Cool Toys Conversations: January 2009


Starting off the new year with gusto!

LINKS:

Communication

YouthVoices (Twitter for teens and teachers): http://youthvoices.net/
Twitterimages.com
Wikipatterns.com
Get Satisfaction: Ann Arbor (Online consumer support meets Government 2.0): http://getsatisfaction.com/annarbor/
BizarreFoods (The television show taken off-road and online): http://twitter.com/bizarrefoods
Identi.ca (open source microblogging platform)

Education

Wikisky.org
Khan Academy (open access mathematics education resources and multimedia):
http://www.khanacademy.org/
http://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy
Cell Stories: http://cellstories.org/
XTimeline: http://xtimeline.com/
Outreach World (education resources for teaching about global cultures): http://outreachworld.org/
Google Lit Trips (a mashup of literature, history, and geography, courtesy of a fine teaching community and Google maps): http://googlelittrips.org/
Ball State University: Emerging Media: http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CentersandInstitutes/EmergingMedia.aspx
Google: Countdown to 2009 (a mini Google Tutorial): http://www.google.com/countdownto2009/

Games

Children’s Participation in a Virtual Epidemic in the Science Classroom: Making Connections to Natural Infectious Diseases, Journal of Science Education and Technology 16(1) February, 2007. http://www.springerlink.com/content/e312w7l681h38342/ (Epidemiology meets virtual worlds meets K-12 science classrooms)
SquidSpace (some science/math, some education, some concept learning, ALL games): http://squidspace.com/
Rogue (gaming/browser application, kind of a mashup of play and study, imagine using with edutainment): http://rogue.gotgame.com/
Business and Games: http://www.businessandgames.com/blog/
Gamepolitics.com
IBM: Serious Games Event, February 2009: https://www-950.ibm.com/events/wwe/grp/grp004.nsf/v16_agenda?openform&seminar=FE6R8WES&locale=en_US
Torontoist: Can Video Games Be Socially Conscious?: http://torontoist.com/2008/02/can_video_games.php
Power Up (save the world through gaming as crowdsourcing/learning): http://www.powerupthegame/
Stop Disasters (another game to help us learn how to save the world, this time during crisis): http://www.stopdisastersgame.org/en/

Health

Medline.Cognition: http://medline.cognition.com/
Beer Marinade Cuts Cancer Risk: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126883.400-beer-marinade-cuts-steak-cancer-risk.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news
Health Talk Online: http://healthtalkonline.org/
Youth Health Talk: http://youthhealthtalk.org/
AppleQuack: 20 Ways Surgeons Should Use Evernote: http://applequack.com/2008/09/23/20-ways-surgeons-should-use-evernote/
Fridgg
Medical Student Blog: Twitter Doctors, Medical Students, and Medicine Related: http://www.medicalstudentblog.co.uk/twitter-doctors-medical-students-and-medicine-related/

Make a Difference

Changing the Present: http://changingthepresent.org/
Kiva: kiva.org/
No Name Called Week: http://www.nonamecallingweek.org/
Change.org
Click it Forward: https://secure1.acuriantrials.com/jsp/facebook/default.html
Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters: http://instedd.org/
Class Wish: http://classwish.org/
Rightful Place Project: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rightful-Place-Project/46391575761

Media

Shoutcast.com (online radio from around the world and free streams)
Blinkbox.com
Hulu.com (Bring movies and television to the internet)
Connected TV (bring the internet to your television): http://connectedtv.yahoo.com/
GoAnimate (cartoons and original animations in a social context): http://goanimate.com/
Michigan State Grads Physics Rap is a YouTube Hit!: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2008/09/michigan_state_grads_physics_r.html
MakeUseOf: Best Places to Watch Documentary Movies Online: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-best-places-to-watch-documentary-movies-online/
PBS Frontline: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/view/
SurfTheChannel: http://www.surfthechannel.com/cat/61482/a.html
FreeDocumentaries: http://www.freedocumentaries.org/
Best Of Documentaries: http://www.bodocus.com/
Miro: http://www.getmiro.com/
Joost.com (online news, videos, etc – did a primo job with the inauguration coverage)

Organization

Mustache Inc (iPhone apps, such as Streaks, a motivation and goals calendar tool): http://mustacheinc.com/
WePlay.com (the place that connects everyone involved in youth sports)
Blist.com (social lists — share, manage, edit)
BusyCal (want to share a Google Calendar on a network?): http://www.busymac.com/busycal.html
CareCalendar (manage family, friends and volunteers for personal assistance and home healthcare): http://www.carecalendar.org/
Listingly: http://www.listingly.com/

Search

VisualWikipedia.com
ticTOCs: Journal Table of Contents Service: http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/
Otalo.com (borrow someone else’s home for your vacation)
eRideShare.com
Vimo (health insurance search engine): http://vimo.com

Social

Kaboodle.com (social shopping – what could be more fun?)
Socialtrak.com (yet another job search social network, but allowing you to create multiple profiles for different audiences)
SocialToo.com (manage features and special services across several accounts)
97 Bottles (social networking for beer connoisseurs):
http://97bottles.com/
http://twitter.com/97bottles

Tools

Audible.com (audio books of the popular variety, podcasts, nicely organized and findable, all for a small monthly fee)
Booksfree.com (NetFlix for books)
Amazon.com: Kindle (this might convince me to buy an e-book gadget someday)
Compete (compare metrics and influence of different URLs, like UMich, Harvard, Stanford?): http://www.compete.com/
FotoTagger (I saw someone use this to give directions to a party): http://fototagger.com/
Capzles (yet another multimedia timeline tool): http://capzles.com/
Cogitum: Co-Citer: http://www.cogitum.com/co-tracker-text/more.shtml
Cogitum: Co-Tracker: http://www.cogitum.com/co-tracker/index.shtml
Memeorandumhttp://www.memeorandum.com/

Visualization

ManyEyes: http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/
Many Eyes: Coming of Age in a Computer World: http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/visualizations/coming-of-age-in-a-computer-world
Many Eyes: Ordered Comparison of Popular Vote (Just who voted fro Obama anyway?): http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/visualizations/ordered-comparison-of-popular-vote-b
Visual Wikipedia (for mindmapping): http://visualwikipedia.com/en/
Wordle (Strika): Nuit de l’enfer (Rimbaud): http://www.wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/91756/Nuit_de_l%27enfer%2C_Rimbaud
Wordle: Strika (example of a used focusing on literary analysis visualizations): http://www.wordle.net/gallery?username=Strika

Trends

PopSci Best of What’s New ’08: http://www.popsci.com/bown/2008
Porn Bailout: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/07/porn-bailout-larry-flynt_n_155878. html
Gartner Inc: “Last year, we said delete emails. This year, we say delete applications!” http://twitter.com/gartner_inc

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