My students work on a variety of websites on any given day, and that is just during their regular Numeracy and Literacy block. On top of that, many sites are located for their inquiry focus as well.
Here are two ways I have used digital bookmarking.
1. www.wikispaces.comEach year I set up a class wikispace and that grows through the year with our programme. Homework links are added to the homework pages, inquiry links to the inquiry pages etc. Here are screen shots of the page that I created for the Year 4 group (3 classes), for our current Inquiry - How The World Works (Forces of Nature).
As you can see, you can even embed video so that they do not need to go to You Tube to watch them. I have a link to the right that will take you to class and year group wikis
2) www.symbaloo.comThe second child-friendly bookmarking site is Symbaloo. Here you can create pages for each category that you want to to save links for. On that page, you create customised buttons for your students to click onto. Here are some screen shots of my student symbaloo, below.
and eLearning, and I have now started a page for their inquiry as well. You can see these page tabs along the top. I have a class username and password for this one that they use to open on each computer in the mornings, and they are away.
I have an account for myself too. This way when my work laptop gets upgraded every 3 years, I don't have to worry about loosing my bookmarks and I can access them from anywhere in the world. Below is a pic of my 'Daily' page. This page is logged into as I get to work and anything I would regularly use each day, is added to this page, e.g. the electronic roll, our class googledocs account where I conference with students over their published work for the current topic, our Weebly account where they are currently publishing their research onto their own websites, etc.
Digital Behaviour Management 2
Keeping Track of Students' Passwords
Digital Behaviour Management
ClassDojo from Kleisnpiration is an on-line behaviour monitoring software and is 100% free.
Visit her blog to see her clearly laid out instructions with screen shots. If you like the look of it, sign up here. It is really simple.
I have downloaded the smartphone app to my iPhone and plan to use it for awarding point etc. Will let you all know how it goes next term.