Managing web addresses or URLs with students can be a difficult process, especially when you want to share multiple websites for one project. A launch page or URL collection is one way to easily manage multiple web addresses in one place. One simple tool for sharing web addresses is Sqworl. Sqworl allows the user to easily and quickly create a visual collection of URLs from multiple sites and combine them on one page. In addition, a Sqworl creates a short URL that can be easy to enter to access multiple sites at once. Below is a screenshot of a sqworl that I created with some music theory resources. As you can see, a thumbnail of each site is available and each thumbnail becomes a link to that site.

sqworl screenshot

To create a Sqworl page, a free user account can be set up in just a matter of seconds. Adding websites to a sqworl is very simple and involves creating a group and giving it a brief description. Once the group is created, just copy and paste the address for the site and provide a short description (optional) that will be visible under the thumbnail. Here is a sqworl of all the 30 Day Challenge posts up to today: http://sqworl.com/21dip1. Notice the short URL that leads you to each of the websites listed. One other great feature is that sqworl will show you how many views of each link on the user login side.

Sqworl is also compatible with mobile devices and can be used with phones and tablets. Sqworl also offers a quick and easy way to add sites from your browser with the “Add to Sqworl” browser bookmarklet. With the bookmarklet added, you can navigate to a site, click the “Add to Sqworl” button and then complete the info to add it to your sqworl.

 

Other Options:

  • Symbaloo EDU – Symbaloo is a great full-featured resource which allows you to create start pages with links that can be shared with others. Here is a great gallery of some amazing symbaloo pages that have been made by some of our very own EVSC staff members. Symbaloo was featured as a 30 Day Challenge tool in 2011. Here is a link – (Website is no longer available) to that post.
  • Brief.ly – Brief.ly is a similar resource to Sqworl but it allows you to copy and paste multiple URLs at the same time.
  • Getwapps.com (Site discontinued in June 2017) – Getwapps.com is a similar resource to Sqworl and Brief.ly and it allows a unique way of creating pages of links and web apps that can be shared.

Your Challenge:

Consider how you might use sqworl.com or one of the other launch page tools mentioned here. Describe what you might do with one of these tools, how you have used them in the past, or share a different tool that was not listed.

34 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve not used any of the ones listed before but will definitely begin using Sqworl. Several of my classes do research projects and, since they are young, I put shortcuts to all the websites onto the computers so they don’t accidentally mistype and go to an inappropriate site. This has just made that process a whole lot easier. This challenge has provided invaluable resources that I never knew existed or had little exposure to. Thanks.

  2. Since I see all of the classes coming into the computer lab all day, it would be a great idea to use a Sqworl account for each class. I could setup all the websites that are compatible with each grade. I have learned so many new sites while doing this 30 challenge It would be so easy for the Kindergartners, 1st and 2nd graders to use, without having to type in the URL. I can’t wait to set up the sqworl account for each class.

  3. I use LiveBinders to collect and organize my URLs. Each course I teach has its own binder, and when I find a website or resource I like, I add it to the binder saving me a lot of bookmarks and allowing me to access the resources from any computer. I encourage students to use LiveBinders or Sqworl for resarched writing. So many of their sources are electronic that using a launch page can help students collect and organize their sources.

  4. I recently had a fellow educator I connected with via twitter share a Sqworl with me to use during a PD I was presenting. It was great! The Sqworl was about how educators can use twitter to build their PLN. Everything was laid out and easy to navigate.

    As an eLearning Coach I can see myself creating Sqworls on different topics and sharing the links with teachers.

  5. The part I see as the most helpful using sqworl is the step by step nature of it. I think that it would be greatly beneficial as a guided homework assignment in mathematics. Having all the of bookmarks in one location and allowing me to explain what to do with each bookmark is very helpful. This way they can be constructive with their time and not have to wait on me for instructions of every website.

    I would use sqworl as the lesson or homewok. Each link explained on what I wanted them to do on each page. Maybe even link a game or 2 in there. Have them complete questions and even possibly take notes on the websites information.

    I also like the idea of Symbaloo. Especially like msellers5678 was talking about. I could see it as the perfect thing for a class webpage or a class bookmark page. Maybe even get kids to help find the links to math sites that help them.

  6. We currently use Symbaloo in several situations at schools. One of our biggest issues was too many links for elementary students in the computer lab. Therefore, we reimaged the computers and created a Symbaloo link on the desktop. One place to click where everything is made available to them in text and visual format.

    http://sellerstech.weebly.com/computer-lab-activities.html

    I also try to provide teachers with a collection of digital tools. I have done this through Symbaloo as well.

    http://sellerstech.weebly.com/online-teacher-tools.html

    Teachers are also creating lessons and activities for students to use during RTI and Tier time.

  7. I have used Symbaloo before and have had good success with it. It is super easy and graphic, two things that I look for in an application. In the classroom, this is such an easy tool to give your students a one-stop aid to find all the links they will need. And in the class, there is no time to stop and repeat how to get to a website and hope that everyone types it in correctly. This is quick and easy.

  8. I agree with the earlier comment about using it for research projects. I am starting one after Christmas and I think it would be very beneficial for the students to have all of their resources in one place. Also, I think this would be helpful across the curriculum. The students could create different places for each subject area.

    Also, I think they could create a “resources” page for helpful websites in general. For example, they could have dictionary.com is a place, the school website, etc. I think the students that have trouble typing, would find this helpful, because everything would be a click away.

  9. I could see using Sqworl in my etymology class. We create a wide variety of projects using vocabulary and roots (crosswords, flashcards, games, etc.) Students could have all of those resources listed on one page. I do have two alternatives, though.

    1) Bookmarks bar on Google Chrome: I usually make my students save important websites to their bookmarks bar, which you can organize into folders. The sites are only one or two clicks away when you access the Internet, and you don’t have to type in any websites.

    2) Weebly: Create a separate page for your project, and simply add clickable buttons or lists of URLs. You can look at my Journalism page under Writing Assignments to see what I mean; each project has its own organized page (mrbarringer.weebly.com). The main page of my site also has four clickable resources.

  10. Sqworl seems like a resourceful tool when doing research projects. Kids can have a launch pad to specific sites but I could see this being helpful by having reference sites and MLA/APA citation rule links all on a single page. I’ve seen and have used Symbaloo a little. It is a nice homepage to help organize all the bookmarks we are collecting. I just need to set aside the time to input my preexisting bookmarks into my Symbaloo page.

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