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Saturday, March 25, 2006

A del.icio.us idea ...

We talked about this in class on Thursday. Students often find more, and better, sites than I do. You're better websurfers than I am. ;-) That got me thinking .....

I spend a lot of time looking for good websites that help us learn in this class. But what if we all spent a little time doing that? What if there was an easy way for us to both save our bookmarks (without cluttering up our favourites list) and share them with the whole class with the click of a single button? And what if we could access those bookmarks not just from home, but from any computer in the world? Hmmm .....

Well, there is an easy way to do that! Instead of saving bookmarks on your home computer sign up for a free account at a site called del.icio.us. You can then access them from any computer in the world. You can easily install a little button/bookmark that allows you to save any webpage you're looking at without interupting your surfing. Now we can all make recommendations to each other learning resources with the click of a single button in our del.icio.us accounts! Tag it using this tag:

cal45s

You should also tag each entry with several other words that indicate what it is about; things like: trig graphing stats circles etc. Also, include a brief descriptive clipping from the site (or type one in yourself).

As soon as someone starts saving links I'll add a del.icio.us box to the bottom of the sidebar of our blog. It will show the 10 most recently saved links automatically as you find them. There is will also be a link to the entire archive that you can browse at your leisure.

You can read this tutorial on how to get started with del.icio.us. You might also be interested in watching this screencast that illustrates just how powerful this web tool is.

Remember, this is part of your homework for Spring Break. You must save at least two links for each unit we have studied so far. Try not to post a link that someone else has already found. You can see what's already been posted by looking in our archive.



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