Most people I talk to have some sort of what might best be called an online routine. You know, the when and how of approaching what you need and want to see on the web each day. Personally, I take a scroll through my email, a few social media sites, and a couple of news apps on my phone each morning before I start the day. I don’t respond to emails or address any action items for the day at that time, but I just use it as a time to take a general overview for the day. A friend of mine always laughs when I mention that, because she prefers to only read emails and address them immediately, so she waits until she is at her desk in the morning to look at anything.
However you slice it, there’s a lot of information out there on the web that you come into contact with throughout the day. Sometimes, in my morning news and social media perusing, I find things that are relevant – to Edudemic, to friends, to family, or to personal interests. Social bookmarking tools are a great way to file all of this information away for you to sort through and address later. They’re great tools to boost your productivity, helping you to not be derailed when you find something of interest.
We’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite social bookmarking tools for you to check out. Do you have any favorites that we haven’t mentioned? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter, or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.
Delicious is one of the more well known social bookmarking tools available. It is free and simple tool that comes in website form, as a browser extension (you can also set a keyboard shortcut to use to save bookmarks), Android and iOS app. You simply save a link to the content in question, and you can go back to it at any time.
Diigo is another great tool for social bookmarking, but it offers a number of other great tools that enhance your bookmarking. Digital highlighters, annotation tools, easy collaboration, and archived webpages are just a few of the bonus features of Diigo. They also offer some stellar education upgrades especially for teachers and administrators. You can try it out for free, and they also offer a couple of levels of premium options (which get you things like unlimited cached pages and no ads, but the free version does allow you unlimited bookmarks). The company also offers ideas on Using Diigo in classroom , Using Diigo for Intentional Learning, Power of Diigo for building a PLN, Diigo in Education video, and how to Save, Share, and Teach with Diigo.
Most folks think of Evernote as just a notebook tool, but you can also save, categorize, tag, share and search links with Evernote. You can do this from within Evernote, but they also offer a separate tool called the Web Clipper, which is geared specifically towards this purpose. Super easy to use and free, too!
Scoop.it is pretty similar to Pinterest, and I’m pretty sure all of you are familiar with Pinterest by now (which is why I won’t bother giving it a separate listing in this article). Easy to use, Scoop.it allows you to make boards and curate content as you wish. You can share your boards, allow them to be searchable by the Scoop.It community, or make them private. Free trials are available and a couple of different pricing plans are available.
Learnist is another free social bookmarking tool, but it was designed especially for educators. Often referred to as the “Pinterest for Education”, the vast majority of users seem to be educators. Learnist allows users to easily curate boards of related information, which then join their huge crowd-sourced library of knowledge. This one is especially great for teachers since many users put together boards of information gathered to teach on a particular topic.