Here is a list of web 2.0 tools and other educational technology tools that I have previewed and many of them used in the classroom. Eventually I will do a tutorial and highlight most of these but in the meantime for those who are up to just exploring and figuring them out yourselves, then have at it and enjoy.
This tool allows you to use your own pictures and audio to build a presentation or demonstration. A simple zoom tool allows you to focus in on the items in a picture you are talking about, as you outline information you can zoom and pan around an image.
Google Fusion Tables is a modern data management and publishing web application that makes it easy to host, manage, collaborate on, visualize, and publish data tables online.
Import your own data Upload data tables from spreadsheets or CSV files, even KML. Developers can use the Fusion Tables API to insert, update, delete and query data programmatically. You can export your data as CSV or KML too.
Visualize it instantly See the data on a map or as a chart immediately. Use filters for more selective visualizations.
Publish your visualization on other web properties Now that you've got that nice map or chart of your data, you can embed it in a web page or blog post. Or send a link by email or IM. It will always display the latest data values from your table and helps you communicate your story more easily.
"Everyone likes personal cloud services, like Apple’s iCloud, Google Music, and Dropbox. But, many of aren’t crazy about the fact that our files, music, and whatever are sitting on someone else’s servers without our control."
OwnCloud allows you to set up your own cloud server for file-sharing, music-streaming, and calendar, contact, and bookmark sharing project.
“OwnCloud offers the ease-of-use and cost effectiveness of Dropbox and box.net with a more secure, better managed offering that, because it’s open source, offers greater flexibility and no vendor lock in."
OwnCloud enables universal access to files through a Web browser or WebDAV. It also provides a platform to easily view and sync contacts, calendars and bookmarks across all devices and enables basic editing right on the Web.
Programmers will be able to add features to it via its open application programming interface (API).
Watchitoo is a full collaboration and videoconferencing platform that can be embedded on any site.
Up to 25 (50 or 100 depending on your plan) people can actively interact with the video as a participant or a viewer, while up to 1000 can participate as pure viewers.
The technology exists not as a separate service, like WebEx or GoToMeeting, but rather as code integrated directly into the website.
This makes it easier to brand as your own, and since it’s embedded on your website, it’s easier for your participants to find and join.
Like other videoconferencing software on the market today, Watchitoo allows you to stream HD video, chat, share desktops, PDFs and videos and what the company calls “layers.”
“Like in broadcast television, a layer or multiple layers can now be added on top of the existing streaming content with Layers,”
The first layer is a simple identification label, which can be populated with a name, position and company. This then pops up over the video chatter who currently has the floor.
The second layer is a multimedia overlay to your video. This is called the Dynamic Visual layer, which lets you insert still and animated images, as well as flash content to help drive home your point or simply get people’s attention (look, it’s a blinky thing).
Another way to get people’s attention is to give them the option to weigh in on an issue. That’s where the third layer comes in: polls.
What really deviates from the video conferencing norm, however, is the last, e-commerce layer. This layer allows for organizations to make money off of what is being shown in the video.
Video conference organizers can pop up a checkout box, showing an article or product the viewer is currently watching.
Watchitoo works across platforms and mobile devices, and integrates also a full recording function (extra $5 per recording hour).
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