Many of you are already familiar with the social bookmarking site known as del.icio.us, but for those of you that aren’t you should set aside some time to explore it.
It’s primary purpose is to provide you an online solution to store your bookmarks and favorites. So if you use one computer at school and another at home, you can always get easy access to your bookmarks. However, that’s just beginning to scratch the surface.
What makes the site special is that it’s a social bookmarking site. You have the ability to browse other people’s bookmarks (you can find mine here), and you can also search the communities bookmarks by keywords known as ‘tags’. This may sound simple, but it can be incredibly powerful.
For example, this is a generic search for the word "Education". It will pull out the most recent things that people have bookmarked and tagged with the word Education. You never know exactly what you’ll find there, but you might find news, sites you could use with your students, or content that might be perfect for your subject area (I’m thinking social studies teachers could use this one).
There’s also a link there to rate the sites by popularity. The cream rises to the top, right? The more people that bookmark a site, the ‘better’ it probably is. Some of the sites might not be too practical to you (like how to turn Mentos and Diet Cokes into a dancing fountain, or 10 grammer mistakes that make you look stupid), but others could be incredibly valuable. If you’re a math teacher, you’d find a new way to teach multiplication and a site that has hundreds of resources for you and your students.
And that’s just a taste. If you have an aggregator, every page you look at in del.icio.us has an RSS feed associated with it. You can subscribe to anybody’s bookmarks, or any search that you do.
So as you make your summer plans, set aside some time to explore del.icio.us, you might be very surprised at what you find there!