Pocket - Formerly Read It Later

So often when browsing the web you come across a great article that you don't have the time to read then and there. Other times the page is so distracting that it is not easy to read. For some people reading long form documents is something they prefer to do on a tablet device either and iPad or a similar device running Windows or Android.

Pocket is the answer to all these situations. Install the browser add on and use this to 'Pocket' any site you want to read later. Install the free app on your mobile device/tablet and link this to your pocket account to access the sites you have pocketed.

Pocket allows you to choose between an easy to read version of the site or the option of viewing the full site.

For students this could be a great option for research. They can develop a workflow where they skim read a site, evaluate its relevance and reliability and if they feel it is worth reading in detail they Pocket it to read and reference later.

Visit the Pocket Website to get started


Popcorn Maker - Annotate Web Video

Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Use your web browser to combine video and audio with content from the rest of the web — from text, links and maps to pictures and live feeds.

The web is full of educational video and the trend towards flipping the classroom is expanding, but how can you be sure your students are picking up on the key messages. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to comment on what is being watched or even add further details to it.

Popcorn Maker allows you to do this and by linking your additions to the web you can create a video lesson backed by any web based resource. Popcorn Maker is powered by Mozilla, is free and works with all major online video sources including TedTalks, Youtube and Vimeo.



Realtime Board

Realtime Board is a new service that provides users with a Whiteboard like page for sharing ideas, and collaborating on projects. It is highly visual and allows you to place comments  pictures, diagrams, documents, or notes onto an expanding board and then share this with team members. When you are ready you can use Realtime Board to create a presentation of the ideas controlling what your audience sees in a manner not unlike Prezi.

Realtime Board integrates with Google Drive providing easy access to your documents and allowing you to edit them with ease.

Realtime Board should work nicely in a classroom setting allowing students to collaborate ona project from anywhere and having the results available to all over the internet or via the Smartboard. It is presently in a Beta version and is free.