Multi-Lingual Blog Tools Update and BLC

7/15/2006 04:20:00 pm

I was showing my blog to a friend from South Africa yesterday. When we were trying out the translation tools you see below each post they didn't work. It's all fixed now. They work again. If you want to get the updated code for your blog you can pull it off one of the pages from my Whiplash! workshop here.

Whiplash! has just been updated. I'm presenting three (two really) workshops at Alan November's Building Learning Communities conference near Boston next week; OLÉ (x2) and Whiplash!

The last part of Whiplash! looks at The Cool and The Uber Cool of online tools. Take a look at it and let me know if I've left out any of your favourites; if I can, I'll add them in. Of course this begs the question: What's the difference between the cool and the uber cool?

Cool tools do one job very well, are freely available and easy to use. Uber cool tools mash together web 2.0 features or tools to further improve workflow and broaden interactivity. For example, Firefox is a cool tool. It's the best, most secure, freely available browser out there. Flock is uber cool. It does everything Firefox does but mashes together several web 2.0 features in a way that simplifies their use and accessibility. Two drawbacks to Flock: (i) it has a bit of a learning curve, and (ii) some pages don't display as well as they do in Firefox. Mind you, Flock is still in development; it's getting better all the time. ;-)

I'm presenting OLÉ on Tuesday, July 18 at 11:30am - 12:45pm and Thursday, July 20 at 9:45am - 11:00am eastern time. Feel free to drop in on the groups using the chatbox on the site. Your presence will help make the experience uber cool. ;-)

If you can make it leave me a comment on this post or drop me an email so I'll know to expect you.

Update July 25
The translation tools aren't working again. I checked in on Leigh Blackall's blog. He's the fellow who gave me the original idea. His translation tools are all gone. I wonder what happened? I'll keep working at though. I think these tools are an important educational resource.

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