This is part of a series of articles on Utilizing the Internet focusing on Web 2.0 communities. We begin with is a video (be patient, it takes a while to load but worth it)
Del.icio.us in the Classroom
Del.icio.us is asocial bookmarking website, which means it is designed to allow you to store and share bookmarks on the web, instead of inside your browser. This has several advantages. Everything posted to del.icio.us is publicly viewable. This can be a great tool for homeschoolers!
What can I use del.icio.us for?
- Bookmarking – Keep links to your favorite research, articles, homeschool blogs, music, book reviews, recipes, and more, and access them from any computer on the web.
- Share favorites with friends, family, other homeschoolers, church friends, and the del.icio.us community.
- Collaboration -homeschoolers can use a special tag or their del.icio.us networks to collect and organize bookmarks that are relevant — and useful — to the entire group. I nominate hmsc for links that would be of interest to other homeschooers. Or howhmsc for Heart of Wisdom homeschoolers. Search the special tag and see what other homeschoolers recommend.
- Discover new things by browsing other people’s favorite links. They’ve already done the work of finding it. So del.icio.us is full of bookmarks of all kinds of useful information, and themed links. Can you imagine what this will do for unit studies? Try it. Type in Ancient Egypt to see how many people saved neat Ancient Egypt links to their bookmarks and which was saved the most.\
- Get Organized – On del.icio.us, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders.
- Wishlist – Go to any commerce site, find what you like, save it to del.icio.us and tag it as wishlist. Then you can tell people to check out your wishlist bookmarks by giving them a link to http://del.icio.us/username/wishlist . Imagine the possible curriculum and book lists.
- Research – Use del.icio.us to keep track of all the source materials and commentary that you find online for Bible study, book reports, newsletter articles, etc.
- Vacation or Field Trips- Planning a trip? Save links to hotels, activities, and transportation and use tags like “travel”, “vacation”, and “to-visit”. Collaborate with others by using the “for:username” (ABCsupportgroup) tag.
- Cookbook– Whenever you find a great recipe on a website, save it to del.icio.us. Tag it with the recipe’s ingredients or style of cooking, and then when you’re wondering what to make for dinner, you can use your saved bookmarks to help you remember the perfect recipe.
- Linklog – Save bookmarks to interesting websites and add a bit of commentary to create a lightweight linklog. Then, use linkrolls or the daily blog posting feature to include your del.icio.us bookmarks on your blog or website.
How do I get started?
All you need is a browser and an internet connection. del.icio.us is an open-ended system, so you decide how you want to use it. There is no fee.
What are tags?
A tag is a category keyword used to organize your links. Each time you save a webpage you “tag” it using a unique tag. You can use one or several tag words. Webpages with identical tags are then linked together and users may use the tag to search for similar webpages.
Find out more about tags, including some examples and ideas about how you can use them.
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