For your eyes only- online reading apps for teachers

For your eyes only

Do you read a lot online? Do you find your ‘attention span’ decreases just like your students? Reading online is something I do a lot but often found it quite tiring until Readability and Evernote came along. Since then, they’ve become my inseparable reading tools.

Here I use James’ newest article to demonstrate these two lovely apps. By the way, if you haven’t familiar yourself with iTDi community, you can start with James’ article about getting inspired and motivated as an educator. We all know these are the keys to happy teachers!



Readability: DECLUTTER WEB PAGES, READ, SAVE, SHARE

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Both of these add-ons are light and user-friendly. Readability offers you a quick magnified version of the web page with a click. So that instead of reading this…

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You get to read this…

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Readability also allows you to save your web pages to other mobile devices.



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Evernote Clearly: DECLUTTER WEB PAGES, READ, SAVE, HIGHLIGHT,  SHARE, SYNCRONIZING

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Evernote Clearly is also part of the Evernote product line, which you probably are an addicted user already. I’m a long time supporter of Evernote and have been using it to catogerize and save all interesting pages/pictures online. Like Readability, you can also grab its booklet to your browser menu bar, but what’s more about Evernote is, you get to customize your ‘reading preferences’. You can choose the font size, highlight key phrases and also save the web page to your desinated folder/devices.

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Additionally, If you haven’t tried Evernote, do have a closer look at this wonderful app. It’s like a memory jar for your online footprints and it makes searching so much easier by ‘tagging’ and ‘notebooking’.

You can also share your Evernote notebook with others. I’ve got a notebook contains many inspiring and intriguing pictures for ELT uses, mostly from FACEBOOK. Click my Picture Archieve to take a look and maybe we can collaborate the notebook together!

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