25 Ways To Beef up your IT

For those that are a bit down the road of instructional design, here are 25 ways you can become a bit more techie and impress all the computer geeks down in the server room:

  1. Build an online Bookmark collection

  2. Translate Languages with web tools (be careful as it is far from perfect!)

  3. Find a famous Quote

  4. Learn how to be a Google Expert

  5. Create color schemes

  6. Use Google See The USA

  7. Bibliographic Research:

    • RedLightGreen helps you locate the most important books and other research materials in your area of interest, and find out whether what you need is available at your favorite library. Sign in, and you can format and send citations any way you want: MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard, Turabian. http://www.redlightgreen.com/
    • Connotea helps you store your reference list online, which means that it's readily accessible, it's linked directly into the literature and it's easily shared with your colleagues. Opening your references to other researchers enables you to discover new leads by connecting to the collections of those with similar interests to you. http://www.connotea.org/
    • CiteULike is a free service to help academics to share, store, and organise the academic papers they are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. http://www.citeulike.org/

  8. Find online Calculators for almost anything

  9. Online Groups

  10. Keep up on Gadgets

  11. Create Your own Graphic Art

  12. Learn a new Language

  13. Find a classic computer game that is no longer published

  14. Analyze your web sites

  15. Travel the Atlas of Cyberspacehttp://www.cybergeography.org/atlas/atlas.html

  16. Learn Unix in 10 minuteshttp://freeengineer.org/learnUNIXin10minutes.html

  17. Find the Lies and Generated Nonsense

  18. Descipher Acronyms

  19. Turn a long URL into a short one

  20. Find Free Copyright Free Images

  21. Find Free Copyright Free Audio

  22. Analyze Text

    • Welcome to the online text analysis tool, the detailed statistics of your text, perfect for translators (quoting), for webmasters (ranking) or for normal users, to know the subject of a text. http://textalyser.net/

  23. Write "Hello World" in any programming language http://www2.latech.edu/~acm/HelloWorld.shtml

  24. Create a wiki site

  25. Send friends to the weird places on the web

Note: This is just a starting list- participants can add/edit on a copy of this stored on a "PeanutButter Wiki" at:
You will need the password to enter this wiki!

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