Category Archives: Free stuff

Who’ is a neat little widget you can use to track the number of readers you have and see where your visitors are from. It will also give you a graph of visitors over time so you can find out when you had the most people online? They say:
Once you add our widget code to your pages, it immediately begins working for you. The widget will display the number of people currently browsing your website. This is not a page counter, think of it as a ‘people’ counter. Clicking on the widget brings you to a detailed real time stats pages.
You get three sets of stats. A list of pages people are currently reading:
A graph of visit numbers each day:
A map with dots showing where visitors are from:
It’s simple to install – just copy the code. AND they provide a non-java version – which I’ve installed here. I chose the ‘Who’s Online’ button – you can see it at the bottom of the column to the right.

Top 10 tools for 2008

I’ve been meaning to list my top 10 tools for Jane’s page for quite some time now. Inspired by the effort of my mate Steve Wheeler in listing his top 10, here they are – it was a hard fought contest as we saw so many great new tools emerge in 2008. Oh – and it doesn’t include the iPhone that came into my possession in November – without doubt THE best tool ever!!! And of course my 2007 favourites still remain: delicious, Facebook, flickr & Netvibes.

  1. Plurk: without doubt this is my favourite tool since it launched in about May 2008. In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s a micrblogging tool. You have 140 characters to tell people what you are doing – not too exciting so far! However, many people have taken microblogging & turned it into a way to share ideas & resources with others.  I’m connected to an amazing group of educators in many countries who freely share their thoughts & ideas & come to the rescue when anyone is looking for a particular resource. What I like about Plurk over Twitter (see next in the list) is that it encourages conversations amongst users. The fact that comments can be made in a drop down box under the original plurk makes it easy to collect thoughts on each particular topic.
  2. Twitter: another microblogging tool that appeared before Plurk. Your 140 character staements appear in a list down the page. I originally saw Twitter as a useless tool and am on the record for saying so. However, I’m also connected to a great group of people on Twitter who freely share their ideas. I’m caroldaunt on Twitter if you want to follow.
  3. PBwiki: I have wikis for everything from the business plan to project planning to my doctorate. This is a fabulous way to work collaboratively and share files with distributed teams. There are various free wiki platforms available but PB is my favourite.
  4. Ning: the app that allows you to build your own social network. I belong to numerous Ning groups where like-minded people exchange ideas and resources. I’ve set up a Ning for our Learning Technologies Group and we always have one to support our Learning Technologies Conference.
  5. Google Docs: I’ve really been using Google docs in a big way in the past year. We’ve used them for shared ‘Word’ documents that we can work on collaboratively and also as ‘Forms’ to gather information from people – which then goes automatically into a spreadsheet.
  6. FriendFeed: a social-network-activity aggregator that acts like a funnel for all the updates from my various networks and brings them into one master stream, relieving me of the responsibility of visiting a dozen or more sites. You can follow my FriendFeed directly if you’re not connected to me in any other way.
  7. Slideshare: I’ve been a member of Slideshare since early 2007, but only started using it in earnest during 2008. It allows me to post my slide shows for others to see, but, more importantly, allows me to find great slideshows from others. There’s some amazing infromation there and all free of charge.
  8. Scribd: where I place my documents so others can read them online or download them. It’s also a great place to find articles and papers written by others.
  9. Animoto: a terrific little app that allows you to create videos from photos and/or text. You upload your photos – choose a piece of music & Animoto does the rest. You can make a 30 second version free of charge or pay $3 for a longer version. You can direct people to your video on the Animoto site, embed it in other websites and download a copy. Click here to see a fun one I made for my Plurk buddies for Christmas.
  10. Live Blogging: we experimented with Cover it Live’s new live blogging tool for the Learning Technologies Conference this year. It worked a treat and allowed those both on and off site to get a running commentary of selected sessions and to interact real-time with our live blogger. Click here for an archived version of the George Siemen’s session.

That’s it for 2008 – if you haven’t tried any of the above, I hope you enjoy experimenting with them.

Twitter Fan Wiki: Everything Twitter!

If you’re new to Twitter – or just want to catch up on the latest, then the Twitter Fan Wiki is the place to go. They say:

Welcome to the Twitter Fan Wiki

We’ve set this up as a place to post cool ideas, uses and feature requests for Twitter.

Share anything you’ve found that you think the Twitter community might be interested in!

The wiki has everything from Newbies Corner to Geeks Stuff. It’s a labour of love for the creator – Chris.

Well worth a look. Thanks Chris!

Search flickr photos: Tag Galaxy

Tag Galaxy is a neat tool for searching flickr. It works like this….

Go to the Tag Galaxy page & type in your search tag. In this instance I used ‘koala’ – so you can follow along.

Below is the screen that appeared:

I then clicked on ‘cute’ & Tag Galaxy gave me this:

Clicked on ‘furry’:

From here I clicked on the large green globe & saw:

You can use your cursor to turn the globe around & view all of the pictures. I clicked on one particular picture:

Click on the picture & you’ll see who took it & their comments. You can click out to their flickr page from here.

So – if you like this visual way of searching try Tag Galaxy.

Search flickr by colour

This is a fabulous little tool that will let you search flickr by a particular colour – or set of colours. You can click up to 10 colours to search on at once – and you click the same colour several times to increas it’s prominence.

I did a simple search on purple and this was the first page:

Go and try it out for yourself.

Ask 500 people – polling app

I just discovered Ask 500 People and to try it out I’ve set up a quick poll about cell phones in classrooms. I can’t embed it here so it’s over at the videoconference blog if you want to try it out – sidebar to the right. If you take the poll you’ll then get to see the current results.

It’s easy to set up – you  can have 4 types of questions:

You can choose what your poll looks like – I chose the small version to fit in the sidebar (above right). You can choose your colour from a limited palette.

When you go into your account you can get a variety of information such as:

A map of where responses came from:

You can see a running list of where & when responses came in – as on the right – and an overview of the results:

So go try your own Ask 500 People poll.

Quotiki – search for quotes

Quotiki is social quotes site that lets you quickly find and enjoy quotes. As a member of the community, you can start tagging, submitting, rating and collecting quotes.

You don’t need to be a member to run a search on any word or words. You can also find

  • Top Rated Quotes
  • Most Popular Quotes
  • Recently Added Quotes (you can RSS these)

I checked top rated quotes and these were the top five:

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” Napoleon Bonaparte

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” Chinese Proverb

“The real measure of our wealth is how much we’d be worth if we lost all our money.” J. H. Jowett

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius

Check out Quotiki.