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Saturday, March 25, 2006

A del.icio.us idea ...

I started having my students sign up for del.icio.us accounts last semester. I also installed something I call a del.icio.us box on all the class blogs.

We discussed it in all my classes on Thursday. I did a little demo in class. Using a projector I guided one of the students through the process of signing up for an account, installing a browser button and saving a link in del.icio.us. It took about 15 minutes to explain the idea and do the demo.

We began our spring break today, we go back to school on April 3. All my classes have a del.icio.us assignment for the break. They must sign up for del.icio.us accounts and then save at least one link for each unit we have studied, tagged appropriately, for the course they are taking: Pre-Cal 40S (pc40s), Applied Math 40S (am40s) and Calculus 45S (cal45s) -- the kids in the Calculus 45S class have to save 2 links each. The AP Calculus class (tag: apcalc) has had a del.icio.us box on their blog since November but they haven't really been adding to it since December. (Actually, the last few links were contributed by me.) The students have been instructed to choose links carefully, not randomly. This way for each link one person finds they can get over 20 others that have been just as thoughtfully selected.

If you have a del.icio.us account you can also use this as an additional means of communication with the classes in the commentary you include with each saved link. I did that when I posted a link to their del.icio.us boxes about how to use Word to post to blogger.

If you don't have a del.icio.us account you can read this tutorial on how to get started. You might also be interested in watching this screencast that illustrates just how powerful this web tool is.

Thank you for continuing to encourage excellence in all my students. ;-)

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