Furl

June 18, 2008 at 4:02 pm 2 comments

What is it? What does it do?

Furl is a social bookmarking tool. It allows you to store and access your favorite web sites from any computer. It also associates keywords from your search with each bookmark.

What are the infrastructure and technical requirements for this tool?

You only need a web browser to use furl. It is a free tool

How can you use it effectively in instruction?

Furl can be used to share websites with students for assignments.

What are the limitations and cautions related to use of this tool?

A caution for this tool is the possibility that it will not survive as an internet business and could disappear. It is hosted on another server so it is not secure. Furl is not filtered so it is not recommended for k-12 users.

What are other education applications for this tool?

Each bookmark can be tagged with keywords. The keywords are then available to be shared with those that share their bookmarks. The result is that you can share search results using the tagged keywords as well as the bookmarks. This will help people expand research they are doing.

What are the management considerations for this tool?

Sharing bookmarks may not be the way to go at the elementary level. So many sites are blocked by BCPS, creating this at home may be worthless at school, because of the sites being blocked.

My Opinion of Furl

I have set up a Furl account. While I like the idea of it I have not had an easy time figuring out how to use and access the saved bookmarks. For example, after spending literally hours trying to figure it all out, I save sites one evening and in the morning they were gone. I found my Firefox settings needed to be changed but found out after the fact. Also the fact that so much is blocked at school, I don’t see where it really would be worthwhile to bookmark sites on my home computer and not be able to get to them at school.

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  • 1. Diane Richmond  |  June 20, 2008 at 12:36 am

    I can tell you spent a lot of time trying to use Furl. I feel like I have no idea how these blog sites work. I think I am more confused now than ever. As an elementary school administrator, I do not know how this would be useful. Thanks for the research!

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  • 2. mrskruel  |  June 24, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I know that if you are having a difficult time with this site, I don’t stand a chance! It’s obvious you worked hard on it (as you usually do), so it’s a shame that there is nothing much to show for it!
    Considering how much we are looking to integrate technology beyond a weekly special, this will be an important component that we will all need to explore, even if it’s not using Furl.

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