Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Organizing your many, many websites!

Hi!  It's Amanda here from Learning to the Core!  Aylin and I recently got a "blog makeover" so if you haven't checked it out come on over and take a look by clicking here!

We are very lucky that there are tons of websites out there for us to use.  Kids and adults alike have their favorite links that they check and use on a daily basis.  But what about those websites your stumble across and want to come back to later?  It is hard to keep track of them all and to keep them all organized!

I have used Diigo for many years and I really like it for several reasons but I have recently found a website that I believe we help keep me even more I made the switch to Draggo!

According to Google's description "Draggo allows you to save, organize, and access all of your favorite links from any online location." 

The layout of Draggo works well with my brain (really, it does!) and I am hoping it will help organize the websites I have my students use as well.  

1. Sign up-it’s free!

2. Get your Browser Button (similar to the old pin it Button:)
Drag the "save to Draggo" button to your bookmark bar.  It's simple and fast!
3. Begin Creating:

You can choose to make each tab public or private.  

Here is how it works once you are all set up:
Let's pretend I am looking at my friend, Kristin's blog from iteach1:1 and found an awesome post (this happens often so I am used to "saving" from her blog!) that I wanted to come back to later.  
Here is what I would do using Draggo:

That is it, really! 

4. Log-in back into your draggo account:
There it is!  In my inbox.  Now, I can simply drag it to the tab and category that it belongs in.  If you are someone who does not like a full inbox-you can simply click "save to existing category."  That way, the next time you log-in to Draggo they will be all organized!

Classroom Uses

Our Math series, Pearson EnVision, organizes itself by topics.  Therefore, on my "math tab" on Draggo I created a "category" for each topic.  I am thinking I will link this to my classroom website this year.  If we are on Topic 3 then students will be asked to choose a website from that category. When we switch topics as opposed to having to relink a bunch of websites now I will simply redirect my kiddos to another category i.e. Topic 4.  You can view the start of my math tab by clicking here.  

Please keep in mind that it is one of my "summer projects" to get this ready for my kiddos next school year-so I know I still have lots of work to do but you get the idea (I hope!)  

Come stop our blog for more tech tips and ideas on how to incorporate the common core into your daily teaching!  Also, each Thursday this summer we are hosting a technology linky with Kristin, over at iteach1:1- so stop by, check out some great ideas, and link up! Tomorrow's topic is "Classroom Websites."

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