What is Tagging?

Tagging, the practice of attaching a descriptive word or phrase to a piece of online content for the purpose of linking it to other related content, has become a mainstream activity. Tagging is now being used in very creative and functional ways by people in all kinds of communities, scholarly and otherwise, and even allows researchers to dynamically create coding and classification schema that reflect the collective wisdom of their community. Nearly every website designed for sharing media — whether audio, video, images or other media — includes a field for the author to tag the media at the time of upload. Most all of these sites also allow viewers to add their own tags. Social bookmarking sites allow users to tag — and in some cases, highlight and annotate — web pages for easy retrieval later. The power of community tagging is that large collections can be built easily by leveraging the collective efforts of the community. In the hands of students, it can also be a powerful way to develop information and knowledge management skills.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Those who work with learners with special educational needs often need access to specialised and hard to find resources and tools. Tagging can help them locate suitable applications and products. - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 21, 2011
  • Teachers are often unaware of good quality content freely available outside their own country and language. Tagging can help them locate them. - roger.blamire roger.blamire
  • Tagging helps teachers avoid rights issues; if they know a resource is cleared for use eg by Creative Commons attributes, they know they won't be tracked down and billed by a copyright owner. - roger.blamire roger.blamire Feb 21, 2011
  • Essential for information organisation and retrieval, as well as sharing and aggregating across member users..e.g. delicious, diigo, pinboard . Tagging becomes collaborative learning. - judy.oconnell judy.oconnell Feb 26, 2011
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Tools that allow for searching of tags easily that connect schools, classrooms, teachers, administrators, and students together for potential collaboration around core curriculum, content, ideas, passions etc. - sheryl.nusbaum-beach sheryl.nusbaum-beach Feb 28, 2011
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • Most tagging systems have no taxonomy of tags. They are simply keywords or subject statements. The Common Core and State Education Standards offer rigorous taxonomies that could be sources of tags. For example, a YouTube video of Saloman Khan could be tagged as accociated with the mathematics standard of factoring polynomials. Teachers and students could quickly find items and even rank the quality of the tags (association with the subject) or the material (how well it teaches the subject). Ultimately, however, the tagged content could be objectively ranked according to how well it helps students pass correspondingly tagged assessments. - brandt.redd brandt.redd Feb 18, 2011
  • I would love to see tagging extend to people and not just content or resources. The ability to find and vett individuals based on passions and possible collaborations would make sense to me. - sheryl.nusbaum-beach sheryl.nusbaum-beach Feb 28, 2011

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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