Letting go of paper

Noteshelf

One of the difficulties for me in going paper less (meaning using less paper, as opposed to paperless, using no paper) has been my desire to take notes by hand. Nothing beats reaching for a Moleskine notebook, opening up, and scribbling away! That said, when I got my iPad I tried out a few handwriting apps. The Moleskine still came out on top. Then I met Noteshelf. Smooth as silk Noteshelf replicated my handwriting. It has lots of nifty features including Dropbox and Evernote synchronization, export as PDF, and the ability to organize and re-organize. Let me introduce you through this short video:

Diigo: Information Management

Diigo is a powerful information management tool. Diigo allows you to collect highlights, bookmarks, notes, screenshots and audio while exploring websites. You can access your Diigo account anywhere and share your collection easily through Mac or PC, any browser, iPad, iPhone and Android.

As educators we have access to free premium accounts that provide these additional features:

  • You can create student accounts for an entire class with just a few clicks (and student email addresses are optional for account creation).
  • Students of the same class are automatically set up as a Diigo group so they can start using all the benefits that a Diigo group provides, such as group bookmarks and annotations, and group forums.
  • Privacy settings of student accounts are pre-set so that only teachers and classmates can communicate with them.