This list of favourite websites has been chosen for their level of general interest and usefulness (IMHO).
Sites are broken down into categories:
“Here are some startling statistics from their latest press release…
· More than 400 million active users
· 50% of active users log on to Facebook in any given day
· More than 35 million users update their status each day
· More than 1.5 million local businesses have active Pages on Facebook
· Average user has 130 friends on the site
· Average user sends 8 friend requests per month
· Average user spends more than 55 minutes per day on Facebook
· About 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States”
“Put simply, Twitter is social messaging. With the ability to follow people and have followers, and the ability to have interact with Twitter on your cell phone, Twitter has become the perfect social messaging tool. Whether you are out on the town and want to coordinate with a group of people as to what hot spot to hit next, or keeping people informed of developments at a company-sponsored event, Twitter is a great tool for quickly communicating a message to a group of people.”
“LinkedIn is an online social network for business professionals. It's different than other social networking sites like MySpace andFacebook because it's designed specifically for professional networking -- finding a job, discovering sales leads, connecting with potential business partners -- rather than simply making friends or sharing media like photos, videos and music.”
“Google+ (pronounced and sometimes written as Google Plus/ˈɡuːɡəl plʌs/) is a social networking and identity service that is owned and operated by Google Inc. Google has described Google+ as a "social layer" that enhances many of its online properties, and that it is not simply a social networking website, but also an authorship tool that associates web-content directly with its owner/author. It is the second-largest social networking site in the world after Facebook.”
“MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videos for teenagers and adults internationally. Here's the website of Myspace.”
Reference and Search
“Wikipedia is an online free-content encyclopedia that you can edit and contribute to. Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has described Wikipedia as "an effort to create and distribute a multilingual free encyclopedia of the highest quality to every single person on the planet in his or her own language." Wikipedia exists to bring knowledge to everyone who seeks it.”
“Google is one of the five most popular websites in the world. Google is a web search engine that lets you find other sites on the web based on keyword searches. Google also provides specialized searches through blogs, catalogs, videos, news items and more.”
“Yahoo! is an Internet portal that incorporates a search engine and a directory of World Wide Web sites organized in a hierarchy of topic categories. As a directory, it provides both new and seasoned Web users the reassurance of a structured view of hundreds of thousands of Web sites and millions of Web pages. It also provides one of the best ways to search the Web for a given topic.“
“Pinterest is an online version of that little notebook you take everywhere with you so that you can write down an idea when it hits you. It’s a virtual bulletin board that you pin things you like onto, when you’re wandering around the Internet, much like you would rip a page out of a magazine and pin it to an actual cork board. I’m very particular about what I “pin,” meaning I really only select things that I truly love, so what I accumulate is really the crème de la crème of inspiration for me.”
“Instagram is a free online photo sharing and social network platform that was acquired by Facebook in 2012.
Instagram allows members users to upload, edit and share photos with other members through the Instagram website, email, and social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, Foursquare and Flickr.”
“Flickr is an awesome photo and video-sharing community run by Yahoo. Millions of members from all over the world are uploading photos and video that they have created, each sharing their unique view of the world. You can post, sort, and share pics and videos that you yourself have created with friends, family, andfolksfrom all over! Flickr Help can tell you more.”
“Silicon Valley/Colorado based photo and video sharing site Photobucket has 36 million registered users and adds another 85,000 per day. If the growth rate continues, they’ll have 60 million users by the end of the year. More users visit Photobucket each month – 17 million, than Facebook. 56% of those users are under 35, and 52% are female. 300,000 unique websites link back to Photobucket. They move a lot of data.”
“ImageShack is a free online image hosting services that allows anyone to save their images online. A subscription based membership is also offered; however, advertising is the main source of income for ImageShack. Started in November 2003, it has become one of the most popular sites for users to store their images. Users can store pictures of various types, including JPEG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF, and the file size must be 5MB or less.”
“A popular free video-sharing that lets registered users upload and share video clips online at the YouTube.com Web site. To view the videos you are not required to register. Launched in 2005 by former PayPal employees, the video-sharing site was acquired by Google Inc. in October 2006 for US $1.65 billion in Google stock. YouTube is currently based in San Bruno, CA and is a subsidiary of Google, Inc.”
“Vimeo is a video sharing platform that was launched in 2004 by a group of filmmakers. Since then, the platform has grown to over 14 million members – most of them artists in film, animation, music and other works of art – who’ve been able to use Vimeo as a way to share and promote their work.”
With more than 44 million streaming members globally, Netflix is the leading online subscription service streaming films & TV episodes over the Internet. For just £5.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited films & TV episodes streamed to their TVs and computers.”
“At any time of day, anywhere in the U.S., you can watch network television shows, feature films and video clips in your Web browser using a free online video service called Hulu. You can access videos at Hulu.com or at one of the sites run by Hulu distribution partners like AOL, MySpace, and Yahoo!”
“Metacafe is a web site that specializes in short-form video entertainment in the categories of movies, video games, sports, music and TV.”
“With around 70,000 stations from around the world in its database, TuneIn is rightly one of the more popular radio apps out there. Unfortunately, it also means customers don't always have the easiest time finding what they want, something the Palo Alto firm plans to fix with a new update it's rolling out today. “
“Last.FM is a UK-based social network focused on music. Founded in 2002, it merged with Audioscrobbler in 2005. The audioscrobbler software tracks what a member listens to on iTunes, their iPod, or similar players, allowing Last.FM to create a play list based on their musical taste.”
“AUPEO! Personal Radio offers online music with a focus on the discovery of new songs and artists. Founded in Berlin in 2008, the service is a leading provider of personalized audio streams for Internet-capable hardware devices. AUPEO! offers radio stations that compile an individual program for listeners and recommend similar music.“
“But Spotify isn't a straight-up copycat of existing digital music services. It throws in a few new groovy beats of its own, including tools that let you share playlists and songs immediately via social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. In short, Spotify is a lot like having a version of Apple iTunessoftware wherever you have an Internet connection, giving you access to the tune of roughly 15 million tracks [source: Slate].”
Grooveshark, a subsidiary of Escape Media Group, is an online music streaming service based in the United States. It has a search engine, streaming service, and recommendation application. Users can stream and upload music that can be played immediately or added to a playlist.
“Edmodo is one of the promising web technologies that is making a strong foothold in the field of education. It has been embraced by several school districts and is being widely used to host online classes and connect students with their teachers. I personally see edmodo as a very robust alternative to the traditional Moodle”
A new site for educators, , takes the sharing, production, and community-building aspects of YouTube and offers an educator's version. According to TeacherTube's founders, "We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners."
“Quizlet is a learning platform that‘s delivered online and via its companion mobile app. Students enter the material they need to learn for a class or exam, and Quizlet provides tools and games to help them learn their stuff. And it’s free!”
The Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization that provides free video tutorials and interactive exercises. The Academy’s declared mission is “changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.”
mathcentre offers mathematics support materials, free of charge, to students, lecturers and everyone looking for post-16 maths help. We have several types of resources to help you:
Quick Reference leaflets - key topics in a nutshell - brief and easily accessible resources
mathtutor Video tutorials - watch and listen to a tutor working through important topics
Teach Yourself booklets - written to accompany the videos, these provide in-depth treatment of important topics, with theory, worked examples and exercises
Practice & Revision booklets - hundreds of practice exercises with answers covering important topics in algebra and calculus
On-line Test Yourself diagnostics - on specific topics to enable you to gauge your competency and decide whether further work is required
On-line Test Yourself exercises - with answers provided, to enable you to practice key techniques
“Our knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth - of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria - is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere. Imagine what it would mean if this information could be gathered together and made available to everyone – anywhere – at a moment’s notice.”
Mathstrainers is the author’s own website (HERE), providing information on maths and his apps. This site also has a fairly limited learning zone.
NASA's public Web Portal is organized so that users can take multiple paths to information. The same content may appear in multiple sections, because people navigate through the site in different ways. The three main navigational paths through the content are:
· broad topic areas
· audience groups
“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.”
“To provide a world-class, online domain on which educators can store, categorize, and rate the best, K – 12 educational videos on the Internet today. And to make this service FREE so teachers, parents and students everywhere may have access to those videos.”
“Dropbox is a home for all your photos, docs, videos, and files. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers,phones and even the Dropbox website — so you can access your stuff from anywhere.”
“Box Inc. (formerly Box.net) is an online file sharing and cloud content management service for businesses. The company adopted a freemium business model, and provides up to 50 GB of free storage for personal accounts.”
“OneDrive (previously SkyDrive, Windows Live SkyDrive andWindows Live Folders) is a file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage and then access them from a Web browser or their local device. It is part of the Windows Live range of online services and allows users to keep the files private, share them with contacts, or make the files public.”
Google Drive is a service from Google that helps users store and synchronize digital content across computers, laptops and numerous mobile devices such as Android-powered and devices. Support for Apple devices is provided via GDrive, Google Drive client for iPhone and iPad devices.
Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving. A "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook.
“BBC Online is the brand name and home for the BBC's UK online service. It is a large network of websites including such high profile sites as BBC News andSport, the on-demand video and radio services co-branded BBC iPlayer, the pre-school site CBeebies, and learning services such as Bitesize.”
CNN.com is constantly updated to bring you the top news stories from around the world. It is produced by dedicated staff in London and Hong Kong, working with colleagues at CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and with bureaus worldwide. CNN.com relies heavily on CNN's global team of over 4,000 news professionals. CNN.com/International features the latest multimedia technologies, from live video streaming to audio packages to searchable archives of news features and background information. The site is updated continuously throughout the day.”
Fox News Channel (FNC), also known as Fox News, is an American basic cable and satellite news television channel that is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. As of August 2013, approximately 97,186,000 American households (85.1% of cable, satellite & telco customers) receive the Fox News Channel.
Al Jazeera (Arabic: الجزيرة al-ǧazīrah IPA: [æl dʒæˈziːrɐ], literally "The Island", abbreviating "The [Arabian] Peninsula"), also known as Aljazeera and JSC (Jazeera Satellite Channel), is a Doha based broadcaster owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network, which is funded by the House of Thani, the ruling family of Qatar. Initially launched as an Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel, Al Jazeera has since expanded into a network with several outlets, including the Internet andspecialty TV channels in multiple languages.