Social bookmarking – Evaluation of Delicious and Diigo – OLJ4

DELICIOUS
When I first began using Delicious 6 months ago to bookmark resources for my assignments, I merely saw it as a means of accessing my bookmarks from any computer with internet access. Now that I am developing a better understanding of it’s social networking capabilities, however, I find it an extremely useful tool for searching, recording, annotating and in particular for sharing information resources.

 

Delicious: a social bookmarking website

 

 

Useful features
‘Tags’ (describe your bookmark in one word):
• quick and easy;
• create tags that make sense to you, the user.
Sharing:
• benefit from other people’s research by searching tags. This is an incredibly powerful feature because it allows the user to benefit from shared knowledge.
Public or private:
• choose to make your bookmark ‘public’, (able to be shared with other Delicious users) or ‘private’. (For example, I record and catalogue my research for this subject and mark it ‘public’ so it can be shared with other INF506 students. I mark my personal research for my next holiday ‘private’.)
Tag description (annotation):
• quickly evaluate the usefulness of a site for your needs
Search for users/ groups:
• connect to other users and groups to collaborate with others and benefit from their knowledge and research.

Diigo
I explored Diigo after hearing Delicious might be disbanded. I was concerned all my hard work of bookmarking and annotating resources could be lost.
Advantages of Diigo:
• look feels ‘cleaner’ than Delicious
• found it initially easier to navigate
• option to have an avatar helps me to recognise contacts and groups
• ease of importing Delicious bookmarks – migration process was straightforward and effective.
• backing up – after migration, bookmarks saved to your Diigo account are automatically added to your Delicious account and vice versa.

Ideas for using Delicious & Diigo to support information services, learning and collaboration in schools
• bookmarks are accessible from any computer in the school as well as from home – can be used by staff, students and even parents
• group bookmarks using ‘tag bundles’ – curriculum areas, units of work, parent information, year levels/ stages etc.
• use TL search skills to cut down ‘information overload’ and assist with finding age/reading level appropriate resources
• collaborate – ‘quick and dirty’ searches (by students/ teachers/ TLs) for evaluating later
• crowd-sourcing – benefit from previous searches by subject specialists/ TLs outside the school

 

Some of my bookmarks in Diigo

 

 

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About robynstlreflections

I never expected to become a teacher. After graduating from Sydney Univeristy with a BA (Hons), I worked for a couple of years before "going bush". When I started working as a governess I discovered that I enjoyed teaching, so studied for a Grad Dip Ed. After teaching in public schools in the Northern Territory for two years then in Queensland for 10 more, I moved back to NSW with my family in 2009. Now it's time for a change in direction. I've always enjoyed introducing my students discover the joys of literature and I'm excited by the educational possibilities developing in the digital world. So in 2010 I've begun studying by Distance Education for a Masters in Education in Teacher Librarianship with Charles Sturt University.
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