Wednesday, May 1, 2013


According to Wikipedia, "A social bookmarking service is a centralized online service which enables users to add, annotate, edit, and share bookmarks of web documents. Many online bookmark management services have launched since 1996; Delicious, founded in 2003, popularized the terms "social bookmarking." My favorite is still Delicious, but more and more social bookmarking sites are popping up due to the massive shift to store in the cloud and not on individual computers.

A few weeks ago at an English department meeting, Ms. Sirof introduced us to Symbaloo. It's another free social media site now available in the US, that enables users to access your bookmarks anywhere. Symbaloo is a personal Internet desktop. What I love about Symbaloo is the layout. It looks clean and organized.  The first step is to create an account; all you need is an email address. "By opening a free account, you can save your settings and get access to your personal tiles and webmixes anywhere in the world." The instructions on the Symbaloo website are simple to follow: "By clicking on a tile, you can immediately start using a website. You can drag & drop tiles, add tiles or delete them. Some tiles start a small application in the center box. This enables you to directly search in Google, read the latest news or even check your emails. We call these tiles 'widgets'. Would you like to add a tile that links to a website? Just type the name of the subject or the website and click 'search'. You can easily drag the tile to the grid. For each subject you can have a new webmix on Symbaloo. You can easily switch between the webmixes by clicking on the tabs. To add a new webmix you click on the '+'."

I created an account a few days ago and have found real value for students and teachers alike. For example, if you are researching an author/musician/artist for Ms. Sirof's class this week you can create a mix of Websites that provide you with information on your selected individual. Once it is saved, you do not have to go hunting for that great Website you found because it is already there in your mix. This makes Works Cited pages a breeze because everything is stored in one place. Need help? Come into the library and we will get you started. 

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