I was just introduced to YoLink. This is a free download, and it works in conjunction with any search engine. One opens the search engine, then opens the Yo add-on, which has been installed in the toolbar at installation. The Yo link opens a small pane at the side. If you then put in your search string to Google, the links show up on You. If the string contains 3 words, the Yo pane will show each word in a separate color. Scroll down looking for the link which contains all three colors (words) and explore! This is a big help in deciding exactly which links are going to be most useful. The source you find can then be opened immediately in Google Docs, where it can be shared, edited, etc.
Wanna hear more about it before you jump on it? Check out the videos here.
I hope to hear from others about this resource, and whether it's useful or not. It's new to me and looks good at this point!
Has anyone tried fur.ly? It is great for shortening several URLs at once. Add the links you wish to shorten. Get a shortened URL. CLick Try it! It adds a bar to your toolbar with the three links. There is also an option to open them in new windows as well as URL statistics.
I can see using this to locate several quality web sites for students to use. Send students the shortened URL from Fur.ly and then checking the statistics to see how many are using it. Cool!
Deborah- fur.ly is a goldmine. This will save me so much time working with administrators when I share several sites, since they then can be truncated into and expand upon each web 2.0 tool I share. Thank you dear friend for sharing another resourceful tool!
Here is another tool I ca e across while creating my new 21st century workshop while embedding differentiation and critical thinking into a lesson/unit:
I'm very excited that you reminded us about fur.ly! I often have students use three or four different sites in a day. Often I will shorten each URL and give my students a list of the URLs they are to visit. How cool is it to just give them one link! I can imagine how many fewer mistakes in url address entering I will have to work with!
Do you know if there is a maximum number of URLs you can have fur.ly shorten at one time?
Julia - What a great site! I had a lot of fun creating a superhero for myself - and imagine my surprise when I looked at the one you created after I'd done one for myself and realized ours were not that different !
I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has posted in this topic, as well. I've added so many tools to my resources today that I'm not sure that I'll have the opportunity to get to even a small portion before the end of the year... next year, however, should be awesome!
Does anyone know an effective way to use this tool (polleverywhere) and address cyberbullying at the same time? This was becoming a major issue at my school last year and I'm beginning to see the same thing this year. Note: Cell phones are not allowed at school, but we know that doesn't stop them from being present or (really) from being used.
I'm seriously curious because the polling tool looks great and I'd like to use it, but must have an effective preventative to present to parents, teachers, or administrators on command. Thanks!
This looks like a wonderful site resource! I'm always looking for new ways to help my students learn the skills they need. Thank you for posting this! I already have plans for how it will be used - next year! (Almost nothing but testing left this year - I may get to use it as an end of year "filler" and sneak some learning in to my students!)
I like the way you've looked at PollAnywhere. I agree it would be awesome to have a presentation demonstrating the power of a cell phone and explaining cyberbullying at the same time. I have not see any presentation like that yet ... but with this group .
Ok fellow Intel friends and geeks ... who's up to creating a presentation demonstrating PollAnywhere and including cyberbullying? First one get's to start the sharing. May I suggest we share a Google Doc Presentation for this?
You are correct. This page alone has a lot of links for useful sites on it. I know from exploring Teacher's Engage pages that there are even more pages and a lot more links.
Please let us know what your favorite page in the community is. I'm curious if it will be one with a lot of links or ways to use technology with students.
Here's another great site that was shared with me, Vidinotes . You can upload a video (FLV format only), take snapshots and add your description and notes. Then, print your notes out to share. Great way to record your notes about a movie. I'd love to see this site add a way to email your completed vidinotes.
Wow! This is a great strand for mining good websites to try! I'll try to keep us going and hope not to repeat one.
LIve Binders-basically a three ring binder online, accumulate several websites that you want to share at a presentation or during a lesson. One binder holds them all and you can just surf back and forth between sites using the handy tabs.
Xtranormal-if you can type you can create a short animated video with characters speaking your dialogue. Good for introducing a lesson or for opening a discussion during a workshop.
(ps-skip the download option, just choose to build your movies online and they will be hosted there too!)
You are correct, this thread seems to be the most popular. Not only do you get a wealth of information, but also integration ideas. I have to say, I am a happy person today with the link you posted on LiveBinders. I have not seen that site and I love anything that is organized. What a great find and one I will share with my teachers. Thanks!
Thanks for posting good ideas on how to use both LiveBinders and Xtranormal. I appreciate having one of my eMINTS friends posting such good ideas. You are correct in that this strand is one of the best for finding useful links and ideas on how to integrate them into presentations, trainings, and the classroom.
Do you see the tab feature of LiveBinders being as useful for a classroom teacher in preparing lessons? How do you envision students using LiveBinders as they work to comprehend material learned as part of their English, Math, Social Science, or Science (etc.) core?