Shortened URLs and QR codes have been life savers for giving out website URLs during class. Because no matter how organized you are, writing agendas or posting on calendars and linking websites students will need for class, there’s always one that just comes to mind. Or discussion leads to a new idea. Or you think of a site that will be a great resource to students as they’re working.
In the past, I’ve shown the shortened URL (we use laptops in my room), but there’s still the delay of everyone typing it in. Plus, the question: Is that a capital I or a lower case l?
But now there’s Chrome Tone! One press of this extension button, and your current webpage is broadcast to all Chrome users within earshot–including over Google Hangout and the phone. A small window pops up on everyone’s devices, and they can choose to open it and go to your website or close it.
What once took one or two minutes now will take seconds. Maybe that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but when your lesson is flowing and you have that teachable moment–well, one to two minutes definitely disrupts the flow.
But say your students use iPads or are BYOD. Check out Chirp. This will send the websites to devices.