Social bookmarking

Social bookmarking applications allow users set up a web-based collection of URLs (bookmarks).

It is similar to setting up favourites in a browser, but the advantage is the collection is stored on the web, so it's available anywhere there is an internet connection.

The bookmarks can be organised into collections by putting 'tags' on them.

Users can make their lists public, so there are opportunities to share useful websites with others.

Service providers Examples Uses in education
Some social bookmarking tools are:
  • Learners could work as a team to bookmark items of common interest and build up a knowledge bank.
  • A teacher could direct learners to particular sites by setting up an account for a group or learners, tagging resources and then making the URL available to the learners.
  • Learners can be encouraged to network and communicate with who use the same tags and are likely to have the same interests.
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