by Kristie Burk
Happy Tuesday, folks! This week’s tech tip is a simple one, but it’s extremely useful. If you have a long URL that you need to share with your students (and you’re not interested in creating a QR code), you can use a URL shortener.
There are several tools that can help you. Google does this automatically, for example, when creating a Google Form. Two of my other favorites tools to use are tinyurl and bitly. Both work the same way.
Copy and paste in a long link and tinyurl or bitly will return a much shorter one. This is particularly useful if you’re sending a URL in a message or you want your students to type in the URL. Tinyurl will even let you create your own custom link for the job.
For example, I have a large link to this Google Doc that I want to share:
If I copy and paste the link into tinyurl, I get a much more manageable link to share:
How cool (and easy) is that!? Try it out and let us know what you think at dtowntechchat.wordpress.com.