Monday, February 27, 2012

Bookmarking with an old pro, App #6--Diigo


(If you create an account and then, apply for your education upgrade at, you can get Diigo's premium features for free.)

Synopsis: Though similar to Evernote, Diigo offers several different bookmarking and notetaking tools for users. Each application is a great resource, but they are a matter of preference. When you first join Diigo, you are asked to drag a "Diigolet pin" to your bookmarks bar (similar to how Pinterest works) on your browser. So, you may want to add this to all browsers you use (or all browsers on a network). If you want a more advanced option of Diigo, you can also install the feature rich Diigo toolbar. There are toolbars available for the different browsers. Essentially, Diigo allows students and teachers (and all users) to interact with a Webpage. With the simple Digolet toolbar, users have the option of highlighting text on a Webpage (in about five different color options), Bookmarking the page (and it is stored in their online account), adding a sticky note so they can jot down notes, share the page via Twitter, Facebook, email , or annotated link (send the current Webpage through email with all of the current mark-ups), or add it to the Diigo library (personal, groups, or network). However, the Diigo toolbar and educator's account allow you to do much, much more!

With the toolbar, users are connected with their Diigo account. There are Diigo apps for the iPad, Android, iPhone, and browsers. Users can use Diigo to automatically post their notes to a blog or to view all of the annotations made on a URL. And, what's even better is that Diigo continues to add features and make improvements every day!

Integration: In a manner similar to Evernote, teachers can now view students' notes they make while on the Web. With Diigo, however, students can send an annotated links with all of their notes and highlightings to their teacher or to other members of their group. Furthermore, the educator application allows teachers to quickly and easily set up accounts for all of their students and to systematically places students in different groups (by subject or hour). When students are in a group, they can share links, bookmarks, and notes. So, a teacher can share important links with members of a group (think of as an hour/period or subject) or students can share their annotations with members of their group or their teacher. Diigo opens up the world of sharing and collaboration. In the educator account, student privacy settings are set so only their teacher and classmates can interact them, thereby providing extra security. And, ads are at a minimum. Diigo has some great sharing capabilities that allow the teacher and students to interact on the minute details of research. With an online storage space, students do not have to worry about losing bookmarks; they can access them and their notes from anywhere. In an age where collaboration is an essential skill, Diigo tailors to that. If you are already a Diigo member, be sure to apply for the educator account so you can get premium resources at no cost.

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