Well, almost. Imagine going to one place on the web and accessing all the information you regularly want, updated for you without any effort on your part. From this place you could browse through articles, weather, sports, podcasts (radio shows available on the internet), and video podcasts that you choose. No more waiting for primetime or the weather report.
Protopage is a customizable homepage that allows you to put whatever you want into it. Follow the New York Stock Exchange? Read the St. Louis Post Dispatch? Keep tabs on a blog like this one? Any source that puts out regularly updated information on the web will likely have an image like this one: . This is an RSS Feed. If your source has one of these somewhere on its website, you can have information from this site moved into your Protopage automatically. As often as that site updates, your Protopage will be updated. You can keep current on information that interests you, not information that provides “ratings” for some commercial news provider.
In addition to keeping yourself current, you can also use your Protopage to organize your schedule. Protopages come with customizable “widgets” you can add, like sticky notes, to-do lists, a calendar, and more. You can view the weather or keep an active link to Google Maps in case you get lost.
And if that wasn’t enough, you can design “tabs” within your Protopage that you can share with others. Interested in giving other teachers a taste of resources you’ve found helpful? Create a list of your favorite sources and share them with that select group. Or open up that tab to your selected group and have them add their own resources. This allows you collaborate without being in the same room.
All from one destination.