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I'm just getting the ball rolling here by pasting in CATS listserv content in response to the query: "It occurred to me that many of you may have your own favorites that 
you've seen or would like to see support student learning--
especially student-generated content. Can you pass along your ideas?" Insert your own and/or comment on what is here.

From Joan Van Duzer:

Comic Book Creator 2
Flip video camcorders
Hot Potatoes

From Larry Press:

Search:    Google, flickr, YouTube
Social bookmark:
Image sharing:    Flickr
Video sharing:    YouoTube
Blog:    Blogger
RSS:    Feedburner
Threaded discussion:    Yahoo groups
Productivity suites:    Google docs
Wiki:    Wikispaces
VoIP:    Skype
Listserver:    Google groups
Map:    Google maps
Social network:    Ning
Database:    Zoho creator
Project management:    Basecamp
Writeboard vector drawing:    Dabbleboard
Survey:    Suveymonkey
DNS intro: Ipchecking,
Time and trace (Web site and HTTP):    Pingdom
Time and trace (Connection options):    NTD (network diagnostic tool)
Time and trace (TCP/IP):    Ping and tracert
Collaborative search:    None used yet
Micro blogging:     None used yet
Writeboard raster drawing:     None used yet
Writeboard text editor:    Etherpad
Audio streaming:    Talkshow
Video streaming:    Justin.TV,

This is taken from a rough spreadsheet showing applications vs concepts at:

Free desktop applications   

Text editor:    Textpad, Notepad ++
Image editor:
Audio editor:    Audacity
Video editor:    Windows movie maker
FTP client:    Filezilla
Web client:    Firefox
Desktop Sharing: (YuuGuu also without install)    YuuGuu (with Skype)

From Peter Mosinskis:

Evernote (for info capture/archiving) 
Wufoo (for polls/surveys)

Also an extra shout-out to Google Docs, I love what Google is doing with this.

From Patrick Crispen:

Don't forget  [You can do anything at Zombocom.  Anything at all.  The only limit is yourself.]

I am extremely impressed with Adobe Buzzword [at either or] for both its word processing features and its built-in collaboration tools.  Check out for a Buzzword how-to PDF.

From Walter Gajewski:

1) The hulu website ( They started out as a fun way to see free movies and TV shows over the web. However, their new "feature" makes them a great resource. If hulu is aware of films available on other web sites (e.g. PBS) they include those films in their own database. So, when a faculty member came to me with a request to copy the PBS documentary "Eyes on the Prize" off VHS tape, I first went out to hulu and did a search. Hulu took me right to the PBS site where the full two hours are available with study aids. My work was done in seconds, the professor had a link he could provide his students.

2)  Google Video Chat (video and voice over IP)
This works so well and it is free and cross platform and so easy to install. If you have a google gmail account, you can install the video chat component.

FTP client for PC's -- Internet Explorer <see my instructions at

From Allisun O'Connell:

I have some goodies at my Delicious page under the Tools tag.

From Tom Sciortino:
For speed testing an internet connection
For youtube-to-anything conversion (you give it a link and it gives you a downloadable file in a format you choose)
Online training videos--not free, but well done, and reasonable priced. I've learned several software apps from here already. 
For discovering the latest and greatest things like this in the first place (it's quite an active blog, but I find somethng at least
semi-useful in it practically every day)

From Wayne Smith:

Following in the footsteps of Prof. Martha Groom at University of

this semester I experimented with having about a dozen students make a small contribution to WikiPedia.  This assignment is extra/replacement credit at the end of the semester, and follows a full-length book report on a Management and Organizational Behavior topic of their choosing (with my vetting). I also have relatively strict composition, prose, and rhetoric standards for writing in my class. This is a pilot project, but I think I can expand it in various ways in subsequent semesters. The purpose is to help the students write better and move up (slowly) Bloom's Taxonomy.

The assignment as given to the students is at:

A preliminary "justification" for the assignment is at:

And a link to the pages that students have modified so far (and still persist, at least until today!) is at:



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