Some of my favourite web tools and links


June 12th, 2008

Following today’s web tools discussion – here’s a few useful links… (just click on anything that is underlined to go to that link)

The Commoncraft videos – great short videos (using a whiteboard and paper format called Paperworks) that explain different aspects of the web. These guys are great – a husband and wife team based in Seattle who make these videos in their basement! Check these ones out:

Wikis in Plain English 

Blogs in Plain English

Twitter in Plain English

TED Videos. Great for inspiration. Each one only lasts 20 minutes, and it’s an opportunity to hear some great speakers on all sorts of topics. If you know how to (I use trial and error) you can download the audio onto your iPod and listen while walking, cycling, at the gym etc. Try these for starters, or just jump straight in.

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

Nancy White’s blog is choc full of ideas about on-line facilitation, uses of wiki’s and other approaches for collaboration, and visual facilitation to boot. 

Meeting Wizard is a great tool for organising a meeting between a number of people. It sends each person you want to invite an email with a link to a web page where they can indicate availability or not, then identifies the best time for the most number of people. Brilliant!

Matt Moore’s podcast with Nancy White and co about blended facilitation – that means blending face-to-face facilitation and on-line approaches.

And while we’re on podcasts – a plug for WinkiPod – where Geoff Brown and I play with podcasting.

Oh, I nearly forgot iStockphoto – a great place to source inexpensive and high-quality images to use on your blog, for presentations etc.

2 Comments so far

  1. Daryl Cook on June 12, 2008 12:37 pm

    Thanks Viv, a useful list. And nice play on words too – I laughed when I read your description of Nancy’s blog being ‘choc’ full of ideas!!

  2. Cindy on June 12, 2008 1:14 pm

    Those TED videos are great. I’d also recommend Tod Machover’s – very moving and beautiful.

    Jill Bolte Taylor’s was my favorite and I also just read her book – incredible – I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s called My Stroke of Insight. I’d love to see a movie made of this story too.

    How do you get invited to this TED conference? The website says it’s already sold out for 2009. Also, does Dr. Taylor have a website? Does she speak anywhere else? I did see her on Oprah and I’m glad they put this online so you can go back and re-listen – I got more and more out of it the 2nd and 3rd times I listened. Absolutely fascinating.

    Sir Ken Robinson was wonderful too.

    Thank you for sharing these videos.

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