How Do You Start?

One of the most frustrating things about getting to a website to check things out is the actual process of typing the URL.  Have you ever read an article in a newspaper or book and wanted to check it out only to grind to a halt while you labour over the typing?  And, goodness knows how things go if you mess up with a character!  Let’s not even talk about getting it correct tapping it out on a phone or tablet!  Kudos to reading online to avoid the typing.

Teachers know that it’s frustrating when you multiply that by 25 little fingers!  The most efficient way, for both you and your class, is to make the link to the desired site just a click away.  If your class has a website or blog, it’s a relatively easy thing to edit a page and put a link to the site right in a page.  But, it’s even more impressive if you can make it colourful and very visual.

And, of course, you want to make the resource available both at school and at home – plus it’s nice to have an accumulation of the resources.  It avoids the problem of “Miss, what was that website we went to yesterday again?”

Fortunately, great web developers have you covered here.  Check out these alternatives.  They all work basically the same way – you create an account, populate the resource with the content you want and then share the ONE link with the class.  Yet another reason to have a classroom blog or website.

Or, if you share resources from the district level or want to include another classroom with an online project, it’s always nice to be on the “same page…”

Here’s a collection – in alphabetical order…


igHome


iGooglePortal


Only 2 Clicks


Pointpad


Protopage


SpeedyMarks


Start.Me


Startific


Symbaloo


Tizmos


uStart


What a great collection of resources to get the job done.  Do you use any of these?  Have I missed any?

6 thoughts on “How Do You Start?

  1. There’s the added step of creating the QR code or customizable bit.ly link to get to the spot where you’ve put all of these. I find, with younger students that’s an important step, because typing any URL is an adventure. Thanks for giving me some more summer homework. I’m using Flipboard like this for smaller units of learning.

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  2. I know that many teachers of young primary students use the QR code route. I must admit, that I never have before. Sometimes I put a bookmark right on the screen for them (I don’t have 1:1 devices, so it’s hard that hard to do), but other times, I have them type in the address. I just write it on a paper that they can copy. I’ve done this with students as young as Grade 1, and they’ve managed to do it. It can be a challenge the first time, but they get better after that. If the address can be searched through Google, that’s great too, as many of my students used the “microphone option” to find what they needed. Kids are incredibly resourceful!🙂

    I also tend to add any important links to our class blog, so that they can be accessed at home. My students also know how to access the blog at school (either through a bookmark or by typing in the address), so if I have the link already there, they can access it through there too.

    Aviva

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  3. I’m so impressed with your tenacity with typing in links. I think I might go the “tape it to the desk” route with primary. I work pretty exclusively with junior/intermediate. My inters actually prefer the bit.ly route with an easily understood extension, and we also walk through why a link is constructed the way it is. I don’t have 1-1 either, so offering more than one way of access is important.

    On my classroom communication blog, I usually post a bit.ly link, so the kids can share/access the link at home. I’m inspired by today’s post to dive into something like Symbaloo to keep all our creation spaces together.

    Thanks for the questions. I endeavour to do an Aviva when
    I can, too. Extends the conversation.

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