Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Organize Those Websites

Organize Your Computer Center with a Bookmarking Tool

So, you’ve found the coolest website, and you want to share it with another teacher, or use it with your students.  How do you save it for later?  Do you bookmark it to your computer at school?  Then when you get home, how do you access it?  I used to have this issue a lot, before I started using www.ikeepbookmarks.com and www.sqworl.com to organize my bookmarks.  By using these “organization websites”, I am able to easily share links with parents, students and teachers in an organized matter.  It also allows me to send to a computer center without expecting students to copy a long URL, thereby shortening their learning time on the computer.  Earlier this year, I wrote a post at Raki’s Rad Resources, explaining how I organize websites in my classroom.  Here are two sites I have used to organize bookmarks.  Please feel free to stop by my blog post for more details.

Bookmark Organization Websites:

1.)  The website organizer I have been using for year and years is: www.ikeepbookmarks.com. It’s great because it allows you to put all of your websites into folders with labelI Keep Bookmarks - Organize your Website for your Computer Centers of your choosing.  If you go to my I Keep Bookmarks site, you will see that I have mine organized by subject, and this is because when I created it, I was creating it for an entire school.  Also, if you go into any of the folders, you will find additional folders, and sometimes more folders inside the second folder.  This allows you to separate websites by class (if you have more than one), or by project.

2.)  Another bookmarking site I wasSqworl - Organize websites for your computer center introduced to a few year’s back is Sqworl.  Rather than giving you text links, sqworl creates a thumbnail of the website and displays these thumbnails for students to choose from.  For younger students and non-readers, these visual clues are a great way to build independence at your computer center. 

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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