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Name Comments
Axon2007

What it Does: Organize and process ideas in multiple ways.
Runs on: PC only
Price: $135
Uniqueness: It's one of only a few tools to provide this combination of functions
Best Feature: The extraordinary versatility of the program
Worst Feature: The unfamiliar (but logical) and sometimes awkward interface
Learning Time: Hours --- Export/Import: Good
My use: Regular --- Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: "The Axon Idea Processor provides a specially designed environment that supports and empowers the thinking processes. Objects and Links form the basic entities for idea processing. These entities are displayed in a multi-level, 3D workspace." It's true.
Presentation note: Good for it's interactive flexibility - but not as smooth as Powerpoint
CmapTools

What it Does: Concept relationships - Useful in group situation
Runs on: PC, Mac, Linux
Free
Uniqueness: It's one of only a few tools to provide this combination of functions
Best Feature: Public server allowing group projects.
Worst Feature: Initially difficult to see how powerful it is.
Learning Time: Hours --- Export/Import: Medium
My use: Infrequent --- Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: I have used it quite successfully in several courses. It was particularly helpful in promoting class interaction.
Presentation note: Can use interactively - modify session on the fly.
Dreamweaver

What it Does: Web page creator - The industry standard
Runs on: PC only
Drexel Site License
Best Feature: Doesn't add extra "code" like MS products.
Worst Feature: Learning curve is fairly steep.
Learning Time: Hours --- Export/Import: Good
My use: Daily --- Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: Frontpage, the obvious competitor, is licensed at Drexel and is very good so long as you don't want to leave the MS world.
Presentation note: I used it for this website.
Dunx1

What it Does: Drexel File Storage and web publishing server.
Runs on: Web
Drexel Site License
Best Feature: 100MB of file storage accessible via FTP from home.
Worst Feature: Web server is very basic - for security reasons I'm assured.
Learning Time: Half Hour ---
My use: Daily --- Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: Once set up it appears automatically on any Korman machine and can be easily added to appear automatically on your campus desktop.
Techie Note: You can use "includes" by naming your files *.shtml
Presentation note: Website hosting capability
Flickr

What it Does: Web Image search and storage
Runs on: Web
Free
Best Feature: Widely used and therefor good collection of images.
Worst Feature: Interface is confusing
Learning Time: Hours --- Export/Import: Medium
My use: Regular --- Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: Share photos - I take advantage of "family and friends" to limit those that aren't interesting to a wider audience.
You have to pay for extensive use, but not a lot.
Presentation note: Useful for slide shows of web-mounted images (Flickr calls them "sets")
Google Earth

What it Does: View and zoom the entire world
Runs on: PC, Mac, Linux - Uses Web
Free
Uniqueness: It's one of only a few tools to provide this combination of functions
Best Feature: Wow factor when exploring a geography-related aspect of a course.
Worst Feature: Interface a bit clunky when going beyond basics.
Learning Time: Minutes --- Export/Import: Medium
Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: What a splendid, ever-improving tool. If you use it regularly it's worth it to spring the $20/year for the "plus" version.
Presentation note: Wow factor is still high
Review & Comments about Google Earth in Academic Tools Blog
MS Powerpoint

What it Does: The standard slide-show creator
Runs on: PC, Mac
Drexel Site License
Best Feature: Professional appearance made easy.
Worst Feature: It's difficult to change course in mid-stream presentation.
Immediately Useful: Yes --- Learning Time: Hours --- Export/Import: Medium
My use: Regular --- Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: It's not fair to blame the tool for its misuse, but many people do.
Photo Story 3

What it Does: Animate still image - Like Ken Burns
Runs on: PC only
Free
Uniqueness: It's one of only a few tools to provide this combination of functions
Best Feature: Enliven study of still images.
Worst Feature: Requires planning and time for each image.
Learning Time: Half Hour --- Export/Import: Medium
My use: Infrequent --- Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: Excellent for lectures.
Review & Comments about Photo Story 3 in Academic Tools Blog

 

 

Update: 2006-11-26