Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Social Bookmarking with Delicious

Social Bookmarking sites like delicious.com allow you to bookmark sites you like, organize them, share them with others, and access them from any computer or browser.  Each student in TTP CALL will use their own delicious account to maintain a record of sites hey find interesting or useful. 

You can register for delicious at: https://secure.delicious.com/register
If you have a Yahoo ID, you can use that to login.
To install Delicious browser buttons go to: http://delicious.com/help/tools
To add buttons to Firefox, click here .
For Internet Explorer, click here

You'll need to close your browser and then open it again.  You should then see the Delicious buttons on your browsers.  Login to Delicious and you can start saving bookmarks.

Any time you want to save a link to your Delicious account, just click the tag icon.


Delicious Tagging
For Social Bookmarking sites to be useful, it's important to tag each bookmark.  
When saving it make sure there is a Title  that  will help you know what that page is when you see it listed
When first tagging a bookmark (red arrow), you can add tags like listening, reading, vocabulary, etc (yellow rectangle).   If the bookmark is for this class, please include the tag 'learningcall'.  If you it a bookmark that you don't want others to see you can check 'do not share' (orange arrow).
.Where it says 'Notes',  write a short description and/or tell me why you think that site is interesting or useful. 

Common tags that can be used include
  • Listening
  • Speaking 
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Thinking
  • Activities
  • Assessment
  • Blogging
  • Drama
  • Games
  • Microblogging
  • Music
  • Podcasting
  • Presentation
  • SocialNetworking
  • VirtualEnvironments
  • Culture
  • obstacles
  • Design
  • Filtering
  • Gender
  • LearningStyles
  • Licensing
  • Copyright
  • ProfessionalDevelopment
  • Research
  • Theory 

If you want to edit bookmarks you've already saved, log in to your delicious page, and click 'edit' below your link.  You can then add or change tags.   You should then see tags below your bookmarks (orange rectangle), and be able to look at a particular category of your links by clicking the tags listed on the right side (yellow box).

The 'social' part of social bookmarking is being able to see sites that others have bookmarked and tagged. This is a useful way to find sites of interest.  The numbers with the blue background (724 and 249 in the above image)  tell you how many other users have bookmarked that site.
You can look for book marks by using URL's like:
Take a few minutes to look through the links above or find links related to your topic of interest using this kind of URL structure - http://delicous.com/tag/tag1+tag2
Add site you like to our own delicious bookmarks.

If you're still not sure how to use Delicous,   Watch the Delicious Screencast   and take a look at this guide.   Additional  help here

Task: Register at Delicious, install the browser plugin (if it isn't already installed), and bookmark at least three CALL related sites that seem interesting to you.

Add the URL of your delicious account (e.g. http://del.cious/jefflebow/) to your portfolio page


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