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18. Supporting teachers in sharing resources though social tagging in LRE

by Metaschool LLP Project — last modified 2011-01-08 04:14

DETAILS : In this module teachers can learn how to share resources though social tagging when using the Learning Resource Exchange (LRE). The LRE is a service for schools to find educational content from many different countries and in many different languages.

Tags can be used for searching purposes, but if you wish to share your resources with other teachers, you need to create your own Favourite collections of learning resources with tags. This allows sharing resources easily with your pupils and other teachers, but also makes it easy to find your favourite resources easily again. To learn how to use the LRE portal, look at this module .

PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES : Teacher knows what are tags and what are they used for. They also learn how to add and use tags on the LRE portal to find and share learning resources.

PROCESS : In this exercise, you will first watch the video "introduction to the MELT project" where the use of tags is discussed. Then, continue to read the presentation "Networking learning communities: Open Educational Resources to learn more about the importance of tags to build communities of teachers across the borders in Europea. To finnish the exercise, watch two interviews with teachers about why and how do they use tags. Last, use the tutorial video of the LRE portal to learn how to search the LRE portal using tags and how to add your own tags.


TAG = Tag is a type of metadata that is created by users. The tag is associated with the object, in this case with the digital learning resource. The tag helps you to find the resource easily again through the tag cloud. If many users add the same tag, e.g. "brain", to learning resouces that they find on that given topic on the portal, they can create an easy collection of resources. To share these resources is easy, only to click on this tag on the tagcloud.

TAGGING = Collaborative tagging is regarded as a democratic metadata generation, i.e. rather than an individual like a librarian controlling the metadata, it is generated by both the creator and consumers of the content.

SOCIAL TAGGING/BOOKMARKING = Social bookmarking is a web-based service to share Internet bookmarks (like the ones that you can save on your browser) and a popular way to store, classify, share and search links through on the Internet or Intranet.

TAG CLOUD = A weighted list in visual design, can be used as a visual depiction of content tags used on a website. More frequently used tags are depicted in a larger font or otherwise emphasised, while the displayed order is generally alphabetical. Thus, both finding a tag by alphabet and by popularity is possible. Selecting a single tag within a tag cloud will generally lead to a collection of items that are associated with that tag./p

Why would teachers tag?

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