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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Mixxer

What is it? The Mixxer is a language tool created by Todd Bryant at Dickinson College.  This tool allows users to work together to learn a language of their choosing by connecting them through a blog and through the free VoIP service, Skype. Key Features Free service Searchable list of users filtered by the spoken […]

Twitter

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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, […]

Voicethreads

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. […]