Thursday, 8 December 2011

Pearl Trees

I have come across a fabulous little tool - especially if your school has access to a student set of computers or a computer lab. Have you ever had an amazing lesson planned, integrating technology with a super website....only to spend half of your class helping the kids type in the URLs and micromanaging what websites they are really visiting?
Check out Pearl Trees.

Once you sign up (for free), you can organize and save selected websites for your students to easily access. You get your own URL, and once you have saved this to favourites for your kids, they can easily access any sites you have saved with just one click. Or perhaps you want to use it just for your own organizational purposes?

Here is my Pearl Trees site, if you want to check it out and see some of the great educational sites I have saved. My school is lucky enough to have class sets of lap-top computers for the kids, so once in a while I give the kids Pearl Tree free time - this way I know what sites they are visiting, and can be assured that they are educational games.

The best part is that this handy little toolbar is installed to your browser:
So if you find a neat website to add to your Pearl Tree, all you do is click PEARL while you are on that site, and it is added. Easy as pie.

I find that this is especially helpful for those little ones who can't quite type yet. 
Do you think that you would use this in your classroom??


  1. WOW---this is really neat. I will have to share this with our music teacher (who is also our "tech" teacher at our building. She will love this for when she has our K's and 1's. Thanks!!

    BTW, I'm your newest follower!! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  2. Yay, I love that you are my newest follower, DeAnne!! Thanks for checking out my site :) I am glad you can share this awesome website... hope it works for the little ones! Have the best week!

  3. CK,
    I just found your blog from Teaching Blog Addict. I signed up today, too. I am glad you shared Pearl Trees with us. I need a tool like this for my fifth and sixth graders.

  4. Welcome to the bloggy world!!!! I'm your newest follower :) Stop by and say hi :)

    Happy Holidays!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  5. Hi CK:

    Okay, now I AM your newest follower! Your blog is having a busy weekend!

    I'm anxious to investigate Pearl Trees--and some other posts on your blog. So glad you've joined us in BlogLand. Welcome!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  6. Wow, Thank you all for visiting my page, and for following me! My blog HAS been having a busy weekend :) Thanks for all the warm welcomes, and links to your sites - I love checking them all out and finding new amazing blogs to follow!


  7. I'm going to give this a try with some of the Christmas sites that I've found. Tomorrow is our last day before our break, and the students get to play some Christmas games online. This will make it so easy for them to get to the sites. Thanks!