Sunday, June 22, 2008

Current 2.0 Toys

Some promising 2.0 toys I'm currently playing with but have yet to figure out a real-life academic application for:
  • Ameritocracy - uses a reputation and source citation system to create intelligent dialogue/discussion around public policy/political issues. Potential use in info lit to teach critical source evaluation and proper source citing?
  • iSpring - converts Powerpoint slides, including animations to flash (possible use in our virtual workshops)
  • MeGlobe - IM with instant language translation for possible use with our overseas students.
  • Timetoast - create online timelines with photos and links to content easily.
  • uTipu - easily create video tutorials with audio overlay and publish to web - far easier (and free!) than Camtasia, but obviously without most of the advanced features. Here is one I did (there is audio, but it's low volume, so turn up your speakers!):
  • Yahoo! Pipes - create, aggregate and filter RSS feeds. This is easier to use than I thought - no programming skills needed for the basics. We want to start offering RSS feed services that incorporate our subscription databases to course developers especially.

1 comment:

Porter said...

Dana -

Hi! I'm Porter, the founder of Ameritocracy. Your post, and a conversation I had yesterday, gave me an idea.

Do you mind sending me a quick email.. porter [ at ]