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Web 2.0. Resources for the Classroom: Social Bookmarking

A guide to help teachers find Web 2.0 tools and resources to use in the classroom

What is social bookmarking?

Social bookmarking is a method by which internet users may organize, store, tag, manage and search for web resource links that are available online.

A social bookmarking site enables a user to create a personal directory of his/her personal links. These sites also enable users to assign any and/or as many tags and/or categories to each link in their directory.

Some sites - such as Delicious - allow users to communicate and share resources with other users with similar personal directories. Social bookmarking sites also enable users to find information on the net by clicking on tags generated by other users.

Social bookmarking in the classroom

The following are some ideas on how social bookmarking sites can be used in the classroom:

* Ask students to start their own bookmarking account for research purposes. Tell them to justify their choices of links in a "Notes" field for the link they selected and tagged.

* Ask students to create bundles of links and tags based on the class topic for the week. Tell them to use the "Notes" field to comment on three things they learnt from the site

* Ask students to use their bookmarking accounts to create annoted resource lists for group projects

These suggestions and more can be found at the Web 2.0 Survival Guide website

Find social bookmarking tools

The following is a list of links to some of the popular social bookmarking tools on the internet.

Examples of social bookmarking use in the classroom

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