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Simply Box Might Be A Winner For Research


I had tried out an application called Simply Box awhile ago, but once I realized that I would have to install a toolbar to use it, I didn’t explore it any further. Any kind of installation makes it problematic for school use.

Today, though, I saw it bookmarked on Langwitches’ links, and decided to take another look. I’m glad I did.

I need to experiment with it a bit more, but Simply Box might be one of the very applications out there that I think is useful to download for at least my personal use. It seems to me that it will be a great tool for research on the web.

It’s basically a bookmarking program. The key difference, however, between Simply Box and everything else out there is that you can very, very easily just draw a line around anything you see on the web and save it in a virtual “box.”

Here’s a link to a very good video explaining how to use it. It’s actually understandable, which is more than I can say about a lot of screencasts that sites have about how to use their applications.

I’d be interested in hearing from other people if they think this tool can be as helpful as I think it can be, or if I’m overlooking something.

By the way, you might also be interested in The Best Social Bookmarking Applications For English Language Learners & Other Students.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. I stumbled over Simply Box the other day and also found it to be a superb service. Pity there’s no Linux version (yet), though… Checking with the authors if there was any chance of having one, I got a very friendly response stating there might be one one day, but not in the foreseeable future. – Nice guys, excellent application. Might be a really big one…

  2. Great ideas but one caution…we had some HUGE issues with our home laptop last fall and were cautioned by the techies at Dell about downloading toolbars. They said that lots of viruses enter that way. I’m not a techie, just a teacher, but I try to listen when I paying that much for advice!

    My work laptop is a Mac and I have virtually no issues with it.

  3. I have been using Simply Box for about six months and love it. I love the box and send feature. I have led PDs where teachers list their interests, so when I find useful information for them, I simply box and send it (one of Simply Box’s best features).

  4. The feature of boxing images with Simply Box looks really useful, but one of the things I like best about delicious and diigo is that I don’t have to decide and remember what “box” to put things in – I can tag with a multitude of possible uses. Is there a way to tag Simply Box items?

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