Personal websites, Plaxo, and Linkedin are all great sites for connecting with friends, family, and professionals. It's a great tool for displaying information about yourself.
Personal Website Pros- This site can be used as a professional webpage. You can design the website by adding your personal touch and having control of what information you want to display. You are not limited to a certain format.
Cons- Networking is not readily available.
Plaxo Pros- I found the site to be user friendly. I liked that other sites could be linked to this one, for example, Twitter, Facebook etc.
Cons- I found this site to be more social.
Linkedin Pros- This site can be used as a professional site for networking with professionals, looking for jobs, or to even hire someone.
Cons- I found the site to have many options, but not user friendly.
I found LibraryThing to be a great resource to keep track of the books one has read. There are many things one can do on this website. LibraryThing can be used for the following: keep track of books you would like to read, read and write reviews on books, and books are suggested for reading based on previous books read. I really think this is a great website, but I personally don't foresee myself using this due to I don't read a lot. I struggle to even sit down and read for 10 minutes, I like to go go go!!!!!!!!! I have attached the link below to my LibraryThing catalog.
I really enjoyed the online generators. My two favorite websites were The Generator Blog and Flickr Toys. On Flickrs Toys I found a couple of features I could use for class like the motivator posters and magazine covers. For certain units I could have students create posters and magazine covers pertaining to the unit they are participating in. The site I chose to post below is the Ben and Jerry's Do the World a Flavor. A person can click the website below and can create their own flavored ice cream. How fun is that!!! I love ice cream, so I could see myself getting carried away with this website. Enjoy.
I still cannot get over how many podcasts are out there!!!! A person can find a podcast on any topic. I liked the podcasts because I can review the podcast on my own time. I can see myself using this tool for my PE classes. I could find a podcast on weight training lifting techniques and tips for my classes to use. The possibilities are endless with this tool.
I found YouTube to be very interesting. An individual could access any kind of video from a homevideo, movie or tv clips, sports videos, ect. There is a variety of unique features, such as, sharing videos to other websites like facebook or twitter. One could create their own playlist or you could mark your favorite video. There is nothing that I didn't like about the website. As far as using this in our school, the website has been blocked. I would need to get special permission to use it. I strongly believe that if this tool was used in the classroom, the teacher would need to do some serious monitoring. I could see where students would not stay on task. I chose this video because I enjoy sports bloppers.
I thought technorati has a lot of great features. These features give you a variety of options when you are looking up something about a particular subject. Some of the features include blogs, posts, videos, photos, favorites, support, and the most popular. I don't see myself using this website as much as the others I have been introduced too. I found the website to be userfriendly though.
I found Del.icio.us to be a very useful site. With this program I am able to keep track of my favorite websites that I view on a daily basis. All I need to do to keep track of these sites is to bookmark and tag the sites. My other favorite component about Del.icio.us is I can use other popular sites my colleagues are using. I can see myself using this website for school and coaching.