The Cool Web Stuff

My inspiration for the blogging bit today was my colleague Matt Wheeler, who a couple of days ago suggested that we should start collecting in one accessible to all place all the useful Web gadgets and applications that we come across and treasure in our Favourites, Del.icio.us or whatnot.

David suggested a similar thing for the literature we use in our research with his idea for a BDRA bibliography resource. So below is just a sample of what I have accumulated – I am posting the links and descriptions of what the tools do as explained in their websites:

1. Twiddla – Twiddla is a free, no-setup, web-based meeting playground, a tool for team whiteboarding. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas.

http://www.twiddla.com/

2. Bubbl.us – Bubbl.us is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online. You can create colourful mindmaps, which then you can share and work on together with other people.

http://bubbl.us/

3. And my favourite, although it doesn’t do anything as such – the periodic table of visualisation techniques. I think it’s a brilliant idea:

http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html

4. Jott.com – the personal transcription service, which lets you do things hands-free. You can get your voice-mails as a text message, or send hands-free emails with your voice. I think it has great promise for education – it can facilitate the IT engagement of visually impaired people for example.

http://jott.com/default.aspx

5. The online t0-d0-planner accessible from anywhere, named inspiringly Remember The Milk. It links with Google Calendar, is accesible by phone and can send you sms reminders:

http://www.rememberthemilk.com/

This is perhaps 0.000001% of what is out there in the web. Shall we expand it? Perhaps in a separate page of this blog?

Sandra, 13 March (Friday 13th that is), BDRA

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  1. bdra

     /  March 14, 2009

    Hi Sandra

    Thanks for the great links. Twiddla looks great, and any South Africans out there will have a good chuckle at the name Bubbl.us, which sounds like the Afrikaans word for ‘hangover’ (babelaas)!

    I’ve used Google Notebooks for ages and am really disappointed Google has stopped supporting it – with the FireFox add-on it’s really easy to bookmark sites by highlighting the most significant section. Clipmarks (http://clipmarks.com/) does this too, but without the neat little pop-up window at the bottom of your screen. But for sharing URLs, I still think there’s nothing to beat the big social bookmarking sites like Delicious – in keeping with whatsisname’s law (sorry, his name escapes me now) – the more people using a tool, the more useful it becomes.

    Gabi
    PS Great idea to start up a list of our favourite Web 2 apps 🙂

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