WHO: If you are like me, or many educators that I have met, you have quite a few tabs open in your Google Chrome browser right now. OneTab is great for teachers that are looking for a quick and easy way to share a large number of websites with students.
HOW: Start by installing the OneTab Google Chrome extension. In a Google Chrome browser window, practice by opening a few tabs with different websites in each. Click on the OneTab extension and watch the magic happen! OneTab will close all of the tabs in that window and create a link on the OneTab page that opens. If you select “Restore all”, the tabs will be reopened. “Delete all” will remove the links. Share as a webpage creates a unique URL including a QR code, allowing for a simple way to share resources. You can also name, share, and lock a tab group under the “more…” menu. OneTab is not only great for sharing links with students and conference audience members, but it also saves precious computer system resources by closing all of those open tabs. Best of all, it is FREE and does not require registration!
WHEN: OneTab is an option for sharing resources at the beginning of a new chapter/unit. It can function as a central location for students to find websites that teachers have found useful for the class. I have also found it to be a great option during conference sessions. I typically open all the resources I talk about (including the Google Slides link), activate OneTab, hit “Share as a webpage” and then copy the link over to a URL shortener such as YellKey or Bit.ly.