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Page history last edited by Jennifer Verschoor 14 years, 2 months ago

http://delicious.com  

 

 

Delicious is based on a concept referred to as Social Bookmarking. 

 

If you're not sure what that means and would like a video explanation, please see:

 

http://blog. delicious.com/blog/2007/09/how- to-explain. html

 

 

 

The basic idea is this:

 

1. Bookmarking (otherwise known as favourit'ing - the yellow star in Internet Explorer, the blue one on the google toolbar).

Bookmarking is useful because you can easily find website(s) you like visiting regularly for your lesson planning or private use.

 

2. Public Sharing.

The bookmarks aren't saved on to the desktop/your computer in the way that they are when you use the yellow/blue star - they are online instead - which means that no matter where you are - in class, in school, at home... you have access to the links you have saved.

 

People who are interested in tracking down information related to a specific subject save their websites in here and tag them (ie. give them various titles related to subject matter). 

 

In our case, as teachers,  anyone who is interested in teaching, teaching materials,learning English etc., would tag as such.  Then you or anyone else can find and read the links which have been saved.

 

Some examples:

http://delicious.com/ELTA (teaching association)

http://delicious.com/KalinagoEnglish (mine)

 

Why????  

 

Because lots of people with the same interests collect more useful and relevant links than one person could possibly manage to accumulate by himself/herself.  (Although I do have lots!mmm...summer lull).

 

Delicious is a great option if you simply want to browse around and see what else is out there - stuff that you haven't seen yet - stuff you would like your students to see - stuff you need for yourself - without wading through pages and pages of random google results.  If you simply go to the home page

 

http://delicious.com

 

and type "lessonplanning" or anything else, you'll find sites that lots of people have bookmarked.   There's actually no obligation to join.

 

3. Network Sharing.

For those who have a look at the delicious accounts I listed above (mine and ELTA's) and think: OMG-freaky coool! (okay, only the BL geeks among you -see my section on using technology, it'll keep you busy)... and then wonder whether or not you could have one of these for yourselves, you can (obviously). 

 

You simply join Delicious (it's free), upload your bookmarks from IE/Firefox* (mark private what's private and share the rest) or start visiting the sites you like and tag them into your own account.  

 

Once you're happy: start looking around at who else is saving the same webpages you tagged. 

 

This will inevitably lead you down the Wonderland Rabbit hole of information - the "WOW 20,123 people saved the xyz site...hmmm feeling" - but you'll actually find others out there with real and similiar interests.  

 

When you've found those you would like to share with  (if you're the social type) - then you can join their network and they can join theirs.  You can be a fan or they can be a fan of you (i.e.your sites).

 

4. For your students

By having your own account you can use this to set-up homework tasks (reading, video watching/podcasts assignments) by surfing, tagging and then simply providing them with a global link to your own account or by making specific bundles/tags for them each personally. 

 

Note: you can select to make some of the websites you favourite private or you can create a entirely private network for you and your students.

Hope useful!

Karenne Sylvester

KalinagoEnglish

 

Just wanted to share with you all how I am using Delicious as an online dictionary in my classes. Please take a look at the following links:

 

Part 1

http://jenverschoor.wordpress.com/2008/03/09/using-delicious-in-my-classroom/

 

Part 2

http://jenverschoor.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/delicious-part-ii/

 

 

 

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