Using Diigo as Part of your PLN

Diigo is a social bookmarking tool. You may be familiar with bookmarking using Firefox or Internet Explorer. These tools are great if you’re going to always use the same computer. But nowadays, we use a variety of tools for accessing stored information. In my case, I use a desktop at work, my Macbook and my iPhone. I wanted to find a tool that would let me bookmark from any device and access it from all my devices. I previously used delicious to do this. Some of you may use google bookmarks. For me, the master of them all is diigo. I think that diigo leads the pack in terms of features. It allows lists, groups, annotations and highlighting, networks, and of course tags.

Delicious is a good bookmarking tool. I used it for several years before discovering diigo. My main reason for moving to diigo was to be able to create and participate in groups.


Sharing ~ Part II of Diigo V4 tutorial series

Diigo — making Researching, Sharing, and Collaborating faster, easier and more effective!

More diigo help – http://help.diigo.com/home/get-started

Let’s get started

  1. Create a diigo account. Use http://www.larkin.net.au/020_technology_howtos.html to help you with the setup.
  2. Check out some existing libraries that you might like to follow/emulate: http://www.diigo.com/user/wgraziadei, http://www.diigo.com/user/nagoyais, http://www.diigo.com/user/drpresident
  3. Install the diigolet or diigo toolbar.
  4. Researching on diigo – http://vimeo.com/6747389
  5. Using
    the diigolet (to bookmark) – http://vimeo.com/6775948
tips
  • Tags are categories that you can use to create groupings for your bookmarks. It’s worthwhile to think about how you will use. I didn’t think about this when I started and I’ve had to go back and clean up tags. I still have to do that sometimes. In fact, my first account is a huge mess because I had no idea what I was doing. For example, consistently use singular or plural terms so decide on blog or blogs for example.
  • Decide how you will deal with spaces in tags. Will you use camelcase or underscores or hyphens etc. e.g. DigitalStorytelling, digitalstorytelling, digital_storytelling, digital-storytelling, digital~storytelling.
  • When you’re searching other people’s bookmarks, note that they may use a different tagging convention than you.
discussion

Can you think of how this can be useful to you or your students? Please leave any ideas in the comments or email them to me.

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