Blogs

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What is it? A blog is a platform for a website that provides users with a large degree of versatility with regard to design while still allowing the main focus to be on content instead of aesthetics. Key Features Very easy to post content and manage. Free (depending on what service you choose). Who uses […]

Custom Homepages

What is it? Custom homepages, are user created pages hosted at companies such as Pageflakes.com and iGoogle.com that allow you to have whatever information you want, all on one page. Key features These websites will allow you to quickly and easily view any information, chosen and organized by the user. What information you can see […]

E-Readers

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What is it? E-readers are devices that the user can read and/or download e-books.  There are a number of different e-reader devices like the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader or the Barnes and Noble Nook.  Most of these devices use a technology called digital or electronic ink, making them more easily read in sunlight.  They generally […]

Electronic Gaming

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What is it? Electronic gaming is the use of consoles, computers, and electronic handheld devices to play games, generally referred to as video games.  There are multiple types of games, such as role playing games, real time strategy, first person shooter, racing games, puzzles, massive multiplayer online, and more.  Games cover a wide variety of […]

Elgg

What is it? Described by its founders as a ‘learning landscape’, Elgg provides each user with their own weblog, file repository (with podcasting capabilities), an online profile and an RSS reader. Additionally, all of a user’s content can be tagged with keywords – so they can connect with other users with similar interests and create […]

Etherpad

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What is it? Etherpad is a collaborative word-processing tool that allows users can edit a document together in real time. Key Features Collaborative word-processing in real time Individual users and their edits are color coded Each line of text is numbered to allow users to specify exactly what they are, or would like to edit […]

Evernote

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What is it? Evernote is a note collection and organization tool.  Evernote allows you to collect text, image, and sound files and organize them to be able to recall them easily in the future.  Evernote is available for and accessible from the web, personal computer and smartphone (iPhone or Blackberry) Key Features Ability to collect […]

Facebook

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What Is It? Facebook is a social networking site that allows users to: Create a profile detailing affiliations and interests Post pictures and other media Find and contact others with similar affiliations and interests Expand a personal social network by various groups Who Uses It? Facebook began as a way for college students to find […]

Flickr

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What is it? Flickr is currently the most popular online community/repository for photographs that encourages the sort of social dynamics characteristic of Web 2.0 sites. Open to anyone and free to use, Flickr allows users to upload, organize, and edit photos that are then available for viewing by others according to the privacy setting selected […]

Forums

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What is it? Forums are web spaces designed to promote and facilitate discussions and a space to post user-generated content. They are often organzied with a specific topic or goal in mind that is best accomplished through general discussion and are intended to create or maintain a sense of community. Most forum architecture is organized […]

Google Docs

What is it? Google Docs is a Google application that allows you to create and collaborate on documents, slide presentations, spreadsheets and forms. Google Docs allows you to collaborate with friends and colleagues. Any document can be opened to people you invite to the document. This cuts down on the number of versions of a […]

Google Earth and Other GIS Programs

What is it? Google Earth and GIS programs are programs that contain aerial photographs with geographical data combined to allow you to virtually visit anywhere on earth. Key features Walk the globe right from the comfort of your computer Get directions for places you need to go and know exactly where to turn based on […]

Google Wave

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What is it? Google Wave is a new communication tool that combines email, instant messaging and other tools into a collaborative sharing workspace.  Users create spaces in which they can invite contacts to edit text, add pictures, and interact together in real-time.  Individual copies of the communication are not sent to each user.  Each user […]

Machinima

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What is it? Machinima, a Portmanteau of machine cinema, is a collection of associated production techniques whereby computer-generated imagery (CGI) is rendered using real-time, interactive 3-D engines instead of professional 3D animation software. Engines from first-person shooter and role-playing simulation video games are typically used. Consequently, the rendering can be done in real-time using PCs (either using the computer of the creator or the viewer), rather than with complex 3D engines […]

Ning

What is it? Ning is an online platform for people to create their own social networks.  Ning competes with large social sites like MySpace and Facebook by appealing to people who want to create their own social networks around specific interests with their own visual design, choice of features, and member data. The unique feature […]

Omeka

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What is it? Omeka ( Oh-mehk-ah) is a free, open-source web publishing system for online digital archives.  This web-based tool allows users to manage digital exhibits.  Omeka can be customized through plugins and themes.  The main purpose of Omeka is to display and organize digital images. Key Features Free and open-source Download and use the […]

Second Life

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What Is It? Second Life is a three-dimensional (3D) virtual world that allows a user to create a 3D representation of himself or herself (called an avatar) to explore and interact with various lands, buildings, objects and other avatars. Users can create or purchase their own lands, objects, custom clothing and even custom animations and […]

Select Survey

What is it? Select Survey is a web-hosted survey software application similar to Survey Monkey.  It allows the user to create forms and surveys for data collection. Key features Accessibility: the user can log in to the service from any computer with internet access. Portability: Export data to CSV format, allowing the user to export […]

Skype

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What is it? Skype is a software that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the service and to free-of-charge numbers are free, while calls to other landlines and mobile phones can be made for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing. Key […]

Social Bookmarking

What is it? Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata. How does it work? In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually […]