Just like all movies, good and bad, have the potential for a sequel, here is mine.
Today, I messed around with the Evernote iPad app that is somewhat limited. It can’t make new notebooks. However, I did play with the voice recording and typing at the same time. Wow, I could see some really great uses for this. I have decided that I will stay with Delicious for my bookmarks. I like the stacks, and I don’t really want to write copious amounts of notes or do voice annotations on web bookmarks. My task lists either will live in Wunderlist or in SpringPad. I think personal in Wunderlist and work ones in SpringPad where I will use the project management tools.
What does that leave? The first thing that comes to mind is that this is a great tool for digital portfolios! Being able to snap photos of work and put them in different notebooks, have students write or dictate reflections, and see it on any platform certainly lends itself to portfolios. I have already read several articles and talked to Ivan Nieves at Concord Academy about just this process.
What else? The web clipping tool would be great for research. Creating notebooks with the clips rather than bookmarks along with notes, photos, and other stuff could be a good use. I also see using Evernote as a good place to do the expansion at the beginning of a project when I am gathering lots of info. I can dump it in one place, sort through it, and then begin to focus. I don’t know if it will serve as well for that part; that is where I’d probably switch over to SpringPad. I’ll have to use it on my next big project to find out.
It appears that I will attempt to move my digital flow to Evernote. I am hearing it from too many sources, now, that this is the way to go. I am not sure how much of my other pieces it will eat up. Certainly it will replace Springpad, but I have hardly started using that. It might replace my social bookmarks so recently moved to Delicious from Diigo. We’ll see. I am pretty sure I’ll keep GoodReads and probably IMDB Watchlist. Image handling will be the same, too.
This is a weekend project.
Flickr has sets and collections, Diigo has lists, Delicious has Stacks. Making collections of things is very helpful for using them and for getting through material. Some of my oldest collections are labels/folders I use in Google Reader in order to focus my reading. Now that most email readers offer threaded reading, my inbox is much more manageable.
Having recently moved to Delicious, I thought I’d take the Stack feature for a spin. I have some students working on planets right now, so I created a stack with the sites I had tagged planets. Seems simple enough. When I have many more resources, I am sure the stack will be more useful to create a selection of the ones that I really want the students to view. Right now the stack and tag filter are the same, and that is just a duplication of effort.
As I go through my recently completed book, Rethinking Popular Culture and Media, I am transforming the pieces I liked into digital objects. Some book recommendations go to GoodReads, some music goes to Pandora, and many pieces turn into bookmarks in Delicious. I used to use Diigo, but now have switched.
Switching something like this takes a bit of work. I have now changed my links text on my WordPress blogs to reflect this change. I have also changed it on my Blogger blog. I am sure there are other places where I will have to go and redirect to Delicious.
Delicious makes it easy to create bookmarks from Tweets, but that is the reverse of my current workflow. I used IFTTT to send my Diigo bookmarks to Twitter, and this caused quite a few people to follow them. I found that I had to do the same for Delicious. I get that lots of people want to save bookmarks from Twitter to their bookmarking site. I guess if the sites enabled this, then there would be people who would set up both Tweets feeding bookmarks and bookmarks feeding Tweets. Endless loops and crashes ensue. One would think they could filter for tweets originating from one’s own account, but it is not available from within Twitter as far as I can tell. Just another use to use IFTTT.
I have the bookmarklets for Delicious on the computers I use, but not on my iPad yet. I’ll get around to that soon.
I have put some art on the walls, unpacked some boxes, and settled in to using Delicious, and I like it.