How to create a FREE Filamentality hotlist of web sites on a topic
for your students (or teachers!)
So…what is Filamentality anyway??
“Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank tool that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web,
gathering good Internet links, and turning them into learning activities. It combines the "filament" of
the Web with a learner's "mentality". Support is built-in through Mentality Tips that guide you along
the way. In the end, you'll create a Web-based activity you can share with others even if you don't
know anything about HTML, Web servers, or all that www-dot stuff.”
----(from: http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/index.html )
Ready to get started??
1. Search SUNLINK for your topic, limiting your search to web sites only. (Select web sites
from the format menu.)
2. Review the sites that are found on your search results list
a. Skim the SUNLINK record for the contents notes, the summary and the interest level.
b. If the site seems appropriate, click the link to the site. This will open another window,
and you can review the site yourself.
c. Print out the SUNLINK record and make notes on it of things you like about the site.
This will help with your annotations.
d. You could also make a SUNLINK bibliography of your sites so that you can
copy/paste the urls into your Hotlist.
3. Continue until you have found several sites appropriate for the topic.
4. Go to the Filamentality site: http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/ Read the information,
explore the site. When you are ready, click Start a New Topic.
5. Fill in the blanks for basic information. Follow the links to get started. We used the Hotlist
format, but there are other formats available for you to try (subject sampler, web quest,
treasure hunt, multimedia scrapbook).
6. Within the Hotlist format, follow the on screen directions to Add Links. You will want to
briefly annotate the links. You may take information from the summary of the SUNLINK
record, or from your own notes when you reviewed the sites. The SUNLINK lists include
both types of annotations.
7. If you wish, you can categorize your list of sites. This is useful if you have 10 or more links.
8. When finished, click the Hotlist link at the bottom of the page. You can preview the page,
proof for typos, and check to be sure all links are working correctly. Your hotlist will reside
on the Filamentality site for one year. You may edit, change or remove it at any time.
9. Congratulations! You’re done, and have created a terrific resource for your students and
teachers. Be sure to email the link to all who need your batch of web sites!
Note: your students can do this, too! It’s a creative way to have them combine information skills in
locating and evaluating resources, and sharing them with others.