Kelsi's Insight on Education

I was a Dr. Smith NOW… I’m a Dr. Brown

Posted on: July 22, 2010

Being a *new* Mac user/purchaser, (I purchased my first in September 2009), I have used the Safari Browser bookmark feature, effortlessly and extensively. In fact, I have 276 bookmarks on my browser, right now. (Weight Loss, Wedding, Houses, Bills, School Resources, News, Social, Banking, etc.) I carry my Mac just about everywhere I go, it’s an extension of myself. I also have a one-sided, ever-growing love affair, with Gmail (well, all things Google, really) and the search feature and multi-folder tagging, makes it pretty easy to keep track of websites that I like and want to go back to. Oh sure, I’ve heard of Delicious before. I even get excited, when I receive a new e-mail alert, from our Instructional Technology Specialist, with new links she’s added to her Del.icio.us page. Now, taking ED 620, I’m even more familiar with Del.icio.us and other social bookmarking websites, such as, StumbleUpon and Diigo. But, why would I want to create my own? Well, now I’m asking (while kicking myself…) why wouldn’t I have wanted to create my own!?

A few months ago, I brought my Mac computer to a friend’s house in Dubois. I wanted to show her a picture of my wedding dress, which was bookmarked on my Safari web browser. A couple of my friends jabbed at me and stated, “Why did you bring your computer? Can’t you be without it for just a few hours!?” My response was that my dress and other wedding blogs and favorites were bookmarked, which shut them up. I wish now, one of them would have suggested social bookmarking and made fun of me for not thinking of it myself.

Also, looking back on my first year teaching, social bookmarking would have been VERY beneficial to me. Because, even though I left my students and the school, it didn’t mean I was done with my work day. Though, I THOUGHT I was perfectly content e-mailing links to my school e-mail address, to revisit or show my students, there’s a simpler way. I remember a couple of morning when I was re-Googling a website at school and didn’t find it as quickly as I needed to or hoped.

During this past week in class, I came across an article called  7 Things You Should Know About Social Bookmarking. There’s a scenario played out about a Dr. Smith, who “…uses folders in his Web browser to organize bookmarks of online resources…at times he will discover that his essential bookmarks are on his home machine while he is at the office. Other times he is fairly confident that the bookmarked site is on his machine, but the process of finding one site out of hundreds of bookmarks is more difficult than refinding it using Google.” In the same scenario, there is Dr. Brown who “…uses del.icio.us to manage her bookmarks. When Dr. Brown finds a Web site to bookmark, she “right clicks” the site to add it to her del.icio.us account and “tags” it with a few relevant keywords… Dr. Brown has a few other advantages as well. When she bookmarks a site, del.icio.us tells her how many others bookmarked the same site. If she clicks on that number, she can see exactly who else bookmarked the site and when they found it. A further click shows her the bookmark collections of others interested in “her” site. Finally, if she chooses a common tag, Dr. Brown can see all of the other sites with that tag. This makes group collection and aggregation of bookmarks very easy.” Hence, the name of my post… I was a Dr. Smith… Now… I’m a Dr. Brown.

Now, I wouldn’t go into Del.icio.us just to login to my Facebook page. But, for just about everything else… I’m glad I finally made a personal account on Del.icio.us!

Something to get YOU started… Del.icos.us in Plain English

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1 Response to "I was a Dr. Smith NOW… I’m a Dr. Brown"

Very interesting post. While I was student teaching, social bookmarking would have been a VERY useful resource. It’s wonderful that we have the technology for an easy to use, accessible anywhere site to leave all the bookmarks that we use. I use Delicious a fair bit in my personal and professional life, and it’s nice to be able to access the same sites at work as home..when the content filter allows, that is.

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