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Smub.it Group Member Introduction Page

 Created by: Brad, Jordan, Kaitlin, Michelle, Rachel, Taylor

             
                                                                      

Purpose

General lnformation about Smub.it

Smub.it is a Web 2.0 tool that is used for a number of different purposes. One purpose of Smub.it is to make it easy to post webpage links to social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Digg, etc. This tool is also used to share more links with friends by email and other internet communication devices. Smub.it makes it simple to save links and bookmark pages that make it easy to save your place and return to the site whenever. You can save it to your toolbar and customize the title of the link as well.

Anyone who has access to the internet through a Mac or PC or other devices such as an iPhone or iPod Touch can use Smub.it and will find it an easy and efficient way to share links.

This tool is ideal for users of iPhone and iPod Touches where the copy and paste tool is not always an option. It is very simple to get an account with Smub.it and easy to install into the toolbar of your Mac or PC if needed.

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I. History


I.1 Development 

Smub stands for: smart multi-use bookmarking. This application was developed in France from a “smub” team of three individuals.

Thierry Lamouline (the CEO of Smub.it) is an internet pioneer and founder of three internet companies since 2000, and is dedicated to making the Web simpler to use and more connected with the real world. Thierry has a wife and two daughters and enjoys all outdoor activities.

Cyril Balas is the chairman of the company and has founded or run at least a half-dozen companies ranging from programming services to state-of-the-art medical labs. Cyril is an avid traveler, cross-country skier, and lives a full life with his wife, two sons, and a daughter.

Stephane Petrot is a veteran in global network architecture and systems optimization. When he is not working with the Smub.it team, he enjoys all outdoor sports.

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I.2 How Smub.it Works

To get started bookmarking with Smub, register for a free account.  Once you're registered, you can begin bookmarking your favorite links.  To bookmark a link:

1)  Smub it by typing "smub.it/" before the http in your browser's address bar or by using Smub's bookmarklets, toolbar or right-click-to-smub function.

2)  Once you smub your link, you'll be presented with several icons for your favorite social networking sites, your email and your bookmarks.  Click the bookmark icon to save the bookmark to your account.

3)  You can then name your bookmark and add keyword tags and comments.

With Smub.it, once you register it is ideal to keep yourself logged in so that your username and password are not necessary every time you wish to add a new link. Smub.it makes it simple to post webpage links to sites such as Facebook and Twitter as well as quickly sharing links via text and e-mail without needing copy and paste buttons. Smub.it allows users to make links private so confidential information is not shared with other users.  For example, users should keep links to online banking and online bill payment sites private.  Once a bookmark has been made with Smub.it, it is simple to retrieve by logging in, and clicking on 'My Bookmarks'. Bookmarks can be sorted in different ways such as tags, dates, and names.

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II. How to Join and How Smub.it Relates to Other Applications


II.1 How to Join

Smub.it is very easy to access and use.  All a user must do is go to the Smub.it website and download the Smub.it toolbar onto a computer or iPhone.  Once Smub.it is downloaded, users are able to access it by simply right clicking on the information they want bookmarked and the toolbar will lead them through the short and easy process.  

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II.2 Comparison to Competitors

People may ask why Smub.it is better than every other application on the internet.  Smub.it toolbar allows users to easily bookmark and share links with friends and family.  No longer will they have to type long monotonous websites because you can share and create bookmarkers.  When they find a site that they like, they just need to bookmark it.  Once bookmarked, users can easily access and share with friends, family, and many others. 

Smub.it is very simple and straightforward, which also means that there are very few (if any) competitors.  There is one web 2.0 application, however, that is similar to Smub.it, which is Zazna.  Instead of bookmarking the url, Zazna allows you to highlight the needed content on the website and bookmark it. 

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II.3 Unique Uses

Smub.it has many unique and beneficial applications.  One of the unique features of Smub is it easy bookmarking.  Smub.it bookmarking can be done by anyone because all it takes is a click.  Even people who struggle with technology will be able to use Smub.it since it is easy to learn and once a site is bookmarked it can be shared with whomever.  Some people struggle with technology, but Smub.it bookmarking is easy to learn and once you have a site bookmarked you can share it with whomever.  

Another unique feature of Smub.it is the iPhone application.  With this app, you can easily bookmark any page at any time on the go.  Smub.it can easily be downloaded onto your iPhone, iPod Touch, and Mac or PC computer

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III. Real World Application


III.1 Educational Lesson Plans

i. Elementary

(1) Science: Respiratory and Circulatory Research Project (STEM)

Description: Students will use internet (booking marking informational sites with Smub.it) and books to research and write a report on different diseases.
Objective: Using computers and other resources to research diseases that deal with the circulatory and respiratory systems students will be able to…

  • Download and implement SMUB.IT bookmarking technology.
  • Write a report on the disease they choose.
  • Give a report to the class about their disease.

Circulatory and Respiratory Lesson Plan.doc
Circulatory and Respiratory Lesson Plan.pdf

(2) Science: Changes of State of Matter (STEM)

Description: Students will conceptualize common changes of matter in their daily lives.
Objective: Using computers and other resources students will be able to…

  • Initially download and implement SMUB.IT bookmarking technology.
  • classify the changes of state matter undergoes when given a description of the shape and volume.
  • describe the change of state matter undergoes when given the name.
  • identify examples of each change of state when given either a description or the name of a change of state…

Changes of State Lesson Plan doc
Changes of State Lesson Plan pdf

(3) Technology: How to effectively use the internet (STEM)

Description: The purpose of this project is to let students understand searching information on the internet and sharing it with others in a group.
Objective: After completing this project students will be able to:

  • Search with popular search engines
  • Use Smub.it to share bookmarked websites with others in their group

Internet Lesson Plan doc 
Internet Lesson Plan pdf

(4) Wolves' Niche Research Project Lesson Plan (STEM)

Description: Students will use Smub to bookmark and to keep track of all of the information they have obtained for their research project.
Objective: After completing this project students will be able to:

  • Download Smub to use on any projects they will have to complete in the future.
  • Use Smub.it to share bookmarked websites with others. 
  • Students will understand what a niche is and how a wolf lives in its niche.  
  • Give a report over their breed of wolf to the class.

Wolves' Niche Research Project Lesson Plan.doc
Wolves' Niche Research Project Lesson Plan.pdf

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ii. Secondary

(1) Science: Cell Division (STEM)

Description: Students will learn to work in groups and do research on how cell division works in its different stages. Students will be encouraged to use Smub.it to bookmark and share information with group members.
Objective: After this activity, students will know:

  • Cells divide during different stages
  • The difference between plant and animal cells
  • How to use Smub.it with internet friendly sources

Cell Division Lesson Plan doc
Cell Division Lesson Plan pdf 

(2) Technology:  It's flaws and limits (STEM)

Description: The purpose of this lesson is to allow students to engage in understanding the flaws and limits behind technology.
Objective: After completing this project students will be able to:

  • Tell the advantages and limits to using smub.it and other websites.
  • Deduce why these problems exist and brainstorm ways they could be fixed.

Flaws/Limits of Technology Lesson Plan doc
Flaws/Limits of Technology Lesson Plan pdf

(3) Biology:  Ecology (STEM)

Description: Students develop an understanding of the relationships between organisms and the environment.
Objective: Using Smub.it, the students will compile sources to write a paper about the different relationships possible in an ecosystem.

Ecology Lesson Plan doc
Ecology Lesson Plan pdf

(4) History:  World War II

Description: Students develop an understanding of the World War II battle of El Alamein.
Objective: Using Smub.it, the students will gather sources to write a paper on the events of the Battle of El Alamein.

Battle of El Alamein Lesson Plan.docx
Battle of El Alamein Lesson Plan.pdf

 (5) Mathematics: Effectively Expressing Solutions

Description: Students will research a mathematics topic and do a presentation about it.
Objective: Using Smub.it, students will bookmark important information that they want to put into their presentation.

Effectively Expressing Solutions Lesson Plan.doc
Effectively Expressing Solutions Lesson Plan.pdf

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iii. Post Secondary

(1) Technology and Organization (STEM)

Description: The purpose of the lesson is to provide students with organizational skills that will be beneficial in their future.
Objectives: Using Smub.it, students will be required to find academic journals about a topic of their choice.

Technology and Organization Lesson Plan doc
Technology and Organization Lesson Plan pdf

(2) Job Searching using Smub.it

Description: The purpose of this lesson is to assist post-graduate students in using the computer and internet as a source of finding jobs.
Objectives: Following this lesson, post-graduate students will be able to:

  • Download Smub.it onto their personal computer and use it accordingly
  • Make an account on job finding sites such as Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com and bookmark these sights
  • Search for jobs on these sights
  • Post their resume on these sights

Job Searching Lesson Plan doc
Job Searching Lesson Plan pdf

(3) Creating a Project using Smub.it

Description: The purpose of the lesson is to allow students to use a social bookmarking tool as an aid in creating a project.
Objectives: Following this lesson, post-graduate students will be able to:

  • Develop organizational skills in students using Smub.it
  • Create a final project in groups showing the ability to consolidate information from many sources into one.

Creating a Project Lesson Plan doc
Creating a Project Lesson Plan pdf

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III.2 Business/Industry

How could the application be used within a business?

Smub.it is not only for college students because this program can be used in the business world as well.  When making a speech or presentation about your business, Smub.it bookmarking can be very beneficial.  With the quick and easy bookmarking, you will be able to save and access sites quickly and fluently while presenting.  As a result, there is very little down time.  Also after a speech, you could easily share your links and ideas by the use of Smub.it because it only takes a click to share files.    

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IV. Demonstration of Educational Value


How could the application be used within an educational or learning situation?

Smub.it allows for teachers and students to easily share links, ideas, and information with each other.  This makes it a faster and more efficient method compared to typing or writing out the url.  If a computer teacher wants to show a class a website that he/she has bookmarked, he/she can easily share the link with everyone in class so that they can easily access the site and see it on their computer in front of them. 

What are some examples of it being used to illustrate its current educational value?

  • For a group project, using Smub.it allows the group members to share url's to websites that they found for their project with one-another.  It makes it easy for students to email, text, and even blog, the webpage that they wish to show their group. 
  • For teachers who wanted to share with his/her students the url to a webpage, they could easily send the link through email by using Smub.it.  Smub.it makes it much easier to put the link in the email by using just a click of the mouse.   
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V. How is Smub.it Used Internationally?


How is the application used in other countries? Are there unique features of the application that maybe more relevant to those outside of the US?

 Smub.it was created in France and can be used all over the world.  Since it is web-based, this application can be used in the same way throughout the world.  Also, you can share your bookmarked links with people in other countries, making it extremely useful for business and education.   The Smub.it button is now available on two frequently used sites, L'Equipe.fr and CRAFTzine.com.

What are some unique ways of using this application?

 Smub.it is a bookmarking tool.  However, it's just not a bookmarking tool.  When you make a bookmark, you can also post these bookmarks to online networks such as Facebook and Twitter.  This is beneficial because the user can share important information with others just by bookmarking and posting it for others to see.

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VI. References  

 
 
(1)http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/smub_it.php
 
(2)http://smub.it/#about
 
(3)http://smub.it/#howto
 
(4)http://lifehacker.com/5229481/smubit-shares-and-stores-links-with-a-url-tweak
 
(5)http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/sciencestnd.pdf (ScienceContentStandrads for California Schools)
 
(6)http://smub.it/#faq
 
(7)http://smub.it/#tools
 
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