I have a course that is exploring a variety of web-based tools. Today we were discussing social bookmarking. As part of the exploration and documentation process, each student posted a discussion topic in a social bookmarking forum on our Moodle course. In this posting, they described the major features of the service and linked to the site.
Then, in class today, students gave presentations to acquaint each of us with the service. I teach in a computer lab, so we all logged in and started a reply. We took notes, added questions, mentioned the things we liked, or the things we disliked as the presentation proceeded.
It was somewhat like organized back-channeling.
My hope is that each student will be able to use our shared document from google docs, the original post, and the notes provided by every other member of the class to create a blog post reviewing this particular bookmarking service and its potential for professional or K-12 classroom use.
We will see how it goes, but maybe someone else would like to try this strategy and report on the results. I would be interested in whether or not this seems to be effective or distracting! I am mindful of cognitive load, but also of the overwhelming temptation of checking facebook instead of thinking about the topic before the class.