Well, I've found bitlinks to be helpful in several ways.
At my school, we have three carts of ipads, which is wonderful. IF you get them signed out early enough. However, if you're like me and tend to sign up late, you're stuck with the laptops or the stationary computer lab many times. Don't get me wrong. I am very happy to have access to as much technology as I do. But scanning QR codes with an iPad isn't always an option for me. So using bitlinks that have been customized has become my go-to method when I need students to visit particular websites.
I like using online sign-ups for things like party donations, parent teacher conferences, and field trip volunteers. When I use Sign-Up Genius (which I love so much I've written a whole blog post about it here), I end up with a long, complicated link that I have to share with my parents. Using bitly to shorten and customize the link is a great option for me!
I learned a while back to have an online storage system for my files. This has been such a lifesaver for me as I travel from home and school. I can even access files on my phone. I collaborate with other teachers in my district frequently, and I have found that sharing a bitlink to one of my files is a great way to allow access to the file. It's especially helpful for files that I am likely to change or update. Any updates that I save to the file show up when someone accesses the bitlink. It works the same way with Google Drive. Soooooo much better than emailing my fellow teachers six or seven times every time I find a typo or make a formatting change to a document.
In case you've never heard of bitly.com, I've put together some quick steps for setting up an acocunt and creating customized bitlinks. I hope it helps!
The other day in class, one of my students raised his hand and let me know he had noticed that I had not posted on this blog for a while. Um, yeah. It's been a month again. Darn it. I have such high hopes and then life gets busy. So in honor of EVAN (in case you're reading this) this is a blog post that is LOOOOOOONG overdue.