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


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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

  1. 1. Four Cloud-powered Tools<br />Stan Skrabut<br />@uwcesedtech #uwces<br /><br />
  2. 2. Increasingly, you collect resources to be used later.<br />
  3. 3. You are a professional who is on the move.<br />
  4. 4. You have to work with information from multiple devices <br />
  5. 5. You want to simplify synchronization of files from device to device.<br />
  6. 6. Let me show you four great tools for managing your information.<br />
  7. 7. Dropbox provides you with the ability to access files anywhere.<br />
  8. 8. Dropbox is a file syncing service located in the cloud.<br />
  9. 9. You can store up to 2Gb free and up to 100Gb for a fee.<br />Pro 100<br />Pro 50<br />Free<br />
  10. 10. You can share folders with multiple people in a secure environment.<br />
  11. 11. You can access your files from mobile devices, computers, or Web browsers.<br />
  12. 12. You can upload files three different ways.<br />
  13. 13. You can use the Desktop client which creates a My Dropbox folder in your My Documents folder.<br />
  14. 14. You can upload and download files through the Web interface.<br />
  15. 15. You can email files to your folders through services such as “Send to Dropbox” and “Habilis.”<br />
  16. 16. Other than store important documents, here are some other uses for Dropbox.<br />
  17. 17. You can sync file settings across multiple computers, for example, MS templates<br />
  18. 18. You could host Web design mockups from the public folder.<br />
  19. 19. Set Dropbox as your documents folder for accessible and secure file storage.<br />
  20. 20. Sync your iTunes folder across multiple computers.<br />
  21. 21. Access PDF files and books from your iPhone or iPad.<br />
  22. 22. Create a custom home page for your iPhone.<br />
  23. 23. You can have the same background wallpaper on all of your computers.<br />
  24. 24. You can learn more at<br />
  25. 25. Evernote is a great tool for collecting and organizing your thoughts.<br />
  26. 26. Here are some essential things to do to get the most from Evernote.<br />Create account<br />Include on computers<br />Add Web clipper<br />Link to Twitter<br />Add email account<br />
  27. 27. Create your Evernote account.<br />
  28. 28. Install the Evernote application to all your computers and mobile devices.<br />
  29. 29. Update your Web browsers with the Evernote Web Clipper.<br />
  30. 30. Tie your Evernote account to your Twitter account to collect Tweets.<br />
  31. 31. Add your Evernote e-mail account to all your e-mail programs so you can forward messages to Evernote.<br />
  32. 32. With Evernote you can capture everything.<br />
  33. 33. At the basic level, you can click on New Note and type in or paste in text.<br />
  34. 34. You can drag images or text files into Evernote.<br />
  35. 35. You can capture audio notes, great for an idea on the road.<br />
  36. 36. With the Web clipper, you can capture all or part of a Web page.<br />
  37. 37. You can e-mail messages from any device that can send an email.<br />
  38. 38. You can send Tweets directly to Evernote by following @myEN<br />
  39. 39. Once you have files loaded in Evernote, you can organize and search in many different ways.<br />
  40. 40. All of your notes can be placed into “notebooks.”<br />
  41. 41. Additionally, you can tag each note with multiple tags so you can aid in finding notes.<br />
  42. 42. Evernote will search keywords, notes, tags, and even text written in images.<br />
  43. 43. Notebooks can be shared with others.<br />
  44. 44. Here are some great ideas for using Evernote.<br />
  45. 45. Capture ideas for future blog posts, podcasts, lessons, or news articles.<br />
  46. 46. Capture all the Web sites, notes, pictures, contacts from a conference.<br />
  47. 47. Store the clothing and jewelry sizes from your significant other.<br />
  48. 48. Capture ideas for your next vacation.<br />
  49. 49. Put together lists for movies, books, articles, etc.<br />
  50. 50. Store images for your home inventory.<br />
  51. 51. Capture images or Web pages of discounts.<br />
  52. 52. Store keys for various software applications.<br />
  53. 53. Collect recipes.<br />
  54. 54. Store receipts for products.<br />
  55. 55. Capture whiteboard notes from a meeting or keep notes for a meeting.<br />
  56. 56. Store notes, handouts, Web links for a class whether you are a student or teacher.<br />
  57. 57. Basically, capture everything; if you put it on a list for future reference then Evernote is your tool.<br />
  58. 58. You can learn more at<br />
  59. 59. Zotero will help you organize your research.<br />
  60. 60. There are a few different ways to add resources to Zotero.<br />
  61. 61. You can type in the reference information.<br />
  62. 62. You can magically enter in an ISBN number.<br />
  63. 63. You can capture bibliographic information from the Web.<br />
  64. 64. With a click of an icon, you can archive Web pages.<br />
  65. 65. Finally, you can import items from other reference tools.<br />
  66. 66. It is possible to create a library with other users both public and private.<br />
  67. 67. Once you have added records, there are many ways to enhance, organize, and search for them. <br />
  68. 68. From the master library, you can organize them into collections.<br />
  69. 69. The power of Zotero is in the ability to take useful research notes for each item.<br />
  70. 70. By adding tags, you can filter items based on categories.<br />
  71. 71. Once you have items added, you can sort and search through them using basic and advanced searching.<br />
  72. 72. Now that you spent so much time getting resources in, you need to get them out in a useful manner.<br />
  73. 73. First, you can create a bibliography formatted according to common styles.<br />
  74. 74. With Microsoft Word and OpenOffice plug-ins, you can cite and reference items directly in your document.<br />
  75. 75. You are able to generate reports of your entire listing or just selected items.<br />
  76. 76. You can also see your collection as part of a timeline.<br />
  77. 77. You can learn more at<br />
  78. 78. Diigo will help you collect and organize your links.<br />
  79. 79. Diigo is a link bookmarking service located in the cloud.<br />
  80. 80. To get the most out of Diigo, first create an account and install the toolbar, Diigolet, or extension.<br />
  81. 81. To see bookmarks on the road, load the Diigo application for your iPhone or iPad.<br />
  82. 82. Once your tools have been added, you can customize them for your convenience.<br />
  83. 83. Here are the basics of capturing bookmarks using Diigo.<br />
  84. 84. When you find a Web site you want to bookmark, you select bookmark from the Diigo Web highlighter.<br />
  85. 85. With Diigo, it is possible to highlight text in a Web site in four different colors.<br />
  86. 86. You can also add sticky notes to your pages; these can be public, private, or group specific.<br />
  87. 87. There are a number of ways to search for bookmarks.<br />
  88. 88. You can find bookmarks by searching for a tag.<br />
  89. 89. You can do a full test search for your bookmarks.<br />
  90. 90. You can search your lists for bookmarks.<br />
  91. 91. You can also see all the links from the same site.<br />
  92. 92. Benefit from people you trust by networking with them.<br />
  93. 93. There are groups of individuals who share like-minded bookmarks.<br />
  94. 94. You can learn more at<br />