Feb
21
2011

Bundling links for use in class

Wouldn’t it be nice to add a link to your syllabus at the beginning of the year that has your blog, your Diigo feed and resources that will be used throughout the year. Now you can. There are 3 services that allow you to take multiple links and media and “Bundle” them into one short link. Lets take a look.

Bit.ly, one of the first url shortening services, has now added “Bundling”. ┬áBundling allows you to take your links and put all of them on one page that looks like this:

Fur.ly lets you create a list of url’s and it creates a shortened url that you can give to your students. When they click on it, a bar will come up with a dropdown of your links that looks like this:

weblist.me allows you to mix several different types of media like websites, text, pdf’s,video and share all of them with an easy to use link.

Unlike fur.ly weblist.me allows you to edit your lists. A cool feature of weblist.me is the “dashboard” that it provides you with:

How could you use these in the classroom?

You could create a list at the beginning of the semester with links to web based resources that you will use in class like Progressbook, Accelerated Reader, The school website, your Personal Blog, etc. Take this one step further and create a QR code that you could post around your room or on your website.

Use weblist.me and have the first file be a document that has your webquest on it with steps in order to complete.

How do you plan on using these tools?

Thanks

TJ

About the Author: TJ Houston

TJ Houston is the Director of Technology at Shelby City Schools and New London Local Schools for Epiphany Management. TJ leads professional development in all areas of technology and loves developing ways to make teachers, students, and staff's lives easier with the use of technology. TJ also loves photography and his portfolio can be found at http://www.tjshots.com. All of the views on this site are his own.

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My name is TJ Houston.
I am the Director of Technology at Huron City Schools. I love integrating technology into the classroom and helping teachers find the way on the information super highway. Things I love: My family, My awesome Girlfriend, Technology, Education, and Photography.

I run PD sessions twice a week and run community training the first Saturday of the month. I love teaching people new things.

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