Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 22 -- Diigo - Social Bookmarking and More

Our guest blogger today is Robbie Grimes, Technology Integration Specialist at MSD of Wayne Township. Robbie currently serves as the HECC conference co-chair and is co-founder of EdTechZone. Twitter: @robbiegrimes

We've all had that moment at one point or another. You're talking with someone about an incredible educational resource and you say, "Oh, let me find it on the web," only to find that you don't remember what the name was, the address, the search terms you used when you first found it etc., etc....Enter Diigo.

Diigo is an online social bookmarking tool that allows the user to keep a list of websites in a place where they are always accessible…on the web. Not only that, but while doing research, the user can highlight (in four different colors), annotate, and post sticky notes to a webpage for review later. This is a perfect tool for students (doing research) and teachers (collecting educational resources) who want to organize and make notes on their collections in specific ways.


^Add notes ^

^Highlight text in different colors^

When the user creates a bookmark to a webpage, the ability to “tag” or label the bookmark allows the user to categorize and ultimately find the resource later much more quickly than trying to remember the search terms that were used to initially find the site. For example, in my Diigo account, I have numerous web links/resources tagged with the term “video”. This term relates to YouTube videos I’ve found, online video editing tools, and online video file conversion sites like ZamZar and KeepVid. The latter, however, I also tagged with “conversion”. Therefore, I can do a search for “video conversion” and I’ll only get those resources that I’ve tagged as such. It makes organizing and finding resources later a much less stressful process.


The user can also organize bookmarks into lists that can be shared and/or “followed.” I have a list called “21st Centrury Learning Tools” where I put Web2.0 tools, resources for digital citizenship, Prezi links, etc. With lists, I don’t have to do a tag search for items, nor do I need to edit each item and add a “21st Century” tag so I can search for and find all of the tools I need. They are all conveniently located in one list. Users can also "follow" other users as well as lists they create.

There is a Diigolet plugin for your web browser that lets you bookmark websites much easier than copy URL, open Diigo, add book mark, paste, tag etc. You can bookmark the resource right from the browser window. You can even add sticky notes and highlight directly from the plugin. When you highlight, the site is bookmarked automatically and the highlight and/or annotations are automatically documented in your Diigo account. There’s even a Diigo app called “PowerNote” (Android only, currently) that you can use on your mobile device(s).

You can also apply for a Diigo Educator Account. With this premium account, you can set up accounts for your students and communicate with them privately in a safe environment. It is free, so there are still ads, but the ads are educationally relevant.

Diigo…don’t leave home...class…or at least your PC…without it.

The Challenge

Create an account and explore Diigo. How can you use Diigo to organize your websites and resources? Do you see a way to use Diigo to share resources with students, parents, or other educators?

4 comments:

  1. Just bookmarked this using my Diigo Chrome extension! Love this resource. Thanks for posting! :)

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