Using Diigo to Support Common Core

Using Diigo to support Common Core standards is a great way for students to annotate, archive, and organize information as they work on projects for the classroom.

How does it work?

Diigo (http://www.diigo.com) is an excellent resource for working with information found on the web that will be used in further projects and school work. The site allows users to highlight and add their own notes to a web site using a sticky note feature, thus annotating their resources and going beyond just bookmarking. When you return to the original you've annotated, your highlighting and sticky notes are visibly superimposed on the content of the original site.

Like other social bookmarking sites, you can also bookmark pages using this resource. By uploading the page, you're archiving it in such a way that you can easily search for it by tags, highlights, sticky notes, and titles of the web page. All of the resources that you bookmark with this site can be tagged with keywords or added to a focused list, making it a great way to organize information.

A unique aspect of this site is that it also operates as a social network system. This ability creates a dynamic flow of information within public and closed groups. For example, a teacher can assign one reading to several classes by creating a group for the students. The posted shared reading is then annotated by individual users within the group and can be read by everyone. Because this resource is online and is available on mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones, group learning can occur even when everyone is in different locations and at different times.

Creating an account

As with many of the Web 2.0 tools, there is an account type specifically for teachers, as well as one for the entire school or district. A simple form is used to create a free account as a teacher, and once you complete the form, your account will be ready to go. With the teacher account, you have an unlimited number of bookmarks and highlights as well as a choice in highlight colors. You also have access to sticky notes that you can use annotate web pages. With the educator account, you can cache, screen capture and annotate, and save an image from a webpage up to 20 times a month. Other great features for educators are the ability to "read later", have an ads free environment, and be able to use the featuers of the teacher console.

At the bottom of the main page are a series of tools you can add to enhance the your experience with this site. One of the most powerful tools is the downloadable toolbar which enhances your online browsing experience. Diggolet is a bookmarklet app that does not require a download and allows you to drag and drop, making it much simpler for beginning users.

Useful resources

A brief overview

Below is short tutorial that walks you through how to start using this resource in your classroom.

 

Mobile apps available

Diigo Bookmarks (free Android)

Diigo Offline Reader (free iPad/iPod/iPhone)

 

App available for Android App available for iPadApp available for iPhone

 

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