Like most teachers I have collected masses of resources over the years and created masses more. Lots of my resources which I believe to be free of copyright are stored online and catalogued with the excellent www.delicious.com.
As I’m sure most readers are aware Delicious.com is a great social bookmarking website. It’s a place to save all of your bookmarks online, so that they are accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. If you’re new to Delicious then this Common Craft video sums it up best:
I have tagged numerous web based resources along with the specific urls of lots of Word/Excel/Powerpoint/Activstudio files. The files are all stored on the excellent www.getdropbox.com.
Dropbox gives you 2Gb of free online storage space. Dropbox works best when you install the client on your computer (Windows/Mac/Linux compatible). The installer creates a ‘My Dropbox’ folder on your computer. Anything that you store in this folder is automatically replicated on the Web and on any other machine you install Dropbox on. This makes it great for synchronising files between different machines.
I have stored all of the resources that I want to share in the ‘Public’ Dropbox folder, this one is viewable by all.
To catalogue a file in Delicious, go to the file, click ‘Copy Public url’ and paste this into a new bookmark on Delicious.
This bookmark is then tagged with as many descriptive words as possible.
These bookmarks include numerous pdf files from the National Strategies site which I have cut up into manageable parts. I hope that the National Strategies are happy with this educational use of their, at times, excellent resources. If any person feels I am sharing material to which they own copyright, or who would like full credit given, please contact me and I will amend it to your wishes immediately.
I have included the tag msow in all of my bookmarks. I did this as I wanted to be able to differentiate these as bookmarks for teaching purposes (msow originally stood for ‘maths scheme of work’ as there are Delicious links at the bottom of each page of my online scheme of work).
If there are other Maths teachers out there with existing Delicious accounts can I suggest we all agree on a common tag such as this? It would make searching for resources more focussed. A search for ‘Data‘ brings up too many links unsuitable for teaching, but one for ‘Data+msow‘ would just bring up ours.
So if you’d like to join my network, follow the link below. If you’d like to follow the idea of a common tag for Maths teaching resources then please leave a comment.