Collaboration using diigo

diigoDiigo is more than a social bookmarking tool, the potential for sharing and collaborating is amazing! Do you want a way to:

  • share websites with students and/or colleagues, with notes and main ideas highlighted?
  • have students keep websites organized with tags?
  • help your students share and collaborate resources with you and their peers?
  • have students work with and use a tool that they can take with them throughout their life?
  • have a way to take a ‘snapshot’ of a website today so that if edited (or removed) you always have it?

Try a diigo educator’s account, it’s all in there- AND MORE!

First of all, to get started check out my step-by-step set up tutorial for diigo.

  • After you ask to get a free educator’s upgrade (there is a link on the homepage of diigo) and you get approved, you will be all set with your educator’s tools. From your ‘Teacher Console’ you can create student groups and add users. There is no need for email addresses, so if your students don’t have them, no problem. Your users will automatically be put into a group, where only you and your students have access- creating a safe educational environment.
  • Once you create your user accounts, diigo will give you usernames and passwords for your students to sign into diigo.
  • I would suggest having an overview for students the first time you get them signed onto diigo. You will probably want to go through many of the same steps from my tutorial above.  Remember, since you added them through your ‘Teacher Console’ their profile information is only shared with your other students. Also, by making your group ‘private’ you can also keep it safe.

Features I love:

  • As manager of the group/class, you can set pre-determined tags to keep them consistent and organized (or not, your choice).
  • Groups can be private and email addresses are optional
  • Students collaborating on projects can share resources with each other, adding notes and highlighting only the parts of the websites they need to focus on.
  • Through your organized tags you can have a place for students to get good quality resources, so much better than having them search google.
  • Your students can have discussions about information they find within resources, commenting to each other through the notes added.
  • Don’t forget about sharing and collaborating with your colleagues- why should our students have all the fun.

Other diigo and education resources to check out:

Check out FAQs for Educators for specific questions about using diigo with your students.  Diigo also has a great ‘How to guide’ that is easy to follow.

Diigo Teacher Accounts – from Free Technology for Teachers

Social Bookmarking: Delicious vs Diigo– from Integrating Technology into the Primary Classroom