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Online Bookmarking and Learning

Online Bookmarking and Learning

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Hi everybody, I noticed there's been a bit of discussion about different online bookmarking tools. I know that's not the best term, but until someone suggests a better one, I'm going with it. Anyway, by 'online bookmarking tools', I mean sites like Delicious, XMarks, Diigo and Read it Later. All of these sites allow the user to record useful websites, adding tags and keywords of their own choice, and then share these sites to other users. I was curious about how other people are using these in lessons to make interesting learner experiences for students. I've heard some colleagues have used these in webquests as well. So, please share your experiences and ideas! I've got a list below of some of the most common ones. Diigo - http://www.diigo.com/ XMarks (Old FoxMarks) - http://www.xmarks.com/ Delicious - http://delicious.com/ Read it Later - http://readitlaterlist.com/

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carmen's picture

Hello everybody'
I'm High School Teacher from Malaga (Spain) and I'd like to join this group.

Thanks a lot.

Bye!

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator

Hi Carmen,
Welcome to the online learning group. We hope you find lots of interesting tools and contributions here.

Keith.

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator

Okay, I've been thinking about ways to use Delicious in my class, and this is a little trial that I ran in the last week with my Year 8 English class. Let's hear what you think of it.

At the moment we are studying a novel by John Marsden called Tomorrow, When the War Began. The movie is coming out soon!

Anyway, I wanted my students to gain a basic understanding of the context of the novel, focusing on this idea of 'invasion of Australia' and a little background on John Marsden. So what I did was create a list of bookmarks, in two different sections, that I then could share with the students during the lesson. The students then these bookmarks to gather and analyse information regarding the two topics.

The immediate difference I noted was that students seemed to be a lot more focused than if I had sent them out there to just find out whatever they could on John Marsden and they had to trawl through the 'net by themselves.

Even better than that, though, was that a number of students started contributing the sites that they had found via the internet to the delicious network - therefore building up the body of knowledge that we as a class had.

A pleasing start.

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George Stern
Intern at Edutopia, college student, aspiring Educator.

[quote]Anyway, I wanted my students to gain a basic understanding of the context of the novel, focusing on this idea of 'invasion of Australia' and a little background on John Marsden. So what I did was create a list of bookmarks, in two different sections, that I then could share with the students during the lesson. The students then these bookmarks to gather and analyse information regarding the two topics.

The immediate difference I noted was that students seemed to be a lot more focused than if I had sent them out there to just find out whatever they could on John Marsden and they had to trawl through the 'net by themselves.

Even better than that, though, was that a number of students started contributing the sites that they had found via the internet to the delicious network - therefore building up the body of knowledge that we as a class had.

A pleasing start.[/quote]

Hey Keith,

Just wanted to say that this sounds like a really great way both to aggregate resources to make the work more engaging for the students, and to allow student input and collaboration. Neat idea! Thank you for sharing it.

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Dr. Genola Johnson
Executive Director of G.A. Educational Learning Center, LLC Consultant

Keith,

I've been very successful with bookmarkfactory.com. However, I haven't ever used it for my class for anything, just personal bookmarking I could access anywhere.

Genola

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