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Social Bookmarking Explained for Teachers

Social bookmarking is a new concept that has seen the light with the emergence of bookmarking services like the ones I cited below.Semantically speaking, ' social bookmarking' is made up of the the term " social " which is related to society and general interactions between people, and the verb " to bookmark " (used here as a gerund ending in ing) which has to do with recording and/or saving content for both later use and quick access. Weaving the semantic reference of the two words results in social bookmarking as we know it today : a collaborative and collective saving and sharing of web content.

Social bookmarkers depend on the power of their community members to elaborate and expand on what they have bookmarked through commenting, tagging,highlighting, and sharing. It is a reciprocal process in which you share bookmarks with your colleagues and they interact with what you have bookmarked by, for instance adding comments, or you access what they have themselves bookmarked and interact with it in some sort of way. Some like to draw lines between content curation and social bookmarking but for me I really do not see much difference other than the latter being inclusive of the earlier. By implication, social bookmarking includes content curation.

Below are some of the best social bookmarking tools for teachers . Check them out and let us know if you have other suggestions. Enjoy

1- Pinterest

Pinterest is a hybrid of both content curation and social bookmarking. It is a platform that enables users to visually bookmark digital content and share it with others. Through creating and sharing boards with others, users get to discuss, access, and collaborate on curating resources relevant to their interest. When on Pinterest don't forget to check and follow  the official board of this blog.

2- Learnist

I am not really a huge fan of this platform. Learnist is a little bit similar to Pinterest in that it focuses on visuals in bookmarking and has also boards for bookmarked content.

3- Diigo

This is another great social bookmarking web tool for teachers. It is probably the quintessence of the concept social bookmarking. using Diigo, you get to bookmark content into lists that can be accessed by others. You can also access bookamrks of others and tag them into different categories.

4- Educlipper

This more focused on content curation, Educlipper allows you to bookmark sites, share files, and discuss them with others. You can create an Educlipper board and invite others to visit it and share comments on the content curated in it. Educlipper is ideal for classroom usage.

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