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This presentation was created for a graduate course. The assignment was to create an hour-long professional development session for K-12 teachers and librarians, with the PD subject being 'technology …

This presentation was created for a graduate course. The assignment was to create an hour-long professional development session for K-12 teachers and librarians, with the PD subject being 'technology for teaching & learning'. This PD session includes 2 activities for hands-on engagement by participants.

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  • This presentation is an introduction to social bookmarking.       The intended audience is K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators.  This presentation includes two activities which will help guide you through using social bookmarking sites. These exercises might be useful for K-12 students as well.   Please contact the author for permission to re-use/re-purpose material. This presentation was created in GoogleDocs. Proud to be Microsoft free.
  • Bookmarking is a mean of saving the LOCATION of a document. It is a means of storing a hyperlink to a document on the internet or local network with your web browser. Bookmarking with a web browser is saving the location not the actual document. If a web resource changes your link will return the updated document. or If the resource is removed, the link with return an error. URL: uniform resource locator. URL refers the address of specific content on the world wide web or local network. You can read about the history of web bookmarks on Wikipedia.
  • Saving bookmarks online gives you more options -   access them anywhere, from any computer more options for organizing bookamrks with tags enables you to share your collection of bookmarks with other people.
  • Browser based bookmakring tools allow you to store links in folders which you can name to keep your links organized. Without folders you have only a long list of booksmarks in no order. Tags allow you to make associations between items stored without the limitations of a linear folder system. You can add multiple tags to one link. Bookmark folder image: Delicious bookmark image:
  • When saving bookmarks was first added to browsers in the mid-1990's most people only had one computer.  Today many people use multiple computers. They may have a desktop at work, a desktop at home and often a laptop which they use at home, work and traveling. If you store bookmarks on one computer you cannot access them from another. When you store your bookmarks with an online bookmarking application you can access your links from any computer, with any web browser.
  • Basic functions are pretty much the same on any social bookmarking site. The terms may vary slightly. Try to understand the basics.  There is more to creating bookmarks and tags. In this tutorial, we are simply introducing the concept of social bookmarking
  • Basic functions are pretty much the same on any social bookmarking site. The terms may vary slightly. Creating a bookmark automatically saves it. You can go back and edit the bookmark later, by adding or deleting its tags. Sharring is fun and interesting. Browsing bookmark sites will lead you discover new websites  about things that interest you. Next, we will take a closer look at the three popular web sites.
  • The three we will explore today were selected based on popularity, features, and durability, meaning people liek them, they are easy to use and have been around long enough that we can assume your collection is safely stored. Complete this exercise before moving forward in this presentation. Search terms should be a single word or very short phrase. Suggested terms: twilight philosophy Odysseus education If searching for a phrase, use bolean markup (' and ') to ensure your phrase is sought as a single term: 'baby carrots' 'major league baseball' 'Barack Obama' NOTE: Tags are a single word or two words linked with an underscore (_). You will see this as you begin using the websites.
  • What did you notice about the different sites? What did you notice about the types of links and resources people were sharing and tagging? Which site did you find easy or difficult to navigate? Everyone has personal preferences. When you chose a site that you like you are connecting with other people who have the same environmental preference. This is just another way of connecting with people 'like you'!
  • With any technology implementation, planning is a key factor for success. There are many different web tools out there. Selecting the right one for the job is important. And there are many versions of the same tools. Explore options and choose the right one for you and your collaborators. Image source:
  • There are a variety of free social bookmarking applications. Consider your intended application before selecting a tool. You may, of course, create as many accounts on different sites as you wish, but keeping all your bookmarks on one site may be more helpful in the long run.
  • Now that we have explored the sites and are more familiar with social bookmarking, lets think again about how we can use the service. Also consider with whom you want to share your bookmarks.  Its OK if you don't plan to share but only with to store you own bookmarks online. This is actually a smart thing to do - that way you can access your collection from any computer - at home, at the office, at the library. NOTE: It is important to be aware of the type of content and comments prevalent on these sites, and other web 2.0 sites. Knowing what is out there will help you help your students find and use good, reliable resources. Note : Comments found on Digg may not be appropriate for children.  Images: Digg, Delicious and CiteULike companies.
  • Setting up privacy options is limited, afterall, this is called social bookamrking and by nature it is about collaborating with other people. Privacy settings are established in your user profile. When you set up an account you walk throguh steps in a web form. If you do plan on sharing, think about who you will share with. If you know you will have your students create accounts, spend some extra time in your own profile reviwing options. Note settings that you think will help students and when it comes time for them to establish accounts, you will be able to answer their questions.
  • Here's another exercise you can do to become more familiar with the tools.  You can choose the service you like best and just do that one, or do two or all three sites. You don't need to set up an account to complete this exercise. You will be accessing freely available information. If you do decide to set up an account later on, this exercise may be useful.
  • Accounts are free on the three sites we explored today. There are advanced tools and tips and tricks that we did not cover today. Note about Delicious: With Delicious, you can actually import bookmarks from Internet Explorer or Firefox. So if you already have a catalog of saved links in your computer's web browser, you can easily copy them to your new new Delicious account. Likewise, you can export bookmarks from Delicious and upload them to IE or Firefox.
  • Now that you are familiar with social bookmarking, look for quick links to these tools on websites you visit.  You will see the little logos and the 'Share This icon which makes it easy for you to add that page to your collection. Image: Screen shot
  • Thanks to Newman Lanier, a grad student in Instructional Technology at UNCW who reviewed my presentation and recommended Diigo.
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    • 1. Introduction to Social Bookmarking Carrie L Saarinen EDU856 Tech as a Catalyst for Change SSC Fall 2009
    • 2. What is bookmarking?
        • Bookmarking is a method of saving URLs (web addresses) of favorite websites.
        • A 'bookmarks' or 'favorites' tool is a regular feature of web browsers which stores links on your computer.
    • 3. What is social bookmarking?
        • store bookmarks online instead of your local computer
        • bookmarks are accessible anywhere
        • a way to share your collection of bookmarks
    • 4. Options for saving bookmarks Browser bookmark with folders Bookmarking with tags
    • 5. Benefits of social bookmarking
        • Bookmarks are stored online
          • Accessible anywhere, anytime via the internet
        • More options for organizing bookmarks
          • tags, notes
        • Share resources
        • See what other people are bookmarking
          • Find people who share similar interests
      • Social = people
      • Bookmarks = resources
    • 6. The basics, explained
        • Create
          • Create a new bookmark by adding the URL to your account, or
          • by using commonly accessible icons found on many websites
        • Tag
          • A 'tag' is a term associated with the bookmark that describes the resource
            • i.e. tag a link to the Wall Street Journal as 'news'
          • Tagging is often referred to as 'folksonomy', or people categorizing the web in an informal but collaborative manner
    • 7. The basics, explained
        • Save
          • Save your bookmark then can find it later based on the tag(s) you gave it
          • You can save and organize an inifinite amount of booksmarks
          • Later, find by tag or date added
        • Share
          • Share your collection(s) with a link to your profile, or via RSS feed
          • See what other people are tagging
            • You may tag something as 'knitting' while someone else tags it as 'crafts'
            • Find other sites people have tagged as 'knitting'
    • 8. Go! Explore!
      • Take some time now to visit social bookmarking sites & test them out.
        • (Yahoo!, Inc.)
        • (Digg, Inc.)
        • (Springer)
      • Exercise 1
        • Visit each site - take notes as you do the following:
        • Find and list the 5 most popular  items
        • Find and list the 5 newest items
      • 2. Think of a search term. Search for that same term in each site. Note differences & similarities in the resources you find on each site. 
      • 3. Summarize your experience on each site. 
        • Which did you like most, least and why? 
        • Which site would be appropriate for your students to use, and why?
    • 9. What did you notice about the sites?
      • Digg 
        • Generally used for pop culture and general news resources
        • Bright, colorful, lively environment
      • Delicious
        • Popular service among 'techies' and academics
        • Clean, clutter-free environment
      • CiteULike
        • For managing links to scholarly publications
        • Text-heavy, resources in traditional citation format
        • Sponsored by Springer, Inc, publishing company
    • 10. Consider this
      • You want to collect what type of bookmarks?
        • General web sites
        • Educational resources
        • Publications
      • Will you share your bookmarks?
        • with students?
        • with colleagues?
        • with family?
        • with friends?
        • no, just me!
    • 11. Choosing the right service You want your 9th grade class to share links about 'The Odyssey'. Many of them have Yahoo! accounts for email. You want   to manage links to scholarly publications for your research. You want to save links to hobby sites to share with friends, and travel sites to share with family. 
    • 12. Choosing the right service If many of your students have Yahoo! accounts for email, Delicious is a good choice. For a college course, choose CiteULike to manage links to scholarly publications. You might want to save links to your favorite hobby sites, travel sites or news sources.   Digg might be perfect for you and your friends. Note: Comments found on Digg may not be appropriate for children.
    • 13. To share or not to share
      • Remember:
      • Social = people
      • Bookmarks = resources
      • You can keep your account private, to store resources for yourself, but sharing is the key feature of these tools.
      • Each site has similar sharing features.
        • You can share bookmarks by sharing the URL to your profile
        • You can create an RSS feed of your bookmarks so others may subscribe to it, or post it on your website or blog
    • 14. Find out more
      • Each site has its own user info section. 
        • On, look for 'About'
        • On, look for  'Learn More' and 'Help'
        • On, look for 'FAQ' (frequently asked questions) 
      • Exercise 2
      • Choose the site you like best. 
      • Take notes as you do the following:
        • Find out how to submit a new link/resource
        • Find out how to share your bookmarks
        • Find out about security features
          • what security features are good for you?
          • what security features are good for your students?
      No need to set up an account to do this. Help info is freely available .
    • 15. Get started
      • Creating a profile is easy.
        • With Delicious, you can use an exisiting Yahoo! account
      • Remember: These are networks of people sharing resources, so think of it like a club and find the 'join' or 'register' tab on a chosen site
        • Fill out the form as instructed
        • Select privacy options that suit your needs
        • Use the 'help' section if you have problems 
    • 16. Next steps
      • Look for icons to social bookmarking tools when you surf the web
      • They help you easily add a link to your bookmark collection
    • 17. One more thing...
      • These three tools - Digg, Delicious and CiteULike - are tools that I am most familiar with and comfortable sharing with you.
      • Diigo is another popular social bookmarking service that may be well suited for K-12 teachers and students. I encourage you to check that one out, too.
      Check out the Diigo  'take a tour' video on their website
    • 18. Resources
      • Websites mentioned in this tutorial
        • (Yahoo!, Inc.)
        • (Digg, Inc.)
        • (Springer)
        • (Diigo, Inc)
      • A helpful video about social bookmarking
        • Social Bookmarking in Plain English (video)  
      • This presentation was created with GoogleDocs.
    • 19. Join my network! Stay connected. Visit my public profile