Organizational tools include tools that make it possible to put together the information teachers want to share online in a cohesive manner. These include different type of bookmarking tools, blogs, and websites. The majority of the bookmarking tools create a snapshot organization of the resources in order to help learners visually.
Tagul is a Web service that enables users to share resources in the form of a word cloud, where each word is actually a hyperlink to a web page. There is a limit of 20 word clouds. The word clouds can be embedded to websites.
Fur.ly specializes in shortening multiple URLs to one. Fur.ly creates a short URL for the user to refer to when wanting to access any of the URLs added to a group. Each URL within a group gets a full page to display each included website. This can be convenient when sharing information such as differing points of view. Fur.ly can be used without signing up for an account, however, only account holders can edit their groups.
Weblist is a content sharing site that provides an easy way to share web pages, images, files, videos, text, or documents in one URL address. Weblist is a free service that does not require users to create an account in order to use it. However, registered users have the ability to edit their lists.
Sqworl enables visually bookmarking multiple URLs into one page with a unique URL. There is room underneath each screenshot image of the listed URLs to describe the page. The clear interface makes it particularly nice for sharing resources with students.
Portaportal is a Web-based bookmarking utility that enables private bookmarking. The bookmarks appear in text format as a list. Users may choose to share their categories by setting a guest page with a unique URL. The guest page can also be accessed by login in with just the username. The text format permits Portaportal to share several different URL link categories at once.
Personal web sites & blogs
Kidblog is a blogging platform for managing individual student blogs that does not advertise to kids or ask for their email addresses. Kidblogs gives the teacher full moderation power. Teachers can edit and delete any of the student posts, they can allow parents to log in with password, make the blogs open to the public, or keep them private to students and teacher within the class. Individual student email accounts are not required when setting up the account.
Easy web page creation tool used to create this webpage. One feature to mention about Lifeyo is that it enables users to invite and manage editors. Users may also incorporate a blog into their website. While the tool is not suitable for individual student-created websites or blogs at elementary level, it can be a good option for a class or a group website, blog, or both.
SnapPages is a personal website creator with blog, photo sharing, online calendar, and share with friends features. SnapPages’ strength is the tools for editing images. Photos may be uploaded from a computer or hosted on Picasa, Flickr, or Facebook. They can be manipulated in various ways and may be posted on the website as still images, slideshows, or via an album link. The ability to host a blog and a calendar are a plus for a teacher looking for a website creator that does a lot.