Readability

Ever distracted by ads, photos, extra clutter while trying to read a news article?  Have you noticed when you’ve found a recipe online that there’s a button that says Print Version?  That button gets rid of all the clutter and gives you a nice printable copy of the recipe only.  Well, that’s what this site called Readability will do.  It will clean up your page.
First go to the site.   In step 1, you can make the settings what you want.  I like narrow margins with a small font.  This will save paper if I decide to print it.

In step 2 just drag the bar that says READABILITY up to your bookmarks toolbar menu.  That’s ALL you have to do to set it up

Now go to a news site and click on an article.  Once the article is loaded, click once on Readability in your toolbar menu.  Voila!  You now have a nice clean page – free of distractions AND printable.  You’ll see three options on the left side of the page.  One is to revert the page back to its original, next is to print the page (this is really going to save ink and paper!), and the third option is to email it to someone!
Try it and let me know what you think!  I’m thinking some of our students could really benefit from a clutter-free Internet environment!
If you prefer to learn by video, you’ll see an instructional video on the Readability website.  
Big thanks to Elaine Plybon (former Kansan) who shared this site in the Shining Stars DEN webinar.

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