Are you frustr@ted/!rr!tated by typing in loooong URLs? TinyURL.com to the rescue!
By Stephanie Rivera, Santa Barbara High School
SAMR Model Rating: S, maybe A (substitution, augmentation)
Grade level: any lesson that includes a website address that you need the students to type into their own device.
Subject area: any teacher can use this web site.
Situations where this site is amazingly helpful:
•Computer lab class time: you have listed (on a sheet of paper or on the board) the URLs of one or more websites that you want all of the students to visit.
•You give a printed homework lesson referencing something on the web that requires the students to go to a certain website.
•Any time you offer a website URL that you want your audience to go check out.
Here is how to do it:
Go to this site: tinyurl.com.
Follow the instructions – literally “enter long URL to make tiny”, and create your own URL! (Cut the URL from the browser address box, paste it into tinyURL.com and click “Make tinyURL!”.
You can even customize the URL!
But, only if no one else has snapped up your URL idea 🙁
For example, one of the sites that my students recently used for an assignment on the class set of iPads is
Yeah, they can type this into the URL box at the top of their internet browser, but it will take them a lo00ng time… and if they are focused on the cute guy/girl across the table from them, they will probably make a typo or two, causing them to take twice or thrice as long, or to call you over to do it for them (“It’s not working!”)
So to avoid this, I made this tinyURL:
NOW YOU TRY! Compare the experience and decide for yourself:
go to your web browser and type in the long URL:
It should take you to a site called “Environment Canada” with a page headed “Acid Rain FAQ”.
Did you make it there?
How frustrated or impatient did you get while typing in the URL?
Did you have to type it in more than once?
How did your eyeballs and brain feel as you looked back and forth from this iLearn page to the other window on your computer?
Now try it typing in tinyURL.com/k8zxk93
Need I say more? 🙂