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.
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.
- 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.
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.