Cool Toys Conversations: January 2009

Starting off the new year with gusto!



YouthVoices (Twitter for teens and teachers):
Get Satisfaction: Ann Arbor (Online consumer support meets Government 2.0):
BizarreFoods (The television show taken off-road and online): (open source microblogging platform)

Khan Academy (open access mathematics education resources and multimedia):
Cell Stories:
Outreach World (education resources for teaching about global cultures):
Google Lit Trips (a mashup of literature, history, and geography, courtesy of a fine teaching community and Google maps):
Ball State University: Emerging Media:
Google: Countdown to 2009 (a mini Google Tutorial):


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. (Epidemiology meets virtual worlds meets K-12 science classrooms)
SquidSpace (some science/math, some education, some concept learning, ALL games):
Rogue (gaming/browser application, kind of a mashup of play and study, imagine using with edutainment):
Business and Games:
IBM: Serious Games Event, February 2009:
Torontoist: Can Video Games Be Socially Conscious?:
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):


Beer Marinade Cuts Cancer Risk:
Health Talk Online:
Youth Health Talk:
AppleQuack: 20 Ways Surgeons Should Use Evernote:
Medical Student Blog: Twitter Doctors, Medical Students, and Medicine Related:

Make a Difference

Changing the Present:
No Name Called Week:
Click it Forward:
Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters:
Class Wish:
Rightful Place Project:

Media (online radio from around the world and free streams) (Bring movies and television to the internet)
Connected TV (bring the internet to your television):
GoAnimate (cartoons and original animations in a social context):
Michigan State Grads Physics Rap is a YouTube Hit!:
MakeUseOf: Best Places to Watch Documentary Movies Online:
PBS Frontline:
Best Of Documentaries:
Miro: (online news, videos, etc – did a primo job with the inauguration coverage)


Mustache Inc (iPhone apps, such as Streaks, a motivation and goals calendar tool): (the place that connects everyone involved in youth sports) (social lists — share, manage, edit)
BusyCal (want to share a Google Calendar on a network?):
CareCalendar (manage family, friends and volunteers for personal assistance and home healthcare):

ticTOCs: Journal Table of Contents Service: (borrow someone else’s home for your vacation)
Vimo (health insurance search engine):

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

Tools (audio books of the popular variety, podcasts, nicely organized and findable, all for a small monthly fee) (NetFlix for books) Kindle (this might convince me to buy an e-book gadget someday)
Compete (compare metrics and influence of different URLs, like UMich, Harvard, Stanford?):
FotoTagger (I saw someone use this to give directions to a party):
Capzles (yet another multimedia timeline tool):
Cogitum: Co-Citer:
Cogitum: Co-Tracker:


Many Eyes: Coming of Age in a Computer World:
Many Eyes: Ordered Comparison of Popular Vote (Just who voted fro Obama anyway?):
Visual Wikipedia (for mindmapping):
Wordle (Strika): Nuit de l’enfer (Rimbaud):
Wordle: Strika (example of a used focusing on literary analysis visualizations):


PopSci Best of What’s New ’08:
Porn Bailout: html
Gartner Inc: “Last year, we said delete emails. This year, we say delete applications!”


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