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Week 2: Social Bookmarking

20 January 2010: Social Bookmarking

1- Overview

Have you ever found a great website online, but later because you didn't save it or you didn't have access to the computer where you viewed the website you couldn't locate the website address again? If so, you need social bookmarking. By using social bookmarks to save good websites we find online, we save our "finds" in the cloud of servers which are on 24/7. Social bookmarking not only lets us save our websites in a location where we can find them readily on any computer, it also lets us categorize them in a flexible way using tags and collaborate with others. This week we will explore social bookmarking by using the free service Diigo, and also review our work from last week on blogging.
  1. Students will review lesson 1 skills and content.
  2. Students will be introduced to social bookmarking.
  3. Students will be introduced to tagging.
  4. Students will be introduced to folksonomies as a way of organizing information.

2- Lesson

Archived videos of today's primary lecture and follow-up Q&A session is available on our T4T Scribes blog. (This was recorded in the 11-1 section 63 class.) Weekly lecturecasts are accessible from t4t.blip.tv, and are iPhone / iPod Touch compatible.
  1. Introduction: Welcome to the Future by Brad Paisley (Lyrics from Lyricwiki)
  2. Review
    1. Questions and answers posted to the T4T FAQ blog
    2. Google Form Submission Assignment
      1. Always copy and paste websites / URLs (rather than typing them in)
      2. Is your T4T blog listed here?
      3. What is my blogger website address / URL?
      4. What is my K12Online profile URL?
      5. How can I find educators to follow on Twitter?
      6. Resubmitting your Google Form
    3. Invitations sent out to the T4T Shared Learning blog (Please accept the invite, you'll need to be a member to share your scribe post)
    4. Classroom Learning Portal on Netvibes (class blog and Twitter accounts added)
      1. Blog posts about last week's K12Online08 video: We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors (K12Online08 - 18:04), following the video reflection rubric
      2. Discuss best-practice commenting (review "Constructive Commenting with Social Media" rubric)
    5. Class Facebook page aggregating content
      1. Note value of using at least 1 image in a post (cross-posts to Facebook. I'm using CC images from Compfight)
  3. View and discuss weekly videos
    1. Digital Generation Project Youth Portrait: Nafiza
    2. OPTIONAL: Chris Betcher's video, "I Like Delicious Things: An Introduction to Tagging and Folksonomies"
  4. Screencasts:
    1. How to add the Diigolet to your web browser
    2. How to add a website to your Diigo account and share it with a group
  5. Define and discuss social bookmarking.
  6. Define and discuss folksonomy.
  7. Explore the Diigo in Education Tagroll.
  8. Discuss why teachers should use social bookmarking.
  9. Visit and explore delicious.com. (wfryer on delicious)
  10. Visit and explore diigo.com. (wfryer on diigo)

3- Assignments

  1. Blog Assignments from last week: If you don't already have at least 3 posts on your T4T blog from last week, you need to catch up and write them!
  2. Blog address submission: Please check and confirm your T4T blog is listed here with all our student blogs. If it is not, you need to resubmit the Google Form for week 1!
  3. Diigo:
    1. Create a professional account on Diigo.
    2. Join our Technology 4 Teachers group on Diigo.
    3. Save the URL to your T4T blog to your Diigo account, including the tag "t4tblogspr09" (without quotation marks) along with other appropriate tags. (Use either the Diigo Add New Bookmark page, the Diigo Toolbar or the Diigolet.) - View a screencast tutorial
    4. Share your T4T blog URL it with our Technology 4 Teachers group on Diigo.
    5. Find an join at least three groups of personal or professional interest to you on Diigo.
    6. Save a favorite (and educationally appropriate) YouTube video to your Diigo account, and sahre it with our T4T Diigo Group. Make sure you "tag" the video "youtube-fav" (without the quotation marks)
  4. T4T Classmate Feedback
    1. Read and share a thoughtful, constructive comment on at least TWO posts written by your T4T classmates. Use our T4T Netvibes Page and our T4T Class Blog Bundle (from Wesley's Google Reader) to find posts.
  5. K-12 Student blog feedback:
    1. Select an active classroom blog (using the classroom blog finder) that you would like to serve as an informal "blogging buddy" this term for.
    2. Write at least 2 constructive feedback post on student blog posts following our feedback rubric (save these links because you'll need them later!
    3. Add the link to your student blog comment to your Diigo account, tagging it "t4t-sbc" (without quotation marks - sbc = student blog comment)
  6. Blog posts: (3 for this week)
    1. Write a reflection about the video we watched in class today: Digital Generation Project Youth Portrait: Nafiza following our video reflection rubric.
    2. Watch Rachel Boyd's K12Online09 presentation, "A Peek for a Week in a Kiwi Junior Classroom" and write a reflection about it on your T4T blog following our video reflection rubric.
    3. Write a post on your T4T blog and include LINKS to:
      1. Both of your K-12 student blog post comments
      2. Both of your T4T student blog post comments
  7. ONGOING: As you encounter valuable, educational websites worth saving and sharing this semester, SAVE them to your own Diigo account. Selectively share some of the best links with our Technology 4 Teachers group on Diigo.
  8. OPTIONAL: On your own computer, add the Diigo Toolbar or the Diigolet and use it to save websites to Diigo (Screencast: How to add the Diigolet to your web browser is available)
  9. OPTIONAL: Watch Chris Betcher's video, "I Like Delicious Things: An Introduction to Tagging and Folksonomies and post a reflection about it on your T4T blog

4- Resources

  1. Social Bookmarking on the English WikiPedia
  2. Our T4T Netvibes Page
  3. Diigo
  4. Our Technology 4 Teachers group on Diigo.
  5. Wesley Fryer on Diigo
  6. Screencast: How to add the Diigolet to your web browser
  7. Screencast: How to embed a video in a Blogger post
  8. YouTube - TOTLOL - SchoolTube - TeacherTubeWesley's Youtube Channel 

5- Review

These are questions you should be able to readily answer, based on your completion of this week's assignments.

What is the direct URL / link to your social bookmarks library on Diigo? (Example: www.diigo.com/user/wfryer)
What is the direct URL / link to your Diigo groups? (This should include at least the three OTHER groups on Diigo you joined, not including our T4T Diigo group. Example: groups.diigo.com/user/wfryer)
What is the direct URL / link to your blog reflection about Nafiza's video?
What is the direct URL / link to your blog reflection about Rachel Boyd's "Peek for a Week" video?
What is the direct URL / link to the first K-12 student blog post on which you left a thoughtful and constructive comment this week, following our "Constructive Commenting with Social Media" guidelines?
What is the direct URL / link to the second K-12 student blog post on which you left a thoughtful and constructive comment this week, following our "Constructive Commenting with Social Media" guidelines?
What is the direct URL / link to the first blog post written by one of your T4T classmates on which you left a thoughtful and constructive comment this week, following our "Constructive Commenting with Social Media" guidelines?
What is the direct URL / link to the second blog post written by one of your T4T classmates on which you left a thoughtful and constructive comment this week, following our "Constructive Commenting with Social Media" guidelines?

What is the direct URL / link to your blog post including links to at least 2 comments you left on K-12 student blog sites, and at least 2 comments to posts written by your T4T classmates?

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