Exploratree – a simple tool for idea generation, problem solving etc.

March 31, 2009

I have started to try a simple very easy to use graphical tool Exploretree.

There are a number of graphical templates that support your thinking process when you develop ideas, solve problem, explore, analyze or  evaluate different perspectives. All support recommendations are  included into graphical templates (named as thinking guides)  as text excerpts that later can be deleted.
You can easy add more graphical icons to your picture that can be copied and pasted to Word file or Powerpoint presentation.

A short clip about Exploratree:

Exploratree is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too.

This is the Beta / trial version of Exploratree so please do send us your suggestions and comments so we can help make the next version better.

The Exploratree web resource has been developed by Futurelab and emerged out of our work on the Enquiring Minds project.”

With Exploratree you can:

  • Use our ready-made thinking guides
  • Make a new thinking guide from scratch
  • Use it to set class projects
  • Print them out (they can go as big as A0)
  • Change and customise thinking guides, you can add or change text, shapes, images etc.
  • As a teacher, you can set up the sequence that you want the thinking guide to be revealed in, so that you can stage the thinking activity
  • You can fill in a thinking guide and complete your project on the website
  • You can present your project
  • You can send your thinking guide to a whole group of people
  • You can submit a thinking guide for comments, so it can’t be edited but just reviewed
  • Work in groups on the same thinking guide


iGlue – is it future tool for research?

March 25, 2009

I have tried the FIRST functional demo of new very interesting tool – iGlue
It can be used only with Firefox or Safari .
Applications – search (and research), targeted advertising, joint untilization of “info-bricks” usinng it in collaborative way.

A short info about it (excerpt from the blog):

It is an online interface that is a search engine and content organizer, capable of intelligently rearranging and defragmenting the internet’s broken up data piles, establishing interlinked entities based hierarchies in the process. It organizes interrelated images, videos, people, concepts, notions, ideas and geographical places into cohesive data structures.

The heart of iGlue is what we call the hyper-data model. With the help of hyper-data any text, data, image, video or any other database entry can become a data junction. iGlue reads and understand the web pages meaningful content and then with a single click it organizes and builds an interlinked net of data relating to that chosen content. The building blocks of this data net are the individual data junctions linked together like Lego pieces.

Very short instruction

Click “iGlue_DEMO
Click “iGlue_annotate” on the right upper corner
Click any green word in the text
Click any green word (if they are) in the new small window
Click Timetable on the bootom
Click other green word in the NYTimes – you will see more tab in the small window.


Mendeley – a tool for managing and sharing research papers

March 20, 2009

A few days ago I have downloaded and started to use Mendeley system. It is “free academic software for managing and sharing research papers”.
You can very easy create your own library on the Mendeley website and  save online your pdf and Word (they are transformed to pdf during uploading) files.
You can acces them anywhere by using your name and password.

You can create folders in your library and easy reorganize – move files from one folder to other by drag-and-drop way.

You can create shared folders as well and invite your colleagues.

For more information read an interview with Victor Henning from Mendeley.

There isa large community of researchers and you can search the list of them by entering topic, e.g. “Knowledge management”. Today I have found 291 member who have research interest in knowledge management
Then you can contact them sending a message.

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Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1

March 12, 2009

Brian Benzinger on Friday, September 29, 2006 started to create a large list of tools for students and teachers.

You will find a lot of categories, e.g. on the first related to Web research and notetaking:

  • To Do’s and note taking
  • Learning and Research
  • Resume Building
  • and much more

I have checked list of Web research tools and I found Zotero and some more. But in any case it would be very useful to look at other categories as well.

Do not forget to look at part 2 and 3 (you will find the links in the Part 1).


10 Tools for Web Research

March 9, 2009

Today I have received an info about
10 Tools for Web research from two sources:
http://www.eninvent.com/?p=10408
http://www.marketing.fm/2009/03/07/10-ways-for-researching-web-traffic/

List of tools consists of:
1. DataOPedia
2.
QuarkBase
3.
Portfolio.com Company Lookup
4. TradeVibes
5. SimpleSpark
6.CrunchBase
7.Compete
8.Alexa
9.QuantCast
10. Pingdom

More detail information about these tools you will find

http://www.eninvent.com/?p=10408
http://www.marketing.fm/2009/03/07/10-ways-for-researching-web-traffic/

I plan to try all these (only free) tools during a month.