Anyone geek who knows me knows that I LOVE Delicious.com. I am making (sometimes reluctant) converts of my 8th grade students. It’s not the actual tool- I think Diigo is just as valuable- it’s the ease with which I can share what I find with others. For this reason, I think it’s a GREAT way for teachers to share resources with their students and colleagues.
Here’s how it works. Delicious allows you to make an account, save bookmarks to it, and add tags and notes to those bookmarks. It’s online, so you don’t have to have your computer to access your bookmarks. It’s social, meaning that it’s available to the world unless I choose to make bookmarks private- in which case only I can see them.
Each time I create a bookmark I give it a tag which puts it into a specific category- history, science, LA, etc. I can put more than one tag in for a bookmark, allowing me to further categorize them for easy retrieval. I can also add notes about the site for clarity.
Once you have a couple of bookmarks saved, Delicious allows you to search by the tags you have created. For this example, I’ll search by the tag “biology” to show what the search results look like:
I have 6 sites that are tagged for biology. You can see that each of the results also has other tags. That’s because I added more than one tag for most every site. This will allow me to further customize my bookmarks.
I can provide the address for this site to my students. In this case, the address is:
Here’s the beauty of using a tool like Delicious.
- You have eliminated the need to write an address on the board and hope that your students can copy it correctly. Your original Delicious address can be emailed or posted on your website. Once.
- This is a dynamic site, meaning that each time I add a site and tag it with “biology,” my students will be able to see my new content immediately. No republishing or resending of links.
- You can create “tag bundles”- meaning you can tell Delicious that any number of tags are shown in one category. For example, I can tell Delicious that I want “ecology” “anatomy” “plants” to all show up under the Biology tag.
- You can create whatever tags you want. Perhaps it’s easier for you to create tags with your class names on them. You have the freedom to use whatever names you wish.
- Students do NOT need an account on Delicious to access your bookmarks.
Hints for use:
- Your students can search for you on Delicious. I made a simple username (lleimbach) that makes it easy to find me. Kids can all spell my name.
- I have over 1,000 sites bookmarked and did NOT have a good tag system before I started. Take the time to map out how you will categorize your sites before you start adding them.
- Teach students to use Delicious as a search engine. It can provide those that get distracted by Google with a more focused set of results.
The Frequently Asked Questions section of Delicious has a treasure trove of information about what you can do beyond the suggestions here.