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 and 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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Social News/Digg

What is it? Digg is a website made for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the Internet, by submitting links and stories, and voting and commenting on submitted links and stories. Voting stories up and down is the site’s cornerstone function, respectively called digging and burying. Many stories get submitted every day, […]

Tagging and Bookmarking

What is it? Tagging and bookmarking are methods of categorizing relevant websites in order to be able to find or renavigate to them quickly. Originally, bookmarking was simply a method of storing websites on your personal computer in order to be able to easily return to often used websites and internet services. However, as the […]



What is it? Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length, typically responding to the question “what are you doing?”.  Posts can be made via the Twitter website, […]


What is it? A VoiceThread is a web-based, collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or phone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Once created, a VoiceThread may be shared with friends, colleagues, classmates, etc. […]

Wiki Collaboration

What Is It? A wiki is a website that is collaboratively authored by a group of users. The wiki site keeps track of the changes by contributing authors and makes it easy to roll back to earlier versions.  At its most basic, editing a wiki page is like editing a word processing document. Key Features […]



What is it? Youtube is part video hosting service and part social networking website.  It is a place where individuals and groups can upload videos for others to view and comment about. When a user creates a Youtube account he or she is given a Youtube channel. The user can upload videos to their channel, […]



What is it? Zotero is a Firefox extension online research tool.  It catalogs, organizes online sources, syncs them across computers, the World Wide Web and helps the user cite the sources. Key Features Automatically capture citations Organize collections with tags Cite from within Word or Neo/OpenOffice Access your library from anywhere How does it work? […]