Summer is here, and between vacations, the pool, and some much needed time off, you may at some point start looking for educational resources for the upcoming school year. The amount of educational content on the Internet is staggering. There is so much out there, that the problem isn't about finding resources, but rather, about saving the resources you do find. Printing everything off seems antiquated and isn’t that green. So rather than keeping a manila folder that you stash the things you want to save, why not use some online tools. Here are eight great ways to save resources today so that you can use them throughout the year.
Evernote: Evernote is a great piece of software that is designed for taking notes and archiving materials. Everything is saved on the cloud and you can access it from almost any type of smartphone, tablet, computer, as well as on the web. Evernote offers a web clipper tool for Chrome and Firefox allowing you to save entire pages from anywhere on the web and file it to one single place on your Evernote account. You can also share your notes and collaborate on projects with colleagues or your students.
Pinterest: The huge growth of Pinterest has sparked interest among millions of users and has spread to teachers who not only are using it to save ideas but also experimenting with ways for their students to use it to share their own content. It’s a great visual way to aggregate videos, documents, images, and lesson plans into one place.
Springpad: If Evernote and Pinterest were a hybrid, it would be Springpad. Similar to Evernote, teachers can save and archive notes, ideas, lessons, or media resources. It has one of the most easy-to-use web clipper tools allowing you to capture any website you are on and save it to your account effortlessly. Additionally, you can organize and find content with the Android, iPhone, and iPad apps. One added benefit of Springpad over Pinterest is that you can make each of your boards public or private, which may be appealing to some.
Email: Yeah, we know, email may seem like the oddball in this list. But it's still a tried and true method of saving and sharing content. Set up folders that house content you've found, or share content with your colleagues, through...email. Gmail is becoming the standard for education. You can seamlessly integrate any documents attached to an email to your own Google Drive account allowing you to access and save videos, images, pdf files, and more.
PBS LearningMedia: PBS LearningMedia is the new education digital library from IPTV and PBS that houses thousands of videos, audio clips, lesson plans, and documents. You can save anything you find on LearningMedia to your favorites section. Additionally, you can create class pages around your saved content, and share any piece of media with your students, parents, or colleagues.
TeachingChannel: Teaching Channel offers a unique web clipper called the Lesson Planner. The tool allows teachers and educators to weave content and resources from anywhere across the Internet into a single, organized workspace, similar to other web clippers, but you can set notifications and reminders on something you find. For example, if you were starting your lesson planning in June but weren't going to use a resource until December, you could set up a notification reminder to tell you to take a look at a particular resource later in the year.
Learnist: Learnist is a brand new site designed specifically for educators and "DIY Education" as a way to discover, share, and save educational resources and ideas. Like Pinterest, it looks like a digital bulletin board with pictures and messages, and connects you directly with your Facebook account. It’s still relatively new, but some curious teachers have already created boards for technology use in the classroom, professional development, lesson ideas, and pictures of great classrooms.
Tumblr: Tumblr is a blogging site that is all about sharing. Not only can you post notes, photos, documents, and multimedia you find on the web to your Tumblog, but you can very easily share those resources with your colleagues and students.