Friday, August 24, 2012

3 x 3 links to organize on a small level

A few weeks back, I did a post about a site called Symbaloo, which I adore using to organize a lot of links and websites together. What happens if you only have a small number of pages to share with students or colleagues and don't need all the space a symbaloo has to offer? Take a look at 3x3 Links.   3x3 links is a grid of nine tiles you can custom make to do exactly as you need it to do.  If you teach a course that only has 4 or 5 sites you expect students to use, this is a fantastic way to do it.

You go to the site and see a pre-made 3x3.  You sign in and custom make your own.  Did I mention this site is linked to google, so your google account is the sign in?  You click on a create a space, then insert the links. When you make the tiles, you see a logo from the site appear (if there is a logo available). When the space is complete, you save it and get a link. This link can be customized to have exactly what you want it to say. The links are stored on the site and you can access them.

The neat thing about this site, you can embed the links into another page that uses HTML.  I spent some time learning about the site and found it fairly easy to use.  There are a lot of possibilities with it as well.  Exporting, importing, embedding and collaboration.  It can also be made as you browser homepage without logging into google. You can use it a few different ways.

1. Project:  Assign a project and have the students refer to specific links to do what they are doing.
2. Collaborative learning: Create a link for groups of students and have a tile for each student.  They can set it as their homepage on the computer and refer to their specific tile as they do their task. (perhaps blogging, a wiki page per student, a student built website, etc.)
3. Homepage:  Maybe you do have a specific website for each class you teach.  This could be a homepage for you to just click on the page and be ready to go.
4. Polling:  Maybe you have several different sites you use for polling and want them all linked together.  This could be a method of getting them fast and easy.

Check this site out, I am going to use it in my classroom this year.

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