I know you have probably heard of it and perhaps you may even been using it. But, exactly, what is it? How can bookmarking web sites be “social”?
According to Wikipedia:
“Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to organize, store, manage and search for bookmarks of resources online.”
The description goes on to say
“In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine.”
So, what is a social bookmarking system? Well, for one, Diigo is just such a system. And I love using it! It is my “go-to-place” for searching out ideas, web resources, and links I can share with others. I don’t have to worry about which computer I used to bookmark a particular web site. All my bookmarks are easily accessed from any computer–as long as I am connected to the Internet. Another great feature is that I can easily organize and share my bookmarks with anyone–family, friends, or students in my online classes–anyone.
I can also join groups through Diigo. That means i have access to any bookmarks shared by group members in the groups I have joined.
This YouTube video explains Diigo:
The Diigo web site also has some great video tutorials about how it all works. Check them out at http://www.diigo.com.
This web site, Using Diigo in the Classroom, shows ways to use Diigo with students and as well as ways to extend your own professional development by using it. This site also includes lesson plans and videos to assist the teacher with incorporating this great tool into their own organizational toolkit.
So, check it out, join a Diigo group or create one for use by your students. Even your online students will benefit from this great web tool. Then you can tell your colleagues that you are working in the “cloud” on your computer, your iPad, and/or your smartphone.
Follow the conversation about the organization/formation of imug (Iowa Moodle Users Group) on Twitter, using the new hashtag, #imug.