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  • James Herbert 2:54 pm on June 17, 2008 Permalink
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    What is a bookmark? 

    I have been working at catching up on web 2.0 bookmarks that might have some impact in the classroom. I have been following some RSS feeds with del.icio.us/web2.0 the most prominent. I have also twittered about some of the more interesting ones to my friends and followers. I am beginning to notice that I am making a distinction between what I bookmark and what I twitter about. I am beginning to wonder what I really need to bookmark.

    I am beginning to believe that bookmarks should only be for resources. College Degrees has a new post on getting more out of the Amazon Kindle. The link is a resource. It is a resource because it helps find other tools or resources that some one can use to do things with.

    This story about students teaching students is not a resource in the same manner that the College Degrees article is. The article tells a story about reading strategies and the plan they developed. This is a resource because the plan is something that can be used. It is a resource because it spawns new ideas that would not otherwise be considered. It could also be called a topic.

    I am beginning to believe that bookmarking shouldn’t be used for marking events. This article about the availability of Firefox 3.0 downloads seems more of an event. An event is like a news or social blog item rather than something to bookmark.

    This article about the end of the XP era and whether Visa can step up appears to be an event. This is news because very soon the article will become irrelevant. So much so that I believe that is the intent of the article. It is an item to flare up some readers to comment. It is doing a find job as it has over 780 comments by the time I finished this post.

    Should events be “bookmarked” differently from resources? Should they be “bookmarked” differently with the same bookmarking tool or a another one?

    Our class is currently using diigo for our chief bookmarking
    tool. We also use twitter. Can another service, like newsvine or maybe Digg, can effectively be used to “bookmark” events? What other tools could we use to more effectively?

    The issue in the classroom is introducing another layer of complexity. Should I attempt to make a distinction between a resource and a bookmark? Can I do it in a way that my students can understand when I am not quite clear myself? Do I dare suggest another web 2.0 tool while they are just getting to know the ones I have already suggested? Is twitter enough?

    I would appreciate your help and comments.

  • James Herbert 2:16 pm on June 12, 2008 Permalink  

    Chasing After the Wind: Del.icio.us/tag/web2.0 

    If you want to really feel inadequate or at least waste your day then head over to del.icio.us/tag/web2.0 and try to keep up with the new links as they are posted in real time. The Web 2.0 tag is very popular at Del.icio.us right now. I have spent several hours just looking up the ones I felt were either interesting or relevant to this blog. I put the Del.icio.us Web2.0 RSS feed into my desktop RSS reader (FeedReader) and away I went!

    Feedreader updated about every 5 minutes with 20+ links tagged web2.0. Many were informative and helpful. Too many. I spent most of my day bookmarking and tagging the best sites in Diigo. I added over 40 sites in the span of 4 hours.

    I like to annotate and put some thoughts into the tags I use and I prefer not to duplicate tags. I do not like add a bookmark without some kind of useful comment and some key words. As it came time to prepare for class it was obvious that I had to bookmark them or lose them. So I tagged them as best I could, marked them to read later, tagged as best I could and committed to editing the tags later. I’ll edit them as soon as I get some free time :-).

    The sites tagged Web2.0 in del.icio.us pretty much hit the mark with little “echo” effect. I did run into a bit of junk as I browsed through the feed suvhbut you have to expect that kind of thing when following such a popular tag. You can see some of the links I have tagged web2.0 and others I tagged learning2.0.

    I need to find a way to have have these tags surveyed, reviewed, and polled. I would like to know what you think about how relevant or effective these tools are for helping the digital learner. So how do I publish these links so that you can vote them up or down? What Web2.0 tools are out there for this task?

    • e.p. 11:43 pm on June 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey I had an idea for your list of sites and voting on them. Why not use StumbleUpon? It would be a little work, but I think it do everything you want. You could create a account called web2.0 or something then tag all of the links. Post on your blog your stumpleupon/accountname on your blog people could see the links and use the “like” “don’t like” feature to rank them for you. Just an idea, let me know what you think.


  • James Herbert 6:34 pm on June 11, 2008 Permalink  

    College@Home: 100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner 

    I came across the College@Home website after adding the RSS feed for del.icio.us Web2.0 bookmarks feed. The blog post 100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner | College@Home is another great list of tools for the digital learner.

    I would have liked to have seen diigo.com as a collaborative bookmarking tool. Our class uses it as a means to create and share bookmarks as well as annotations and comments about the sites. It would have fit under Note Taking Tools, Bookmarking and Collaboration.

    Take a look at 100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner | College@Home. What other tools do you think were overlooked?

  • James Herbert 3:26 pm on June 4, 2008 Permalink  

    CollegeDegrees.com: Twitter Tips for College Studetns 

    CollegeDegrees.com does it again. This time Laura Milligan writes an article on Twitter and 25 tips to using it effectively.

    As with all the Web 2.0 articles to date, this one is well written, well researched and timely. This article is rapidly on the heels of the “50 Tips and Tricks to Create a Learning Environment in Second Life” that was published on May 17th and “50 Tips and Resources to Implement User Generated Content in Your Library” which was published on May 29th. That was last Tuesday and Thursday in relation to when this post was written and published.

    That is rapid fire publishing of some great articles by this bloggers reckoning. If I can get a post out once a week that is halfway decent without 10 or 20 spelling errors and enough grammar errors to make my high school English teacher stroke out then I have done something. Upon reflection, if I can do better than that I have moved mountains, walked on water and changed lead in to gold with a snap of my fingers that week.

    The author changes with each post and that might explain how they manage it. I am still amazed.

    Read Laura Milligan’s article “25 Twitter Tips for College Students” write a comment on her article and let her know what you think. Then come back here write a comment on this article and let me know what you think about her article.

    • e.p. 5:23 pm on June 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Well I think you are doing a good job of getting students to use various tools for classroom learning. The idea that students will use twitter to ask questions is just one of the ways that I can see twitter being used. As for getting students to actually ask questions through twitter will come with time. I think first getting them familiar with how twitter works and how you plan to use twitter in the classroom is a good start. Of course each student will use it in their own way. I agree with it being a less intimidating way to have their questions answered, especially in our class, where there seems to be many different learning styles and class participation varies. I was telling a co-worker about how you have implemented twitter into our classroom, and it started a long conversation on how twitter and other tools are going to be the future of learning. So I think you are on the right track. Time will tell whether it will be embraced or rejected by the students……I can tell you that it is already embraced by me. In my eyes a teacher like you that is expanding the ways by which I can learn is a positive. Keep up the good work, and if I can help in any way please let me know.


    • James Herbert 3:14 pm on June 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I am all about the idea of helping students with concepts they don’t understand. I would like to think that twitter is the solution as it would seem less intimidating that asking questions in class.
      The issue I have is trying to find out how to get students to use it, or any other tool, in that way. I’d like to try and figure it out but I am not sure there is an answer.


    • e.p. 10:44 pm on June 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Commented on the article, which I thought was great by the way. I think you have most of the classroom tips already in place. I brought up a few points in my comments about my thoughts on the use of twitter in a classroom environment. And thinking about in now, I can see teachers setting up “office hours” via twitter where they are available to answer questions. With the use of direct messages you could even talk about grades with a student or other more one-on-one situations. Would be a great resource once questions were asked and answered, could also help in seeing which concepts the students were struggling to understand.


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