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Friday, August 15, 2014

Introduction to Annotary, a bookmarklet that can enhance Judaic instruction and staff development

Before we explore Annotary, a bookmarklet web tool, let’s define this term.

What is a bookmarklet?

A bookmarklet is a software button, extension or add-on that appears on one's browser that enables the user to curate or collect selected websites.

Click on this link to see different bookmarklets on my Mozilla Firefox browser.

A bookmarklet is a bookmark stored in a web browser that contains JavaScript commands to extend the browser's functionality. For instance, a bookmarklet might allow the user to select text on a page, click the bookmarklet, and be presented with a search engine results page for the search term selected.

Bookmarklets are unobtrusive scripts stored as the URL of a bookmark in a web browser or as a hyperlink on a web page. The term is a portmanteau of the terms bookmark and applet,[1] however, an applet is not to be confused with a bookmarklet, just as script written in JavaScript is not to be confused with a script written in Java. Whether bookmarklet utilities are stored as bookmarks or hyperlinks, they are designed to add one-click functionality to a browser or web page. When clicked, a bookmarklet performs some function, one of a wide variety such as a search query or data extraction. Bookmarklets are usually JavaScript programs.

How do bookmarklets promote teaching and learning

  • Bookmarklets provide teachers and students with easy access to websites for homework, classroom and doing research projects.
  • Bookmarklets provide a  simple, uncluttered and elegant way to access websites within one’s browser.
  • Many bookmarklets allow users to share their curated websites with others.
  • Teachers can create bookmarklets for individual, group and whole class research projects.
  • Students can share their bookmarklets as part of their research projects.
  • Bookmarklets enable students to become more web literate.

For additional reasons for using bookmarklets click on these links: 

What is Annotary?

Annotary is a bookmarklet that can appear on the bookmark bar of one’s browser. A bookmarklet can enhance the functionality of one’s browser.

Where is Annotary located on the internet?

Where can I find tutorials demonstrating how to use Annotary?

Click on the links below to find tutorials on using Annotary:

On the next blog post we will discuss how Annotary can be used to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom.

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