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Tools by Category

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Tools by Category

 

Spanner A space for any tools that you have found useful and that others can share. They can be online, downloadable, opensource, freeware, shareware......

 

To add a information about a tool, edit this page and type the name of your new page, select the text and use the link button  to add a link to the new wiki page for your tool. Save the page, click on the link you have created and then click on create page.

 

Tools in Alphabetical Order

 

Audio/Podcasting

 

levelator free (Java) tool for “levelling” mixed audio (e.g. for podcasts)

Podcast.net - The Podcast Directory

Podomatic - Create, Find, Share Podcasts!

Videora iPod Converter is a free iPod video converter that converts video files, YouTube videos, movies and DVD's so you can play them on your iPod.

 

Blogging Tools

 

Blogger - Create a blog in 3 easy steps

Windows Live Writer - a word processor for bloggers.

 

Browsers/Toolbars

 

Firefox is simply the best browser out there. Essential for the best Web 2.0 experience!

Scrapbook - a Firefox extension that allows you to save a webpage - with all its elements - to a local disc with one click. Supports burrowing several layers deep. Also allow you to make notes, highlight, remove elements.

 

Curation and Pathfinding

 

pearltrees.com - a web resources curation and sharing tool. See http://www.pearltrees.com/cpjobling/ for an example.

trailfire.com - a service that allows you to create a "trail" through interesting web sites, tag and comment your trails, share and rate trails with others.

trailmeme.com - a similar service to trailfire. From Xerox innovations.

 

Documentation & Office

 

citebite Link directly to quotes in Web pages

Google Chart API create on-demand charts for your web sites using a web service

 

Games (Educational)

 

Crayon_Physics - fantastic motion and gravity prototype game.  So good there has to be a use for it somewhere !

Quandry - an application for creating Web-based Action Mazes.

 

Hardware

 

Remote mouse and keyboard: simple hardware that can give interactivity to tutorials, seminars etc. 

 

Image & Photo

 

30 Free Image Sources from about.com

MS Photostory3 - free software to convert a series of images into a ‘movie’

picnik - Free software to edit digital images online

 

Mind Mapping

 

Text2Mindmap - Text2Mindmap is a web application that creates a mind map out of a list of words, which you can then download as an image.

 

 

Miscellaneous Tools

 

MathTran typeset mathematical formulae into PNG images

OpenDisk a freely distributable collection of open source applications, utilities and games for Windows.

PortableApps.com  - Portable versions of your favourite free and open source software that you can run on any pc from your pen drive.

 

Polling/Survey Tools

 

doodle,com: Excellent and very simple to use polling tool, ideal for anything from selecting a meeting date to choosing from the christmas lunch menu! - you dont even have to create an account, though doing so is free and gives you more control.

 

Presentation Tools

 

Flowgram - create interactive presentations using web pages, powerpoints and documents that are delivered via Flash or converted into movies. Now unfortunately dead ... RIP!

Prezi an online presentation tool that is non-linear

Presentation.io - Use your phone to control presentations and share with your audience - account (free!) required

s5 a system for creating slide shows from HTML documents 

SlideShare upload and share presentations online.

WebSlide - a service from Diigo.com that converts an RSS feed or a set of (tagged) Diigo bookmarks into an embeddable slide show. See New Tools: WebSlide.

 

Productivity Tools

 

Awesome Highlighter - highlight text in a webpage so that when you send a link you can be certain the recipient will know why.

Dropbox - possibly the simplest on-line backup and sharing tool there is. Install the software, create a "Dropbox" folder and anything you put there is saved automatically on the internet. Install drop boxes on more than one machine and they are all kept in sync. Free option is limited to 2GB.

drop.io - your own slither of web space (100Mb) in which to drop files for accessing later or for sharing (images, video, audio, anything you want) with an RSS feed too !

H20 create a "playlist" of linked online resources.

 

 

Academic Research Tools 

 

zotero is a browser-based tool to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. Latest version has social features on web.

CiteULike -- 'everyone's library'. An on-line bibliographical database with social sharing features. Think delicious.com for academics.

Mendeley -- described as "last.fm for researchers". Social network for researchers, shared documents, shared bibliographies, citing tools.

EndNote -- the University standard bibliographic database tool.

EndNote Web -- version of EndNote that can be used from a web browser.

 

RSS/Feed Reader Tools

 

Bloglines - free-to-use web-based RSS feed aggregator.

Feed2js - add an RSS feed to your webpages or courses.

Grazr Embed RSS and OPML feeds inside a web page.

Google Reader - another free-to-use web-based RSS feed aggregator.

 

Screenshot/ScreenCasting

 

Jing: A free, easy to install and easy to use screencasting tool.

wink - Free Open Source tool for making screencasts

 

Social and Collaboration Tools

 

Scribd upload and share documents and papers online. 

 

Social Bookmarking

 

delicious.comThe social boomarking site.

diigo.com: Another social bookmarking site. Compatible with delicious.com but with more features.

 

Social Networking

 

Elgg: A self-hosted open-source social network platform. Open or closed garden as you wish.

Elgg.com: subscription model social network service due for release in May 2010.

Ning: Create your own social network for free. (This may be a subscription only service from May 2010. See announcement of change in terms of service)

ping.fm: Update all your social networks from one place.

 

Video Resources

 

News Film Online - 3,000 hours of television news and cinema newsreels.

Screenonline - ‘The definitive guide to Britain’s film and TV history.’

 

Video Tools

 

Animoto Spice up you presentation to be like film trailers!

Dotsub - easily add subtitles to your videos. Useful for accessibilty and Welsh language versions.

 

Wiki Tools

 

MediaInk  a 'post wiki' collaborative tool

tiddlywiki a single-user wiki 

Google SideWiki - annotate any web site (needs Google toolbar +  IE or Firefox)

 

 

 

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