40 applications in 40 minutes

40 apps in 40 minutes

For the latest Norfolk e-learning forum I decided that we should run a session on open source and free software tools. There are so many well known open source and free tools in use such as Moodle and WordPress that setting up the session was a challenge.

I settled on 40 applications in 40 minutes. A whirlwind tour of 40 of our favourite free applications that would hopefully offer something for everyone! I had a list of personal favourites that I needed to add to and spent a few afternoons searching the web for some new additions. After only a few hours I was amazed and the sheer number of free apps and also the quality of the apps. One of the first new apps I found was the awesome highlighter, a brilliant website that lets you mark up and highlight a website – allowing you to copy & paste, save the link and share with colleagues. A really simple idea with so many applications, you can use it in the classroom, presentations theatre or during development meetings.

40 in 40 was pretty fast paced and there wasn’t much time to look at anything in detail other than a couple of videos that I created in xtranormal and animoto to show what was possible.

The response to the session has been great with several people adding their own applications to the list and more commenting that they didn’t realise how many of these apps were available on the internet.

During the session I worked on the basis that if you didn’t like an app or wouldn’t find it useful there was another coming in less than a minute! We published the list on the real projects website alongside our other resources.

My top 3 are

There are so many ways in which you can use the applications and it was great to listen in on some of the discussions afterwards. I’ve seen xtranormal used an an online icebreaker, animation software, for product demonstrations, adverts and for teaching! The awesome highlighter can be used by the web designer and client or the teacher in class.

As I come across more I’ll add them to the list!

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40 applications in 40 minutes

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for this list of tools — and maybe more importantly including a top 3. There’s so much out there, it’s really helpful when someone reviews them and offers recommendations.

    Nancy
    Architela
    http://www.architela.com

    Architela October 30, 2009 at 10:37 am #
  2. Good session – great that someone has done the sifting for us!

    Here’s a couple of things you might add to the authoring side of things:

    Xerte – from Nottm uni – free Flash based system with built in accessibility functions:
    http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/xerte/

    eXe – free, but limited system – useful for cheap and cheerful stuff:
    http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/exe/wiki

    GLO Maker – from RLO CETL – creates reusable learning objects with Flash output:
    http://www.glomaker.org/

    Rob Alton October 30, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

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