What is social bookmarking? It is an online service that allows one to save links, annotate them with unique keywords or “tags” to organize and share them with the world (Richardson, 2010). All the tags/keywords allow us to see how other teachers interpret a resource. This collaborative tagging has created a system or folksonomy, where the user is determining the vocabulary for a particular community (Wikipedia). You can use it to create a group of sites for your classroom, a specific subject or to keep up with teaching trends.
There are many social bookmarking website out there and Wikipedia has a nice list available. I chose to try out 4 social bookmarking sites to help me decide which one I liked best. Delicious and Google were very simple and straightforward. If I were in a classroom, I would probably use Diigo for its versatility. You can highlight or create a sticky note right on the site which is great for students. However, I chose to go with Symbaloo because it was visually pleasing and I happen to be a visual learner. Here are my Symbaloo bookmarks:
Do you have a preference? Choose your favorite in the poll below. Also, please share a link to your social bookmarking site if you have one and how you use it in the classroom.
Richardson, Will. (2010). Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Tools for Classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin.