Social bookmarking – Curating the web

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Why should I learn about and use social bookmarking? As this infographic from Intel titled “What happens in an Internet minute? ” shows there is so much content available to learners the key lies in having the capacity to search for, and curate quality content to support your learning journey. Hence the need for social bookmarking.

“Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata.” ( Wikipedia) Instead of storing book marks or favorites on your own device, social bookmarking tools enable you to store them online, organize them in a variety of ways, add “tags” or keywords to them, annotate them, and access them from any device. Most importantly you can share the bookmarks with others and you can see what others have bookmarked. If you wish, you also have the ability to mark some or all of the bookmarks “private” so that only you can access them.

What Happens In An Internet Minute?

Suggested social bookmarking tools

  • DiigoSocial bookmarking plus sticky notes and highlighting! Special premium accounts are availble for K-12 and higher education at Education Diigo with these features:
    • You can create student accounts for an entire class with just a few clicks (and student email addresses are optional for account creation)
    • Students of the same class are automatically set up as a Diigo group so they can start using all the benefits that a Diigo group provides, such as group bookmarks and annotations, and group forums.
    • Privacy settings of student accounts are pre-set so that only teachers and classmates can communicate with them.
  • LiveBinders Organize your favorites into “binders” with tabs and sub-tabs and share or embed those binders.
  • Symbaloo Is a highly customizable graphic page with “tiles” creating a “webmix.” Share your webmix or use those others have put together.

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