I've been a long-time user of Furl (I think I may have discovered it in a course with Brian Lamb...thanks!). Started when I was working on my MET because it allowed me to save resources AND helped me build APA-style references. I could save out my collections in a tiny opml file which I later used to populate other social bookmarking services I was playing with. It allows me to annotate, save clippings from a web page and saves a copy of the web page (useful when they move one of your favourite sites!)
Gina, I'm glad that you find MIT's OpenCourseWare helpful but I haven't had the same success. I've found two courses I want to Canadianize but, for the most part, I have had more success finding useful OERs from more modular OER approaches such as those I find in Connexions and the UK's OpenLearn.
I've found some nuggets on Merlot (I like the peer-reviews) and I tripped over an awesome site for basic math and physics resources called Hippocampus
- (check out the Calculus courses!)
Back to social bookmarking sites...I've been dragged from my favourite Furl to Diigo
which has some amazing features that make it far easier to repurpose the nuggets I find and share them with other teachers. Diigo has all the power and ease of delicious
, it allows me to annotate, tag and share my bookmarks with colleagues. The extra advantages Diigo provides are:
- I can organize my web pages into collections called Lists
- I can tag and annotate collected pages and I can email them to friends. They have a nifty annotation feature that allows me to highlight the sentences in a web page that I want to focus on. I can attached a comment (private or public) and then anyone who has a Diigo account will see the highlight and the comments when they visit the same web page. Very useful for starting a targeted discussion.
- a handy little device called Webslides creates an automatic slide show (like a PowerPoint that can be emailed) that I use for quick presentations
- I can sign people up into Groups where everyone posts the links they find relevant to a specific topic. I can start up an online discussion within a group and I can Twitter about it (if I felt like twittering which I don't!)
- They've also created a special educator account that allows me to form groups without requiring all members to provide their emails. I can sign them up by their first names if I choose (makes some people way more comfortable)
Back to OERs....like others who posted before me...I get my best finds from the OER-related blogs I subscribe to...