Tiny URLs for tiny people:)
Type of technology: web based
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: Any
Subject area: Any
Every time I want to have my 25 first graders type in a URL and navigate a website, I always have to consider if it’s really worth the inevitable mayhem that is sure to follow. People often say that teaching first graders is similar to herding cats. Imagine for a moment, herding cats to navigate a website. It’s a management nightmare and often a total waste of time. That’s about what I’ve been used to dealing with…until now. I have always put up with it because exploring the vast amount of information and technological resources on the internet is crucial for preparing our students for todays world.
Now I can use TinyURL.com to make an easier to type URL that takes my students to the exact website, and the exact link in that website, that I want them to go to.
This saves me time running around typing for students, navigating through websites over and over, and cuts down on management issues. Most importantly, this gives my class of 6 and 7 year olds access to the endless amount of information available on the word wide web, without too much confusion for my students and with less stress for me.
I used tinyurl.com to have my students explore videos about animals on the National Geographic Kids Website.
Here is an image of what the TinyURL.com website looks like. It is super easy to use. Basically you just copy and paste your url, and click make tiny. Seriously, that’s it!!! It’s a great last minute way to include a website into any lesson.
Hope this helps make things easier for you and your students. Good luck!