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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

There Are Lists And There Is Weblist

In 2010 the American Association of School Librarians, a branch of the ALA, selected under the Manage and Organize Standards for the 21st-Century Learner: 2.1.2 - Organize knowledge so that it is useful., 2.1.4 - Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information. and
3.1.4 - Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use and assess. an application that is perfect for those of us that rely on lists or what I call one stop shopping for resources, WebListWebList is an interactive and dynamic content sharing site.

WebList is a free service that can be used without registering.  If you want to save and edit that list you will need to register.  To register enter in a username, password, first and last name, email address and country.
You will receive an email at that address confirming your registration, username and password.

As you can see by the home page you can browse categories of lists already created or start building your own weblist immediately.  First type in a name for your list.  By selecting Click here for additional list settings, a window pops up allowing users to add a description, tags (subject headings), choose thumbnail preview or show items on page, check add voting to items and make my list private.  If the list is made private only those with the special link received directly from you can unlock the URL.  Just by using the URL it will be closed.

Once this is completed adding the items begins.  When users click on web page a window appears in which as many web sites as needed or necessary can be added using the URL.  When that box is filled in click on next.  You can enter in the title and a description of each of the web sites included on that list.

An image can be uploaded from your computer or a URL to a image can be posted in the box. As with adding a web page when the images are uploaded or URLs are added, a title and description for each can be made.

When text is added to your weblist you have control over its appearance as you would in most document applications.  The text is titled and described.  It can be made bold, in italics, strike-through or underlined.  Four types of justification are available as are indent and outdent, subscript and superscript and horizontal rule.  Lists and images can be inserted.  A link can be created.  Three sizes of headers can be chosen.

Upload a document from your computer by clicking on add to list once a title and description are included in the window.

To add a video to the weblist enter in the URL from one of the following platforms:  MetaCafe, YouTube, DailyMotion and Vimeo.  Be sure to include the title and description before clicking on the upload button.

Any type of file can be uploaded from your computer.  As stated above remember to add the title and description before selecting the upload tab.

Each time an item is added to your weblist it appears on the home page screen.  When you have all the items selected for the time being click on Save Your List.  The window to the right will appear.

At this window the List Address can be sent via email or to the following social networks:  Reddit, Digg This, StumbleUpon, Mixx, Facebook or Twitter.  A unique URL can be emailed to yourself (recommended) or placed in your favorites so the list can be edited in the future.  A short URL can be sent to Twitter and a unique Invite URL can be emailed to others.

If you wish, when this window is closed, there are the choices of opening all windows, leaving comments, getting the full list information and sharing with many social networks.  If you are logged in you can also go back in and edit the list.

In order to provide easy access to appropriate Internet sources for younger students this web 2.0 application is an educator's dream.  It also provides another way to save research done on a particular lesson or unit.  WebList gets an A+!

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