Sunday, November 6, 2011

Digging Diigo : Step One

In Curriculum 21 (Jacobs, 2010), Jacobs discusses the need for multiple associations by professionals in education within a school (p.71) and Wilmarth contributes that "Digital social networks may be the biggest game changer in learning and what it means to be educated."(p.85)  Learning by both students and teachers will change extensively. Social bookmarking encourages multiple global associations and keeps us connected.  Diigo is a digital social network where learning occurs as "connections are being made within the tagging community membership."(Berger, p.45)

  Diigo= Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff.
Although I have only put Diigo to limited use it has offered me an opportunity to access professional development through the groups I belong to. I joined Diigo with a free account in February 2011 and added the default Diigo toolbar to my browser. I have shared many of my finds with teachers at my school and teacher-librarian colleagues using the save and send feature. I have introduced Diigo to one grade 8 teacher who required his class to collect, annotate and share research for a Body Systems assignment.  I have used the capture feature to add content from web pages to this blog. But that is it!

Reviewing Diigo tutorials online gave me some insight into Diigo tools I had not investigated.
  • follow other Diigo users
  • add options to my Diigo toolbar
  • follow more education, library and technology groups
  • edit my profile -add a photo, my blog link, about me, why I use Diigo
  • consciously tag each item
  • highlight and capture as well as bookmark pages of interest
  • bookmark, tag and share with my groups
  • add the RSS feed for a group to my Google Reader
  • add a Diigo widget to my blog
I have been anticipating digging more deeply and improving my understanding of Diigo uses and as a result opening "the door to new ways of organizing, classifying,and sharing Web content while also encouraging student and faculty collaboration and higher order thinking."(Berger, 2010, p.45)

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