November 28

Tuesday Tip! Manipulating G Suite App URLs with Sir Links-a-Lot Chrome Extension

Often there are times when we want to manipulate a Google Document’s URL to meet the needs of our students or when sharing with our colleagues.  In fact, one of our previous Tuesday Tips focused on Forcing a Copy.  Now there is a Chrome Extension which will make that easier for you!

 Sir Links-a-Lot   

After adding the Extension, simply click on the extension icon and choose how to manipulate the URL to best suite the need.  Options offered are: Force Copy, Preview, Template, PDF.  The Extension also offers to Copy the Link To Clipboard, Copy G-shortener Link to Clipboard, and Open the Link in a New Tab.

So, when choosing to force a copy, for example, the end of the URL will be changed from edit to copy.  Then, simply copy the manipulated URL and paste it to the desired location.  The extension is compatible with G Suite apps: Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drawings.

Check back next Tuesday for more Google URL manipulation suggestions!

November 2

Short! Sweet! Goo.gl URL Shortener

URL shortening is a technique in which a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) can be made shorter and still direct users to the required page.  It is especially helpful when posting a URL for people to enter because the web address is so much shorter, requiring less input, and provides for fewer mistakes.  This is especially helpful when there are character limitations such as with Twitter.  Shortening a URL helps students get logged on to the same page more quickly.

Take something long and unwieldy like this: https://www.lifewire.com/google-url-shortener-1616794

to this: https://goo.gl/CIXQ6X goo-gl

 

One such URL shortener is Goo.gl (Goo.gl Chrome extension)  This shortener provides analytics that will show you how many times the shortened URL has been used.  It lets you create a QR code for any web link.  Save time, save keystrokes, track interactions, use Goo.gl! Short! Sweet!

May 7

Compile a Set of Quick Links with Symbaloo

We are fast becoming a one-click culture!  We like to have an app for quick, direct access to tools we use often.  Symbaloo provides a resource for creating a webmix with an appy look and feel.

In The News Symbaloo Pic

When a limited number of resources is to be used for an assignment or project, a Symbaloo is a great way to post the links for easy access.  When a number of resources needs to be shared with a group or class, a Symbaloo provides quick and easy links.  For a simple, user-friendly means of bookmarking online links which are frequently accessed, a Symbaloo is the answer.

Click on the image above to access a Symbaloo with links to online news resources and primary sources.

Also check out this PBL Symbaloo

April 18

QR.net

If you’ve ever asked students to access something on the Internet without the benefit of a clickable link, you have probably noticed that the link address can be quite long!  An easy way to shorten a URL  is to use a URL shortener like QR.net.  With QR.net, you can even customize the address and choose something your students will easily remember.  You can also copy and post a QR code for students to scan to access the link you want to share.

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Check out QR.net
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Need a QR code Reader app?  Check out the Inigma app!

TRY IT OUT!
Type into your browser qr.net/WCShome (case sensitive) or Scan QR code:
wcs qr