Monday, December 5, 2011

Social Bookmarking: The New Webquest

Social Bookmarking

Social Bookmarking is like your browser's (i.e. Internet Explorer, Fire Fox, Safari, etc.) favorites button, but it’s on the web. So, you get an on-the-go favorites list. One presenter compared compiling reliable websites to creating digital playgrounds for student exploration. In a sense, social bookmarking provides students with a guide to acquire worthwhile and appropriate information. Basically, it is like a web quest with a sharable URL. Diigo and Sqworl both provide a snapshot of the websites homepage, which follows what research tells us about facing book covers toward students.
  1. Diigo (check out this Diigo starter sheet)
  2. Delicious (check out this Delicious starter sheet)
  3. Sqworl
  5. MentorMob
With the holidays approaching, my wife and I have been having a difficult time finding a gift for our nieces and nephews.  Our nieces and nephew's list has been distributed to several people, and after a purchase is made we find out someone else has already bought the item.  This can get annoying; so, I suggested social bookmarking for the kids gift list.  Let's see if this works.  Now, I just have to train people how to use the web tool. 

What other forms of social bookmarking are out there?  How are you utilizing it within your classroom?

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