Social Bookmarks & Notetaking

What they offer:

Social bookmarking sites aren't just for keeping track of all your favorite websites - they also allow you to easily share "Favorites" or "Bookmarks" with colleagues and students. Notetaking apps allow students to collect information and notes along with their bookmarks.

With global connections, the purpose for collaboratively bookmarking, tagging, or web notations might seem more abstract than other choices for connecting. It may be wisest to start with an explanation of web notations. We have learned that personal connections to reading are important to comprehension of text. Additionally, we have learned that social connections make that comprehension and those connections even stronger. Diigo is a program which you can install as an add-on toolbar to your computer and when you are working on the web, you can mark up any website with comments, highlights, etc. This allows the reader to interact with online text. Next comes the collaborative part! Diigo allows you to set up groups and share your work. Imagine a class who has a specific focus area such as genetic diseases. The class can research the topic and mark up websites. The class can follow each other on diigo and keep in touch with information as it is located and notated upon. To take it a step further, classes locally or globally can unite to do the same!!! It is a powerful concept.

Now let's consider the same concept for tagging. A class can create a twitter hashtag and begin to publicize and follow it. Since Twitter is a public site, if the hashtag is more generic, it may become a global collaboration without even needing to make an intentional step to collaborate. This does not mean that you cannot make that intentional step with another group of people. You may also create a more coded hashtag to use with others to connect on twitter and keep it between your smaller group. The same goes for Flickr tagging!

Authentic Applications:

Embed specific "linkrolls" or bookmark widgets on your Pathfinders
Create a social bookmark group for your students to develop on a particular topic or subject

Bookmarking & Notetaking Apps:

  • Special educator accounts are available so that teachers can set-up classesClick here for tutorials on how you can use Diigo for research, sharing and collaborating.

Edu Tagger - for K-12 Social Bookmarking
Google Bookmarks - select sites as you surf Google; Google Lists are now available also! is a great way to compile multiple websites and present them as a single URL. Adding sites is as easy as copying and pasting URLs into a blank. Once all sites are added, then the address is created and the websites can be interacted with, individually and all sites can be scrolled through and interacted with. This is of great use when compiling electronic resources for teachers and projects once they have been looked at by resource gatherers.
Jog the Web- take your students or staff on a tour of saved websites. Deb Norton shares how to search Jogtheweb
Jog Educ
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Evernote - for storing and organizing information; see this clever video on the benefits of Evernote ("Information doesn't control Jill, Jill controls information!").
Noodletools- a citation machine that has notecards that students can drop into their outline.
Zotero- advanced students can use this Firefox add-on to collect citations, snapshots of webpages, and take notes.
Ubernote- You can send twitter messages to your notes in Ubernote, use a firefox ad-on, and more!

An example of a Diigo linkroll on Library 2.0:

What is a web jog?
A web jog allows you to create a quick pathway to guide users to specific websites that you predetermine.
According to David Carpenter in his blog, "It provides a slide show, step by step approach of taking viewers through Web sites allowing the author to annotate and ask guiding questions for each Web page. The viewers can reply posting their comments and/or ask questions."

  • create a Jog the Web for students (preferred method is currently because it is less problematic with saving, etc however the search results received from Jog the Web is currently more profitable.)
  • search existing jogs to use with your students (try both Jog the Web and JogEduc databases to find your favorite)

Jogging allows you to create a path of web resources you would like your students to take.
Here is an example of a Jog for teachers helping them identify sites that provide Global Classroom Resources.

Related Articles:

Wikipedia article on Social Bookmarking

Article on using Twitter hashtags

Article on why to tag Flickr photos and images

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