If any of my seventh graders see that I’m sure they’ll point out that you can’t “DO” delicious (at least I certainly hope they will). And why is that, class? Because “delicious” is an adjective, not a verb! Then perhaps I should be more precise. I’m referring to del.icio.us which is what’s known as a social bookmarking service. So now I guess we can say that del.icio.us is a noun. Thus ends your grammar lesson for today.
And what is “social bookmarking”, you may ask? Lest you start to think of it as a group of gray-haired librarians sitting around knitting bookmarks, allow me to explain. Social bookmarking is a method of storing, organizing, and managing all those internet bookmarks you used to save to your computer. Now you can do that on an internet website like del.icio.us or furl. One of the advantages of using a social bookmarking website is that it allows the user to save favorite websites to their account from any computer.
Let’s say I were to start doing research for an upcoming speech project for my seventh graders this weekend. If I find any interesting websites I can save them to my del.icio.us account. But what happens if I’m sitting at the desk in my classroom Tuesday afternoon and I find the perfect website that will help bring the entire project together? Do I save it to my school computer, email the link to myself at home, and hope that my email goes through? No. I save it to my del.icio.us account and stop worrying!
The other benefit I really enjoy is that I can share all of my links with other teachers who are in my network. When I join their network, with the click of a mouse, I can see all of the great information that they’ve been finding out there on the web. And the use of tags (think of these as keywords) enables me to find exactly the information I’m looking for.
Are you ready to have a look? Then follow the link to my del.icio.us account on the left-hand side of this blog (or click on the links in this post) and check out what I’ve been reading.
Oh, and did I mention it’s completely free!!