miércoles, octubre 22, 2008

Zi.ma, uno de los acortadores de direcciones más completo


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via Genbeta by Cyberfrancis on 10/21/08

A pesar de que ya estamos saturados de servicios que nos permiten generar direcciones cortas que nos llevan a las direcciones web largas, una tendencia en los últimos tiempos en lo que respecta a este tipo de servicios es la aparición de nuevos servicios que cumplen con su función principal pero incorporan funciones adicionales que les dan más valor.

Zi.ma es un claro ejemplo de ello, un completo servicio en el que necesitamos registrarnos para beneficiarnos de todas sus funcionalidades. Podemos optar porque sea Zi.ma quien genere una dirección aleatoria o bien, mediante opciones avanzadas, personalizar nuestra dirección, que además podrá ser protegida mediante contraseña, establecer una fecha final de validez para nuestro nuevo enlace, e incluso agrupar en nuestro nuevo enlace otras direcciones web.

Como comunidad, nos permite compartir los enlaces generados con el resto de usuarios, con lo que desde el menú tenemos una opción que nos llevará a la lista de enlaces compartidos por el resto de usuarios.

Nos permite buscar entre todas las direcciones que tengamos generadas, cuya lista también podemos bajar en formato CSV. Sobre cada dirección disponemos de una serie de estadísticas que nos dará una visión más exacta del uso de la misma.

Bookmarklets, script para Ubiquity, e incluso API para desarrolladores son otras de las características de este servicio, que la verdad, pinta bastante bien en relación a la mayoría de servicios que nos hemos encontrado hasta ahora.

Sin duda, una elegante, sencilla y completa solución a tener muy en cuenta.

Vía | Bitelia
Enlace | Zi.ma


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viernes, octubre 17, 2008

The Social Media Classroom: A New Web 2.0 Platform For Education


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via ReadWriteWeb by Sarah Perez on 10/17/08

The Social Media Classroom (SMC) is a new project started by Howard Rheingold which offers an open-source Drupal-based web service to teachers and students for the purpose of introducing social media into the classroom. The service includes tools like forums, blogs, wikis, chat, social bookmarking, RSS, microblogging, widgets, video conferencing, and more. The SMC is more than just a collection of new media tools repurposed for educational use, though. The end goal of the service is to move education away from being a unidirectional delivery of knowledge to become a more collaborative learning process.


Why A Social Media Classroom?

The SMC is meant to supplement, not replace, the face-to-face interaction that occurs in the classroom. According to Howard, when he tried to introduce new media tools into his first Wi-Fi-equipped classroom, he was surprised by the blank looks on so many of the students' faces when he told them that he expected them to blog and edit the wiki. Since he was so familiar with the power of Web 2.0 tools and was surrounded by people who felt the same, he hadn't realized how many college students didn't actually have experience using these types of 21st century tools. This sparked an idea to build a new social media platform designed specifically for use in an educational setting. And thus, the Social Media Classroom was born.

What's Included

The SMC includes all the familiar social media tools from blogs to RSS to videos and wikis and even microblogging. All are integrated into one seamless environment where the different applications are available from navigational tabs at the top of the page just like any ordinary web site has. Everyone who is a member of a particular instance of the Social Media Classroom will initially see a personalized start page upon login that aggregates their own different posts to the various parts of the site.

The SMC will be available to educators both an installable version for self-hosting and as a hosted version (coming soon) for those less tech-savvy.

The Classroom and The Collaboratory

The project itself has two components called The Classroom and The Collaboratory. The The Collaboratory (or Colab) is simply the web service part of the project which is also made available to anyone, even non-educators. It includes both the downloadable install file and the soon-to-launch hosted service.

The Classroom, on the other hand, is the entire web site available at www.socialmediaclassroom.com which contains, among other things, the curriculum materials. In these materials you'll find all sorts of information about the different types of social media as well as links to various resources across the web.

21st Century Education

Social media and the participatory web have had a greater impact on our world beyond just how we connect and socialize with our friends online. The base concepts surrounding how these interactions take place has influenced a whole new generation of web users who now expect to participate in discussions and not be dictated to...whether online or offline. We've seen this influence occur in the workplace, where millennial employees demand to know "why" they're being asked to do something instead of just doing it. We've also seen it effect the business of marketing as social media users now feel strongly that brands (companies) should be listening and conversing with them in an open, transparent matter. So why not bring the social media revolution to the classroom, too? It only makes sense.

Those involved with this project believe that today's students need more than a class where a professor lectures for an hour - that has no hope of engaging their interest. Students need a classroom where learning is a more participatory experience and where the tools they use in their everyday lives - social networking, videos, chat, aren't checked at the door. The Social Media Classroom is an important project to make those types of tools available to educators who might not be as up to speed with the latest technology, while also simplifying the use of those tools through the introduction of a single platform that integrates the best of the Web 2.0 world.

Perhaps the project doesn't introduce anything new that hasn't already been available to the tech-savvy, but its ease-of-use and educational slant make its introduction an impressive and potentially game-changing move for the educational system as we know it.

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miércoles, octubre 15, 2008


Bueno, me imagino que ya conocéis esta aplicación, sólo es para archivar. Aunque puede que haya alguna opción que no he visto todavía, mi primera conclusión es que, siendo una nube muy atractiva, tengo un par de problemas: uno, da una prioridad absoluta a lo último, dado que la palabra más grande, Flowgram, sólo ha aparecido en un post, el último, segundo, no puedo quitar las palabras comunes en dos idiomas a la vez, lo que equivale a quedarme con las preposiciones castellanas.

Además, solo dejan embeber la miniatura, me imagino que para que el tráfico pase por su web

domingo, octubre 12, 2008

Embed Creative Commons license metadata into PDF files

PdfLicenseManager is easy-to-use Java program to embed Creative Commons metadata into PDF files using XMP. This program is Free Software and does not require Adobe Acrobat Professional.

You can download the latest release, version 2.3, as JAR. On most systems (with Java properly set up), just double-click to run!

Embed Creative Commons license information in Office documents

There are two plug-ins available for embedding CC license information into Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and OpenOffice.org (Writer, Impress and Calc) documents.

  • The Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office may be downloaded from here. The Creative Commons command will be located at the bottom of the File menu.
  • The Creative Commons Add-in for OpenOffice.org may be downloaded from here. To install: Download the plugin --> Open OpenOffice.org --> Go to the Tools menu and select Extension Manager --> Click Add and select the file you downloaded --> After the installation process completes, restart OpenOffice.org. The Creative Commons menu options will be located at the bottom of the Insert menu.

lunes, octubre 06, 2008

Flowgram: Like a screencast, but with live pages

Flowgram: Like a screencast, but with live pages

is cool tool for anyone trying to lead others through a thicket of web
pages and ideas. With it, you chain together pages, photos, Microsoft
Office documents, RSS feeds and custom pages, overlay each link in the
chain with your own voiceover and annotation, then put the flowgram out
on the the net: on your site, at YouTube, wherever you want people to
find it.

Here's my first flowgram - a Brief Intro to Twitter
- that I created in about an hour. Learning how to enter URLS (there's
a handy bookmarklet available too), select images (from Facebook or
Flickr or your own Mac or PC), add annotation and record a voiceover
for each segment was extremely easy. In fact the hardest part was
trying to speak coherently about each image.

Flowgram is more than a Flash movie: each web page is live and you
can interact with it while seeing the author's annotation and hearing
their narration. Behind the scenes Flowgram's servers are grabbing the
HTML of what you see on the screen.

Flowgram - in open beta and currently free - has about 5,000 users
today, according to Flowgram CEO Abhay Parekh. Abhay has been around
the startup block a few times - he sold his last startup, FastForward
Networks, to Inktomi for over $1 billion in 2000, then joined the VC
firm Accel as a partner and became and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley.

Where did Abhay get the idea for Flowgram? "Services like Digg, Flickr
or Stumbleupon are really optimized for sharing one thing, one link,
one cool thing that somebody found. As opposed to a way to explain to
people something that might be on multiple websites, where you want to
point out things. Where you want have your message, where you want to
give it your own take."

Abhay hasn't decided to monetize Flowgram by embedding advertising, or
by selling the product to companies who are looking a tool for
training, marketing or support.

Flowgram is a worthy tool for capturing insight, commentary and
viewpoint. More than a pre-programmed screencast, it lets you take
people by the hand as you show them things they need to know, yet it
also keeps them from going completely off the rails and getting lost,
as a more open-ended tutorial might.

viernes, octubre 03, 2008

Herramientas sí, pero CÓMO y PARA QUÉ?

No basta con coleccionar herramientas, hay que reflexionar sobre la manera en que encajan en la labor docente. La formación sobre uso de TICs en la enseñanza debe ser equilibrada en el QUÉ usar, CÓMO y PARA QUÉ

Este post de Aníbal de la Torre ilustra muy bien una idea que deberíamos tener siempre presente en el uso de las TICs para la educación. Concretamente, Aníbal nos da su visión de cómo y para qué usar las páginas estáticas, blogs y wikis en la educación

miércoles, octubre 01, 2008

Zoho Marketplace

Hace tiempo que no me pasaba por Zoho Docs (el competidor indio de Google Docs y otras googleapps). He leído la noticia de que sus suscriptores pueden acceder ahora a 143 herramientas complementarias en Zoho Marketplace. Estas son contribuciuones de terceros y son gratuitas o de pago, de acuerdo a lo que el desarrollador decida en cada caso. Zoho no impone ningún peaje.
La conclusión del post enlazado antes es que esta plataforma web atraerá a bastante gente debido a su dinamismo, pero que algunos clientes potenciales se van a retraer porque estos productos de terceros no siempre son muy estables.

De todas maneras, aunque estemos inmersos en el universo de las Google Apps, lo que proponen desde Zoho no es nada desdeñable. Especialmente desde el punto de vista de la gestión de pymes, que es donde creo que va dirigido.