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Exploding Tools of Web 2.0!

This is partly a cross-posting from the Visualization in Education Network. It's kind of long - (Dr. Johnson: "I'm sorry I wrote you a long letter--I didn't have time to write a short one" - or words to that effect). I hope everyone reading this isn't such a techie that it's stale news.

I haven't posted in awhile partly because I've been caught up in Second Life a bunch since attending the NMC "Evolution of Communication" conference "in world".Fabulous. I can't imagine writing something short enough for a blog post about what I've learned in SL, but I'll give it a go later, I think. In the meantime, if any of you are in SL, IM Chimera Cosmos for a teleport and a chat. I found some really cool places to check out, including a school for geishas. I met one of them (really) and I got a free kimono to wear. Wild.

But back to the topic of the day. I've been helping some Science Outreach folks who are working with biology teachers in an online masters program. Maybe I mentioned that before. They working with gliffy and wetpaint, and I want them to try Ustream.tv. It's amazing what you can do for free in about 5 minutes (figuratively).

Web 2.0 rocks!

Nice bubble map from kosmar:

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Here's a short List of my favorites--you'll have to google for the links for now.

gliffy, ning, ustream.tv, blip.tv, jing, camtwist, flickr, del.icio.us, wetpaint...

Here's a link to a google images search for Web 2.0. You'll find wonderful image maps and diagrams about the definition, the concept, the examples (like above and below)...click and see how many!

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So many cool tools...I barely learn how to use one when I find anotherthat MUST be added to the list. Things that used to require computercode of various flavors can now be done in a few clicks.

I downloaded jing and then found a podcast tutorial on podango about using it. Below is an image I captured and annotated with jing while listening to the podcast. Sure, you can do screen captures and upload images with other programs. But jingautomates the whole process, and you can annotate the image before yousend it off (I added the highlighting and arrows with jing tools).

There are options to upload images to flickr,embed images or video in blogs, capture a .swf (Flash) version of avideo running on your desktop to share, and more. You can also recordyour screen activity to create a tutorial on how to do computeroperations and upload it as Flash (.swf).

Plus, you can look in the jing history to call up previous items to modify and/or distribute. You can use Screencast.com, another TechSmith website, to share all kinds of files for download, including creations from jing. Really cool!

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Screencasting of images AND video directly from your desktop is jing's specialty.

CamTwist works well with Ustream.tv.You can stream a video that is on your computer live via Ustream, andsimultaneously record it to Ustream for later re-broadcast. You'vealways wanted to do that, you know you have! More about CamTwist will follow when I have time.

I haven't been into Second Life yet today, but I get announcements about events and classes in my email, and I want to go there and learn more. Anyone for a tour?

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