I want to highlight the web tool Delicious today and outline potential uses for students. Delicious is called a social bookmarking service, but has so many potential uses in the classroom. Basically, it allows the saving of bookmarks, only unlike doing so in your browser, you can access your bookmarks on any computer- home, school, laptop, library desktop- wherever! Other features that enhance classroom use:
- You (students) can ‘tag’ bookmarks with descriptors to facilitate organization and retrieval (by unit of study, by paragraph subtopic in essay writing research, etc)
- Students can discover new websites and resources by looking at what others have bookmarked with descriptive tags
- You could have students bookmark webpages that you would like them to read and/or visit throughout the year
To give you an idea, take a look at my Delicious account:
My students in Information & Society have set up accounts with the purpose of gathering information about a Personal Interest Topic that they have chosen. Throughout the semester, they will be adding bookmarks, tagging them for organization, reading and learning more about their topic and reflecting on their learning growth within the topic. Those that are seniors are using Delicious to gather Senior Project information.
Already, a number of them are venturing beyond the assignment requirements and are saving and organizing other links beyond their Personal Interest Topic. THEY ARE CHOOSING TO SAVE, ORGANIZE, PRIORITIZE, AND MANAGE THEIR OWN INFORMATION!! ON THEIR OWN!!
As always, please contact me if you would like me to help you make use of this tool with your students!