H2O Playlists

Did you know about these? I didn’t.

H2O playlists are more than just a cool, sleek technology — they represent a new way of thinking about education online. An H2O Playlist is a series of links to books, articles, and other materials that collectively explore an idea or set the stage for a course, discussion, or current event.

H2O Playlists make it easy to:

transform traditional syllabi into interactive, global learning tools

share the reading lists of world-renowned scholars, organizations, and cultural leaders

let interested people subscribe to playlist updates and stay current on their fields

promote an exchange of ideas and expertise among professors, students, and researchers

communicate and aggregate knowledge — online and offline.

Sounds like a handy tool for academic institutions – better yet, it’s open source.

Introducing Zoho DB

Mark at TechCrunch has brought my attention to a new office tool from Zoho – Zoho DB. It’s a database application that “accepts queries in any SQL format (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Informix and ANSI SQL dialects).”

Sounds pretty handy – especially if you don’t have access to something like MS Access and you just need to work on one database – or something simple. I haven’t played with this tool yet, in fact I haven’t played with Zoho in a while because I liked the way Google presented their office tools better, but maybe I should give them another shot now that they have a new tool to play with.

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Google Presentations

As I mentioned earlier, I gave a Tech Topics session last night for the Philadelphia SLA Chapter. Well, a few hours before I left work for Philadelphia, I got an email informing me that Google had added presentations to their office suite.

I have tried to use some other collaborative presentation suites and always ended up going back to PowerPoint, but Google Presentations really has some awesome features! Its interface is very similar to PowerPoint, making it easy to learn. In addition to collaborative editing (a feature of all Google Office tools) you can publish your presentation and work with it as a webcast (without sound). During our class last night I published my test presentation and we were all able to chat while I changed the slides everyone was seeing. Couple that with Skype, voice chat or a conference call and you have a free collaborative webcast!

This is certainly a tool worth checking out!

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Today I took some time to play with 8apps:

8apps is a suite of online applications that helps you to work better. At the center there is Handshake, a fully-featured social network for you to make new contacts, strengthen existing relationships and find like-minded entrepreneurs.

For those who don’t have skilled programmers in house you might want to take a look at this application for collaborating with your colleagues. It has to do lists (which you can share), a project brainstorming app, and plan meetings with people where ever you are. So far, there are only 4 apps, but 4 more are in the works. 8apps is invite only, so if you want to try it out just drop me a comment or an email (remember to provide me with your email address) and I’ll send you an invite.

So far, this is a pretty nifty all-in-one package for working with people who aren’t sitting right next to you at work.

Want to see it in action? Check out the screencast: part 1 and part 2.

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Apparently this site has been around for a while – but Mashable! has just reported that ITtoolbox is now a social network.

ITtoolbox, a community for IT professionals with roots dating back to 1998, relaunched this week with a host of social networking features. Users can create profile pages, add friends to their network and receive updates on their friends' activities when they log in. Your profile page displays your recent blog posts, your employment history, a bio and the most recent posts from your community – in many ways, it's like LinkedIn for the IT community.

Sounds pretty handy!


There are a bunch of posts sitting in my Bloglines folders today about Plogs. What is a plog? It’s a project management blog.

When we were redesigning our Intranet we wanted to make sure that project related communication wasn’t lost in our email boxes – so we decided to create a blog for each project we were working on. So before there was a word for it – we had plogs on our Intranet – how exciting ;)

I love highlighters

Do you?

I am super protective of my books – I drive my husband crazy and no one wants to borrow my books anymore because there are rules :) But when I was in college I used to highlight passages like crazy!! I’d re-read blank pages just to find something worth highlighting – yes I’m a bit neurotic – but that’s not the point of this post.

I just learned about Wizlite – a Firefox extension that let’s you highlight a web page and share the highlighted page with others!!

Wizlite allows you to highlight text (like on real paper) on any page on the Internet and share it with everybody (or just your friends).

Do you have to research on a topic on the Internet collaboratively? By creating a group on Wizlite you can share pages with their selections among a small group of people.

Thanks Webosphere for pointing this out.

More Online Collaboration

I just read about a new site called Yelp – it’s another online review site. This one is a bit different from others I’ve visted – first off I think it used my IP to figure out where I’m located because it defaulted to Philly for my search, second you can review more than just restaurants – you can review doctors, salons, dentists – etc. I’m always asking people for good stylists and doctors – now I can check Yelp too.

Calendar Tool

I mentioned ExtCalendar 2 (the calendar we’re using on our Intranet at work) a while ago. Tonight I found another neat tool. I haven’t tested it … because – well we already have one, but you may want to check out Calendar Hub which allows you to create your own personal calendar or host a business calendar on your site. Check it out, I’d love to hear what you have to say about it – since I can’t test it right now.

Share your files

I just read about Foldershare on TipMonkies. Sounds like a neat idea

FolderShareTM is a service that allows you to securely keep files synchronized between your devices, share files with friends or colleagues, and remotely download your files from any web browser.

… not sure I'd want to share anything too important though … everything can be hacked.