So what is Networked Learning?

ndUTCp31UTC08bUTCWed, 22 Aug 2007 01:13:09 +0000 13, 2007

DEL.ICIO.US IN THE CLASSROOM

Filed under: LECTURE 5 — melanie1987 @ 9:53p08

delicious.pngWhat is del.icio.us?

del.icio.us is a collection of favourites – yours and everyone else’s. You can use del.icio.us to:

  • Keep links to your favourite articles, blogs, music, reviews, recipes, and more, and access them from any computer on the web.
  • Share favourites with friends, family, coworkers, and the del.icio.us community.
  • Discover new things. Everything on del.icio.us is someone’s favourite — they’ve already done the work of finding it. So del.icio.us is full of bookmarks about technology, entertainment, useful information, and more. Explore and enjoy.  

del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website — the primary use of del.icio.us is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too. On del.icio.us, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders.

You can also use del.icio.us to see the interesting links that your friends and other people bookmark, and share links with them in return. You can even browse and search del.icio.us to discover the cool and useful bookmarks that everyone else has saved — which is made easy with tags.

What can I use del.icio.us for in the classroom?

del.icio.us is an open-ended system, so you decide how you want to use it. Here are examples of things you can do with saving bookmarks on del.icio.us:

  • Research – Writing an article? Researching an individual? Use del.icio.us to keep track of all the source materials and commentary that you find online. 
  • Podcast – Want to hear some great podcasts?  Want to post their own podcasts?
  • Linklog – Save bookmarks to interesting websites and add a bit of commentary to create a lightweight link-log. This would be great use in a classroom, where the teacher having already completed the research can post all the great sites and offer the students a blurb on each.
  • Collaboration – Friends, coworkers, school classes, and other groups can use a shared account, special tag, or their del.icio.us networks to collect and organize bookmarks that are relevant — and useful — to the entire group.   

del.icio.us has several advantages:

  1. you can get to your bookmarks from anywhere, no matter whether you’re at home, at work, in a library, or on a friend’s computer.
  2. you can share your bookmarks publicly, so your friends, coworkers, and other people can view them for reference, amusement, collaboration, or anything else. (Note that you can also mark bookmarks on del.icio.us as private — only viewable by you — if you like.)
  3. you can find other people on del.icio.us who have interesting bookmarks and add their links to your own collection.

    Here is a link to my del.icio.us book mark page (naturally linking back to this blog)

    http://del.icio.us/mhicks1987

Check out my favourite bookmarks at my del.icio.us

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