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One of the great features of Diigo is the ability to create lists. Now a list is essentially a group of websites that you'd like to share with someone else. I'm going to go ahead and create a professional development list that we could share with other educators. To get us started, I've opened up three different tabs in Google Chrome, with three different courses from the lynda.com library. The first one is a Management Fundamentals course. We have Google Apps for educators, and the third one's on flipping the classroom. If I wanted to take all three of these courses and send them to fellow educators as a professional development, I could do that really easily using Diigo.
I'm going to go ahead and come back to the Management Fundamentals course, and I'm going to bookmark this using my Diigolet button. I'll click the button and from the drop down menu, I'll go and select Bookmark. Here I'm going to make sure that it's not selected as private, I don't need to add a description for this particular website and I'm going to go ahead and add some tags to it. I know that this course is about management, so I allowed the management tag. This is for education, so I'll add education and I'm also going to add a tag of PD; for professional development. Let's go ahead and click Save Bookmark.
I'll do the same thing with the second course, which is Google Apps for Educators. I'm going to go ahead and use the Diigolet icon to bookmark this particular course. I'm going to go ahead and use the Diigolet button to add a bookmark to this webpage. Click Bookmark from the menu; make sure it's not set to Private and I'll go ahead and add some tags to this particular course. And again, I'm going to add the tag of PD for Professional Development and then click Save. And finally, the third course, use the Diigolet button, select Bookmark. We'll add some tags to this one. And once again, I'm going to go ahead add the tag of PD for Professional Development.
Make sure it's not selected as Private, and then click Save Bookmark. So if I go back to my Diigo tab, and I refresh my Diigo account, I can see now that those websites have been automatically added to my Diigo.com library. In addition to that, I can also see the new tags appear on the left-hand side. If I'd been browsing the web and bookmarking a lot of websites, and a few of them I wanted to include in my professional development list, then I may have to search for them. Now, right here, I can see that the last three we bookmarked are all tagged with PD. However, just to demonstrate how the tags work, I'm going to come up to the tag field.
I'm going to type the tag PD and then click the Search icon. Here, I notice that the three courses with the PD or Professional Development tag are now appearing. I can go ahead and select all three of these courses. And then, where it says Add to List, I can go ahead and create a brand new list, just by typing in the name. I'll call this one Professional Development. And click the Create button. Now that the list is created I can go ahead and click on Professional Development in the list menu and these three courses have now been added to the Professional Development list. If I go back to the My Library tab, I can now see on the left hand side under My Lists, that there's a Professional Development list.
I'm going to go ahead and access this list by clicking on it. Now currently, this list is set to private, so even though I have all of these websites that I made sure were unchecked as private, my list is still showing as private. In order to change that, we're going to go ahead and share our list. We can share lists by using the Share button in the left hand corner. I'm going to go and click on the Share button. And here we have a variety of options. I can simply create a link to this list, I can send this list via email, I can tweet this link that other people can then access, and I can also use the Share This application to send this out to a variety of social media websites.
I'm going to go and just create a permalink for this particular list. So, now with this link that I've created, all I have to do is send this particular link in an e-mail to any teachers that I'd like to complete this professional development. In the next video, we're going to dive into refining this process just a little bit more for students, where we may not want to share the entire website, just a section of the website by using highlighting and annotation of text.
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