OnThis week was the introduction of "Social Bookmarking" for use in the classroom or within your PLN. I have actually been using social bookmarking for almost 10 years. Many years ago, I really needed this tool to help me organize and sort through all of the different tools and activities I wanted to try. After several of the tools I had invested time and effort in, went away, I honestly just stopped using them. It's not that I didn't need them anymore, but maybe that I found other ways to organize. I love the idea of keeping information in this type of format, except that I rarely go back and dig through the sites I saved. So then I have to ask myself, why spend the time doing this if I don't utilize it to its fullest extent? I now wonder if anyone else has experienced this same phenomena. My favorite part of the tool is the ability to share and build a list of resources together as a group. I think this is probably the greatest feature. I also really like that when building a resource list, you can share it with others. I can see this being useful during class projects and collaborative group work. When a group of people work together to gather resources, the end results are much better than when one person tries to do it on their own. The key in that instance though would be organizational ground rules that everyone would have to follow in the build. Social bookmarking definitely has its benefits and its purpose.
One project I have been working on at my own school is the development of a webinar calendar. Our school has decided to give teachers PD hours for taking webinars online and learning new things. While I create online courses for the teachers, this extension of what I am doing should help to grow the teachers in a greater capacity. I am not an expert on every subject in every curriculum field. Allowing teachers the flexibility to take courses from content experts around the globe will hopefully prove to be beneficial in a number of ways. In doing that, I have created a shareable google calendar that people can join, but sometimes you miss a webinar and really want to go back and watch it. I have started building a Diigo bookmark collection of places teachers can go to see archived webinars through the tags PD, Archives and Webinars. The tags are a great way to sift through the endless amounts of resources one has saved. Using them effectively can be incredibly beneficial in the long run. I am hoping that through the help of my PLN and maybe my classmates as well, that this site will become rich with archived resources that teachers can quickly access and get into the learning.
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