Using social bookmarking to streamline resource collection


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This presentation discusses the benefits of using social bookmarking to gather classroom and professional development resources for educators. The intended use is as a professional development tool for my district and it was created for Wilkes Graduate course EDIM 510 Summer 2013.

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  • Today we are going to take a look at the advantages of using social bookmarking to collect online resources. This is one professional development topic that can actually save time and make collecting resources for your classroom fun. Social bookmarking is also a great research tool for you and even your students should you choose to share it with them.
  • So what makes social bookmarking so great? Here are the reasons I found social bookmarking to basically be the answer to "all" my problems. We all know that the internet contains a plethora of up to date resources; ones that could enhance our teaching, our students' learning, our professional development, our content knowledge and even our personal interest; but who has the time to search for hours every day trying to find these resources. And then even when you do find a great resource, where do you put it. Web pages are not like worksheets, you can't stick them in a filing cabinet. Standard bookmarking or adding the site to your "favorite" list is cumbersome. What if you find a great site here at school, but later tonight you are at home and you wanted to check out the site, you saved it to your favorites, but that was on your school computer. You can start emailing yourself all of the links you find but in short order you will find yourself with sites saved all over the place and no way to search or find what you are really looking for at the moment. What if while searching for something for your class, you find something that could help a colleague, what do you do then? Send an email with the link, and then what do they do, save it to their favorite list and they have the same problem you do, they can't find the resource they want when they need it. What if you want to share some resources with students, what if you don't want to share others. No wonder we all stick to our easy to organize paper resources, they may be falling out of date, but at least we know where to find them. We all want to use all of the great resources on the web, but how can we get all of this done with the limited time that we have? The answer is social bookmarking. These online tools allow you to bookmark resources on the fly; capture, highlight and tag the resource for later use, and even organize the resources into lists that you can share publicly, with a select group or keep private for you use. No more misplaced resources, no more wasted time. So what are you waiting for? Let's go take a look at some options.
  • These are some suggested social bookmarking tools. They all have different styles and features so you may want to try a few before making a decision. I found that for collecting resources for school, Diigo (pronounced Dee- Go), has the features I am looking for and is very easy to use. But you should use a social bookmarking site that fits your style of searching and your intended use for the site. This presentation will take a look at Diigo, because that is the one with which I am most familiar. Please feel free to check out others on your own. The top fifteen social bookmarking sites as of July 2013 can be found by following the second link on the resources page. I recommend looking the ones listed, create a free account and check them out, they each have their own style and you will have to decide what fits your needs! I think you will find it well worth your time. So, on to our tour of Diigo.
  • With Diigo, once you find a resource, with just a few clicks and keystrokes, you can save the page to your Diigo account (accessible from any internet capable device), tag and describe the site so that you will be able to search for it later, and even add it to a list to further organize your collection! If you want to share the resource with a group immediately, you can also do that right from the bookmarking popup. If you don't have time to do your own searching, you can do a keyword search or group search within Diigo to find resources that have already been collected by others. You can also join groups and follow groups or Diigo members to get updated on information/sites they are bookmarking.
  • Find something especially interesting on the website, highlight it using the Diigo highlighter tool and it will save that information right to your Diigo library. You can further comment or sticky note the web page as needed to provide details about how you want to use the site, what unit you are going to use it for your content area, etc. This feature makes Diigo a great research aid, the bookmarking and highlighting features can combine to replace the use of note cards for summarizing and organizing research information; no more "I lost my research note cards" excuses! Other great ways to use Diigo with student can be found on the website entitled "Student Learning with Diigo", that can be found on the resources page at the end of the presentation.
  • For every resource you bookmark in Diigo, you can add tags to make the resource searchable. You can also assign the resource to a list or share it with a group. All of this can be done when you bookmark as shown earlier, or later when you look over the resource. You can also go back at any time and change or add tags, switch the list or group to which the resource is assigned or share the resource with others. Your lists may be public or private, and those settings can also be changed at any time and can be different for each resource you save. All of these features allow you to sort, organize, find and share resources quickly and easily; something that is just not possible with regular bookmarking.
  • Diigo can also capture and save images and you can publicly annotate through the use of "sticky notes" which will make your comments about the page visible to other Diigo users. This is a great feature to use when sharing classroom or professional resources with colleagues and could also be used with students to have them collaborate on research or comment on a site. Now that you have had a chance to see what social bookmarking can do for you, take the time to set up an account with one of the suggested sites and start bookmarking the smart way! You will see the benefits almost immediately.
  • The first resource offers some great ideas on how to use Diigo in the classroom and for professional development. The second resource is a list of the top fifteen social bookmarking sites as of July 2013 based on number of unique visitors to the site. I hope you will take the time to browse these resources and gather some more information about social bookmarking. You may want to set up your Diigo account first, then try it out on these resources.
  • Using social bookmarking to streamline resource collection

    1. 1. Using Social Bookmarking to Streamline Resource Collection Jennifer Neiman, EDIM 510, Summer II 2013
    2. 2. Why Social Bookmarking? • Internet = Plethora of Resources • Searching = Takes too much Time • "Favorite Sites" = Difficult to Organize • Easy to Share = Collaborate/Network
    3. 3. Tools of the Trade • Diigo • Delicious • Stumbleupon • Scoop.It!
    4. 4. A New Kind of Bookmarking • Bookmark • Tag • Describe • Add to a List All with one tool!
    5. 5. Highlighting and Commenting
    6. 6. Tagging, Lists and Groups
    7. 7. Image Capture and Sticky Notes
    8. 8. References Cockrell, V., Howd, C., Murry, J., Price, R., Tinney, L., Valasek, J., McDonough, M., and Tsai, M. (2012). Student learning with Diigo. Retrieved from eBizMBA Inc. (2013). Top 15 most popular social bookmarking websites. Retrieved from