delicious: A Resource for Teachers and LearnersPosted: Wed 08.24.2011
We are about to kick off the new academic year and I will be doing a session at TA training here at Lehigh to orient new graduate students and TAs to the different technologies to utilize in and out of the classroom. It will be the first time doing an edtech-specific presentation for students, so I have been going through my favorite tools to figure out what to share with them and what they hopefully will share with their students. While I’ve been working through this PowerPoint (yeah, PowerPoint, what are you going to say about it?), I have been thinking a lot about the tool delicious and how underutilized it is.
As an educator of global studies and education, I see collaboration as an essential feature to hearing different voices, learning new resources, and establishing best practices within an emerging, but essential, field of study. For my own work, I love to use delicious as both an organizational tool to get resources to students and as a way to share resources that I find with colleagues. I have found other education professionals with similar interests, and by following their finds, it has given me a richer set of resources to read. Beyond that, my hope is that the resources I share would be helpful to another global citizenship/education professional.
Another way in which you can use Delicious is to engage students in the process of creating useful resource lists for their fellow learners. For instance, say you are teaching around the topic of war and conflict, an assignment you can give is having each student compile a list of best Internet resources related to their topic. Using the tag description function, they can give an overview of the topic they covered and some inset into why they chose their specific resources. This type of task achieves a few goals. First, the student will have read a good amount of content around their conflict zone. Secondly, they are teaching to their peers in a constructivist moment that makes them the subject matter expert. And finally, the student must exercise media literacy skills to distinguish legitimate resources with trustworthy content.
Delicious is a multifaceted tool that can act as an aid for teaching, a means for personal organization, and a collaborative tool for professional development. So, go to it! And, if you set up such a list, feel free to share it below in the comments section.