Free tools

We love free stuff. Below we review some of the best free tools on the market from Audacity for audio editing to Moodle LMS. - See more at: http://www.kineo.com/free-tools/#sthash.2Rwg0IhY.dpuf

Survey Monkey

We take a swing on the branches of the best survey tool out there.

We’ve spoken many times here about web 2.0 and the need to encourage collaboration with users. One of the quickest ways to achieve this is to get your learners to feedback on their experiences and share their ideas through a survey. And if you’re thinking about surveys, you need to think about Survey Monkey. We review …

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Get acquainted with LinkedIn

We’ve been tracking the use of LinkedIn over the last few years, keeping up with old acquaintances in our industry and beyond, hooking up with others by inviting them to join our LinkedIn groups.

    For those of you who don’t know it, LinkedIn is a professional networking site which allows you connect with colleagues and past and present, and then into their networks. …

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Swapping notes? From Google with love

If you’ve been logging on to the Kineo site for a while, you’ll know there’s plenty from Google that has excited us for its potential application to the world of learning.

Now there’s a new tool on the block called Google Notes and we're swooning again - we think it has a lot to offer in the performance support and knowledge sharing space. One of the real challenges in any formal learning …

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Freemind Mind Mapping

Freemind is an open source “mind mapping” software program.

  Freemind enables you to brainstorm and link together ideas quickly, creating “maps” of concepts similar to what you might do on a whiteboard. This can be incredibly useful when putting together ideas for new projects or brainstorming creative ideas. http://freemind.sourceforge.net/

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GIMPShop

Open source replacement for Photoshop for creating your web and elearning images.

This is a version of the GNU Image Manipulation Program that does a good job of imitating Adobe Photoshop - normal users of Photoshop can adapt to it quite quickly. It has lots of features and performs well.  Give it a try. http://www.gimpshop.com

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Google Homepages

What has your home page done for you lately? Is it a Google search box, a news site such as the BBC or one of the existing portals such as MSN? Whatever it is, we predict it’s about to change (and no, we don’t mean to the Kineo site.

Though that would be nice of you). Why are we so confident? The Google home page that’s why. If you don’t have one, you are missing out in a big way. A …

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Google Tools to Make Learning Work

As Google continues to develop tools and applications, we see increasing opportunities for their application to learning.

Whether it’s looking for answers to specific problems, integrating tools into low cost blends or simply informal learning by browsing, there are some great tools out there from Google. We’ve reviewed five Google tools you shouldn’t miss out on if you want to tap into …

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Audacity & Podcasting

It’s time you made a show of yourself.

..   What’s the big idea? Podcasting simply means creating audio (and increasingly video, or vodcasting) content and sending it out into the world for anyone to listen to. Like VoIP, there’s nothing inherently new in this idea. Ham radio buffs were doing this decades ago. But podcasting has come into its own, for a few reasons. As usual, …

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Flickr

You can blink, but you won't miss it.

http://www.flickr.com/ We love it. One of the best examples of an online community that really works. A fantastic blend of simplicity and great functionality make this site zing. What's the Big Idea? Flickr is a photographers' community which accommodates all tastes and abilities. At its most simple, it's an online photo album which …

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Skype

Still paying for your phone calls? How last century of you.

.. www.skype.com What’s the big idea? Saving money. One of our favourite big ideas. Skype is a VoIP (voice-over internet protocol). Using your computer as a phone - that’s not new technology. But Skype has three big things going for it over earlier generations of VoIP: It’s simple to install. It works. It’s free. …

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