Sunday, December 04, 2005

del.icio.us for English teachers

One of the bright sparks in the Victorian Association of English Teachers (VATE), Greta Caruso, had the idea of gathering an extensive collection of interesting and valuable websites for secondary English teachers. I had the notion of combining this with the convenience of tagging and social bookmarking and thus the idea of http://del.icio.us/tag/VATE was born. The bookmarks are for sites that are especially useful for teachers in Victoria as they contain references to texts that are on the Year 12 list of texts for study but the websites are from all over and would no doubt be useful for any study of English, Literature or Language Arts for secondary school students. It is only a beginning at the moment and the tagging is in natural language so it may take a bit of getting used to. The idea would be to click on any tag to get other links of that tag or to add + novel to the adress bar to get all the VATE items that have the tag ‘novel’. At the moment there are five of these items giving useful site for the novels Wife of Martin Guerre by Janet Lewis, First they killed my Father by Loung Ung, I’m not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti, and others. The other items that have been bookmarked are items on Shakespeare, grammar, literary theory, engagement, resources on teaching language analysis and lots more: books, classroom, drama, education, educational, engagement, English, lesson, lesson_plans, links, literature, plays, poetry, reference, research, sonnets, teaching, text, texts, writing). There are a few blogs as well. Go on over and have a look if you're interested. Let me know if you find it useful , or if you have some ideas for improvement. If you are an English teacher and know some good sites for these categories you can tag them with VATE too to add to the list (if you have a delicious account). It's a free resource to save your bookmarks so you can have access to them anywhere, that anyone can have and I would recommend it. Just go to http://del.icio.us and get yourself a username.

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:17 pm

    I Jo. Please put on Robert Cole's A View From the Bridge blog, if you haven't already. http://arthurmillersview.blogspot.com/

    Good luck!

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  2. Yep, Janet, it's there. Thanks for your work.
    Jo

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  3. Hello there

    I feel a bit embarrassed about blowing my own trumpet, but I produced an introductory guide to del.icio.us for teachers that may help people who want to contribute to your collection of links, but who have never used del.icio.us.

    {I feel like a spammer! Feel free to delete this comment if you think it is inappropriate.}

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  4. Hi, David, this is a great resource. I have given it to some of the teachers at my school. It is a most appropriate link to have here so thanks.
    Jo

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  5. I just wanted to point out that the del.icio.us link is wrong. It should be http://del.icio.us... not http://delicious...

    Cheers

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  6. Thank you cnwb. It's fixed now.
    Jo

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  7. Hi ,

    This will be very useful for the english teachers at my school.

    Thanks

    Martin

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