With the explosion of web 2.0 sites, it is sometimes hard to pick and choose sites most beneficial for you. When it comes to social bookmarking, Diigo is a great option for not only you but also your students.
Social Bookmarking is replacing our basic web browser bookmark function or “add to favorites”. One problem with the typical bookmark function, is the fact that your bookmarks are saved on that particular computer. With social bookmarking you are able to access your bookmarks from any computer and there are numerous extra features!
Have you Diigo’d with your students today?
Diigo includes the social bookmarking features found in most services such as one click browser bookmarking, tags, rss feeds, and sharing. It’s the special features of Diigo that makes it stand out over other sites such as del.icio.us and make it particularly useful in the classroom. These special features include highlighting and adding sticky notes to websites!
How can you use Diigo in the classroom? First you will want to get familiar with it yourself. There are numerous tutorials on the web if you would like to get an overview before jumping into Diigo. During this time you will also want to check on your district technology policies. Next, you will want to use the basic functions with your students. The following is a possible avenue for introducing Diigo to your class:
- Discuss Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship if not previously covered*
- Send Home Required Contracts*
- Create Student Diigo Accounts: You can apply for an educators Diigo account and create the accounts for your students which is especially important for younger students because you have control of their account, or have them create their own account with parent permission.
- Add Teacher as Friend (as needed)
- Bookmarking and Tags: Walk students through using the Diigo website to bookmark and create tags.
- Sharing: Share a bookmark with your students. Have them share one with you. Then have them share one with a peer.
- Diigo Toolbar: Students need to become familiar with the Diigo toolbar or Diigolet depending on your browser. This might be an item you want to reserve for older students depending on computer access and technology knowledge. If they are not signed into a computer account that only they use, they need to sign out at the end of each class.
Next is the fun part, integrating into your lessons. Here are just a few ideas:
- Find a website (or two) that are great resources for a unit/lesson and add sticky notes to the websites. This is a great way to add questions for students to answer and integrate higher order thinking skills.
- Teach students about picking out key information by highlighting it on a website. Then have them do the same on another site.
- For your next group project, have students share bookmarks for information. Better yet, pair up with another teacher maybe out of state or country and have those students build resources together for a collaborative project.
- Point out copyright information with the highlighting or sticky note feature.
- Share a great web resource with your students for each unit/lesson by sending them bookmarks.
- When students use online resources for a written project such as a research paper, have them highlight the sections they used in their paper. Then they can create a list.
- You can also pose a problem or have students take sides of a debate. Then they collect bookmarks, highlight key points, and add stickies to support their side.
What ideas do you have to Diigo with students? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!