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Where It Stops…

September 8, 2007

…nobody knows!

I’ve just stumbled onto a rather funky thing called URLSplit. Put simply, it allows you to link to a variety of different sites from a single URL. It’s much easier if I demonstrate! You can click on the following link several times, and each time it will take you to a different site: CLICK HERE (OK, the first link is to the page you’re reading now which was a bit of a daft choice, but click it a few more times and you’ll see what I mean). If you are using Firefox/IE7/Safari or any other browser that supports Tabbed Browsing, you can repeatedly Ctrl-Click to open the different sites in Tabs.

URLSplitOn the surface, this may not appear to be a particularly  useful trick, but I’m already thinking of ways to use it for a webquest in class (or even to give a certain level of randomness to pupil research! I give them the same link, but they end up with different source materials)…

However, the clever bit for me is that I only have to give out one link to people, and they can be taken to some of the multiple online spaces I use!

At the moment, you don’t appear to be able to choose your URL, and you have to repeatedly click the URL to be taken to the different pages, but this is a neat idea that could have multiple uses both personally and in the classroom…

How would you use it in your classroom?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2007 8:55 am

    Thanks for this Neil. It looks interesting. I agree this could be useful for webquests.

    Best wishes

    Joe

  2. September 10, 2007 6:48 pm

    Hi Joe…
    It’s just one of those daft wee things that could be quite handy.

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