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The “Social” Implications of Social Bookmarking July 17, 2010

Filed under: PhD,social bookmarking,Teaching with Technology,Web 2.0 — Christine Mark @ 2:42 pm
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As part of my class, IT 860, Emerging Technology, I learned about Diigo bookmarking.  Diigo which stands for the “Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff,” has been around since 2006.  Diigo is a Social bookmarking website which allows users to bookmark, highlight and tag web-pages.

I did not know much about social bookmarking before this assignment.  I read many articles and viewed some videos.  The Common Craft video was especially helpful.  Here it is:

I signed up for an account with Diigo and joined the group for my class.  I then audited my toolbar to include an icon for Diigo so that when I found something I wanted to keep I could easily bookmark it.  I found Diigo to be extremely easy to use and understand.   I bookmarked several articles which may help with my research for my paper in this class.  Here is the URL for my Diigo library: 

http://www.diigo.com/user/christinemark

The reason this is called “Social” Bookmarking is that people can share their bookmarks.  We all spend inordinate amounts of time sifting through the billions of web pages available and to be able to get a complete list of bookmarks that are of interest is valuable.  There are many uses in education.  I for one can see using it when doing research.  For instance, I am researching the use of social networks in the corporate recruiting process.  I know a colleague is doing research on organizations using social networks as a means of checking applicant’s backgrounds.  Even though our exact niche area is different, many of the same resources would apply to each area.  So if we share our bookmarks we may find pertinent resources we would not have otherwise found. 

I believe social bookmarking could also be used by students for group projects or anything requiring collaboration.  This is a great way for students to share information and learn from each other.  Diigo allows users to highlight and leave sticky notes on pages.  This allows other students to read the comments and add comments of their own to the web pages. 

I think, above all, the main advantage of social bookmarking is that the bookmarks are kept on the Web so they can be accessed from any computer or Smartphone.  This allows users to tag, highlight and annotate pages from any location.

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Social Bookmarking for Research April 18, 2010

Filed under: online teaching,Teaching with Technology — Christine Mark @ 7:22 am
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I read the article From Information Literacy to Scholarly Identity:  Effective Pedagogical Strategies for Social Bookmarking by Deborah Everhart and Kaye Shelton.  The article was interesting and contained many practical examples one could use in various levels of college classes.

Before I read this article I did not know very much at all about social bookmarking.  I had an idea as to what it was basically used for but I did not realize that bookmarks could be shared.  This is a powerful tool for researchers and a powerful tool for building a collective base of knowledge about various topics.  I think the authors point about using this Web 2.0 tool to help students develop the vocabulary they will need in a discipline was excellent.  This is a great way to learn and begin to think about research topics and areas of interest.  Allowing students to collaborate and build upon each other’s findings is also a valuable activity.  There is definitely synergy in a group activity of this type. 

I think the authors could have given examples of the different bookmarking sites and what they are primarily used for as well as a more basic definition of how social bookmarking actually works.  They suggested many projects instructors could use in their teaching but it would have been nice if they would have given an example of what a group of students actually produced.

This article along with the discussion in class definitely increased my awareness of social bookmarking.  I can see the value in creating an account and to begin start to collect bookmarks.  I intend on doing this after this class is over and look forward to learning and collaborating with others who share my interests.