tools by tashland
Last January I decided to write a post on the tools and sites that I was using on a regular basis. I thought it would be interesting to do another list this year and see what changes, if any, there are. The tools that I use daily have a star next to them, all the other tools I use at least on a weekly basis. In no particular order they are:
- Twitter* (microblogging tool)
- TwitterFox* (Twitter client)
- iGoogle* (customizable homepage with different feeds--I have Google Reader, calendar, Gmail, news, weather etc)
- Google Docs*
- Google Reader*
- Google Calendar*
- Firefox* (web browser)
- Flock (Firefox based web browser)
- Delicious* (social bookmarking site)
- Google Chat
- MS Outlook (only because it is the mail program at work)
- MS Word (for work documents)
- Facebook (once I started using Flock I found I used Facebook more because of its built in Facebook client)
- Google Search*
- Elluminate Live
- MS FrontPage (for work)
No doubt I've missed a few tools. Compared to last year's list I've noticed the following:
- Twitter is now on my list.
- This year's list is way longer; 29 entries as opposed to 13, with 19 brand new entries.
- 3 entries from last year didn't make this year's list: Google Notebook, Moodle, and Google Video. Since I started using Delicious I found that I dropped Google Notebook. I still use Notebook occasionally, but definitely not on a weekly basis. Moodle was on my list last year because I was part of a pilot project with Open School BC using Moodle for some of our courses. The pilot project ended in June '08 and so too my moodling. My colleague and I are going to lobby the powers that be to allow us to use the Moodle server that they already have up and running, but just for in house use (ie not for students to access via the web). Google Video, just kinda faded out for me. Not sure why.
- Wikipedia was the only wiki on my list last year.
So, I've done a lot more exploring and added a bunch more tools and sites to my toolbelt. But hey, they're still just tools. I could have five great hammers, but if I never used them, or had no skill with them, then so what. It's not the tools per say, it's what you do with them.
Are you gobsmacked that one of your fave tools is not on my list? Curious about a tool that I've mentioned? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!