In one of my buildings the principal puts out a newsletter every week called “The Friday Flyer” that she sends out via email to her staff. As of this week, I will be writing a short piece for that newsletter and will also post them here. Many of these things I’ve already blogged about, but maybe in a different context. I apologize for any redundancies. This is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather an overview.
Enhancing Professional Practice
Over the last few years, it seems that technology has exploded in Parkway. Every day it seems we’re getting something new or there is some new website or tool that is available. Truly, it’s hard to keep track of everything or to even stay current. So, going forward, I’m going to try to contribute to the Friday Flyer with tips, tricks, new things and project examples to bring you some of the possibilities. Sometimes I’ll include videos; sometimes audio and other times text. As you read through these topics, if something grabs your interest as something you’d like to try, let me know and I’ll help you figure out where it might work with your curriculum or in your teaching practice.
Today’s resource is something that many of you probably know about but it’ll be a good place to start.
I use a lot of different computers in both my personal and professional life. But, let’s be honest, things happen to computers. It’s not a matter of if it will have a problem, but when. Once upon a time, when my computer’s hard drive died, my browser bookmarks died with it. I’m pretty good about backing up files, but backing up bookmarks is kind of obnoxious and tedious. To get around this, I use an online bookmarking tool called Delicious (found at http://www.delicious.com).
Delicious is a social bookmarking site that allows you to tag and keep bookmarks like you would in a browser, but allows access on any computer with an internet connection. Each time you bookmark a site there is the option to categorize the site using tags that you create that can then be sorted and searched. Each tag and bookmark list also creates an RSS feed for subscriptions.
What’s nice about this is not only can you keep bookmarks for yourself, but you can also create bookmark lists for your classes as resources. If I were teaching a specific concept (such as theme in an English class), I could tag the resources I find around the web with the tag “theme” and point students to the url for that tag. Then anytime I find a new bookmark, my website is automatically updated with the new bookmark. Additionally, I am no longer tied to my computer for resources. If I’m talking with a team member and I have a resource that would work great for their lesson but my computer is in my room, I can just pull up that website and everything is there.
- Resource list
- Sharing sites with classmates
- All My Bookmarks (http://www.delicious.com/bill.bass)
- My bookmarks tagged “Google” (http://www.delicious.com/bill.bass/google)