PC Magazine’s 101 Fabulous Freebies

PC World has announced their 101 Fabulous Freebies. (Hat tip to Jeff Utecht)

Some on the list that I'm already using:

Five on the list that I've got to try:

Hyperwords This Firefox browser plug-in renders any text–on any Web page–clickable. Highlight a word or phrase, and a pop-up menu lets you submit the highlighted text to search engines, reference sites, online merchants, and more.

I think this will help me find resources as I read blogs and am researching.

WriteBoard For collaborative editing, you can't beat WriteBoard. It lets you create, edit, and share documents with others–directly in your browser. You can even compare versions to see changes.

I'd like to see how this compares to writely and how I can potentially use it in my class.

FreeMind Psychologists say that an effective way to take notes is to put them in a Mind Map–a free-form tree structure that mimics the way your brain works. FreeMind does exactly that. It acts like an outliner–except that, instead of working with headings and subheadings, you create nodes and subnodes that branch from a central point. Each node can contain text, pictures, special icons, or colorful formatting. FreeMind is useful for taking notes in class, outlining books, or even planning a route to world domination.

I LOVE mind mapping. I am definitely trying this out as an alternative to my talk and chalk version of mind mapping!

Celestia When the world seems too small after all, launch Celestia. You can zoom through the solar system–and beyond–for real-time or accelerated views of planets, moons, comets, stars, and even the Hubble space telescope. Heavenly!

My son is a budding astronomer, we'll definitely get some learning time out of this over the summer!

Pandora Don't play the same song until you're sick of it. Enter the name of an artist or song you like, and Pandora will create a custom “radio station” for you that plays similar music, right in your browser. This service makes surprisingly good choices, and it uses your feedback to refine them further. And if you get tired of one station, you can just create a new one.

They also have a great roundup of Web-Based E-Mail, Blogging Tools, RSS News Readers, and Video Sharing Services. Keep your mind going and try something new!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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2 comments

Frode Hegland August 31, 2006 - 6:15 pm

Hi.
Thanks for mentioning Hyperwords™! And yes, you really should try it…

A quick update:

We just released version 1.5 which adds a powerful Toolbar function.

This new version also addresses the issue of the menu popping up to frequently (which could make it a little annoying) by adding new Preferences so you can specify exactly how it should work.

In a month’s time version 2.0 will be launched, featuring full user customizability, as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer support.

Get this new version as well as more information at http://www.hyperwords.net

1.5 is borne out of user feedback and we’d be very grateful for any further thoughts and perspectives or questions. Please contact me via email ‘frode ‘at’ hyperwords.net’.

Frode Hegland
Project Director
The Hyperwords Company
http://www.hyperwords.net

Frode Hegland September 1, 2006 - 6:35 pm

Hello Cool Cats, thanks for talking about Hyperwords™!

Update:

We just released version 1.5 which adds a Toolbar.

This new version also addresses the issue of the menu popping up to frequently (which could make it a little annoying) by adding new Preferences so you can specify exactly how it should work.

In a month’s time version 2.0 will be launched, featuring full user customizability, as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer support.

Get this new version as well as more information at http://www.hyperwords.net

1.5 is borne out of user feedback and we’d be very grateful for any further thoughts and perspectives or questions. Please contact me via email ‘frode ‘at’ hyperwords.net’.

Frode Hegland
Project Director
The Hyperwords Company
http://www.hyperwords.net

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