I'm prepping for the webinar I'm doing on Using Free Tools to Create an Online Portfolio for Work or School on March 27 and was looking for the best way to create my handouts. I knew I wanted to do something online because there were a lot of samples to share, so I started thinking about my options.
Initially I was going to set up a wiki, but then I saw some samples using Google Notebook that I really liked. It seemed like it would be an easy way to pull together various resources and create links for people to be able to check out later, so I started working in that. You can see a sample here.
As I kept going, though, it felt like one big long screen scroll. I had a lot of info to cover and it felt like it might overwhelm people if it appeared for them in a long list, rather than in smaller chunks, even with the Table of Contents. I also thought that the layout was a little boring.
Then, Zoho Notebook popped into my head. I'd experimented with it a long time ago, but had never really gone back to it. What I liked was that it would allow me to create individual pages and the look and feel was a little more attractive than the plain Jane Google Notebook. You can go here to see a sample I created.
Now I'm wondering which is the better tool to use. Zoho Notebook looks more attractive to me and I like the way that you can embed web pages directly into the notebook. With Google Notebook you can only create the links. But I'm also wondering if Zoho is harder for people to navigate--the scrolling between each page isn't entirely intuitive, nor is the scrolling on individual pages. Depending on what you put into a Zoho page, you're actually dealing with different frames and for some people that can be really confusing.
What do you think? If you were going to be getting online handouts, would you prefer a Google Notebook or a Zoho Notebook version? Drop me a line in comments if you have some specific thoughts or just answer using the poll. And if you have some other ideas, hit me with those.