Course Work, EDTC300

I have entered an alternate universe… 2.0

You might recognize this title from a previous post. Well, I’m experiencing the “rabbit hole” feeling again while trying out a variety of apps and tools to review for my #EDTC300 online course (Educational Technology and Media 300) at the University of Regina.

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Here’s my challenge. Given a list of dozens of apps and tools that I could choose from – there are sooo many great resources out there! – not only is it difficult to select one, BUT THEN I HAVE TO LEARN IT in order to do a credible review on it!

So what?

That’s where I run into problems. At least for me, learning takes time. With whatever I’m learning, it takes time for me to get acquainted, familiar and then proficient with what I’m learning. Now that’s no problem if time’s a commodity that I have a lot of. But I don’t. And there’s the rub and the focus of my review.

Educators are notoriously overworked and underpaid professionals. The amount of time and energy a classroom teacher spends, just staying one foot ahead of the students, is extraordinary. Regardless, they continue to not only strive to keep their heads above water, but also be progressive and innovative. So for all my teacher colleagues out there,  and in keeping with my k.i.s.s. mantra, this review is for you…

I’ve tried a tool out that fits the criteria nicely. It’s

  • Easy to learn
  • Easy to use

Web Clipper – Evernote

Web Clipper is an extension that you can add to your Chrome browser toolbar. Go to https://evernote.com/products/webclipper and sign up for the basic plan (free) and follow the instructions to install the extension. It hangs out up in the right hand corner unobtrusively waiting for just the right moment in your planning.
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I tried it out and liked it almost immediately! As I have begun this journey towards earning my B.Ed, I am inundated regularly with articles and resources that I want to keep track of and Web Clipper does this nicely. Let me give you a peek at what that looks like.

Here’s an article that the kind Cassidy Oesch brought to my attention that I want to take the time to read in detail. When I saw her recommendation, it wasn’t the right time to read it, so I made a mental note of it and liked it in Twitter so I could go back to it. BUT NOW LOOK WHAT I CAN DO! First, here’s the webpage…

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After hitting the Web Clipper icon, I saved the article and it looks like this…

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I’ve created a “Notebook” (to do that just hit the notebook icon I’ve circled in red) and called it “Cassidy’s Gems” where I can save all the great articles she tells me about. Now I don’t have to go on a lengthy treasure hunt looking for them, when I want to sit down and absorb some great info. Cool right?!?

When I hit that notebook icon, this is what it looks like so far. (“Note” is just their word for an article)

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I’d recommend this tool! I found it intuitive and simply laid out, easy to learn and easy to use. There’s a ton of value in having a handy resource like this to organize all the resources that come our way as educators! It drives me nuts when I forget where I saw something and can’t find it again! Like this…

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Back to my teacher colleagues. This is a tool worth checking out. Web Clipper will not only provide you a place to stash all those articles you’re wanting to carve out time to read, but it also provides a place for you to stash the articles (or portions of articles) you want your students to read! I think you’ll find it helpful.

There you go folks, if you try it, let me know what you think!

Keep learning,

Dianna

 

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7 thoughts on “I have entered an alternate universe… 2.0”

  1. OMGOSH! How have I lived so many technologies, Twitter and blogging based years but I have not had this add-on! I am famous for taking a screenshot or picture of my screen that gets put into a folder on my phone called; READ. This would be a way easier way to keep it all organized!
    I am absolutely honored to be your first file and now that I know you are saving those articles and ideas that I share, I’ll have to continue to grow our long list of tagged Tweets and blogs that I think you’d enjoy. But as well now I have a place for myself to save all the great things you share on our platforms; I think I’ll call it Dazzling Reads from Dianna!
    Building all of these apps and websites is so great and I totally understand that it is difficult to just choose one or even a couple of them to learn and use. It definitely gets easier as you get more use in a classroom of them and gaining all the ideas to connections you already have! It truly is such a cool add-on; which I appreciate because it is simple and accessible.
    You are always amazing me with the dedication to growing your education technology and demonstrating a new comprehension of a multitude of ideas! Thanks for your incredible growth in EDTC300 and on all of the new platforms… I am glad that we have had the opportunity to grow as educators together and I am excited to continue being connected with these social platforms.
    Cassidy

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  2. Dianna! Thanks so much for your post. My favorite part was how you used screen captures to show exactly what it looked like. It really helped it to seem less intimidating to use since I had already seen what it looks like. So the main purpose of Web Clipper Evernote is to save articles? How would you compare it so Feedly?
    Cheers!
    Sarah 🙂

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  3. Web Clipper is similar to Feedly but because it’s an extension, I can add any online article rather than be limited to saving articles that are in my Feedly feed. With Web Clipper, I can also save screenshots of articles, simplified articles, bookmarks or a full page as well as being able to save the article. I use Feedly but I think I might end up using this even more. Cheers! Dianna

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  4. Well, sign me up you have convinced me that I need this app in my life asap! I am literally installing it right now because you convinced me that it is that lilfe changing, now only if it could take mental notes and save them for later would I remember to comment on blogs before the end of semester! Anyways, too often do I see an article that I feel would be interesting but then can never find it again, it is frustrating and haunting so no more with this app! Thanks Dianna!

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