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I find web tools we can use in our teaching and with our students all over the place and I usually try to include them on my blog in some format or another.  Well, there are so darn many……..so, each week I am going to include a list of 5 to however many I found that week in my Friday post.  I hope you find them useful and take time to check some of them out and bookmark the ones you like in your delicious, Diigo or maybe even create a LiveBinder.

Believe it or not, I will likely do all three. I love Delicious, and use it daily, in fact, I have to admit, my delicious is a bit of a mess with over 5000 sites tagged. I also use Diigo, and have a K-State Pre-service group in Diigo as a way to share resources with my students at Kansas State and a friend, Dean Mantz, (Mantz Mission Blog) is big into LiveBinders, recently he gave me a lesson on the benefits of Livebinders, so this is a perfect opportunity to give it a good solid try.

I will put the list here and as well as posting a link to the weekly growing LiveBinder. I will be interested to here what you think and please share you resources to this list in comments and if you would like to be a collaborator on the LiveBinder, let me know and I will add you as a collaborator.

Animasher is the place where you can make really easy animations.  This is kinda fun and really easy. The animation editor works intuitively, so you won’t have to labor hard to make your masterpiece. Just drag and drop images.  Add  text bubbles, etc., and you’re ready to share your creation with the world.

Ahead, kinda like Prezi. A zooming presenter for presentation, websites and even widgets.  I love Prezi, but wow, is it a different way to think, and so is Ahead, but their tutorials is quite good and it is all FREE. They even have a good step-by-step manual in PDF format:  Ahead_Manual_ver28.  (tutorial video at the bottom of this post)

AwesomeHighlighter is an easy way to highlight texts on web pages. When you finish highlighting, you get a link to share it with others.  Do I have to come here to highlight?  nope… check out our FireFox add-on and bookmarklet. Very cool and potentially useful.

AnyTypos free,online spell checker,  just copy paste your content and get the results online instantly.  Sometimes you just need a spelling checker and one that works online is very useful.

Alphabetizer puts any list in alphabetical order.  You can even print it. Features include reversing a list, removing duplicates, capitalizing first words or ignoring definite/indefinite articles.

OK, here is the LiveBinder I have started, Weekly Web Tools from A-Z.

Needless to say, it does not contain a great deal yet, just the resources mentioned above. But will grow each week and I find new resources to add.  Right now I have it set up with a few categories, Creativity, Presentation, Collaboration, Sound/Audio/Podcast, Productivity, Video/Movies.  I know there will be more categories, but this gets it started.

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Michael Zimmer of The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness lists his top 10 resources for 2010. Most would be on my list as well.  The interesting part is everyone of the resources on the list is blocked in many of schools.  I guess I am envious that Michael teaches in a school district that “gets it.”  Don’t get me wrong, I show all this stuff to my pre-service teachers, but unfortunately many do not get the opportunity to practice it in the schools they do their internships.

And here we go again………a topic I have written about numerous times, the tail is wagging the dog.  In other words, the IT department is making decisions about want can and cannot be used in the classroom for teachers.  How crazy is that! That is like me telling a doctor which knife to use in the operating room. I am certainly not qualified to be doing that.  Recently I was in a school that I will be doing some staff development for next semester, and I suggested we use some of the Google tools, because they are free and easy.  The answer I got was, oh no, out IT department won’t allow that, “it opens up too many thing.”  Talk about the tail wagging the dog.  The administrators I was meeting with were very open minded and they really want the professional development to succeed, so I am going to think positive and hope we can move the IT department into the 21st century.

Michael’s List of top ten.

  • Glogster
  • Diigo
  • Skype
  • Simplebooklet
  • Prezi
  • Creaza
  • Common Craft
  • FotoBabble
  • Wallwisher
  • ToonDoo
  • Twitter

Cyndi’s Top Ten (no particular order)

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According to Yahoo on their blog http://blog.delicious.com/index.htm.  Well I hope whoever ends up with does a better job than Yahoo did.

Dec 17 2010

What’s Next for Delicious?

Many of you have read the news stories about Delicious that began appearing yesterday. We’re genuinely sorry to have these stories appear with so little context for our loyal users. While we can’t answer each of your questions individually, we wanted to address what we can at this stage and we promise to keep you posted as future plans get finalized.

Is Delicious being shut down? And should I be worried about my data?

- No, we are not shutting down Delicious. While we have determined that there is not a strategic fit at Yahoo!, we believe there is a ideal home for Delicious outside of the company where it can be resourced to the level where it can be competitive.

What is Yahoo! going to do with Delicious?

- We’re actively thinking about the future of Delicious and we believe there is a home outside the company that would make more sense for the service and our users. We’re in the process of exploring a variety of options and talking to companies right now. And we’ll share our plans with you as soon as we can.

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As Wes Fryer puts it “Scrooge has moved into Silicon Valley,” he sure is, and I bet it is a multimillion dollar house!  I am dependent on delicious for my bookmarks and have been for some time.  I teach the use of it in all my classes and share delicious in all the professional development workshops.  Not sure what I will do now.  But, Alec Couros has created an open, shared Google Doc for brainstorming “Alternatives to Delicious.” The current collaboration on the document is fast and furious, especially considering this has just been announced.  I am wondering when it will actually go away.  I, like many of you need to find another solution, although I have to admit, I would actually pay a small fee to use it.

Additional Information

Larry  Ferlazzo’s The Best Sites For Figuring Out What To Do If Delicious Shuts Down

Delicious Shutting Down: How To Save Your Bookmarks

10 Alternatives To Delicious.com Bookmarking

Delicious Shutting Down: Yahoo’s Decision Irks Twitterers

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Delicious is exactly that, DELICIOUS!  I have been using it for years.  What is Delicious, well, it is a way to bookmark websites, but the power comes from the fact that it is internet based, which means you can access your bookmarks from any computer.

In other words, you will STOP using your browsers bookmarking/favorites.  In addition to being accessible, they can be shared with anyone via the URL.  For example mine is http://www.delicious.com/cyndidannerkuh.

Now I must admit, I have not been thrilled with Yahoo’s purchase of Delicious, but it pretty much still works the same way.  There are a couple features I wish they would add, for example, I would like to Bundle them when I tag them.  Come on Yahoo, please make that improvement.

Organizing

Probably the most obvious reason to use Delicious is to organize the content you come across on a daily basis for future use. It’s hard to read every great blog post that’s shared with you through other social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Why not bookmark them for later.

Another thing I find when I’m browsing the web or reading a great how-to post—I want to actually use that information, but not necessarily at the time I find it. So instead of possibly forgetting about what a great idea it is, I bookmark and create tags instead.

For example, you can use tags such as ipads to save a page on iPads in education, digitalstorytelling for posts, or research, or technology integration.  It is kind of like indexing and organizing things in files for later.

Sharing

Because my teacher share all the time, I could share links to great content development ideas back and forth by email. Instead of having to dig through a bunch of emails to find something in particular, you can set up a  Delicious account and have all faculty in your school or department bookmark items there.

Social Networking Profiles

Do you create profiles on sites only to forget about them later? Bookmarking them in Delicious not only gives the profile a little link juice, but will keep the profile links handy in case you want to share them or at least remember what networks you’re on. You can tag them with socialprofile updatemonthly so you know that it’s a network you want to update on a certain schedule.

Social Mentions

A great idea by Ari Herzog is to use Delicious as a way to keep track of mentions about you in articles, or as he likes to call it, sharing his ego. Keeping track of these kinds of mentions could come in handy for testimonials or references in your own writing or websites.

Don’t Lose Your Bookmarks!

Last, but not least, if you’re paranoid like I am, you’ll want to know that your bookmarks won’t be lost if something happens to Delicious itself. Delicious offers the option to export your bookmarks and download them as an HTML file. Just set a reminder to do this periodically to save your bookmarks just in case something should happen.