Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata. In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine.
- Wikipedia, Retrieved at 7:13, Sunday, January 4th, 2009

What is Social Bookmarking?

David Warlick's Guide

7 Things You Should Know about Social Bookmarking from Educause EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

Ideas Around Social Bookmarking

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1. create a set of resources that can be accessed on any computer connected to the Internet
2. conduct research and share that research with your peers
3. track author and book updates
4. groups of students doing a classroom project sharing their bookmarks, a teacher subscribed to their rss feed to see the direction of their research. (FURL - teacher can review and comment on resources that are bookmarked)
5. resource teacher does a PD event with a group of teachers creates a shared account where teachers can post research and information bookmarks that they gather throughout the year. All members continuously benefit from this shared resource.
6. rate and review bookmarks to help with students decide on usefulness of resources
7. setup a group tag in order to share educational resources (IE. Dekita Exchange and on this wiki in Geocaching for Educators)
8. unintended learning through the discovery of resources and information shared by others through their bookmarks
9. Share links to current news itemsz that relate to classroom discussions.
10. Examine the popularity of a web site that a student had listed and examine those who have tagged that resource in order to find new resources. (and perhaps unintended learning opportunities)
11. Share one account between a number of different subject specific educators or a school in order to share resources with each other. (see Willowdale Elementary School and District6
12. Share one account between a large number of educators across a school district that teach in diverse settings in order to create a broad and deep set of resources. (see Traverse City Area Public Schools for district wide social bookmarking)
13. Students bookmark on a subject before a lesson (as a reading exercise), then review those sites after the ‘talk and chalk’ part of the lesson.
14. Students bookmark sites during a lecture, then review during question time.

Find Educators Using Social Bookmarking Sites

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Preservice Teachers

Elementary Teachers
Secondary Teachers
Educational Technology Leaders
Higher Education