Using Diigo in the Classroom

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Diigo is a social bookmarking tool that allows teachers and students to save websites into a public or private library, share them with others in your network, highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. The annotations can be kept private, shared with a group within Diigo or a special link forwarded to others.

Diigo provides rich tagging capability as well as folders for better information organization, and group annotation for better collaboration. Diigo allows students to search the full-text of a teacher’s collections, or just within a teacher’s highlights. Also, Diigo allows teachers to highlight critical features within text and images and write comments directly on the web pages, to collect and organize series of web pages and web sites into coherent and thematic sets, and to facilitate online conversations within the context of the materials themselves.  Furthermore, teachers can create a free teacher account through which they can create student accounts.  Diigo’s student accounts require no email address, can be kept private, and can also be grouped so that students can share resources they find with each other. Diigo is more than just a social bookmarking tool.  It is a powerful research tool and a knowledge sharing community for teachers and students.

The following presentation was recently delivered at the 2011 Mississippi Educational Computing Association (MECA) Conference in Jackson, Mississippi on February 8, 2011.  Please feel free to provide comments and suggestions.  Thanks.



About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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One Response to Using Diigo in the Classroom

  1. Gallayanee says:

    In IT 780, Dr. Yuen created a group in Diigo for our class. That is how I have earned my firsthand experience using Diigo. I agree with Dr. Yuen that Diigo is a powerful research tool and a tool teach students how to share knowledge. Diigo stimulates knowledge sharing community between teacher and students. I have learned so much from Dr. Yuen and my classmates’ bookmark in our group. To be honest, I have learned a lot more about technology from Diigo community as well. Even though I already received my grade for our class project, I still use Diigo and share my bookmark almost every day. I believe I addict to Diigo because I found myself finding time in my busy schedule to bookmarking and sharing information to others and learning from others. In addition to my class Diigo, I create my own group with another people to share important or interesting website about art and craft. Diigo has opened a new way for me and my friends to share and communicate our interest.

    I think Diigo is easy to use because the Diigo toolbar that can be install in any browsers. I like its highlighting and annotated features. In my opinion, both tools facilitate knowledge sharing in Diigo. Also, Diigo allows user to share their bookmark through other social media tools such as Twitter and blog.

    Although I have experienced using Diigo, I still learn from Dr. Yuen’s presentation. For example, I now learned that Webslides allows Diigo’s users to convert bookmarks, RSS feeds, and blogs to slideshare. I think Websildes is a wonderful idea that I need to explore more.

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