Top 10 learning tools for 2012

Jane Hart is gathering votes for the Top 100 learning tools for 2012.
This is my top 10, in random order:
  • Twitter: the best way to generate your own “information streams” about various subjects
  • SharePoint 2010: Microsoft’s enterprise collaboration platform. Fan of the “My Sites”, that allow you to create your own “portfolio”; with Office 365, you can set up your own platform in the cloud for a very reasonable cost.
  • Adobe Captivate: although getting really complicated, still one of the leaders as far as software courses (screencasts) is concerned
  • Diigo: social bookmarking tool
  • Tweetdeck: invaluable for organizing my twitter stream. Like the fact that it is cross-platform
  • Google Reader: allows me to follow more than 400 websites or other information sources (RSS) in one single web-based application
  • Feeddler Pro: iPad app that connects to your Google Reader account and displays your RSS feeds on iPad
  • Microsoft OneNote: the best note-taking application on the Windows platform. Unbeatable in combination with SharePoint and a tablet pc. Now with an iPad app!
  • Instapaper: with the “read later” button in your browser toolbar, you can save interesting articles for later, and read them e.g. in the iPad app
  • iSpring Pro: a very powerful “PowerPoint to Flash” rapid e-learning tool.

Compared to last year, not much of a change, 3 newcomers only.

What is your top 10?

 

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Getting started with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Today, Microsoft released the Consumer Preview of Windows 8. You can get it here.

I tried installing it in VMware Fusion 4, works without any problem. But if you want to avoid staring at the new Metro start screen in utmost confusion, like I did, you might want to read through this excellent overview of the basics on the Windows Team Blog. Especially if you are using a simple keyboard and mouse, not a tablet.Or check the more detailed guide: Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide.

Or you can rely on me for the basic tips to get started as a user:

  • move the mouse into the right hand top corner to call the new charms function; you will need this to get back to the start screen once you have opened an application;
  • move the mouse into the left hand top corner to view recently used applications;
  • you can use the Windows key + C as a keyboard shortcut to get to charms.

I will update this post as soon as I discover more. Or use the comments to add new nifty tricks yourself!

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How to publish a Captivate project to a SharePoint site

Microsoft SharePoint is an interesting platform if you quickly want to publish your e-learning content. These are the steps to publish an Adobe Captivate project to a SharePoint site:

1. Publish your Captivate project as Flash(SWF), and make sure that you have the option Export to html checked. This will produce a set of files: a .html file, a .swf file and a .js file.

2. Upload these files into a document library on a SharePoint site. You can start your project by clicking on the .html file.
If you are running SharePoint 2010 and the file does not open, you might need to change a security setting in SharePoint. Also, SharePoint has a default file size limit of 50 MB. Your system administrator can increase this limit.

3. Optional, but recommended: to make it easier for your users to start your course, you can include a link to the .html file on the home page of your site.

Watch the demonstration below for more detailed instructions:

 

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