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Top learning tools of 2009

Posted by drneelesh on November 20, 2009

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009
as at 15 November 2009
KEY
F = Free, C= Commercial,  W = Windows, M=Mac, S=Server, O = Online
Cells shaded blue are new tools on the list this year
Cells shaded green are tools returning to the list this year

Current ranking in 2009
2008 2007
TOOL
#
Votes
Name
Platform Cost
1 11 43= Twitter
Microblogging tool
O F
159
2 1 2 Delicious
Social bookmarking tool
O F
95.5
3
18 22=
YouTube
Video sharing site
O F
79.5
4 3 7= Google Reader
RSS / Feed reader
O F
79
5
7 14 Google Docs
Office suite
O F
78.5
6
5 6
WordPress
Blogging tool
O F
69
7
20 31= Slideshare
Hosting presentations
O F
64

8

6 3= Google Search
Web search tool
O F
56

9=

12 11 Audacity
Sound editor and recorder
W M F 54
 
2 1
Firefox
Web browser and extensions
W M F
54
11=
16 31= Ning
Social networking platforms
O F/C 49
 
4 3= Skype
Instant messaging/VoIP
W M F/C
49
13
8 5 PowerPoint
Presentation software
W M C
47

14=

10 9 Blogger
Blogging tool
O F
45

9 12= Moodle
Course mgt system
S F
45
16
17 17= iGoogle
Personalised start page
O F
37.5
17
13 26= Wikipedia
Collaborative encyclopedia
O F
36
18
15 16 flickr
Photo storage/sharing site
O F
35
19
23 101= VoiceThread
Collaborative slideshows
O F
33
20
26= Jing
Screen captures/ casting tool
W M F/C 30.5

21

14 7= Gmail
Web-based email
O F 30
22=
27 17= Adobe Captivate
Demo and scenario tool
W C
29
 
35= 72= diigo
Social annotation site
O F/C
29

24

25 22= Articulate
Presenter/Engage/ Quizmaker
W C
27
25
21 26= SnagIt
Screen capture tool
W C
26.5
26
26= 50= Camtasia Studio
Screencasting tool
W C
25.5
27
Evernote
Note taking tool
O F
25
28
Prezi
Presentation software
O F 24
29
19 15 Wikispaces
Wiki tool
O F/C
23
30
Wordle
Word cloud generator
O F 22
31=
animoto
Create videos from your images
O F
21

24 17= Facebook
Social networking site
O F
21
 
50= 43= iPhone/iPod/ Touch and apps 21
34
35= 43= PBworks (prev PBwiki)
Wiki tool
O F/C 19
35
59= 50= Adobe Photoshop
Photo/Image editing tools
W C
17
36=
    Blogs
16
 
22 10 Word
Word processing software
W M C
16
38=
38= 43= Flash
Animation authoring tool
W M C
15
 
66= 101= Google Apps
Google application suite
O F/C
15
 
30= 31= LinkedIn
Professional social network
O F 15

41=

66= 72= Adobe Connect
Web meeting/ conferencing
O C
14.5

28 26= iTunes/iTunes U
Music/podcast player and site
W M F
14.5

43=

Dimdim
Web conferencing
O F/C
14
 
50= 50= Elluminate
Web conferencing
O F/C
14
 
40= 40= Google Earth
Satellite and aerial imagery
W M F
14
 
Tweetdeck
Desktop social software client
W M F 14
 
    Wikis and wiki tools 14
48
65= 72= Keynote
Presentation software
M C
12

49

59= 72= Edublogs
Educational blogging tool
O F
11.5

50=

29 36= Google Calendar
Web-based calendar
O F
10
 
Sharepoint
MS Intranet portal and collaboration environment
S C
10
  44= Wetpaint
Wiki tool
O F 10
53=
44= 26= Dreamweaver
Web authoring tool
W M C
9
 
40= Elgg
Social engine
S F 9
55=
83 Bubbl.us
Online mindmapping tool
O F
8
  59= Garageband
Personal recording studio
M C
8
  Glogster
Make an interactive poster
O F
8
  Google Chrome
Web browser
W M F 8
  42= 17= Mindmanager Mindjet
Mindmapping software
W M C
8
  37 26= Netvibes
Personalised start page
O F
8
  Posterous
Blogging/posting place
O F
8
  Screenr
Screencasting tool
O F 8
63
57= Picasa
Photo organiser
W/O F
7.5
64=
Lectora
Course authoring tool
W C
7
  80= 57= TeacherTube
Instructional video sharing site
O F
7
  Udutu
Online collaborative course authoring tool
O F/C 7
67=
Cirip
Micro-blogging platform
O F
6.5
  34 36= Google Maps
Maps of the US. UK, etc (and mobile version)
O F 6.5
 
38= 17= Outlook
Email client
W C 6.5
 
Webex
Web conferencing tool
O F 6.5
71=
66= Basecamp
Track and manage projects
O F/C
6
  Dropbox
Sync files online and across computers
O C
6
 
    Email
6
 
Etherpad
Real-time document collaboration
O F
6
  Flip
Digital camcorder
C
6
  54= 50= Freemind
Mind mapping tool
W M F
6
  59= Google Sites
Create web/wiki sites
O F
6
  GoToMeeting/GoToTrain
Web conferencing system
O C
6
 

41=

31= OpenOffice
Desktop office suite
O F 6
  Picnik
Photo editing tool
W C 6
  ScreenToaster
Screencasting tool
O F 6
  83= 50= Scribd
Document hosting/sharing
O F
6
  54= SecondLife
Virtual world application
O F
6
  xtranormal
Movie-making software
D F 6
  Yammer
Private micro-blogging platform
O F 6
86=
30= 12= Bloglines
RSS/Feed reader
O F
5.5
 
Friendfeed
Info sharing tool
O F
5.5
88= 59= 72= Adobe Acrobat Pro
Create and control PDF documents
W M C
5
 
57= Adobe Fireworks
Image editor
W M C
5
  Edmodo
Educational micro-blogging service
O F 5
  33 57= Google Alerts
Keep track of new information
O F
5
  66= iMovie
Video editing software
M C
5
  59= MindMeister
Mind mapping tool
O C
5
  83= Movie Maker
Create, edit and share home movies
W C
5
  31= Pageflakes
Start page tool
O F 5
  83= Paint.NET
Image/photo editing software
W F
5
  72= Paintshop Pro
Image editing software
W C
5
  54= Survey Monkey
Survey/questionnaire tool
O F/C

5

  83= Twhirl
Twitter desktop client
W M F 5
  44= 57= TypePad
Blogging tool
O C 5

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Favourite Free Fifty Five (55) tools

Posted by drneelesh on August 20, 2009

Medical communications involves a lot of content creation and sharing. The job requires using a number of tools (online and offline) to help me create professional looking content in a fun way.

Being a long time FOSS supporter, i personally prefer to use a freely available tool or application rather than any commercial tool. And if you look around, there is at least one free tool/application for every function which requires a commercially available tool/application.

Here is a list of top 55 free digital tools used by me for my personal Content creation and sharing.I use many other tools too, but these are the ones used most frequently.

1. Easy-to-use and secure Internet browser? Firefox

2. E-Mail system? Gmail

3. Social bookmarking tool? del.icio.us

4. Social bookmarking tool with collaborative learning features (groups, forums, etc.)? Diigo

5. Tool that enables me to capture, visualize, organize and share my bookmarks? SimplyBox

6. Tool to translate text or a webpage? Google Language Tools

7. Online RSS reader? Google Reader

8. Tool to aggregate all my resources, mail, RSS feeds, etc, in one place? Netvibes, iGoogle

9. Content Management System (CMS)? Joomla

10. Tool to create my own website? Webnode, Weebly

11. Tool to broadcast myself to the world? USTREAM

12. Content authoring tool? eXe , CourseLab

13. Alternative to Microsoft Office? OpenOffice

14. Online suite of office tools? Google Docs or Zoho

15. Tool that converts my PowerPoint to Flash (including animations)? iSpring Free

16. Web authoring tool alternative to FrontPage and Dreamweaver? NvU or KompoZer

17. Personal online notebook? Google Notebook

18. Blogging tool? WordPress , Blogger

19. Tool to create blog by email? Posterous

20. Tool to collaborate/comment/update from friends? Friendfeed

21. Wiki tool? PBwiki

22. Tool to track plagiarism? Plagium

23. Encyclopedia, which I can add to or edit? Wikipedia

24. Audio recording tool? Audacity

25. Tool to host my audio recordings online? Podbean

26. Tool to convert text to speech? vozMe or iSpeech

27. Tool to transform media creation into collaborative spaces ? VoiceThread

28. Screencasting (recording) tool? Jing

29. Mindmapping tool? FreeMind

30. Tool to brainstorm and create mindmaps online? Bubbl.us

31. Easy-to-learn 3D authoring software tool? Google SketchUp

32. Photo editing tool? GIMP

33. Online photo/image editing tool? Picnik

34. Tool to create cool personalized images? Custom Sign Generators

35. Screen Color Picker? ColorSchemer

36. Tool to create flowcharts, diagrams, technical drawings? Gliffy

37. Tool to create PDFs from any Windows program? PDFCreator

38. Tool to edit/merge/watermark PDF? PDF Tools

39. Online file conversion tool (e.g. Word >PDF>PowerPoint)? Zamzar

40. Tool to share my slides? SlideShare, authorSTREAM

41. Tool to share my videos? YouTube , TeacherTube , DNAtube

42. Tool to download videos from any video sharing site? ClipNabber , Unplug

43. Tool for online video editing? Jaycut

44. Self-publishing tool (books, papers, etc)? Scribd , Docstoc

45. To create your own music? ccMixter

46. Tool to share my pictures? Flickr

47. Space to upload and share my files? eSnips

48. Tool to create good looking charts online? Online chart tools

49. Tool to create Flash games (templates)? ClassTools.net

50. Tool to create interactive quizzes and puzzles? Hot Potatoes

51. Tool to share lots of tabs together? ShareTabs , Agglom

52. Tool to filter/mix a number of RSS feeds to get one feed? FeedRinse, Feedmingle

53. Tool to create widgets from feeds? Grazr

54. Tool to help me collect, manage, and cite my research sources? Zotero and Evernote

55. Tool that sends me email updates of the latest relevant Google results? Google Alerts

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Favourite Free Fifty Five (55) tools

Posted by drneelesh on August 20, 2009

Medical communications involves a lot of content creation and sharing. The job requires using a number of tools (online and offline) to help me create professional looking content in a fun way.

Being a long time FOSS supporter, i personally prefer to use a freely available tool or application rather than any commercial tool. And if you look around, there is at least one free tool/application for every function which requires a commercially available tool/application.

Here is a list of top 55 free digital tools used by me for my personal Content creation and sharing.I use many other tools too, but these are the ones used most frequently.

1. Easy-to-use and secure Internet browser? Firefox

2. E-Mail system? Gmail

3. Social bookmarking tool? del.icio.us

4. Social bookmarking tool with collaborative learning features (groups, forums, etc.)? Diigo

5. Tool that enables me to capture, visualize, organize and share my bookmarks? SimplyBox

6. Tool to translate text or a webpage? Google Language Tools

7. Online RSS reader? Google Reader

8. Tool to aggregate all my resources, mail, RSS feeds, etc, in one place? Netvibes, iGoogle

9. Content Management System (CMS)? Joomla

10. Tool to create my own website? Webnode, Weebly

11. Tool to broadcast myself to the world? USTREAM

12. Content authoring tool? eXe , CourseLab

13. Alternative to Microsoft Office? OpenOffice

14. Online suite of office tools? Google Docs or Zoho

15. Tool that converts my PowerPoint to Flash (including animations)? iSpring Free

16. Web authoring tool alternative to FrontPage and Dreamweaver? NvU or KompoZer

17. Personal online notebook? Google Notebook

18. Blogging tool? WordPress , Blogger

19. Tool to create blog by email? Posterous

20. Tool to collaborate/comment/update from friends? Friendfeed

21. Wiki tool? PBwiki

22. Tool to track plagiarism? Plagium

23. Encyclopedia, which I can add to or edit? Wikipedia

24. Audio recording tool? Audacity

25. Tool to host my audio recordings online? Podbean

26. Tool to convert text to speech? vozMe or iSpeech

27. Tool to transform media creation into collaborative spaces ? VoiceThread

28. Screencasting (recording) tool? Jing

29. Mindmapping tool? FreeMind

30. Tool to brainstorm and create mindmaps online? Bubbl.us

31. Easy-to-learn 3D authoring software tool? Google SketchUp

32. Photo editing tool? GIMP

33. Online photo/image editing tool? Picnik

34. Tool to create cool personalized images? Custom Sign Generators

35. Screen Color Picker? ColorSchemer

36. Tool to create flowcharts, diagrams, technical drawings? Gliffy

37. Tool to create PDFs from any Windows program? PDFCreator

38. Tool to edit/merge/watermark PDF? PDF Tools

39. Online file conversion tool (e.g. Word >PDF>PowerPoint)? Zamzar

40. Tool to share my slides? SlideShare, authorSTREAM

41. Tool to share my videos? YouTube , TeacherTube , DNAtube

42. Tool to download videos from any video sharing site? ClipNabber , Unplug

43. Tool for online video editing? Jaycut

44. Self-publishing tool (books, papers, etc)? Scribd , Docstoc

45. To create your own music? ccMixter

46. Tool to share my pictures? Flickr

47. Space to upload and share my files? eSnips

48. Tool to create good looking charts online? Online chart tools

49. Tool to create Flash games (templates)? ClassTools.net

50. Tool to create interactive quizzes and puzzles? Hot Potatoes

51. Tool to share lots of tabs together? ShareTabs , Agglom

52. Tool to filter/mix a number of RSS feeds to get one feed? FeedRinse, Feedmingle

53. Tool to create widgets from feeds? Grazr

54. Tool to help me collect, manage, and cite my research sources? Zotero and Evernote

55. Tool that sends me email updates of the latest relevant Google results? Google Alerts

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Interactive Informative and Fun- Indian OTC Pharma market

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Few Self created Widgets

Posted by drneelesh on May 27, 2009

DashboardImage via Wikipedia

Doctor”s Widgets

Human rights document search



All search engines– Just type in any keyword in any of the search engines and “ENTER”.





Indulging my Space fantasies– ” A brief history of Blackholes”


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Daily Clinical Alerts from National Institute of Health.
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Medical Dictonary– Type in and hit search to open in a new window



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Learning tools and search engine ranking

Posted by drneelesh on April 30, 2009


Recently read the Latest edition of Journal of Health informatics in developing countries. Specifically, Search engines : a study of nine search engines in four categories by Dallas Knight (Health Informatics Programme University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand). This study’s objective was to determine how search engines within different categories compare, and to look at features and trends of search engines that are commonly used for queries by both health consumers and professionals.

The query terms used for this study are

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Benign positional vertigo
  • Pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma
  • “online tool” for help with depression
  • exercise after bowel cancer operation

Evaluation of the first ten sites for each scenario in each search engine included relevance, usefulness, usability of sites, and quality of health information evaluation.


Search engines within the general category (Google, SearchYahoo!) performed best overall. Meta search engines (Dogpile, Jux2) also performed well with vertical search engines (Healia, Kosmix, Healthline) next. Health portals (Revolution Health and WebMD) produced relevant useful results for common terms, but not for unusual query terms.



Other important medical education and learning tools the study talks about include

  • Custom built Search engines ( eg Google, Rollyo and EureksterSwiki )
  • Blog sites, wikis and podcasts
  • social bookmarking with Del.icio.us and Digg.com
  • RSS site feeds read by aggregators or emails
  • Yahoo Pipes! for channelizing information

The few services and tools it missed include,


I think i shall now close this list or i shall be spending hours trying to compile a complete list. Anyways, most of the useful tools for medical education and learning have been mentioned here. If you can think of any more study tools or services, kindly add them in the comments.

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-iPod in Medical education

Posted by drneelesh on December 23, 2008

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At the Ohio State University Medical Center, the iPod Touch is literally what the doctor ordered. The university announced this week that all students in the College of Medicine would receive the devices, which the university plans to equip with medical software.

Justin Harper, a third-year medical student credited with the idea of distributing the wifi-enabled audio-and-video players, says the iPod Touch will allow him to listen to lectures during his commute to school and will put current medical information at his fingertips. He will be able to pull up graphics, watch videos of medical procedures, and search medical reference books. Perhaps more importantly, he says, he will be able to answer patients’ questions more quickly and without leaving their sides.

“It just makes [everything] faster,” he said. “We can have it there when we need it.”

Other medical schools have also incorporated iPods or other portable media players in their training. At Temple University, students use iPods to listen to recordings of heart murmurs. At the University of Michigan, students use “Dr. iPod,” a program that lets them review lectures and patient presentations on their iPods. Ohio State University, however, appears to be the first to give the devices away.

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