Diigo (www.diigo.com) is a social bookmarking community, similar to Delicious, but with enhanced features. By installing Diigo’s browser add-on, you can make annotations right on the webpages you visit, highlighting information or adding sticky notes to the pages. The site is divided into three sections: My Library, My Network, and My Groups. My Library is best for research. Here you can bookmark webpages, highlight a section of interest, add a sticky note to the site, and then save it to your library for easy retrieval. My Network allows you to build a personal learning network by following or connecting with people who share your research interests. Imagine that all of your colleagues were part of your Diigo network. Connecting on Diigo, you would have access not only to any interesting articles they bookmark online but any annotations (highlights or sticky notes) they added. Diigo also takes social bookmarking a step further by allowing you to form collaborative groups. My Groups allows members of your local professional learning community or global community of practice to share documents as you explore, annotate, and make meaning by using the annotations and sticky notes. Designed with educators in mind, Diigo allows teachers to set up an account for each student in a class as well as to form a group for the class. Consider the possibilities for learning. You can create a group knowledge repository for each class; your students can add annotations and sticky notes as they read, helping each other as they collectively construct knowledge. Diigo also sends group members email alerts when new information is posted. To access these premium features on Diigo, be sure to sign up as an educator. Diigo is also designed for educators to find and network with other educators to form a personal learning network. Search under Diigo Groups for a topic of interest. For example, the group Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers has nine hundred members who are posting content and collaborating to learn how to use the tools we discuss in this chapter. Librarians, administrators, and curriculum directors also can find groups on Diigo.
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