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Get Organized in the New Year

With a new year, people are often thinking about getting organized. Here are few Web 2.0 tools to help you out:
  • GoogleReader: Organize all of your newspapers, blogs, podcasts, and more in one location. If you like an item, you may share it with others. Creating an account is free. You’ll find subscriptions to resources like the Smithsonian, major news outlets, NPR shows, Epicurious, UW’s own CCBC, and even the Wisconsin Historical Society. Instead of visiting 10 web pages to read articles, you have one spot organized the way you like.
  • iGoogle: Organize a homepage with widgets for a wide variety of tasks and interests: your GoogleReader, news, weather, comics, you name it.
  • Pageflakes: This tool is similar to iGoogle, but allows you to create pages of grouped links. An added feature of pageflakes is that you may create a Pagecast to share your links.
  • GoogleDocs: Having one copy of a file can improve organization . . . instead of email attachments, copies on H, J, S, or other locations, use GoogleDocs to keep files you’re sharing in one location and keep track of the revisions. If you don’t have an account yet, feel free to request one. If you haven’t seen the possibilities, stay tuned for learning sessions at your location.
  • Wikispaces: If you’re working with a group that needs to create something or keep track of progress, a wiki can be a great help. A wiki is a page or series of pages that everyone can edit and discuss. Like GoogleDocs, it keeps track of each revision. If you need to share documents, Wikispaces allows you to post attachments in Word, PowerPoint, whatever. Wikispaces offers free wikis to teachers.
  • Diigo: This online tool lets you organize and collaborate . . . highlight web pages, add sticky notes, and more. They offer a special upgrade to educators. Note: you won’t be able to load the diigo toolbar here at work.
  • Evernote: Mentioned in a December tip . . . With a free account, you can begin to capture items using the web, your smartphone, your computer, and other devices like an iPod Touch or a Blackberry. Evernote holds them all on the web for you. (Also available for smartphones and the ipod touch.)
  • Delicious: Never worry about accessing bookmarks or favorites again. Your Delicious account lets you tag, share, and organize your favorite web pages.

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