Keeping Tabs: 5 Sites Taking Up Space in my Browser this Week

Some sites get written about. Some sites get looked at and then forgotten. The five sites below have been open on my browser for at least a week. I’ll be bookmarking them and closing their tabs in my browser as soon as I post this.

http://freze.it/

I know I’ve probably asked for a service like Freese.It before, but I cannot remember why. They allow users to archive any webpage they want. More than a PDF, Freeze.It archives a webpage’s code, takes a screenshot and then creates a tinyurl for easy reference. At the moment, I definitely don’t need it. I’m bookmarking it in the belief that someday soon, I’ll think it a lifesaver.

Top Web Annotation Tools: Annotate+Bookmark+Collaborate from MakeUseOf.com

Throughout the last school year, I’ve asked my students to use reframeit.com when reading an article for class to prepare for discussion. The site has helped me see where the preponderance of students found meaty material in what they were reading and where I could focus some questions to help them read more deeply. I stumbled upon this article when doing some research to help a friend who wanted something akin to a sticky note function when annotating a webpage. Of the services mentioned I’ve actually used, it’s certainly proven a respectable list.

Classical Music: A History According to YouTube from OpenCulture.com

I love this. The article highlight’s Limelight’s curation of a collection of Youtube videos as a tour or primer on the history of western classical music. While I certainly remember my grandparents taking me to the symphony when I was younger, this collection helped me understand where Vivaldi stood in relation to Bach.

“Critical Pessimism” Revisted: An Open Letter to Adam Fish from henryjenkins.org

How, how, how in the world did I go this long without finding Henry Jenkins’ blog. This was the first entry I read. From there, I opened each successive entry in a new tab as though to click away would be to lose the careful, reflective thinking Jenkins offers readers. He’s safely in my feed reader now, but this post stands as a wonderful conversation point on the democracy of the web.

http://cac.ophony.org/

I’d never heard of Baruch College, CUNY until I ran into the writing of its Fellows of the Bernard L. Scwartz Communication Institute. These folks have game. And it’s not just heady, academia babbling. Each post gives me more practical thoughtfulness on the mix of media, message and culture. I’ve not made my way completely through their archives, but I’m working on it.

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