I am giving a presentation at REALIZE 2015 on the use of collaborative bookmarking and I stumbled upon this neat little online pinboard that is free and registration-free as well! I think it could be a really great curation tool for the classroom. The teacher or the students could create boards that they share with others and invite others to add to as well. The content can be files, texts, links, videos, and even Twitter hashtags. Here is how it works:
- Go to tozzl.com and click on ‘Create a new tozzl’.
- Type in a name for your board, a short description, a password to edit and add content to the board, a different password to allow you delete the board, the ‘captcha’, and then click on ‘Create a new tozzl’.
- You will be presented with two main boxes: one that shows the title and description, and another with a chat box. You can hide the title/description box by clicking on ‘hide’ link in the bottom-left corner of the box.
- To add content to your board, click on the little pencil icon in the top right of the blue bar running along the top of the screen. Enter your password and click on the ‘Enable’ button.
- You now have a series of icons appear on the left side of the blue bar along the top of the screen. These allow you add all sorts of content:
Text: You can enter rich text along with lists, images, and links within a box.
Tasks: You can create a task list with check boxes.
Picture: You can upload an image from your computer or phone.
File: You can upload any file up to 10MB in size.
Links: You can post web links (you can add more than one by clicking on the plus button in the bottom left) with a description and short text.
YouTube: You can paste in a YouTube link and it will be embedded in a box on your board.
Twitter: You can add a Twitter hashtag and it will show you a live feed of the last 15 tweets with that hashtag.
Information: If you have hidden the title/description box, you can bring it back by clicking on the last icon.
- To share your tozzl with others, simply copy the URL from the top of your browser. Remember, anyone with the link can view it, but to edit it, they will need the edit password as well.
- You can edit and delete most of the boxes you have added, but you can’t delete or add or new chat box. You can hide the chat box by click on the down arrow at the top left of the chat box and choosing ‘hide’.
- You can move the boxes around by clicking and dragging the title of each box. The exception to this is the chat and information boxes.
- You can make the boxes different sizes by resize button in the bottom left of the screen. It will toggle through the different sizes as you click on it.
- There is no way to password protect the viewing of the board, so be careful when sharing the link.
- Group projects
- Listening and reading labs (the subject of my session coming up)
- Sharing content with students (flipped classes)
Let me know what you think of tozzl! You can post a comment below or share with me on Twitter (@nathanghall). Thank you!