Organization in Chaos Social Knowledge Platform (Delicious & Diigo)
There are great Web 2.0 resources for the classroom, with new tools appearing all the time and others disappearing. I'd love to hear how folks manage them - how do you assess new tools, organize them, share them with teachers and students at your schools, etc.
Mary Beth B
I make use of Diigo, my own account and the groups in Diigo like http://groups.diigo.com/group/classroom20
I am a firm believer in social bookmarking.
Cut and paste links
In the past we copied links to MS Word, problem with categorization, updating, removing, ‘paper-based’ retrieval, singular lens…
http://www.readwritethink.org/index.asp (lesson plans, resources, links, etc.) http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/ (guide to grammar and writing) http://www.landmark-project.com/citation_machine/index.php (generates citations/bibliography) http://www.sparknotes.com/ ("Coles Notes" in electronic form) http://www.education.mcgill.ca/teamATEQ/index.htm http://www.sjr.mb.ca/english http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php?screen=NewRubric&module=Rubistar& (rubric site) ion2 eachers3$Course Descriptions 2004-2005 (2004-05 English course descriptions) http://www.readwritethink.org/calendar/calendar_day.asp?id=656 (summer reading ideas and links) http://www.ncte.org/collections/summerread (more summer reading) http://www.edutopia.org/ (George Lucas Education Foundation) http://www.eduref.org/ (Education database) http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/index.html (Lesson plans, resources, etc.)
or this (FF bookmarks)
Many sites now embed bookmark links or RSS feeds.
Delicious and Diigo
A tag is simply a word you can use to describe a bookmark. Unlike folders, you make up tags when you need them and you can use as many as you like. The result is a better way to organize your bookmarks and a great way to discover interesting things on the Web.
Use of Tags: Content Threads
Can be used by all constituents (students to admin), from individual to group collections
Independent contributors to shared tag
Asynchronous or in synchronous learning mediums
Another expert filter
Place buttons in browser which makes tagging and collection of tagged items easy.
Diigo toolbar (more than a social bookmarking tool)
Tag Teams: Math
Delicious as an alternative search engine. You can search by the tag to view a collection gathered by other users with that particular tag. i.e. math7
Social knowledge platform
Collaborative writing teams for learning and evaluation situations (LES)
Common threads and resources for teachers
Ranking support popularity = usability
Teacher created resources = peer reviewed
Science Work Teams
Works very well in conjunction with current collaborative tools (Google docs)
Tagged sources create support for creating meaningful learning resources
Subscribe to particular tags OR a person’s network
PLE: Network (note following George S.)
Teaching and Learning Groups
Multiple options to gather immediate information
Adds greater features for students, such as annotations and highlighting that are saved
Important skill for for today’s learners
Group: Teacher console
Contribute links to the class… more resources on a topic
Collaborate on research… quality of sources
Backtrack.. online record of resources
Sharable with peers, support tools
Familiar with tagging (21 st century skill)
Lecturer tool, archive of lesson resources online
Tools work together Diigo, Delicious, Google Marker, Google Docs
RSS feeds to collect bookmarks You can embed links into your blog as a link roll.
Group Functions (Use of RSS Feeds : iGoogle)
Easily track who; what; when item has been contributed and corresponding writing through RSS feeds.
Improves time management and workflow
As we expand our use of cloud computing, use of tagging and social bookmarking tools gain relevance
This is an essential skill for our PLE
Tools that archive and pull content are replacing push and manual search tools
Hunting and gathering aggregators are key skills in navigating cloud sources
Interaction on resources through tags, comments and annotations,
Aggregation or resources through use of tags, user or groups
Part of my personal learning and knowledge management system
You can create an archive
If you still need the links the traditional route.. You can EXPORT (key to sustainability) to an .html file.
Why Social Bookmarking
Wisdom of the crowd
Access to bookmarks, “organization in chaos”
More foot traffic, less yellow pages
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