I've been scouring the web trying to find some teacher friendly resources to help my staff colleagues get into using del.icio.us. Why del.icio.us? 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 del.icio.us, 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 Del.icio.us. (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 Del.icio.us 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 del.icio.us, 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?
Thanks for your kind words – I’ve got a few intro’s you can find in my ‘tutorial’ category on my blog.
I went straight to the Andrew Brown screen cast. Fantastic, thanks for that.
I will be alerting the staff at my school to this screencast.
Intro to del.icio.us? - pedersondesigns
A good pdf is available from Alan November http://nlcommunities.com/communities/files/2991/83887/Delicious Instructions_Short.pdf. Also I have other useful Delicious tools for training under my delicious tag at my own delicious account at http://del.icio.us/heyjude
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 Del.icio.us
This screencast Sceencasts CA provides a general background on social bookmarking and tagging with some tips and tricks for Del.icio.us, especially around cleaning up bookmarks.
Check this resource Screencasts Ca for an introduction to social bookmarking and tips for Del.icio.us.
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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
One more to add to the list is this screencast, T4
Tips Podcast 8 – Del.icio.us 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.