By: Mike Wade
Diigo is a social bookmarking tool that allows users to bookmark and tag web pages. Diigo focuses on better ways to process, manage, discover and share information. Users can create a personal library to store bookmarked sites that are easily categorized and searched for within Diigo using tags. Key features include the ability to annotate, highlight, post sticky notes, create outlines and form user groups.
Diigo is very user-friendly and is easy to set up. This video will walk you through the basics of getting going. Diigo can be used for any age but is probably geared more for high school and higher education students.
Here are the top 3 teaching ideas for using Diigo in your learning environment.
Idea 1 – Create an Online Library
Students can use Diigo to create a library of bookmarked web pages using tags to categorize by topic for ongoing referencing. Create an online class library where every student contributes bookmarks to build a large collection of relevant Web pages.
Idea 2 – Guide Research Process
Diigo has an annotation feature that allows users to highlight, add comments directly to the web page or add a sticky note. Makes the research process more efficient. Good for an instructor to make comments before students have completed their assignments.
Idea 3 – Create Outlines
Diigo has an outline feature. Allows for the creation of a template where resources from the Diigo library can easily be added to the outline. Can collect and organize bookmarks, annotations, and notes into subtopics. Makes it easier to structure research projects. Can share outlines or have a joint outline for group work.
These are the top 3 resources that will help to get started with Diigo and assist in utilizing the features within Diigo.
Resource 1 – Mrs. Treichler’s Wikispace
Excellent step by step instructions on how to get set up and utilize the tools within Diigo. Starts with the basic functions and works up to the most complex features.
Resource 2 – Centre for Teaching Excellence
The University of Waterloo under their resources for teachers section recommends Diigo and gives examples of how it can be used in higher education and gives evidence of its efficacy.
Resource 3 – Diigo Help
- Allows for an unlimited amount of bookmarks but none of the other features that are available in the paid versions, sign up for free here
- There is no time limit or trial period with the free version.
- There is a Free Teacher/Student account plan that offers more features than the free account, it includes a teacher console where the teacher can create and manage student accounts.
- The first paid level is basic, it costs $7 US/year and includes 2000 highlights.
- The next level is standard and costs $40 US/year or $5/month. The features that come with it are unlimited bookmarks, highlights, images and an unlimited cache.
- The most expensive version is professional and costs $59 US/year or $6/month. It includes all of the features of the other versions plus unlimited PDF annotation and outliners.