25 tools to entertain, educate, enthrall


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25 tools to entertain, educate, enthrall

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