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Instapaper helps both students and teachers using iPads speed up educational research by enabling them to save and later read content from the web. Instapaper empowers students to use the Internet to gather, evaluate, and use information, and is indispensable for keeping that content organized and available as needed.

Among its many features, here are some of Instapaper’s most striking benefits:

  • Any device or platform: Instapaper is available on most computers and devices. It’s an app that works on your Apple iOS devices as well as Android phones. Instapaper is also web-based so you can use it on any computer that has access to the Internet — Apple, Windows, or otherwise.

  • Organize: Create folders for easy filing and organization of your articles.

  • Offline reading: Save articles for offline reading. This is great for those times when you’re in a car, plane, or anywhere where you may not have Internet access.

  • Easy viewing: The Instapaper app offers a variety of ways for browsing and reading your content.

  • Integration: Instapaper not only works with Safari, but also integrated into a host of other iPad apps, such as Twitter and popular social news apps such as Flipboard, Zite, and others. When you find a link to any article in those apps, you can simply tap a link within the app to send it to your Instapaper account.

  • Favorites: Tag articles with a “Like” to store them in your Favorites list and share them with others.

  • Networking: Connect with your friends and share articles with each other.

Instapaper has a variety of methods for saving articles. Follow these steps to install and use it:

  1. Go to the App Store on your iPad, search for the Instapaper app, and download the iPad version.

  2. Tap the icon to start the app.

    The app prompts you for your account information.

  3. Tap to open an account within the app

    You can also go directly to the Instapaper website and open your account there. You’ll want an account so that you can log in on any device and access your Instapaper content.

  4. Install the bookmarklet or e-mail contact.

Most of us using an iPad also use a laptop or desktop. Once you have your Instapaper account, ensure that you can save pages from any device or computer. Installing a bookmarklet — a button that sits on the browser toolbar — in your browser is the simplest way to save pages on your laptop or desktop. It’s a little more complicated on your iPad, but you have some alternatives:

  • Desktop browser: Go to Instapaper and click the Extras link on the top menu bar. Follow the instructions for dragging the Read Later bookmarklet to your browser toolbar.

  • iOS app: Open the Instapaper app, and tap the Setting icon. You can install the bookmarklet in Safari by tapping the Install Read Later in Safari option. It starts your browser and steps you through the process, but it does take a few detailed steps in Safari.

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    Your second option is to install the Instapaper e-mail address in your Contacts folder by tapping Add Read Later by Email. A custom e-mail address was created for your account when you opened it, and this allows you to e-mail any page link to your account.

  1. Add pages to your Instapaper library.

    You have two options:

    • Using the bookmarklet: If you’ve installed the bookmarklet on your browser toolbar, simply tap the Read Later button when you’re on any webpage you want to save for later reading, and it’s added to your Instapaper library. It couldn’t be easier.

    • Using e-mail: If you have added your Instapaper e-mail address to Contacts as described in Step 4, tap the curved arrow on the top menus in Safari and select Mail Link to This Page. An e-mail message pops up with the URL of the page in the body.

      Start typing Instapaper in the To field, and Mail recognizes the Instapaper e-mail address and offers it as the default addressee. Send the message, and the page is added to your Instapaper library.

  2. Tap to open the Instapaper app, and tap the Read Later icon in the menus on the left.

    Your list of articles is displayed, along with the opening text for each.

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  3. Select any article by tapping it.

    The integrated reader presents the article in a clean format after stripping it of ads and distractions.

Many additional options are worth exploring. Here’s a synopsis of the best ones:

  • Organize: Tap the folder icon on the top toolbar to add and edit folders. When reading any article, you can tap the curved arrow on the toolbar and use the Move to Folder menu option to move articles between folders.

  • Like or Archive: When reading an article, tap the heart icon on the top toolbar to Like it and add it to your Favorites list. Tap the Trash icon to delete the article or tap the Archive icon to save it into your Archive folder for later reference.

  • Synchronize: Tap the curved arrow at the top of the main Instapaper screen to sync to the latest list of articles you’ve saved on all devices.

  • Share: Share content with people you know and browse the articles they recommend.

  • Search: This feature requires a paid subscription. Once your library builds, you may want to consider it; it offers a full text search through all the articles in your account.

The social networking features of Instapaper can be a real bonus for educational research. Consider creating an Instapaper account for your class or for groups in your class if they are working on collaborative projects. It’s a great way for students to find and share information.

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