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One benefit to using Diigo with your class is the ability to share a collection of websites or even a section of websites with your students. In this video we're going to create a single link that students can use to find information about heart health. We're also going to draw student attention to only certain parts of each web page. Let's get started by exploring the highlighting tool that will allow us to do this. Here I've navigated to HealthFinder.Gov and I've got an article that's about the basics of a healthy heart. I'd like students to navigate to this website, but only want students to be focused on this middle section, where it says The Basics.
To do this, I'll go and click on my Diigolet button. Using the drop down menu, I'm going to select the Highlight button. You'll notice that my cursor now has become a highlighter. I can bring my cursor down to the webpage and I can simply click and drag over the text I'd like to highlight. When I release my mouse, I can now see that The Basics has been highlighted. I'm going to click back on Highlighter to turn the Highlighter off. Now, because I've highlighted this text, it's going to automatically create an entry for me on my Diigo account. If I head back to My Library in Diigo, and I refresh this page, I can see here that I have a bookmark now to the Heart Health website.
In addition to that, the information that I highlighted is now appearing directly below that link. What I've essentially done is quickly grabbed a section of the website and pulled it out for students to be able to access. At any time that students want more information, they can always click on the original link and go to the original page. Let's go ahead and add some information from a couple of other websites to round out this lesson for our students. Here on the Getting Healthy website from the American Heart Association, maybe I'd like students to explore one of these areas at the bottom. To do that, I'm just going to go ahead and click on Diigolet button, to bring up the Navigation menu.
Now without clicking anything, I'm just going to go ahead and highlight some text. When I release my cursor, you'll see now that I have some options that popped up. I can choose to highlight this text which will do the exact same function we did prior. I can highlight it and add a sticky note or I can search for this text in the Internet. I'm going to go ahead and choose to highlight this text and add a sticky note. In this note, I'm going to give instructions to students. I might say something like, please review this section. Now take a look at the drop down menu, my only option right now is Private, and that's because this particular webpage has not been bookmarked or shared.
Once I share this web page, this content will no longer be private. I'm going to go ahead and click the Post button. Now looking at this webpage, I have a highlighted text, and on the webpage I have a little one. When I hover over the number one, I can see the comment that came with it. Lets go head back to Diigo to see how this looks in our Diigo account. I'll go ahead and refresh the page. And here I can see that the highlighted text has been added, and directly below that highlighted text I have my comment. I'm going to go to the last website which is Heart-Healthy Diet: Eight Steps to Prevent Heart Disease. And maybe this particular website I want students to read absolutely everything.
So I'm going to go ahead and click on the Diigo Like button. This time I'll just choose to bookmark the entire page, make sure that it's not private. I'll go ahead and add the appropriate tags to it, and I'm going to click Save Bookmark. Let's head back to our Diigo account and create a list for our students. I'll go ahead and refresh that page, so I can see all three of those bookmarks that we just created. Now I can follow the same step as before, I can select the bookmarks and the sections of websites that I'd like to share with my students. I can go to Add to List, and I'll create a new list that is Heart Health. Click Create. I'll select my Heart Health list.
So now on the left hand side if we scroll down I can see that I have my Heart Health list. If I click on Heart Health, I have those three options available to me. At this point, I can go ahead and choose to share this link with my students, through either one of my social media networks. Or simply by creating a permalink that students can follow where they'll have access to these three particular sites. In addition to me using this to give information to my students, you can also train your students to use Diigo to categorize and organize information as they're doing classroom research projects. I hope you enjoy using Diigo in the classroom and it can be a great tool to keep both you and your students organized.
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