Sharing websites
Sunday, August 15th, 2010 | Author:

How do you share websites with staff, children and parents? I’m not thinking of Delicious and having hundreds of sites, that is step two on my plan. I’m talking about common/everyday sites such as Google, ThinkUKnow, Purple Mash etc. I want these available everytime the internet is loaded in school and available at home via our website. I used to have a page like this which was fine. It didn’t really work for categories or more websites, plus we were a junior school so everyone used similar sites.

I’m not moving to a primary school and I would like something better. I have already set-up two profiles on the network, KS1 students and KS2 students so they can also have different homepages for the internet. But how to do it?

My first though is to take some screenshots and find logos for the websites and make it by hand, similar to this one. Possible, but time-consuming. Is there a tool out there that will let me do it instead?

Speedtile is great, very visual (as is weblist.me) and it does all the hard work for you. They provide screenshots of most sites (flash-based sites don’t work very well) and you can make a list of sites and share them with anyone. I need to be able to share the URL and I don’t want children needing to login to get to websites. These sites are great, but I can’t have categories. I would want 1 page with different tabs for the different types of websites e.g. e-safety, search and so on.Bit of a shame really.

@primarypete_ pointed me towards Thumbilicious. Nice looking site and it picks up websites from your Delicious account. I could make a school account and then link to these pages and it’ll show my websites, correct? No. It shows ALL websites that are on your Delicious account and there is no way of searching within an account. So I can’t link to all e-safety websites on my Delicious account. Rubbish! Oh well…

What about LiveBinders? These appears to do the job, but it all looks very…cluttered? It doesn’t strike me as being primary-friendly at all. Where are the colours? Why is there so much on the page? Not for me either.

I think my current plan will be to make 1 page on our website with links to different categories. Each link will take the user to a Weblist list showing websites in that category. On that list, I will also have a link back to the school website. Now I just need to decide which websites to include…

What do you use in your school? Do you share common websites? Do you do it visually or text-based? Ideas welcome!