Last May, Steve Dembo (@teach42 on Twitter), from Discovery Education, asked if I would be interested in participating in their Summer School 2010 webinar series. It did not take me long, maybe 30 seconds, to agree on presenting as part of the PLN Week. Steve asked if I would discuss Social Bookmarking (Social Bookmarking in Plain English) while focusing on a few web based resources that folks could use to collect their resources. In preparing for the webinar, I used one of my favorite web 2.0 tools, Livebinders, to collect my resources as well as using it to present from early in the session. I started off the session by introducing some websites that included Share Tabs, fur.ly, LinkBunch, and others that can compile a collection of website URLs into a single URL that could be shared via website or social network. If you are interested in learning more about each one of those sites or others covered take a look at the embed Livebinder.
“Simplify Virtually”After introducing those three sites, I turned my focus to Delicious followed by Diigo. It was about four or five years ago that Wesley Fryer (@wfryer on Twitter) introduced to me to this resourceful social bookmarking website. Delicious has come a long way since my joining of the site. I really like how they are starting to allow users to “group” bookmark sources in categories based on your own creative thinking. Another feature, currently in “beta” mode, is the ability to preview the websites directly from your Delicious account bookmarks. As I covered Delicious, it was interesting watching the chat conversation go on between the webinar participants. I would say that Delicious and Diigo were well represented. In making my transition from covering Delicious to Diigo I brought up the FAQ page for Delicious and all participants were able to view key points I had highlighted. Those highlights were made by using Diigo. Diigo has numerous features for all ranges of users as well as a side for educators. The education side was a result of Diigo users requesting for a safe functionality that district filters/policies would permit. The other great thing about the education version of Diigo is how teachers can create classes along with student accounts without providing personal information. Then those accounts can be placed in groups providing private discussions, sharing of sticky notes, and daily or weekly digest of bookmarks shared with their specific group. If you are interested in learning more about Diigo (now Version 5.0) please watch the following video.
Diigo V5: Collect and Highlight, Then Remember! from diigobuzz on Vimeo.I want to express my gratitude to Steve Dembo, Discovery Education, and my fellow “STARS” for making my first experience presenting in any DEN webinar series. For those of you unable to participate in the webinar, I have embed the recorded webinar at the bottom of this post. Finally, I encourage everyone that is asked to present to do so for this opportunity has my blood pumping again and looking forward to working with students and teachers. Best of luck to everyone as the 2010-2011 school year begins!