Using del.icio.us in my classroom

Last friday I decided to incorporate del.icio.us as an online vocabulary dictionary for my students. First I make them read information about del.icio.us

What is del.icio.us?

del.icio.us is a collection of favorites – yours and everyone else’s. You can use del.icio.us to:

  • Keep links to your favorite articles, blogs, music, reviews, recipes, and more, and access them from any computer on the web.
  • Share favorites with friends, family, coworkers, and the del.icio.us community.
  • Discover new things. Everything on del.icio.us is someone’s favorite — they’ve already done the work of finding it. So del.icio.us is full of bookmarks about technology, entertainment, useful information, and more. Explore and enjoy.

del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website — the primary use of del.icio.us is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too. On del.icio.us, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders.

They have to understand the concept of social bookmarking:

What is social bookmarking?

del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website, which means it is designed to allow you to store and share bookmarks on the web, instead of inside your browser. This has several advantages.First, you can get to your bookmarks from anywhere, no matter whether you’re at home, at work, in a library, or on a friend’s computer.Second, you can share your bookmarks publicly, so your friends, coworkers, and other people can view them for reference, amusement, collaboration, or anything else. (Note that you can also mark bookmarks on del.icio.us as private — only viewable by you — if you like.)Third, you can find other people on del.icio.us who have interesting bookmarks and add their links to your own collection. Everyone on del.icio.us chooses to save their bookmarks for a reason. You have access to the links that everyone wants to remember. You can see whether two people have chosen to remember a link, or whether it was useful enough for a thousand people to remember — which may help you find things that are useful for you, tooFinally we read about tags:

 What are tags?

Tags are one-word descriptors that you can assign to your bookmarks on del.icio.us. They’re a little bit like keywords but non-hierarchical. You can assign as many tags to a bookmark as you like and easily rename or delete them later. Tagging can be a lot easier and more flexible than fitting your information into preconceived categories or folders.

After reading and understanding the concepts abovementioned they watch the following video:

Once students create their own account they log in and leave it open while taking classes. Every new word is searched in dictionary.com and tagged in their del.ico.us account. In this way students start creating their own personal dictionary and by the end of the year they will have a long list of all the new words learnt.

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6 comments

  1. What a great idea, Jen! Will you post a link to a sample once the students get going on this? I would love to see how it really works.

  2. Hy Jenny,

    I’ve dropped by your blog and found out a very valuable information about the del.icio.us and bookmarking in a whole. I will give a link to it in my students’ blog.
    Thanks a lot for the good job.

    Hugs,
    Nina

  3. Thanks Nina and Nancy for your inspiring words.
    Today I thought my 4 Business students how to open their delicious account and they started tagging automatically.
    Will post about their delicious accounts soon.
    Warm Regards,
    Jennifer

  4. Hi Jennifer,
    What a great idea, to have students create their personal dictionaries using del.icio.us!
    Thanks for sharing. Like Nancy, I would love to have a look of one of them to see how it went.
    All the best,
    Berta

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