Every day I come across lots of interesting learning-technology-related resources (tools, articles, news etc) - far too many to post about in the Pick of the Day. I therefore save them in my Delicious account, which is available as the LearnTech news RSS feed, and which I also send into the Twitter account @c4lptnews.
However, it is all too easy for other valuable resources to get overlooked, so every week I intend to write a bit more about some that, for one reason or another, didn't make it to a blog posting of their own - but should have done!
Microsoft Tag 2D Mobile Tagging Barcodes - Microsoft take the concept of QR codes for mobile phones to the next level. According to MS it's easy: "Download the free application to your phone and you’re ready to link real life with the digital world. See a Tag, snap it, and you’re conveniently connected to more information, exclusive discounts, movie trailers, video clips, exhibit details, maps and directions, and much more."
Skype 2.8 for Mac now includes Skype Access and screensharing - Skype have now released a new version for the Mac (only) that includes screensharing. I hope this is something that will be coming to the Windows version very soon.
In the meantime, Windows users will need to continue using 3rd party apps like Yugma to do this, incidentally the free Yugma version now supports up to 20 participants.
TagCrowd is a web application for visualizing word frequencies in any user-supplied text by creating what is popularly known as a tag cloud or text cloud. It's a bit like Wordle although not so colourful and artistic. TagCrowd is free for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons.
Cisco WebEx on the iPhone - Cisco WebEx is one of the leading enterprise web conferencing systems, and there is now an iPhone app that means you can attend a web meeting when not at your desk - although not actually present one.
10 Ways Twitter Will Change Blog Design in 2009 - This article by Rachel Cunliffe appeared on 4 January in Mashable. She said "In 2009, Twitter will become much more tightly integrated with the rest of the blog in a variety of ways - watch out for tweetbacks and tweetstats to make their debut, and tweet comments to TwitterRolls to start appearing on blogs." She then listed 10 ways that she thought Twitter will impact blogs this year. No sooner had she written this, then Dan Zarrella created Tweetbacks. As Dan says, "they work kind of like trackbacks, but instead of listing blogs linking to a specific post, it lists Tweets about a specific post." In response to demand by enthusiastic users, he then created a Tweetbacks Wordpress plugin. As Twittering becomes even more popular - and according to Mashable it experienced a growth of 752% in 2008 - I think that "tweetbacking" is really going to take off.