Made Easy


I've been scouring the web trying to find some teacher friendly resources to help my staff colleagues get into using Why Well, there are a host of social networking sites out there and some of them have more innovative features and more elegant graphical interfaces than, but no one has a bigger user base and for educators, that is a big attraction. I held an hour workshop on Monday after school and went through some of the basics in an effort to get the staff using online bookmarking as a way of tracking their growing base of useful websites. After all, I have heard the cry of "My Bookmarks are gone!" quite a few times already.

Here's what I found.

David Muir's excellent PDF Guide - Simply (Published in 2005 so is missing information about some of the latest features like the network and subscriptions but is very teacher friendly for those who are not overly web savvy.)

John Pederson's Using in Education. (Saved as a Google document, but it's probably aimed a little bit higher than the average classroom teacher - more a guide for the early adopter IMHO.)

Quentin D'Souza's Social bookmarking tools part of his wiki (covers a broader area than just, but led me to the next find.)

Andrew Brown's brilliant screencast (basically covers everything I tried to get in my workshop in under two and a half minutes.)

Are there any other gems out there with "teacher-friendly" stamped all over them?

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  2. SouthOz

    Hi Graham,
    This (enhanced) podcast, produced by Kathleen Gilroy, was produced last year, hence it won’t have the latest features such as networks but it could be a useful additional source for beginners.
    Learning2.0 and
    This screencast Sceencasts CA provides a general background on social bookmarking and tagging with some tips and tricks for, especially around cleaning up bookmarks.

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  4. Rachel Boyd

    Hi Graham,

    These links are AMAZING… saved me lots of time puddling around. I especially like the screencast… must make the time to make one of those for myself to use in the workshops I take.

    BTW Thanks for your comment on my blog, I read yours regularly when I have time but haven’t yet commented 😉

    Kind regards, Rachel

  5. Vonnie

    Hi Graham,
    One more to add to the list is this screencast, T4
    Tips Podcast 8 – Bookmarks
    which is one of the resources from the Jordan School District’s site – professional development section. Jordan School District T4 – Transforming Teaching Through Technology The tutorial by Darren Draper should be easily understood by teachers getting started in social bookmarking and it provides an education perspective.
    “T4 – Transforming Teaching Through Technology” has many other tutorials with professional learning tips for educators. You can also subscribe to the podcast series.


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