Searching for things!

Looking at the statistics for this blog I see that I’m Looking For…. is popular.

How to find things again?

My own solution – Evernote because its search facility is awesome (here’s why), even when I don’t tag resources all that well, Evernote finds them again! Evernote still features highly in Jane Hart’s Top Tools for Learning 2016
Evernote is the ultimate online notebook – an outstanding application for capturing just about anything you want from wherever you want and finding it again! I would recommend it for both teachers and students. Create a note using a phone or any web browser or use a desktop application. Evernote have created a clear guide to getting started.

As a teacher I use Evernote all the time and have a notebook for each class I teach as well as numerous other notebooks.

I also use Evernote shared notebooks as a way of sharing information, for example see Mathematics videos. Having used a shared notebook to share some useful resources with students at school, some students then created their own accounts.

The free version of Evernote is excellent and more than adequate for millions of users! (Millions of users has to be good – I don’t think Evernote will go away any time soon!)

For a simple way to bookmark favourite websites I like Diigo because I can then access my favourite sites from anywhere but lately, wanting to be sure of a backup plan – I have been sending all my bookmarks to Evernote courtesy of ifttt (if this then that).Using ifttt I can automate tasks such as sending my Diigo bookmarks to Evernote – there are many applets available to copy.

A word of warning to Twitter users – don’t automatically thank someone for mentioning you in a tweet! If you take part in Twitter discussions your stream can suddenly turn into a constant ‘Thanks for the mention.’ series of tweets and I share Kelly Clay’s sentiments in his blog post that automating social media can make you ‘look like a jerk‘!

I also use my WordPress blogs to gather together groups of sites for example Mathematics Starters and Plenaries, Calculators on Mathematics for Students and Games.

If you are wondering where you put your keys see Professor Solomon and his 12 principles to lead you to your lost object!

Searching…

A job for the summer holidays – make it easier to find resources on this site!

With this mission in mind I have added a Search page to highlight the Search function.

On the subject of searching, I recommend both Evernote and Diigo – I use both. This morning I was thinking about a resource I need for September (I think I need a holiday!) – for a making polyhedra session and remembered I had bookmarked it on Diigo; so from approximately 2000 bookmarks I had what I wanted in seconds!