Useful Web Applications for Teachers

Thanks to to @TeachaKid, author of A GeekyMomma’s Blog, reviewed a really useful web application today, CiteBite.

  1. You just go to the webpage to which you want to refer.
  2. Highlight the text.
  3. Go to CiteBite, paste the text into the first field.
  4. Then paste the URL into the second field.

Here is an example of what CiteBite can do – http://pages.citebite.com/g7f8m9u5nbjd.

From my perspective, CiteBite provides some of the annotation functions of Diigo without the need for creating a user account. I can see teachers using CiteBite to post links to online resources with main ideas and relevant details highlighted for students. For example, last year I had my computer students review Web 2.0 applications. One of the biggest challenges was that my students simply were not savvy enough to find the FAQs, About Us, Take a Tour, etc. links on the application home pages. I could envision posting CiteBite links to such applications with those resources highlighted to model for them where they should look to learn more about an application. (e.g. http://pages.citebite.com/d7q8d9q6edjc or http://pages.citebite.com/f7s8y9d8egaa) Another thought is that teachers looking to differentiate content might post and article’s original link with a secondary link that has main ideas highlighted with CiteBite.

I think that I’ll add CiteBite to my list of quick web applications that might make teacher’s lives a little easier. Some of the other applications I usually include in such a list are

  • LinkBunch – With LinkBunch, you take all those links and put them into one “bunch”, which is just one single link–which looks like a TinyURL or SnipURL link–and give that around instead. Saves space, looks cleaner and saves a few bytes of bandwidth!
  • TinyURL - By entering a long URL, TinyURL creates a tiny URL that will not break in and never expires. TinyURL has also added a feature to create an alias for a URL.
  • SnipURL – SnipURL transforms long URLs into URLs that are small so you can send them in emails without the fear of them wrapping, meaningful so you can remember and share them in the future, and permanent so if your underlying URL expires or changes you can always modify your snipped URL. (As a bonus, you can even see the popularity of you URLs by viewing how many people clicked on it). The major difference between SnipURL and TinyURL is that you can create a user account for SnipURL to save your Snips and use their analytics tools to see how your users are accessing the links.
  • MooURL – If you have a really loooong URL, just paste it in the text field below, and we’ll milk it, creating a moourl for you. It lasts forever, It’s automatically copied to your clipboard, and It’s really cute. (it is a really cute interface . . .)






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