The awesome blogs I follow and great people I follow on Twitter share some amazing resources. It’s amazing and overwhelming. It’s also impossible for me to organize and share these resources with the people who need them. Believe me, I’ve tried. Teachers don’t want several emails a day from me, even if what I put in them is AWESOME. Believe me, I can’t even get them all to read and follow through with the mandatory emails (but that’s a different tangent and I won’t go there today). So I’ve been needing to find a way to get organized (ha!) with the awesome tools that I keep finding. I’m also hoping (I think I’m hoping anyway) that the proposal I submitted for LaCUE will be accepted and I’ll be doing a presentation in December on the best free web tools.
I’m in the process of bringing my favorite teaching tools all into one place. The problem is, I can’t decide which place I like best. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
I first found out about Only2Clicks.com from Joyce Valenza’s blog Never Ending Search. Joyce is THE library goddess and my ultimate library idol. I met her (AND Gwyneth Jones, may I remind you) at ISTE this summer and was in complete and utter awe of her greatness. But I digress…
Only2Clicks is pretty awesome. I like it because everything is there in one place. I like the tabs. I like the visual appeal of actually seeing the sites. It’s not all fancy looking, but it’s very simple and organized. So check it out and tell me what you think.
So the other site I’m thinking of using is a combo of Symbaloo and Weblist. I learned about these two tools from Kelly Tenkely’s awesome blog, iLearn Technology. Her blog is pretty freakin’ awesome. She shares the best tech resources and gives great descriptions of them. If you don’t follow it, you need to.
I think that Symbaloo is eye-catching and fun, even if it doesn’t look organized. I linked my Symbaloo squares to separate Weblists for each category. I like the look of this, but don’t like that I’m using two separate sites to make one organizational resource compilation. Decide for yourself.
So this weekend I’m going to try to lay out firm categories and links for each, and I’ll be sharing that soon. In the meantime, I would LOVE some feedback on these two choices. Neither of my projects are complete, but check them out and let me know what you think. I’m trying to decide if one would be more teacher friendly (and one more student friendly) than the other. I really like them both but I need to pick one and go with it! So help me decide…PLEASE!
4 thoughts on “Compiling and Sharing Links”
Shucks, Tiffany, thanks. As for your question about choice, give me a call. I am finding Only2Clicks the most flexible in terms of display and editing and I am linking them together these days. We can chat about it!
I prefer Symbaloo for middle & high school for its visual appeal and sleekness. Only2clicks is a more organized & easier visual for both younger and older elementary students. I liked how you connected Weblist w/Symbaloo. It did help the organization. I will be moving my links to probably Only2clicks; may do Symbaloo for 5th grade. Will definitely think about Weblist. Like it.
Check out the webmixes I have created for teachers/librarians in the start page of my website: https://sites.google.com/site/theclassroomofmscox/
I’ll echo Joyces’ Shucks and add an Awww! I’ve gotta try this! and shhh but I also think Joyce is THE library goddess and my ultimate library idol, too! (and you’re up there in my AWsome list, too!)