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Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo

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Hello educators and welcome to teacher tips. There are a ton of social bookmarking tools available on Here I can see that the web page for diigolet help So this webpage now contains the instructions we need to go ahead Now, this is a fairly simple process, all we have to do is grab the Now that I have the Diigolet installed in the Now if I'd like to bookmark this webpage, meaning I'm And you'll see that it still shows I'm

Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo

Hello educators and welcome to teacher tips. This week we're continuing our conversation about internet in the classroom by exploring social bookmarking. Social bookmarking has countless applications for education, from organizing to categorizing instruction resources, to even sharing research content with your students. If you're not familiar with social bookmarking, it's essentially the ability to create cloud based website bookmarks that can have tags applied to them. This allows you to easily categorize and search your bookmarked websites. You can also group websites by type and then share those lists with others.

In some social bookmarking programs even allow for highlighting and annotating of the website text. There are a ton of social bookmarking tools available on the web, and most of them are free to use. From my experience, however, the two social bookmarking tools best suited for education are Diigo.com and Delicious.com. Both of these social bookmarking tools function very similarly. Today, we're going to use Diigo.com to ahead and explore how we can use social bookmarking in the classroom. The first step is to go ahead and sign up or sign in. If this is your first time using Diigo, go ahead and click on these sign up button on the upper right hand corner, this will walk you through the prompt of creating your first account.

I already have an account created so I'm going to go and click these sign in button, enter my user name and password, and there we've officially signed into Diigo. Now the great thing about Diigo because it's cloud-based, is even if I were to bookmark a webpage on this computer in this web browser, I could go to any computer in the world as long as it's connected to the internet and pull up that bookmark. In addition to that, I'm going to have the ability to add tags to that bookmark. Tags will then become something I can use to categorize and search for that page later on.

So since I'm logging in for the first time, I can see that Diigo has already bookmarked a few websites for us, and they've even given those websites some tags. In the middle of the page, I can see the websites that have been bookmarked. Now these will look a little bit different than the websites we're going to bookmark later on, because Diigo's helping us get some set up information. They've added a preview section right, here as well as highlighted yellow on the left-hand side to show you that these are bookmarks added by Diigo and not by us. I can also see the tags that they've used. They've added a Chrome tag, three Diigo tags, a diigolet tag and a Firefox tag.

Now these webpages that Diigo's pre-bookmarked for us are really important in getting set up to use social bookmarking, these are the instructions that we need in order to install extensions, or a digolet, which will allow us to use Diigo across the web. Now if most of the time you're surfing the web on your own computer and your own web browser, then you might want to take the time to install a browser extension. The best browser for this is Google Chrome, and you can find instructions on how to install the Google Chrome extension in this first link that appears on the page. However, a little simpler and a quicker way to start using Diigo is use what is known as diigolet.

Diigolet is essentially going to have us create a bookmark that will allow us to use the full power of Diigo. Diigolets work on any operating system in any browser, although it is best to make sure you have the latest version of whatever browser you're choosing to use. I'm going to go ahead and find the Diigolet instructions, by clicking on the Diigolet tag on the left hand side. Here I can see that the web page for diigolet help has automatically been bookmarked for me inside of my Diigo account. I'm going to go and click on the link to go to that web page. So this webpage now contains the instructions we need to go ahead and get diigolet installed on my browser so I can start social bookmarking websites.

I'm going to go and click the here button where it said, get the Diigolet. Now, this is a fairly simple process, all we have to do is grab the Diigolet button, I'm going to click and hold and drag it up to my bookmark bar. When I see the green plus sign appear, I'll go ahead and release. Now the green plus signs appearing, because I'm on a Chrome on a Mac operating system. If you have a Windows operating system, this might look slightly different. Also, if you're not able to see a bookmark bar in your web browser, you may need to go into your web browser's Preference Setting; and make sure that Always show the bookmark bar is selected.

Once again I'm using Google Chrome and these might be slightly different, if you're using a different web browser. Now that I have the Diigolet installed in the bookmark bar, I'm actually ready to start using Diigo. I'm going to go ahead and close out of this help page and come back to my main Diigo library page. Let's go ahead and see how this works by bookmarking our first webpage. I'm going to open up a new tab in Chrome, and I'm just going to navigate to the lynda.com website. Now if I'd like to bookmark this webpage, meaning I'm going to save it as a reference for later or even as a reference to share with my students, I can go ahead and click on the diigolet bookmark that's in my bookmark bar.

By clicking the Diigolet button, I'm going to automatically open up this menu that appears in the upper right hand corner. Here, I now have some options that I can do. I can highlight certain parts of this webpage, I can bookmark this page, add a sticky note to it. I can mark this as a read later, so that I can create a reading list of what pages I'd like to take a look at, when I have more time. I can share this through social media and I can even access some of my Diigo account directly from this menu. I'm going to go ahead and bookmark this page, now automatically Diigo's going to pull some information from the web; it's going to get the URL of the website, the title of the webpage and it gives me the opportunity then to write in a description and to add tags to it.

I can also select whether I want to bookmark this as Private or make this page searchable using the description and tags to the entire group of Diigo users. I'm going to go ahead and unselect Private, meaning that the tags that I use at this website, any Diigo users can search and find this particular website. For the description I'm going to go ahead and take the description that's in the title of the website. I'm just going to copy and paste that by using the keyboard shortcuts of Command+C or Control+C on the PC for copy, and then I'll use Command+V or Control+V on the PC for paste.

Now here in the tags I can use any words that I would like that will allow me to quickly find this website. Also, Diigo's going to go through and look at the content of the website and make some recommendations of possible tags. They've recommended tutorials, which I think is a good tag. I think learning's a good tag, I'll go ahead and click on that one. And I think education's a good tag as well. I'm going to go ahead and add an additional tag, which is elearning. All I have to do is type the tag in, and once everything's in place, I can go and click Save Bookmark. So without leaving the lynda.com homepage, I was able to build some information about what this website is and send it off to my Diigo account.

Let's go ahead and head back to Diigo to see what happens on the back end. I'm going to click back on my Diigo tab and then refresh the page. And you'll see that it still shows I'm only searching for tags that have diigolet, so I'm going to go ahead and delete that out and then click the search button again. So, at this point, I should be viewing every single website that I've bookmarked, as well as all of the tags. I can see the tutorials, learning, elearning, education have been added to our tags, and right here, at the very top, I can see the bookmark for the lynda.com library. So, at this point, we've gone through and we've set up our Diigo account, we've installed the diigolet, which will allow us to bookmark websites as we surf the web, and we've bookmarked our first site.

In the next video we're in a dive into creating lists of websites that we can then share with our students, and talk about how students can use Diigo to organize their research.

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    1. Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo
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      3m 57s
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