Intro to Diigo – Online Tools 2016


On your mark, get set, Diigo! Let’s spend 2 minutes exploring this tool
that helps students collect, annotate, organize and share online resources. Diigo is a free app but one of the first things
you’re going to want to do is to look in the tools menu at all the different enhancements
and apps that are available. The way to start is to drag the Digolet applet
onto your toolbar. This will let you tag and highlight and put
sticky notes on any website you visit or PDF you download. Let’s see Diigo in action:
I’m doing a unit on Emily Dickinson and have come across this website from Amherst
College. I can click on the Diigolet on the toolbar
and add this page as a bookmark. I can include it in my Emily Dickinson Outliner
and type up a quick description and even tag it according to what the article is about. Since I am interested in the family of Emily
Dickinson I can highlight and add a sticky note that indicates… “need more information
on Austin.” I’ve done a bit of research and am now in
the Diigo library, where I have saved a variety of links. You can see immediately all the tags that
I have created. I could pull up just those links about Emily
Dickinson’s family, I can expand the links and see both what I’ve highlighted and when
I’ve added a sticky note, and I can move from my library now to my Outliner. The Outliner is where I’ve begun organizing
different pieces of research. There are two more features that I want to
show you which each leverage the social aspect of the application. First is My Groups where you can set up groups
of colleagues or groups of students to manage the research that they’ve done online. You can see here that this is a collection
on Emily Dickinson. It includes all the links, all the tags, all
the sticky notes and highlights that have been collected by group members. You can even continue having a conversation
about things that have been posted so you can identify themes in your collaboration. The final feature of Diigo is the Community
function which allows you to plug-iin to other Diigo users. So I can search the community for Emily Dickinson
and see what comes up . I can find various resources here, select an article and use
Diigolet to bookmark it for myself. So I hope this review has been helpful to
you, but before I go here are a few comments on the strengths of Diigo:
The costs are good, particularly if you’re an educator. Privacy is also good, the educator plan does
not require email addresses of students. Access is good: it’s applications and applets
are available for multiple platforms, browsers and mobile devices. Workflow is positive, there are multiple methods
of input and output. Regarding equity, this tool can be used to
encourage students to find multiple resources reflecting diverse perspectives. On the other hand, there are some cautions:
Diigo was created in 2005, it has stiff competition from some other social annotation applications. There are rumors regarding its relative strength. Regarding power and bias, the tool is available
in several languages but it would seem it would bias English given its reliance on online
materials. I would say that the ease of use is only moderately
friendly; there are lots of tutorials available; students would absolutely need to be coached. And finally it is a text heavy tool and isn’t
suitable for all learners. Thank you!

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