Friday, January 14, 2011

The Highlight(er) of the week

It's been a long week, but I still wanted to make sure I got a post in for day 14 of this 365 project.  So today's will be about a simple yet effective utility, known as Awesome Highlighter   Back in college or when studying for network certification exams I often had difficulty focusing if I didn't find the information engaging.  My solution? Highlight practically every inch of the book or article.  Somehow, it connected me to the information.  Of course it made selling textbooks back at the end of the year, since they looked a rainbow.

Well, in the digital age, I still deal with similar issues.  If there are certain parts of a blog post or technical whitepaper that I want to remember I turn to Awesome Highlighter.  This simple tool allows you to enter a URL and then click highlight it.  This will take you to a modified version of the website and turn your mouse cursor into a highlighter.  When you select text it is now highlighted in the color of your choice.  Currently yellow, blue, green and purple are available.  You can also add sticky notes to the page.  When finished, you can click on done and are provided with an alternate URL that you can share of your markup.

Simple right? But powerful!  Now, if your sending your students on a webquest you can easily point them to the material you want them to read.  Or, if you want different teams to evaluate different information on a single page you can assign each team a color and show them what you want them to focus on.  See how quickly what looks like a to can become a tool.

Additionally, if you don't wish to go to Awesome Highlighter each time you want to mark up a page and are a firefox user they have a plug-in available.  Well, that's it for tonight.  Stay tuned because I'm hoping to have a nice surprise later this week that will help keep all these tools organized for ease of use.
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