Capturing, Organizing and Sharing Information
When you find an article, resource or even OERs that you want to keep as reference material and perhaps share with your class or a colleagues at some point, there are two common cloud based approaches you could use: social bookmarking and/or using a note taking tool.
Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to organize, store, manage and search for bookmarks of resources online. Delicious, founded in 2003, popularized the terms “social bookmarking” and “tagging“. Tagging is a significant feature of social bookmarking systems, enabling users to organize their bookmarks in flexible ways and develop shared vocabularies known as folksonomies. (Wikipedia.com, 2011)
Recently, I’ve discovered Diigo by means of a discussion on the Algonquin Yammer network. I prefer this tool over Delicious because the applet is easy to use and install, I can highlight articles and add post-its to my saved links, and I find the tagging and search options easier to use then Delicious. I also see great potential in the sharing options for groups. Here’s a quick video orientation to some of the features of Diigo (excuse the lack of editing at the end).
Evernote, a versatile note taking, research and organizational tool is the tool of choice for Louisa Lambregts and Jerome Mizon of LTS. Louisa feels that, “Evernote is well-suited to collaboratively collecting and sharing research because you can share “notebooks” (or folders) to make them available for various people, and it syncs easily to all of the most commonly used devices, platforms and browsers available today. It also allows you to tag each “note” (or content entry), thus making it very easy to search your content.”
Jerome and others keep recommending Evernote on the Yammer network.
Other note taking tools such as OneNote and Google Docs could be used to store links for future use and are easily accessible. A follow up post will look at these tools as true note taking options.
If you have other tools you’d like to recommended for capturing, organizing and sharing information and the ways that you have used the with colleagues and students, please share them in the comments section.