teaching tool del.icio.us


At the Edelman Digital Bootcamp, I presented a number of social media assignments and teaching tools that I have worked into my traditional PR classes. This teaching tool is one.


Social bookmark sites, like del.icio.us, allow users to post their Web site “bookmarks” online (so you can access from any computer, anywhere) and with others. When you bookmark a site that others have bookmarked, it will show you not only how many others but who. Why is this so interesting? Well, if you bookmark something that I bookmark then chances are we are interested in the same things … so you may find some really interesting Web sites over on my del.icio.us page and vice versa.

Social bookmarking can be used in the industry as a way to distribute daily clips to management. Additionally, you can check social bookmark sites to see how many people might have bookmarked a recent news article, press release or white paper.

In the classroom, social bookmarking can become a repository of extra online resources for your students. For examples, see my pages for my Public Relations Research Method (ADPR3510) course: http://del.icio.us/kaye.sweetser/adpr3510

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5 Responses so far.

  1. Thanks for mentioning my del.icio.us page. I also find it helpful for students to add my page to their network. I require them to add at least 10 links with at least three different tags to get them started with del.icio.us accounts. I also like showing students Common Craft’s video, which can be found on my student’s blog: http://catchingupwith3point0.wordpress.com/2008/02/18/mmmm-delicious/

  2. Hi,
    It looks like you would be interested in seeing this:
    http://blog.simpy.com/blojsom/blog/2008/01/18/10-Reasons-for-Simpy-vs-del-icio-us.html

    Pay special attention to the part about Groups, as they work really well for classrooms (del.icio.us doesn’t have equivalent functionality). Here is an example of a Group used by a university class:

    http://www.simpy.com/group/3284

    With a class Group like this, all students+teacher have a single place to get their shared bookmarks and don’t have to look for that special tag across all del.icio.us users or multiple people who are in the class.

    I hope this helps.

  3. Ron Tarpley says:

    Kaye,

    I am glad that I found you (on Twitter). I am working on a project here in Athens and leveraging social media will hopefully add value. I can’t wait to go through your archives to see what I can learn.

    Ron

  4. Great list, Kaye. I subscribed to all six feeds. Thanks!

  5. I will be teaching a different class than I normally teach and was glad to learn about tagging by class name. I just tagged my first item by class name and content. Thanks, Kaye!

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