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Tags are keywords that can be associated with a post (or other document, such as text, image, video, audio), to characterise it so that potential readers can find it more easily.


The effect of tagging

To get an idea of the effect of tagging, go to Flickr and do a Search for the local ladies' Morris side Knots of May - enter the phrase "Knots of May" (with inverted commas - this forces a search on the complete phrase) into the Search box.


At the time of writing, this Search returns 3 photos, only one of which has the name 'Knots of May' in the Title; however if you click on each photo to go to its individual page you will see that the others have the name in the Description that appears below the photo. Notice that below the Search box, the Full text radio button is ticked by default.


If you now click on the Tags only radio button, Flickr returns 15 results - check some of the individual photos and notice that all of them have tags for 'Knots of May'. On closer inspection you will spot that some of these pictures are not in fact of the ladies' side - you can tell by the beards. Why is Flickr showing us these photos in response to our Search query?


NB: if you'd like to help increase the Knots of May score on Flickr, bring your digital camera to Lewes Garland Day on Monday 5 May, or check their programme for other dates. Upload some of your photos to Flickr, and make sure you tag them appropriately. Then do the Search again; do your photos appear?


Tags in blogging

Tagging can be a very powerful tool for blogging, too.


For instance, one useful consequence of using tags is that a blog author (or reader) can gather together posts dealing with one particular topic, on the fly. To see how this can work, go to the main page of my Micalet blog, and you will see a listing of posts on a variety of topics, in reverse chronological order (you don't have to read any of them for the purposes of this exercise . . . ). Scroll down (a long way!) towards the bottom of the page, and you will find a listing of Labels (= tags) in the right-hand sidebar. Click on any of these and you will be taken to a page containing only the posts I have tagged with that word - eg: Lewes.


This page has no permanent existence - it is only created when someone calls it up as you have just done. However it does exist in the sense that it has a URL, which I (or anyone else) can use to call it up via a link: Lewes.


Tagging to organise material

I have tried to make use of this function of tagging in the San Miguel Bajo blog I have set up to make various types of material available for classes. Scroll down to the Etiquetas section of the right-hand Sidebar; I have used a limited number of tags, which refer either to a Module on a specific course, or to a particular type of material. Click on one of the tags under Etiquetas, and you will be taken to a page consisting entirely of posts on that topic, even though the main blog carries posts from all topics, in chronological order of posting. So, the tag SP201 points to a page that contains video clips, slideshows, task instructions and other material for the Spanish Advanced 3 class. See Canciones, or Spanish Cinema. This material can now be linked in to the module on Studentcentral, either as an entire page or as individual posts, and made available externally if desired.



The WritingMatrix project is an example of the potential of tagging in Language Education. (later)



NB: if you'd like to contribute to this wiki, let me know.


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