Over the next 30 days a small group of YALSA bloggers will post ideas and information about positive uses of social networking tools in schools and libraries. Here’s positive use #1.
del.icio.us is a great tool for collecting and publishing resource lists. In a public and school library teens can use deli.cio.us to collect reviews of materials that should be purchased for the library, bookmark and annotate resources that support classroom projects, and collaborate on collecting resources on topics of interest from music to web design and from favorite authors to craft how-to tips.
If teens are interested in using deli.cio.us as a information/resource gathering tool they could setup a joint account. (This would allow the teens to collect resources together in one deli.cio.us area.) Then, wherever the teens are, if they find a resource that fits their deli.cio.us focus they can quickly and easily login to their joint account, add the link, annotate the link, and off they go. deli.cio.us even has RSS feeds so that others who are collecting resources on the same topic in the same deli.cio.us space will know something new has been added.
The TWIT (This Week in Tech) podcast uses del.icio.us to collect news stories during the week. Each person who will be on TWIT has access to the del.icio.us account and can add and read the stories that might be discussed on the week’s episode. Just like these podcasters, teens can collaborate on information gathering and sharing with this social networking tool.
If DOPA is passed many teens will no longer have the opportunity to use del.icio.us in a library or school setting – where they could learn how to use the tool safely and effectively.