Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cite PDFs and More with iCyte

iCyte is an online bookmark and annotation tool that I've previously reviewed here and recently learned of about some features of iCyte that I hadn't noticed before. The feature that I know some of my students will appreciate is the option to highlight and cite PDFs. iCyte gives users the ability to highlight and cite PDFs found on the web and PDFs from their local computers. The process is very similar to highlighting and citing a webpage, but there are a couple of differences which you can read about here.

When I originally reviewed iCyte it was not available for Google Chrome. Since that time iCyte has added support for Chrome, for Safari, and for iPad.

Another aspect of iCyte that has developed since my original review last year is the option to embed iCyte cites into a blog, wiki, or website. This could be a useful feature when students are contributing to a wiki or group blog. For example, when my students build a wiki about the US Civil War (which they'll be doing in early January) they can embed findings from their research to supplement the other aspects of their writings. Watch the video below to learn more.

Embedding cytes into blogs and wiki's from iCyte on Vimeo.

iCyte is free for educators and students, but the link for the free accounts can sometimes be hard to find. Click here to register for free iCyte accounts.