Purpose
To introduce you to social bookmarking and how you can use it in class and/or to manage your internet bookmarks online.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this workshop, you should be able to
  1. Save bookmarks to a bookmarking service
  2. Tag your bookmarks so that you can find them later
  3. More advanced users will be able to subscribe to tags using RSS

Program
  1. What is a social bookmarking?
  2. Educational focus
  3. Ideas for practice
  4. Sign up for a social bookmarking service
  5. Add bookmarks to your bookmarking account
  6. Reflection
  7. Evaluation
  8. Useful links

1. What is social bookmarking?
Visit the Web 2.0 Survival guide entry on social bookmarking/
  • Keep your bookmarks on the web, instead of on your computer.
  • Access your bookmarks from any computer with an internet connection.
  • Share your bookmarks and tags with others using RSS.
  • Search other people’s bookmarks instead of using Google.
  • Bookmarking services let you link directly to the resource you have bookmarked.
  • Resources are tagged, rather than put in folders. This means you can access a resource in several different ways — not just by finding it in the specific folder you saved it to.
  • People can use RSS to subscribe to all your bookmarks, or to single tags.
Tech-bites.com has more information

2. Educational focus
  • Analysis and synthesis
  • Presentation and dissemination
  • Information seeking, searching and consolidation
  • Object or link sharing
  • Storing and managing information

3. Ideas for practice
Visit a French class's bookmarks for an excellent example of in-class use.

  • Ask students to start up their own bookmarking account. Use a unique tag that identifies your class and aggregate the group’s links on a certain topic. Tell students to find and save links and resources and to justify their choices by using the ‘Notes’ field for the link they have tagged.
  • Use your own bookmarking account to create bundles of tags based around class topics or weeks. Post links to your account and use the ‘Notes’ function to give students instructions. e.g., Tell students to visit the websites found under ‘Week 1.’ Then ask them to comment on the three most important things they learnt from the site.
  • Send your students to your own bookmarks website. It’s a good way for you to model how you work and for students to see what resources you are compiling for your own research or teaching.
  • Create annotated resources lists for group projects.

4. Set up an account with a bookmarking service
Join a bookmarking service such as delicious or Diigo

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Some important points
  • If you are not over 13 years of age, you may be refused access to the service.
  • You may change your password and your email address via the profile area.
  • You can manage your subscriptions and automatic email notifications via the 'profile' and 'subscriptions' areas of your dashboard.

ESSENTIAL! Write down or remember these things:*
  1. Your username
  2. Your web address/URL
  3. Your password
  4. The email address you used to create this account

*You will need your username and password to sign in to your blog in the future. If using WordPress, you will be able to access your blog in the future by either
  1. Visiting your blog's web address and signing in under the 'Meta' area, or
  2. Visiting wordpress.com and signing in via the WordPress main page

You will not be able to change your username or web address later; however, you will be able to change your password and email address.

5. Add bookmarks to your bookmarking account
  • Find a site that you want to bookmark on the web.
  • Copy the web address of that site.
  • Go back to your bookmarking account and save the site as a bookmark. Don't forget to give it tags.

6. Reflection

What do you think or know now? What is still confusing? What do you need to follow up on?
7. Evaluation
Helpful or not? Let us know your thoughts.