Online applications and tools: Activities

As there’s such a variety of options this week – we haven’t always given you more than one activity in each section, as there will be enough there to keep you going and hope that this may give you time to explore some other areas too.

1. Personalised homepages activity

2. Mobile phones activities

3. Web browsers activity

4. Google documents activity

5. Toolbars activities

6. Widgets activity

7. Mashups activities

1. Personalised homepages activity

Set up your own personalised homepage in iGoogle, MyYahoo, Netvibes or Pageflakes. Add some (gadgets, widgets, flakes, modules) including (if possible) one of the tools you have discovered so far in the Learning 2.0 programme (such as an RSS feed, your email account, your del.icio.us bookmarks, your Flickr photos).

If you want some extra guidance on setting up your homepage check out these videos:

Igoogle

My Yahoo

Netvibes

Pageflakes

2. Mobile phones activities

1. Blog about what you think the potential is for providing services via mobile phones to library users in the next couple of years. Next, find out about how one of the technologies you have learned about so far in the Learning 2.0 programme is being provided via mobile phone.

2. Take a photo with your mobile phone and upload it to your blog. As an optional extra try looking at a website via your mobile phone and blog about the experience (and it’s success or failure).

3. Web browsers activity

Assuming you use Internet Explorer download Firefox. Read up about extensions and add-ons, find a few you like and add them to Firefox.

If you already use Firefox, try downloading Opera. When you have installed it, check out their widgets page and download a few.

4. Google documents activity

1. Go to Google docs and sign in with your Google account details (if you haven’t already got a Google account, you will need to create one).
2. Create a new document or upload an existing document.
3. Share this document with others – ask them to make changes to the document.

5. Toolbars activities

1. Customise your toolbar within IE, Firefox or Opera.  See Customizing Internet Explorer toolbar or Firefox or Opera for further information.

2. Create your own toolbar using Conduit

6. Widgets activity

Create your own widget of all of your Web 2.0 identities using the Show Yourself widget or Widget box.

7. Mashups activities

1. Spend some time exploring some of the award winning mashups at Mashup Awards

2. For those of you who really want a challenge, try creating a mashup using Yahoo Pipes or another mashup editor you discover.

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