I evaluated Delicious and Diigo for use by teachers. Although they are both categoriezed at “social bookmarking tools”, I found them to be very different. Delicious lets you keep a list of bookmarks, find similar web pages bookmarked by other Dilicious users, as well as find bookmark lists of other users and correspond with other users. Diigo does all this but so much more. Diigo does everything that Delicious does and much more. deliciosDiigo allows one to highlight text on a web page and then share those annotations with others. Diigo also makes it simple to create teams that collaborate on web site collection. Diigo seems to be more of a collaborative reasearch tools and Delicious is more of a way to share and find good websites.

I recommend Delicious for situations when a teachers wants a quick way to create lists of websites as they find them, and share those lists with students.

Delicious meets the standards put forth here and here.

If one wanted students to participate in the collection of websites, and sharing annotations about websites I would recommend Diigo.

Wikispaces for Wikis

June 5, 2008

Wikispaces (http://www.wikispaces.com/) is my recommendation for educational Wiki tool. It meets the standards put forth here and here.wiki

This is a free service for teachers! It allows teachers to create wikis for students quite easily, although email accounts are needed. A teacher could though create a master user account to share, but this would allow anonymous content posting, which could be problematic.

Teachers create their own account and then make accounts using student email. Teachers can be administrator of student wikis, which I like as it will ensure inappropriate content can be removed as needed.

The wikis can be kept completely private, requiring permission to view or edit. The sites are ad free for k12 education.

Edublogs for Blogging

June 5, 2008

Edublogs (http://edublogs.org/) is my recommendation for teacher and student blogging. It meets the standards put forth here and here. not anymore, now using 21 classesedublogs

This is a free service! It allows teachers to create blogs for students quite easily, although email accounts are needed. They do offer a nice work around for this using a gmail trick. Teachers create their own account and then make accounts for students. Teachers have the option make theirselves as administrator of student accounts, which I like as it will ensure inappropriate content can be removed as needed. Unfortunately entire blogs cannot be kept private, but each post can be made private. There is a bit of advertising on the sites, but not to an intrusive degree.

The tool itself is incredibly powerful. It is built on WordPress, which is a well known professional blogging platform.