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
- For each bookmark you add, you will want to create a “tag” for it. Think of these tags like keywords; they are just general organizational items. Each bookmark can get several tags. I often use content labels (like SPSS or IRB for my research class) as well as the class name (ADPR3510) when I bookmark something for a class.
- Post the del.icio.us URL for your class on the syllabus
- Tell the class to subscribe to your class del.icio.us RSS
- When you see that others have bookmarked the same thing you have, click on that link then start exploring their del.icio.us links to see you have other interests in common (this is how I found a lot of really great online tutorials for my classes)
- To create a “class del.icio.us page,” simply give all items you want your class to see a common tag (e.g., ADPR3510) then type in the URL to see just that tag on your del.icio.us account (http://del.icio.us/username/classtag can become http://del.icio.us/kaye.sweetser/adpr3510)
- Subscribe to others’ del.icio.us RSS feeds as a way to keep up with your own interests, in PR practice and education I suggest: