I love to browse the web and I do a ton of research on the web for business, spying on my competition, learning more about all the subjects I coach in, finding great homeschool sites, curriculums, lapbooks, teaching ideas, unit studies and of course keeping up with politics and my church stuff. The internet is a fascinating library that you can get lost in very quickly.
Have you ever started your day with a link to one interesting article but then in that article there is a link to another article and so it goes on and on and soon you look up at the clock and wonder where your day has gone?
It takes a lot of discipline for those of us who love to read and learn to know when to shut it off! If I had my way, I would just be in learning mode all the time since that is what I love to do. But I still have bills to pay, kids to teach and people to help and that is my focus and my passion.
So what I used to do is just keep opening new tabs in Firefox. Pretty soon I would have 12 to 20 tabs open at the same time right below my tool bar. I would get ideas for posts and then say to myself that I would bookmark them before I turn off my computer. But then I forget to go and look at my bookmarks. I also forget how I filed a certain bookmark.
Well, I found the solution! What a great online tool to add to your online tool box!
It is called Read-It-Later! It is simple, easy to use and I know how to use it. It is a Firefox add on. It also works on Chrome and Safari. There is also an Iphone app for it.
Just go to Firefox add-ons and type in Read-it-later and download it. Or you can direct to the Read It Later website to download it here.
You will have to restart Firefox once you download Read-It-Later. ( ooh, I love this Mac! Screen shots in one click, add arrows in one click!)
Then look up in your toolbar in your address bar and you will see a little blank check mark. When you get to a page that you want to read later, then just click the check mark. It will then save that page in a read it later area off to the right of your address bar. It looks like a little brown book with a gold book mark.
When you want to read your read it later articles just click on the brown book which will bring a drop down menu of all the articles you want to read later. After you read one, you just click the little check mark again and it will mark it read.
They also have an offline version of read it later so if you want to read your articles in an area where you don't have an internet connection you can. While you are online just click the brown book and then click on read offline.
You will be led through a couple of steps and then you are good to go. When you are offline just go into your Firefox browser and click on offline. You will then be able to read your articles that are stored in read it later offline.
This is a huge time saver for me and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and the other 2 million users that are enjoying Read it later.
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FTC Disclosure: I am not an employee of Read it later, I am not an affiliate of Read it later. I do not make any money explaining how I use Read it later. I may get a thank you from the company. I may get more subscribers to my blog because of sharing great information I find on the internet. Read it later is a free add on however since I don't know any of their marketing plan I do not know nor can not know if they ever plan to monetize their tool. I am only sharing my experience with this tool.
Online Toolbox: Don't Have Time To Read It All On-Line? Use Read-It-Later! by Coach Katerina Gasset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License