Social Bookmarking – organising your web resources

by | Apr 18, 2008 | Articles

With a myriad of resources out there on the web, how do we make sense of them all?

Ploughing though an ever increasing list in ‘favourites’ can be time consuming. Increasingly individuals are turning to Social bookmarking to help them make sense of the resources they are finding.

Wikipedia defines social bookmarking as a method for internet users to store organise search and manage their bookmarks through the use of metatags.

A really quick introduction to Social bookmarking is available on delicious.com. This is a quick video snippet (showing how video snippets can be highly effective in making teaching points!)

In addition to helping individuals organise their online information, social bookmarks could be a useful tool for any learning provider looking to

  • To save their learners time
  • To save themselves time!
  • To harness the web resources identified by their classes
  • To tap into the increased use of informal learning opportunties

However one of the biggest disadvantages of tag based systems is lack of standard key words. Becta’s services on controlled vocabularies is designed to help education agencies interested in this area.

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