Posted by: Paula Lenox | June 27, 2010

Project 365 Day 5 . . . Diigo

How often has this happened to you?  When you are surfing the Internet at work, and you come across a website you really like and you add it to your favorites, what do you do when you are at home and you want to access that website? You bookmarked it at work and you don’t remember it!  UGH! Now you have to start your search again! Social Bookmarking as defined by Wikipedia is a method for Internet users to share, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web resources.

Diigo, a social bookmarking tool, touts itself as a “powerful research tool and knowledge-sharing community.”  Essentially when you find a website you want to access easily again, you categorize the website by picking “tags” which in simple terms are just keywords that describe the information on the site, for example I would tag CNN as “news”.

RESEARCH, SHARE, COLLABORATE

The real benefit here is that your bookmarks are kept not on your computer but on the Internet, you can access them anytime, from any Internet enabled device.  The tags allow you to search for your webpages and allows you to create lists of similar items. You can also, share  your lists and tags and annotate by using highlight/sticky note on the webpages you bookmark.  One of the best things about Diigo is the sharing, I have joined a few groups who who I share similar interests with, I receive weekly email updates of sites they have tagged!  It significantly cuts down on my own searching for tools. Each week I get an email with sites other educators have recommended.

If you are an ISTE 2010 fan, the pre-conference sessions by Lucy Gray and Katie Morrow both mentioned the use of Diigo in the classroom!  I highly recommend you spend some time getting to know Diigo.

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