Me!
  • 22. CopyTaste
    Create your own private URL with data
    Share with friends, colleagues, the world
    Include photos, video etc
    Easy way to collate data
  • 23. Copytaste public pages
  • 24. Flame
    Create wonderful flame/smoke type images
    Simple, easy and quick to create
    Beautiful!
    Sometimes just having fun is enough!
  • 25. Flame creation page
  • 26. Netvibes for home/start pages
    Pull all your links and content together in one place
    Save time as data flows to you
    Add RSS feeds, create dashboards,
    Share, or keep private
  • 27. An example Web 2.0 subject dashboard
  • 28. Google searchstories
    Create 30 second stories around Google search
    Choose 7 searches, add music, you’re done
    Upload to YouTube
    Simple and easy to use
  • 29. My UK General Election example
  • 30. Slideshare
    Add your presentations
    Keep them private, make them public
    Create your own network
    Excellent for training, distributing
  • 31. My page at Slideshare
  • 32. Tizmos
    Create a page of large thumbnails of resources
    Use as a start page, subject guide or trail
    Simple and easy to use
  • 33. Search engines page example
  • 34. Star Wars weather forecast
    Great fun if you like Star Wars, not so much if you don’t.
    A different answer to an obvious question
    Sometimes things are just fun
  • 35. London weather, April 17
  • 36. Tinychat
    Create a real time chat room in seconds
    Add video functionality to it
    Stream up to 12 people at once
    Make private video calls
  • 37. Simple screenshot
  • 38. TitsUp
    Checks to see if a site is down for everyone, or just a local problem
    Quick and easy
    It does what it does!
  • 39. What it looks like:
  • 40. Krunchd
    Quick way to share a lot of URLs
    Great for teaching, subject guidance, training
    Generate your own link
  • 41. A worked example
  • 42. ScreenToaster
    Free online screen recorder
    Works with a single click
    Add voice over
    Embed anywhere
  • 43. Their demonstration
  • 44. What do you suggest?
    Takes an idea from you
    Uses Google to make suggestions on improving the search
    Interesting concept – useful for teaching search
  • 45. Web 2.0 worked example
  • 46. Web Seer to compare suggestions
    Choose two different things
    Compare the Google suggestions
    Quickly see similarities/differences
    Fun and educational all at once!
  • 47. Worked football team example
  • 48. Zinepal
    Create printable PDFs and eBooks from any online content
    Quickly, easily produce your own material in a different format
    From blog, search results, website
  • 49. UK General Election worked example
  • 50. Glogster
    Poster yourself!
    Create online posters
    Incorporate text, images, music and video
  • 51. Glogs related to ‘books’
  • 52. Even more!
    If you found these interesting, you’ll probably find my other resources helpful:
    “I want to” is a collection of over 1,100 applications that help you do different things
    My “Web 2.0 weblog” which is updated most days with new resources.
  • 53. Thanks
    You can contact me at philipbradley@gmail.com
    Or via my website at http://www.philb.com
    I’m happy to discuss working with you to update your staff or colleagues with tailor made courses on social media or internet search, from an hour to a day.

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