Social Bookmarking - What Is It and How Can I Use It?

Let's begin with what it is... I think you will find that this video does an excellent job of explaining the concepts behind social bookmarking.

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This tool allows you to bookmark and string web pages together to create a specific path to be followed. You add a trail mark with a sticky note to each page, which could be a commentary, a short summary, or questions about the content. Others may then post a comment on the trail marks.
April Chamberlain's K12 Online Conference Presentation - This is a tutorial that explains the features of this tool.
K12 Online Conference - This is an example of how Trailfire could be used for professional development.
Christopher Columbus - An example of a way to use Trailfire with students.
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Other ideas for the use of Trailfire:
Language Arts: book talks, author studies, research, teaching genre or real text application of reading skills such as making connections, inference, or summarizing
Science: webquests of any unit of study such as landforms, plants, animals, weather, or astronomy.
Social Studies: timeline of key events in a certain period of history, study of key people during a certain people, discussion of current events, webquests of specific units of study such as Native Americans, explorers, SC history, Civil War, immigration, the Great Depression, or the Cold War.


VoiceThread Response to Video
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This tool allows you to insert any type of image and then individuals may post comments through audio or text. Images could be photographs, PowerPoint slides, Smart Notebook screen captures, or anything else that could be saved as a JPEG or video..
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Ideas for the use of VoiceThread:
Language Arts: poetry discussion, book talks, discussion of story elements of a particular book, making predictions, inference, collaboration to orally create a story about a picture, peer evaluation of student writing
Math: show a math problem and have students explain the process of the operation, show a math problem and have students make up word problems to go with the number sentence
Science: share learning/observations of experiments and explorations (such owl pellets, magnets, force and motion)
Social Studies: discuss a primary document or historical picture
PBIS: discussion of appropriate behaviors in specific areas
Speech: discussion about an image that focuses on target speech sounds
Guidance: small group discussions about specific topics or character traits


This is the most versatile social bookmarking tool! Why is this our social bookmarking service of choice? It provides so many other useful features in addition to saving and sharing bookmarks! Diigo enables you to forward your saved sites to others, enhancing collaboration. It's also a great tool for researching because it allows you to highlight text and add sticky notes to any web page. Diigo provides another tool for collaboration by allowing the creation of user groups and discussion forums. Diigo also interacts with Delicious and other bookmarking tools through the use of the Add Elsewhere button. Web pages can be linked together through the use of the webslides feature.

Diigo Sample (White Knoll Elementary)

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Folksonomy (the art of using tags)
Tags are a collective way to label webpages, pictures or many other digital products. Tags are usually written with all lower-case letters, and you can't space between multiple words in a single tag. Here are some common tags:
Grade levels: kingarten, firstgrade, secondgrade, thirdgrade, fourthgrade, fifthgrade
Subjects: ela, math, science, socialstudies
Specific topics: poetry, addition, weather, civilwar
The more tags you add, the more specifically you'll be able to narrow down your search field.