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These four tools are at the heart of what I do, and I want you to know about them. ...

These four tools are at the heart of what I do, and I want you to know about them.

Dropbox is virtual drive where I store documents I am working on across multiple computers.

Diigo is where I now collect and organize Web bookmarks.

Evernote is my newest find. It helps me organize my thoughts, plans, and schemes.

Finally, Zotero is where I organize my research.

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Four Cloud-powered Tools: Diigo, Evernote, Zotero, and Dropbox Four Cloud-powered Tools: Diigo, Evernote, Zotero, and Dropbox Presentation Transcript

  • Four Cloud-powered Tools
    Stan Skrabut
    @uwcesedtech #uwces
    http://www.slideshare.net/skrabut
  • Increasingly, you collect resources to be used later.
  • You are a professional who is on the move.
  • You have to work with information from multiple devices
  • You want to simplify synchronization of files from device to device.
  • Let me show you four great tools for managing your information.
  • Dropbox provides you with the ability to access files anywhere.
  • Dropbox is a file syncing service located in the cloud.
  • You can store up to 2Gb free and up to 100Gb for a fee.
    Pro 100
    Pro 50
    Free
  • You can share folders with multiple people in a secure environment.
  • You can access your files from mobile devices, computers, or Web browsers.
  • You can upload files three different ways.
  • You can use the Desktop client which creates a My Dropbox folder in your My Documents folder.
  • You can upload and download files through the Web interface.
  • You can email files to your folders through services such as “Send to Dropbox” and “Habilis.”
  • Other than store important documents, here are some other uses for Dropbox.
  • You can sync file settings across multiple computers, for example, MS templates
  • You could host Web design mockups from the public folder.
  • Set Dropbox as your documents folder for accessible and secure file storage.
  • Sync your iTunes folder across multiple computers.
  • Access PDF files and books from your iPhone or iPad.
  • Create a custom home page for your iPhone.
  • You can have the same background wallpaper on all of your computers.
  • You can learn more at http://www.dropbox.com/
  • Evernote is a great tool for collecting and organizing your thoughts.
  • Here are some essential things to do to get the most from Evernote.
    Create account
    Include on computers
    Add Web clipper
    Link to Twitter
    Add email account
  • Create your Evernote account.
  • Install the Evernote application to all your computers and mobile devices.
  • Update your Web browsers with the Evernote Web Clipper.
  • Tie your Evernote account to your Twitter account to collect Tweets.
  • Add your Evernote e-mail account to all your e-mail programs so you can forward messages to Evernote.
  • With Evernote you can capture everything.
  • At the basic level, you can click on New Note and type in or paste in text.
  • You can drag images or text files into Evernote.
  • You can capture audio notes, great for an idea on the road.
  • With the Web clipper, you can capture all or part of a Web page.
  • You can e-mail messages from any device that can send an email.
  • You can send Tweets directly to Evernote by following @myEN
  • Once you have files loaded in Evernote, you can organize and search in many different ways.
  • All of your notes can be placed into “notebooks.”
  • Additionally, you can tag each note with multiple tags so you can aid in finding notes.
  • Evernote will search keywords, notes, tags, and even text written in images.
  • Notebooks can be shared with others.
  • Here are some great ideas for using Evernote.
  • Capture ideas for future blog posts, podcasts, lessons, or news articles.
  • Capture all the Web sites, notes, pictures, contacts from a conference.
  • Store the clothing and jewelry sizes from your significant other.
  • Capture ideas for your next vacation.
  • Put together lists for movies, books, articles, etc.
  • Store images for your home inventory.
  • Capture images or Web pages of discounts.
  • Store keys for various software applications.
  • Collect recipes.
  • Store receipts for products.
  • Capture whiteboard notes from a meeting or keep notes for a meeting.
  • Store notes, handouts, Web links for a class whether you are a student or teacher.
  • Basically, capture everything; if you put it on a list for future reference then Evernote is your tool.
  • You can learn more at http://www.evernote.com
  • Zotero will help you organize your research.
  • There are a few different ways to add resources to Zotero.
  • You can type in the reference information.
  • You can magically enter in an ISBN number.
  • You can capture bibliographic information from the Web.
  • With a click of an icon, you can archive Web pages.
  • Finally, you can import items from other reference tools.
  • It is possible to create a library with other users both public and private.
  • Once you have added records, there are many ways to enhance, organize, and search for them.
  • From the master library, you can organize them into collections.
  • The power of Zotero is in the ability to take useful research notes for each item.
  • By adding tags, you can filter items based on categories.
  • Once you have items added, you can sort and search through them using basic and advanced searching.
  • Now that you spent so much time getting resources in, you need to get them out in a useful manner.
  • First, you can create a bibliography formatted according to common styles.
  • With Microsoft Word and OpenOffice plug-ins, you can cite and reference items directly in your document.
  • You are able to generate reports of your entire listing or just selected items.
  • You can also see your collection as part of a timeline.
  • You can learn more at http://www.zotero.org
  • Diigo will help you collect and organize your links.
  • Diigo is a link bookmarking service located in the cloud.
  • To get the most out of Diigo, first create an account and install the toolbar, Diigolet, or extension.
  • To see bookmarks on the road, load the Diigo application for your iPhone or iPad.
  • Once your tools have been added, you can customize them for your convenience.
  • Here are the basics of capturing bookmarks using Diigo.
  • When you find a Web site you want to bookmark, you select bookmark from the Diigo Web highlighter.
  • With Diigo, it is possible to highlight text in a Web site in four different colors.
  • You can also add sticky notes to your pages; these can be public, private, or group specific.
  • There are a number of ways to search for bookmarks.
  • You can find bookmarks by searching for a tag.
  • You can do a full test search for your bookmarks.
  • You can search your lists for bookmarks.
  • You can also see all the links from the same site.
  • Benefit from people you trust by networking with them.
  • There are groups of individuals who share like-minded bookmarks.
  • You can learn more at http://www.diigo.com