Now that you know how to find the best elementary education resources online, what do you do with them? What’s the best way to save those links and articles to read or reference later without cluttering your browser?
Read on to learn about seven fantastic free tools that will help.
All of these can be easily installed as browser plugins on your computer and all but one also have corresponding apps for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices.
1. Google Bookmarks
Saving links to your browser favorites will only get you so far. You can access them from just one computer and you can’t tag them with multiple keywords. Google Bookmarks is a simple tool that solves both problems. Once you sign up, save and organize favorites in your own browser, then open them from any computer just by logging in with your Google account.
It’s for you if: you don’t need to share your bookmarks with others but want to organize them better and access them anywhere.
Delicious is one of a slew of social bookmarking sites that take the Google Bookmarks concept one step further by adding a social aspect. Sign up to tag and save favorite videos, pictures and articles into “stacks,” then explore resources collected and organized by others. You can browse by topic or keyword. Your content is accessible anywhere, including on iPad and Android mobile devices.
It’s for you if: beyond organizing your own favorites, you also want to be part of a community sharing and tagging great resources.
Like Google Bookmarks and Delicious, Diigo allows you to save, organize and tag resources. Like Delicious, it also includes social features. What’s really special about Diigo is that it lets you add digital annotations (highlights, interactive sticky notes), forward annotated pages to others and mark items to read later. Access your library from your mobile device (even when offline) or from any computer.
It’s for you if: you love highlighting and taking notes when you read.
This image-centric social sharing site has been growing at light speed (and is now a top 10 social network). Like other bookmarking sites, Pinterest provides a way to save articles, images and resources, group them and share them with others. The cool twist is the focus on images. Your library comes to life as a visual pinboard, making it even easier to review and organize your library, especially if you have lots of visual material. As with the others, access your content anywhere just by logging in.
It’s for you if: you do believe a picture is worth a thousand words.
5. Pocket (formerly Read It Later)
Sometimes you don’t need to save an article long term, but you simply don’t have time to read it right now. What to do? Using Pocket, just send it to yourself to read later from any computer or mobile device. Access your reading list even without an internet connection on your iPhone, iPad or Android device and save additional resources to your queue directly from those devices.
It’s for you if: you always seem to find more great articles than you can read right away (This is my personal favorite for my commute!).
Evernote lets you save whole webpages and files, clip text snippets or images from pages, jot down notes and make checklists. It also has powerful collaborative features, allowing you to share notes and projects with others. It has a great text recognition engine built in, so you can search for keywords in your library, even within images and handwritten notes. The other distinctive feature is “simultaneous search.” Turn it on to also search through your Evernote library whenever you do a Google, Bing or Yahoo search. You’ll see Evernote results in a separate section on your search engine results page.
It’s for you if: you want to organize more than just your favorite articles; this can easily become your main note taking and organizational application.
Three-ring binders are great, but printing articles from the web and organizing them into binders is not. Livebinder is a neat browser plugin that lets you save any page or article to a digital binder and organize resources with tabs and subtabs. Share your livebinders by simply sending their URLs or embed them on your blog or school/district webpage. The site was designed specifically with teachers in mind. This one is only for your computer, not for mobile devices.
It’s for you if: you love the organizational genius of binders and are ready for a digital equivalent.
Now you’ve got the tools you need to start organizing and bookmarking your favorite online educational resources like a pro! Which ones are your favorites? Do you have any others to add to this list? Let us know in the comments.
Stay tuned, in our next article (the third in this four-part series) we’ll show you the easiest ways to stay plugged in and get the best educational content from around the web coming directly to you. Sign up for email updates below to make sure you don’t miss it.