Exploratory and Collaborative Learning with Diigo

What is Diigo?

For those of you unfamiliar with Diigo, it is a social bookmarking tool that allows you to annotate, archive and organize websites. With Diigo, you can save websites into a public or private library, highlight information within text and images, add sticky note comments directly on websites, tag sites for easy retrieval later, and share bookmarks with friends, groups, and networks. Diigo integrates the use of tags and folders, highlighting and clipping, sticky notes and group-based collaboration to better manage online information.

Educator and Student Accounts

K-12 and higher-ed educators, administrators, and specialists can apply here to have access to special premium accounts exclusively for educational use. Once approved, you will be granted access to create student accounts for an entire class. Student accounts are 100% private. Their profiles will not be made available to public search engines or indexed in people search and students can only communicate with their teachers and classmates. Ads are present on student accounts, but are limited to education-related sponsors only.

This video, created by Jose Picardo, is a great tool for teaching students how to use Diigo.A Guide to Annotating using Diigo

A Guide to Annotating using Diigo from José Picardo on Vimeo.

Diigo in Education

As stated on Diigo’s website, “The 21st century calls for knowledge workers who can effectively utilize the vast array of information that resides on the internet and who are capable of processing the information collaboratively with others.” Diigo for educators allows teachers and students to effectively and efficiently harness the knowledge power of the internet and provides a platform for collaboratively interacting with online information. Diigo enables a whole new process of online knowledge management, learning, and teaching in the information age.

As an elementary teacher, I encountered many obstacles while using the internet in my classroom prior to the release of Diigo. It was time consuming to find or create safe, grade-level appropriate launch pages for my students. When I did, my students still struggled with interacting with the text because it was on the computer screen. They could not touch, manipulate, or respond to online information unless they copy and pasted it into a Word or Google document. Students did not actively read the text, as they had learned to do with books, because they did not have the tools to do so.

Diigo equips students with the tools to interact with online text and cultivates students’ skills to find, organize, and synthesize information. With Diigo, students can read and highlight information on text, create sticky notes and online conversations about websites, organize and share resources, and access their notes from anywhere, anytime. The features of Diigo make it easy for students to do private, collaborative research projects, summarize information, ask questions while reading, make predictions, inferences, and connections while reading, and so much more. Diigo also allows classrooms to collaborate with other classrooms. Visit the Teacher FAQs to learn how to set up classroom to classroom collaboration.

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