Another Website that I learned about from the MSET Conference from my good friend Laura Hook was Fur.ly. Fur.ly allows the user to shorted multiple Websites into one URL for students to navigate through. This is perfect when you have multiple Websites you want students to visit in a particular sequence. Or for those days when you have free time and you want to limit the Websites that students are allowed to visit. I would recommend this website be used with students in 3rd grade and up. For younger students you can try SimplyBox which is a much more visual way for students to view multiple Websites. I’ll have to post something on SimplyBox later.
Here is an example of Fur.ly in Action. Students in my fifth grade are currently working on making a video about protecting the Chesapeake Bay. I wanted to share with them some links that they could use for the research component of their script. Usually I use my social bookmarking site Del.icio.us, however today I used Fur.ly.
First, I started by copying and pasting my URL’s for students to visit to the Fur.ly website.
Next, I grabbed my shortened URL and added it to my Handout Folder for students to access.
Finally, students can navigate through the different Websites using the toolbar at the top of their browser. This I find to be the best advantage to Fur.ly over other bookmarking sites. Especially with students who are just learning to navigate multiple sites to do research. The toolbar allows them to navigate through the different Websites quickly without having to hit any back buttons. Below is a shot of the Fur.ly page and then the toolbar.
The fifth graders really enjoyed using the Fur.ly link and it seemed to work quite well. The only thing that I have found about Fur.ly that makes me nervous is that it currently being auctioned off. Who knows what will happen to it after it is sold. It may no longer be free or as functional for student use. For now, I find it to be a great bookmarking resource for use with students.