I’ve got a little list — List.Ly review + badges
I often research a topic on the Web and assemble resources to share. At first I collected bookmarks in a browser and later I used social bookmarking sites like Diigo, but I have recently started using Google docs. None of those is an elegant way to build a list and post it on a blog.
Recently I saw a nifty list embedded in a website and discovered it was created with List.ly, a site that lets you curate collections of resources. Each List.ly item contains space for a URL, a thumbnail image, tags, and a description. You don’t have to include everything, so a list can simply be thumbnails with text, like Defining Digital Literacy.
Why do I care? Well, there are lots of ways students and instructors might use a list:
- Build a collection of supplementary material
- List musical artists who perform in Spanish
- Provide real-world examples of a scientific concept
- Vote on options for solving a business problem
- Polling – find the best video on a social issue
- Develop a bibliography
- Create a “tour” to introduce a new topic
- “Where I want to work after college”
List.ly lets users vote on items they like, so it can be used for polling. People can collaborate on lists and easily share them on social media sites. By default, items are displayed in the order they are entered, but after people begin to vote on the items, they can be listed in order of popularity. You can also create a custom order. The look of the site is a bit too cute for my taste, and pages are crowded with options and buttons. On the whole, though, I like the idea.
I created a sample list about the use of badges in higher education. I’m using the screen image at left to link to it because WordPress.com doesn’t support List.ly embeds (on a hosted site you can install a plugin). Here’s another example : The Best iPad Apps in Art Education.
For those who don’t get the title of this post, it’s the name of a funny song from “The Mikado,” a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. The video below features an updated version of the lyrics, performed by Opera Australia.