Del.icio.us Uses for Teachers and the Classroom

I have been using del.icio.us for over a month now and I keep finding new exciting ways to use it.

For the ones that do’t know what del.icio.us is yet:
“A social bookmarks manager. Using bookmarklets, you can add bookmarks to your list and categorize them.”
Social bookmarks are:
Social bookmarking sites generally organize their content using tags. Social bookmarking sites are an increasingly popular way to locate, classify, rank, and share Internet resources through the practice of tagging and inferences drawn from grouping and analysis of tags.

Those tags are the keywords that make it so much easier to categorize and file away any website that you found interesting and would like to keep for further reference. One you start getting into the habit of adding websites to your del.icio.us account and then tagging them with tags that best describe the article, you will have an easy time retrieving all the articles that have something to do with certain keywords.

This will be of great advantage when you are preparing to write a research paper or trying to get information about a certain topic together to prepare a lesson or unit plan. Another great way of using del.icio.us in the classroom would be to create a special tag just for your Spanish 101 class for example and name it very specific (there are many Spanish 101 classes out there… attach your school’s acronym for example: SJEDS_spanish101) You can then share your URL for that tag with your students for example and ask them (if they have a del.icio.us account to add to this page as well by tagging pages they are finding relevant to the class with that predetermined tag (ex. SJEDS_spanish101)

Today I found the delicious page from Will Richardson, the author of “Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other web tools in the classroom“. He created a tag called “Quotable” in his delicious account. When he finds an article he posts it with the quote under the “notes” field, which automatically lets you read the quotes that made him save the post in the first place. Check his “Quotable Tag” page out.

Let me know if you have found other ideas on how to use del.icio.us as a teacher and with your students in the classroom.
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