Right now, almost unlimited information is available online. As technology makes information readily available anywhere at anytime, students are becoming more responsible for their own learning.

The big question is how do students organize information so that they can use it meaningfully? Below are a few resources to help students organize information so they can readily save, use and access it.

1.) http://www.symbaloo.com/ This site can become your "internet desktop". All of those sites you visit on a consistent basis are readily accessible on one page. You can add additional specific topic desktops, so when conducting research, you can save links onto a desktop link to the sites later.

2) http://www.evernote.com/ Evernotes is another great way to stay organized and keep useful information. It's a great way for conducting web based research to clip interesting sites, quotes, video links to keep in one place. You can sych it with your other internet devices. You can make specific topic notebooks to keep and share information.

3) Mindmapping/graphic organizing sites: http://www.bubbl.us/, http://www.webspiration.com/, and link to 5 graphic organizer sites. Bubbl.us is a very simple easy to use mapping site to organize ideas. Webspiration is the online version of inspiration available as a classroom or individual subscription, mindmeister

4) http://www.prezi.com/ Prezi is a powerful presentation program to help show off your ideas. One example showing some useful resources and weblinks is: http://prezi.com/snmve1ai2u9g/ . There is a free version available for educational use.

5) Web-based calendaring programs. Most free email sites offer calendaring programs such as google, yahoo, or msn. One good site to provide research paper specific timelines is the Research Project Calendar at http://www2.infohio.org/rpc/ .
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