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gtdI’m always looking for apps that keep my online work organized and efficient because I work from a variety of locations and on a number of different computers. Here’s a couple that have been a big help.

Foxmarks

I use multiple browsers for my online work as each has different qualities that appeal to me. Doing so has caused the unfortunate problem of not having the same bookmarks available to each browser. Though most can import bookmark files from other browsers, their implementation is often cumbersome and much editing has to be done upon uploading. For the last few years I’ve used a program called “Foxmarks” to sync bookmarks across the Firefox browser installed on my home office and workplace desktops and laptop. A new version of Foxmarks now syncs across Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer (if you unfortunately have to use it). Foxmarks has worked flawlessly for me and I highly recommend it. Check out the video below

Firefox Wired-Marker Extension

I’m a big fan of the Firefox browser largely because you can customize it to suit your needs. A number of browser add-ons or “extensions” have been created to do all sorts of things. One that I like is the “Wired-Marker” extension that lets you highlight text on a web page like you do in a print textbook and permanetly stored. Watch the video below to see how it can work with your online reading.

The downside is your highlights are stored on the computer that you make the highlights on. The highlighted web page text is not available if you move to a different computer. One way to get around this is to use the portable version of Firefox that can be installed on a flash drive. Students can take the USB drive to class with their laptop, fire up Portable Firefox, then highlight and annotate online lecture notes. No matter where they are at, their highlighted lecture notes are available on the USB flash drive.

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