Social bookmarking

A social bookmarking site allows the user to store lists of Internet resources that they may find useful. This might sound similar to the Favourites/Bookmarks available through your web browser. The difference is that such lists may be available through any Internet connected PC. Also these lists may be set as accessible either to the public or to a specific group, and other people with similar interests can view the links by category, tags, or even randomly. Some allow for privacy on a per-bookmark basis.

There are a number of ways in which social bookmarking can be useful in teaching and learning. Educational usage examples include;

  • Student groups can set up a network to share resources they find over a period of working on a joint project.
  • Teachers can share their bookmarks with students
  • Individual students can share their resources with their class mates.

Two social bookmarking tools which have been gaining popularity in recent years are Diigo and Delicious.

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