Tag Archives: Curation

Annotary | Bookmarking Research Tool

I have tried many bookmarking services for research before, but I have settled for a few favorites. I love Diigo’s content curation capabilities, Pocket for mobile content, Pinterest for my addiction to eye candy and EduClipper for education. What if I told you there is a new FREE service that combines features from all of these into one.

Welcome to Annotary a new service that allows you to highlight content from the web, create collections of the best stuff you find and share it with students, colleagues, family and friends. They have made it real easy for you to bookmark your finds, and have extensions for both Chrome, and Firefox. You can highlight webpages and take notes. The pages stay highlight and they are added to a collection to be shared with others. You can also explore their site and see what other users have been bookmarking. They also have a built-in search engine that searches all of the collections in Annotary. Sharing can be done on all major social networks or through an e-mail. What do you think? I like it so far. So go ahead highlight the web and share your notes. Watch the demo video below and post your comments. Learn more about Annotary by visiting their website at http://annotary.com/

Google’s Next Employee?

Nick D’Aloisio is a British-Australian computer programmer and entrepreneur that has got a lot of attention for two things, the creation of Summly, and the fact he is only 16. He has already been hailed as the next Steve Jobs by some. I sometimes question that kind of endorsement but I think the kid can deliver. After watching him being interviewed by GigaOM in London, I was blown away at his confidence, and business savvy at such a young age. If you wonder how long, before Google or another tech giant (of the fruit variety) buys him out you’ll have to wait a while. He says he want to stay in school, and continue to work on building his app. Here is the interview “Why Summly’s 16 year old CEO wants to stay in school” and the video for his app. Enjoy it!

GigaOm Interview 

Summly Demo

Clipix – Organize your Life!

A new bookmarking service that takes everything I liked about Pinterest to a whole new level. There is huge potential for this to become a great collaboration tool for education. You could use this for your Flipped Classroom assignments and the feature set lends itself to Project Based Learning as well. They have two killer features in my opinion, and many others you will love. Syncboard, allow you to share clipboards with your students and colleagues (requires a Clipix account, but you can invite them by e-mail); Multiboard which lets you create clipboard collections by just dragging them to the clipboard of your choice. The drag and drop functionality makes it easy for you to rearrange stuff and that is a winner as well. Follow this link to sign up for Clipix

Radbox – Video Content Aggregator

One of the biggest annoyances of using YouTube as a source of educational videos is those pesky ads they use to drum up their revenue. The are several services, plugins, add-ons and other tricks to get around the adds, but they all require some sort of tinkering from your part. I have used and tested Radbox for about six months now, and I must say this service is a winner. Oh, before I forget, the service is free, and supports about 25 other content providers. In order to use it all you need is an account, their bookmarklet and an Internet connection. Radbox also has an iPad app you can download from iTunes. So go ahead create an account and start showing ad-free video playlists from virtually anywhere you are connected at.