Brevity is the Soul of Wit
Teachers and students like using the internet. There are some extremely useful
links to frequent and integrate into classroom activities. However, excessively
long web addresses are enough to dissuade both educators and pupils from sharing
and making it to some very good sites. For example, a teacher in Roswell, New
Mexico may chance upon an interactive map of her region. She may be very excited
about referring to or otherwise using the map in a lesson. She finds the web
The teacher dutifully copies and pastes it into an email to a colleague or an assignment for her second period class. It looks like this when she does:
Thankfully, the teacher has heard of TinyURL.
She pastes that burdensome link into the textbox at TinyURL.
After clicking on the Make TinyURL button, ta-da, her wooly web address suddenly becomes much more manageable.
The once, maddeningly long web address has been reduced to: http://tinyurl.com/5dreda, an address that is easily shared and accessed.