Social Bookmarking – Waterville Grand Hotel

November 7th, 2011

Social Bookmarking sites allow users to store, organize and search for bookmarks  to online resources. Descriptions may be added to these bookmarks in the form of metadata, so users may understand the content of the resource without first needing to download it for themselves. Such descriptions may be free text comments, votes in favour of or against its quality, or tags.

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.

Many social bookmarking services provide web feeds for their lists of bookmarks, including lists organized by tags. This allows subscribers to become aware of new bookmarks as they are saved, shared, and tagged by other users.


  1. Kathy
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:27 | #1

    We use PortaPortal extensively with our K-6 population. Works well.

  2. Charlie Hartman
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:27 | #2

    I started with Delicious, but recently I heard that Drigo is the way to go.

  3. Jason Allen
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:27 | #3

    What makes a social bookmarking site different from a blog or a discussion board?

  4. Lrichter
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:27 | #4

    Delicious is delicious..finding numerous resources that others have mined is valuable. Haven’t tweeted much lately, dmgo dunno.

  5. Lori
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:27 | #5

    I use the bookmarking site PortaPortal with my students. How is this different than social bookmarking?

  6. Jwells
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:28 | #6

    I love Delicious, I bookmark everything I think will be useful for educators there. However, I’m a little saddened by the reboot of the site, it seems to have taken some of the ‘social’ aspect of it – I can’t immediately see how many other folks have tagged a site, and my networks have all but gone!

  7. November 8th, 2011 at 11:29 | #7

    Testing to see if image loaded…

  8. Jason Allen
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:30 | #8

    Where does Edmodo fall?

  9. Anonymous
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:31 | #9

    Edmodo social networkingn

  10. Jason Allen
    November 8th, 2011 at 11:54 | #10

    Having used none of these but looking them over during this session, it appears that Diigo has many features that would be useful in the classroom. Despite the fact that their tutorial video misspelled browser.

  11. Anonymous
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:00 | #11

    lol…if they can’t spell browser..hmmmmn

  12. Lisa Pierpont
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:18 | #12

    Our school uses the Portaportal book marking site. Our students are trained to use this link to access their teachers links to enhance their classroom activities, and research.

  13. Lorraine Post
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:19 | #13

    I do not use professional or personal, but would like to learn.

  14. Markbennett
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:20 | #14

    Social networking could be used as a great tool for schools to get information out to parents and students. The problem is that students struggle with the distraction if it is available to them during the school day. Also the appropriateness of what they post. The are impulsive with what they post without thinking about who might see and read their posts.

  15. scottboz
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:21 | #15

    I’ve heard other teachers refer to using it but have never taken time to use them myself…so let’s do some exploring!

  16. Scott Hall
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:24 | #16

    I would love to hear how other schools are using these tools in the classroom.

  17. Dcarrillo
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:26 | #17

    I am using portaportal with my students.

  18. Dcarrillo
    November 8th, 2011 at 12:46 | #18

    Twitter…opened an account and will experiment…

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