Google Reader and other free (learning) tools

27 08 2008

Lee LeFeverLee Le Fever, the founder and principal of the famous Common Craft video’s announced today at Twitter that the Google Reader team had hired Commoncraft to create this one minute introduction to Google Reader. (@leelefever on twitter)

It is an ultrashort but clear presentation in the well-known “Explanations in Plain English style”.

For those not familiar with Google Reader (an RSS-reader), it might be nice to see how this works. If you want to know more about RSS first see this post (again with a CC-video)

From the comments at The Commoncraft-blog I understand that Commoncraft no longer does custom videos. That is a pity. Always fun to look at the commoncraft video’s and I desperately need a very clear short and very plain English language explanation of Feedburner. So Lee, if you have such a backlog in stock??!

The Commoncraft video doesn’t show the new feature of Google Reader, that you can see the average posts per week and the number of subscribers, as I learned today from Gerard Bierens at Twitter. I didn’t see anything at first, but Gerard showed me that you have to look at the Expanded View Tab and click Details (see Figure).

If you’ve taste for more free learning/web2.0 tools, have a look at this 101 Free learning Tools Slide from Zaidlearn. One of the 101 Tools is Google_reader. Each slide has a link to the website where you can get/try the tool. There is more on slideshare and on Zaidlearn’s blog.

This was a tip of @p.f. anderson (on twitter) again, who herself wrote a post about cool toys conversations (which is a kind of minutes of a “very very active Cool Toys Conversation lunch in a strange place far away”) on her blog Emerging Technologies Librarian. Her blog is full of other tips as well.

She is an expert in Second Life, as is the doctor/geneticist Bartalan (Berci) Meskó of Scienceroll. I knew I read an interesting overview today, somewhere, but it took me a while to find it back amidst all other interesting stuff. Here it is: 10-tips-for-how-to-use-web-20-in-medicine, for doctors ànd patients. From second life in the MRI to online registration of blood glucose, blogcarnivals and wiki’s. Well read all 10 Tips I would say.

Last but not least my Belgian colleague Patrick Vanhoucke (again at Twitter) gave the nice tip of a new free music library grooveshark.com, that resembles LastFM, except that it doesn’t stop after 30 seconds. There is even a possibility that you can sell your music via grooveshark (you can load your music and if someone loads it you receive “credits”). The Grooveshark tip was not really a learning tip, but it might make learning somewhat more pleasant. You can read more here (Dutch)

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27 08 2008
vdbroekw

Very informative post, thanks Dr Shock

31 08 2008
Pack of Sensations » Blog Archive » Where to start with web 2.0?

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3 09 2008
El concepto Web 2.0 « Alusión…Llamada Virtual

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