I was excited to have this topic for two reasons:
- I have already started researching how tagging is used in education. In April 2005, I wrote a blog entry titled Tagging with del.icio.us for Educators. This was a very basic introduction to del.icio.us and how educators can use it. Now tagging seems to be used more in education and written about on different websites.
- I am also interested in the use of tagging in the nonprofit sector. In May 2006, there was a presentation at NetSquared on tagging. I participated in the tagging session in the remote conference and my notes are found here. After participating in this, I started compiling a list of websites that explained tagging. I also started researching information about tags being used in different industries. I think since tagging is very new, it is important to learn how it is used in different types of places.
Since I already had some knowledge about this topic, I contributed alot to the wiki, which ended up coming in 3rd place in the event.
I contributed content to the following sections:
- Benefits of Tagging for Educators
- How Can Teachers Use Tagging
- Benefits of Tagging Standards
- Proposal for Standards
- Websites Using Tags
I found a great article on eSchool News titled For some educators, tagging is 'it' . This helped me with content for the first two sections I worked on.
I added alot of content to the standards sections and came up with the idea for the proposal for standards. The basic idea was to include at least 3 tags in each resource.
The 3 tags are:
- Grade Level: Kindergarten, 1stGrade ......12thGrade
- Subject: Use a broad subject like Math or Science. High School teachers might want to be more specifc and add another tag for the subject like Algebra, Geometry, Biology, or Chemistry.
- Specific Tag: Add another tag that describes the resource in more detail. For example, you tag a site about adding fractions. You can use addition, fractions, or both.
An example of this tagging standard is :
11thGrade Math Algebra Addition Fractions
To find resources that are tagged with all 5 tags you would use
For more information, you can check out the wiki.