Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 13 - Diigo

So, in the spirit of open disclosure, I was not excited about yesterday's topic and struggled with how to bring relevance to a tool that I'm not crazy about.  Don't get me wrong, there's value in having a convenient way to locate copyright free images, sounds, etc. but Search Creative Commons did not get me excited...at least not in the same way I am about today's tool.  Diigo (Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff), pronounced DEE-go, offers a number of functions for users to annotate and share favorite web resources.


Diigo V5: Collect and Highlight, Then Remember! from diigobuzz on Vimeo.

As you see in the introductory video, Diigo started out as a basic online bookmarking tool and has evolved into one of education's most valuable tools for collaborative research. Last week I was fortunate to meet and learn from Bill Ferriter, blogger and co-author of Teaching the iGeneration.  His book includes a chapter on "Managing Information in the 21st Century" with an informative section on "Social Bookmarking as a Research Tool."  The publisher, Solution Tree, offers online reproducibles that I urge you to check out.

Maybe you’re not quite ready to dive into Diigo with your students. That’s okay.  I primarily use Diigo for creating lists in my library and for learning (I joined a group with a shared interest so every morning I get a digest of their bookmarks). Get your feet wet by creating an account in Diigo and joining the EVSC eLearning group, where you can add a favorite resource or piece of content.  If you download the Diigo toolbar, practice annotating with sticky notes, the highlighter and comments.


This LiveBinder from last summer's eLearning Conference poster session Diggin' Diggo offers further support.  Three tabs make up the binder: My 21st Century Bookcase (an overview of the tool and its features), Build Your Own Library (this section will show you how to request an educator account and create groups), and Collaborating in Class (a collection of resources from the educator perspective).
Diggin' Diigo


Ready to open a Diigo account? It takes just a couple of steps when you use the option below and select Google. 

A new window will open.  Click "Allow" and complete the verification. 


Your Assignment: Diigo is not the only social bookmarking tool out there (it just happens to be this ICATS' favorite).  Are you currently using another tool? If so, share what features you appreciate in that option (I have friends who swear by Delicious).  If you are a current Diigo user, what tips would you share with new members?  If you are still relying on your browser's Bookmarks and Favorites, which are tied to your machine, create an account and test out the possibilities of being on the cloud and able to access your resources from anywhere! What potential do you see for this tool in your classroom or work setting?

36 comments:

  1. I got involved with Diigo last year after attending a conference and having WAY too many bookmarks on my browser. I couldn't find anything and a colleague suggested Diigo. The educator account is free, and you get much more functionality by signing up for one. Mine took a couple days to be approved by the Diigo staff, so be patient if it doesn't work immediately.

    I find one of the best uses is sharing lists of resources with people. That way, I don't have to send them dozens of links on a topic...I can share a single list with all my links and they can browse on their own. An example I've got set up is here:

    http://bit.ly/flippages (if you're interested in more flipped class resources, articles, or links).

    Chrome and Firefox also have handy extensions that let you bookmark things to your library with a single click. You can also sort the page into a list or class section from the extension as well, so you don't have to bookmark and then go to your Diigo library to sort.

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  2. I have a hard time dealing with bookmarks because I tend to bookmark to many things and then it becomes hard to find what I'm looking for. I'll give it a try.

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  3. I also am a bookmark overdoer! I find too many things that I am interested in. I will take a look and let you know.

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  4. The video plays, but the sound goes out....

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  5. I couldn't get the sound to work all of the time either. I am a bookmark junkie as well. :)

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  6. This looks like something I could definitely use, especially the feature of highlighting web pages. But...I am having great difficulty with the toolbar and signing on. I am sure it is user error, but I am lacking the time to get it going. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow....

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  7. This is something I could definitely use. I tend to have too many bookmarks, and never know where I put things I saved for later. I like symbaloo, though, and have started saving sites I use frequently there. I will have to further look to see which one I like better.

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  8. I downloaded the toolbar and will experiment with using this over the next couple of weeks. I can see how this would be very useful to help students annotate online text and keep bookmarks organized. My problem is that I have tried out so many different methods for saving my bookmarks, and now they are all over the place!

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  9. As a productivity tool, Diigo is one of many options for managing information, but in terms of building shared collections of resources and being able to have conversations around the information this tool stands on its own.

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  10. I've signed up and downloaded the Diigo toolbar. I have the same problem not being able to keep track of bookmarks so I'm excited to give this one a chance. For school/work related bookmarks, I've been using Symbaloo which seems to be pretty similar in function to Diigo. It allows you to create an account and store all of your bookmarks in a nice visual manner. I will give Diigo a try and see how it compares to Symbaloo.

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  11. I have created a symbaloo account for my homepage. I like the visual it presents with colorful buttons, but sometimes the links take longer to load than they should. I also LOVE sqworl.com and have created a site with math games and also a site with lesson-planning tools bookmarked. Diigo provides something that these other sites do not, though. I like the highlighting and sticky note feature that can be saved and retrieved from anywhere.

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  12. Yay! Another way to organize, gotta love it. I like this tool simply again because we can take it anywhere and it's accessible on my phone as well. I have lost all my bookmarks on my phone twice because of hardware issues and the phone being replaced. Now, I never have to worry about it again. Also, I can save interesting article and tid bits.
    When I first heard about living on the cloud, I wasn't so sure. But the few tools we've had that use the cloud are wonderful. Makes the transition a little easier, weaning me off my hard drive a little at a time.

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  13. Organization is good, it makes my job so much easier!!! My favorite is Google Bookmarks. The thing I really like about it is that most of our kids already have a gmail account and it is already right there. They can then share it to me. Plus they can add in comments to help them remember which bookmark goes with which assignment or which point in their paper.

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  14. I enjoy anything that allows me to access my information from multiple platforms, like Dropbox and Google Docs. I will definitely give this a try.

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  15. This is another cool way to keep track of my 100s of bookmarks! I'll have to give it a try.
    I really like how you can highlight webpages and share all your resources with others too.

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  16. I think Diigo looks like a great resource because it can help you collaboratively share bookmarks. So far, I have not figured it out entirely. I need to play with it more. I am also a fan of sqworl, particularly for my math students. I have a page of math sites that are teacher approved and they know they can access those from one site. I also made a Symbaloo page and loved how the tiles and color coding made it very organized for me.

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  17. I have a Delicious account. I love it because I can use as many labels as I see fit for the page. I have used it a lot in the past few months. Also, through talking to my elearning coach, I also have a Diigo account, but do have not really used it yet since I am already more familiar with my Delicious account. I would love to be able to get my students an account like this since they have netbooks now. This would be a great tool for then to use when having to do research for a project or upcoming paper.

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  18. I am going to try out the diigolet. I wish I had more time to try this out. Many times in the past I have found a useful article, form, etc. while searching on the internet and then when I wanted to return to it later I couldn't find it or spent way too much time looking for it. So this looks like a problem solver for me.

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  19. I am like Esparza on the symbaloo homepage. I deleted my bookmarks to free up a toolbar with symbaloo handily ready with buttons... I'll give this one a try as well.

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  20. At a glance Diigo seems like a really useful tool. This would be a great way to organize all MT bookmarks. I will have to play around with the toolbar a little more before coming to a conclusion, especially conciserong my thoughts about symbaloo thus far.

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  21. I am an overuser of bookmarks, and what makes it worse is that I NEVER (and I do mean NEVER) go back to them. So after we discovered Symbaloo this week I thought I had found the answer to keeping up with my favorite pages, but I love that you can annotate and highlight with diggo. It is much better than anything I have been doing. I need to dig in to it (I already saved the link on Symbaloo), so I look forward to seeing how it works for me.

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  22. I struggle with Diigo. I love it's functionality, and in a classroom I can totally imagine some great applications with regard to research and collaboration. I also really like the notes and highlight features.

    In terms of the work I do right now, I use it less. I suppose I have less need currently in terms of organizing my research for the purposes of synthesis and publishing. Because of this, I tend to lean towards some of the more basic organizational tools like LiveBinders and Sqworl.

    Diigo speaks to a depth of use that goes below the surface of just organizing information. Diigo is for sharing and processing information. In that sense, it is the type of tool that requires more learning, better habits of mind, and more specific purpose.

    If I was writing a paper, doing research for a project, or wanting to work with others to discuss a set of resources, I think Diigo would be my go-to tool. In terms of more general organization, less is more for me.

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  23. I will try Diigo. I think I am more intereted in Squorl. I am all about basic.

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  24. I downloaded Diigo about two years ago after hearing someone, maybe Michelle, speak about it. I added all of my current bookmarks from my computer to it and never really did a lot with it. I was disappointed because I did not truly understand all that Diigo does. I thought it seemed like a glorified bookmark organizer for my browser. I quickly fell away from using and moved to xMarks to keep my book marks in sync across computers followed by a move to Chrome to help sync my bookmarks and browsing experience.

    It has not been until this year that I have come to appreciate what Diigo can do for me. It seems that everyday I encounter a new resource or website that I would like to remember for a later time. With Diigo, I can save those but also add annotations for each bookmark and why/how I can use it later. The sharing features are great as well. I could see a teacher putting together resources, annotating, and sharing with a class for a project. I am a Diigo fan now!

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  25. I have used other forms of bookmark sites but never this one. It does make it easier when I move from my work computer to my home computer to my phone if the bookmarks are easier to get.

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  26. I can see how this would be interesting to use, but firefox does something similar. Just use something I already have on the computer.

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  27. This may be very useful to me to send resources to teachers. I am trying to organize all the resources that I use to help students and much of it is on the internet. I need to send them multiple websites and this may do the trick :)

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  29. I think I'm a bigger fan of Sqworl also, but maybe that's because I am familiar with it and already use it. The plus side to Diigo is the highlighting. I tend to have a lot of bookmarks and this would remind me when I wanted to come back to a particular one. I could use this for my own personal use when I want to remember things. I would continue to use Sqworl for student/teacher use.

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  30. I often have my students find their notes on topic (the history of the atom, for example) by searching for websites, and writing their notes from those resources. This is a great tool to teach during activities such as those. The students can share their resources as a class, and use the highlight tool to designate what they think is important on the page.

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  31. I have tried several different bookmarking tools, but I really like the ability to highlight and comment on websites that I have bookmarked. I have my students find news articles based on the different body systems in my Anatomy class and some of those articles can be pretty lengthy. I think this seems like a great tool for them to use to help organize their thoughts as they read and keep track of important articles.

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  32. I have played with Diigo but I do not feel like I am grasping everything it can do. It will be something I work with over Christmas break. I bookmark a lot of interesting sites yet never do anything that with the information.
    Several people have mentioned Delicious, so I am curious to check it out as well.
    At this point, I am not certain how to use it in my classroom.

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  33. Diigo...Michelle I will go through and read those articles your mentioned that really showcase what diigo can do for me. My current understanding is as an online collaborative bookmarking and annotation device. I'm still hesitant to think my seniors have the maturity to stick with this and not get distracted. Research online is such a tricky focus issue. Maybe this is the shining knight to keep them on track....I need to look more.

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  34. Awesome bookmarking tool! It definately "cleans" up my Bookmarks and Favorites folders. Also, I can easily access them through another computer. For students, it makes it easier to take digital notes. They don't need to print off information and remember websites.

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  35. I think the idea of Diigo is great, but, and correct me if I'm wrong, it seems very similar to Evernote, which I like a lot more. I like the ability to use in conjunction with iPhones and iPads, which Evernote can also do. I also checked out Sqworl, which I see different uses for. I would like to see a combination of Evernote/ Diigo and Sqworl. I love Sqworl's ability to create a url to house the bookmarks publicly or give you the ability to share them. however, I love the ease of snapping screenshots of webpages, portions of the pages, and the ability to highlight and add notes before you grab the image. I think this could make a great tool to use when students are searching the internet at school in various computer labs and at home. They would be able to pick up their searches whenever and wherever they needed to without losing anything. If they were able highlight, make notes, and snap photos and still add them to a url like on Sqworl, it would make things so easy. I may be missing something and those actions may be available altogether?

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  36. I am always bookmarking something and I still use the favorites section of my browser. I am eager to give this a try and see if I can get my booksmarks more organized.

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