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    Useful website for ICT admins or ICT teachers

    Hi, I have built a site that I find very useful when teaching ICT based lessons where typing speed is not a key focus to let the children practice; i.e a topic lessons where you want them to get to the sites without spending 20 minutes typing long URLs. I don't want to post it and risk spamming, but could somebody point me in the direction of someone I can ask for permission to post, and a suggested forum.

    Cheers

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    Since there's no reply I'm going to try risking posting it! If it is considered spam, please delete it.

    Recently we have been doing a lot of topic/literacy lessons that need the children to find information from several websites. It's hard enough getting them to type one URL in at times, let alone 3 or 4; especially when the focus of the lesson isn't their typing skills.

    With that in mind, I went away and built www.sendurl.co.uk. As a teacher, if you click the create new session button it will generate you a code at the top. If you then send your class to www.sendurl.co.uk, they can enter the code into the text box, click the arrow button and they are locked in. You can then type/copy/paste any URL you want them to go to into the text box on your screen and within 30 seconds it will pop up on their laptop/netbook/computer with no need to type. You can keep adding as many URLs as you like and they will pop up one after the other.

    Hopefully some of you might find this useful, if you do could you let me know and more importantly let your friends know!

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    Sorry, didn't see your question.

    It seems like a good thing - and it is free - so I can't see a problem with it at all.

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    Hi Matt, glad to see you've gone for some proper expert opinion at last.


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    I've been sitting tight for a long while now, looks like it isn't working :P

    Quite a cool idea, something that could be expanded on and a real asset. Obviously services like TinyURL exist but the extent of the random generated letters and numbers would be far harder for students to type correctly than just going through the main web page. Also, the ability to group several addresses to one identifier is great. Nice job, Matt.

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    Good idea - but the colour green you have used hurts and the test is too bright to read on it.

    Maybe a darker font or a less bright green?

    Gareth

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    Didnt work when I tried it.

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    Good points cheers guys. Those that it isn't working for, could you be more specific? What did you do, how far did you get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenewman View Post
    Hi Matt, glad to see you've gone for some proper expert opinion at last.

    Which one are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbeighton View Post
    Good points cheers guys. Those that it isn't working for, could you be more specific? What did you do, how far did you get?
    Added a couple URLs, tried to access the unique code and it sat on retrieving until I closed the tab. Probably way over 5-10 minutes.

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    Just an update for you: The reason why it wasn't working for me was because Chrome was blocking the popup window. Because the window had not been launched, I presume your code was waiting for the action to be completed before moving on.

    By allowing popups the first window launched (followed with the link on the page), and so on.

    I'd suggest you don't launch the page automatically, it's bit intrusive and (as detailed) doesn't play well with most Popup Blockers. Instead, lone links on the page would be ideal.

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    isnt this just another bit.ly? or have I missed something

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    isnt this just another bit.ly? or have I missed something
    I dont think the OP intends to rival short URL services, as he clearly explains it's more of a hub for sending several links to students in a classroom. Opposed to shorting the URLs and then writing them all down (Imagine having 10 websites to reference), and the mash of characters that services like bit.ly use for your forwarder (which no doubt students will get wrong, multiple times), you could provide one address that then links to several others. I don't like the design but can't deny the usefulness of this in some situations.

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    I like it. I see the point now.

    I take it if the teacher keeps adding url's to their session the students sessions will update to include the new url's

    Do the produced codes carry on working once the teacher has closed their browser?
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    Yes by the looks of it. The info button on the left says that it will be active for 60 minutes, that would be regardless of the teacher closing their browser. You are given a new code every time you begin a session with no apparent way to continue adding to an existing session.

    OP, if you would like some help to develop this then I would be happy to contribute. I have a few ideas and like the concept, feel free to PM me.

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