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Social bookmarking is becoming more and more popular inside of the educational world. As an educator, there are so many online resources that it sometimes becomes hard to figure out what exactly I need for my classroom. And what I can just kind of disregard. Social bookmarking allows me to go through and quickly create lists of bookmarked webpages. Later on, I can go back and review those webpages, and I can also share those webpages with other people that have my similar interests. Diigo is a wonderful social bookmarking platform, that's Diigo. Diigo allows you to quickly set up an account online, you can even join communities to get updates about other people that are bookmarking things.
Such as technology or education, science, mathematics, English language arts, or even history. In addition, you can also download the Diigo application on your iPad. The Diigo application allows you to quickly go through and view anything you've bookmarked to pull up at a later date. For example I can quickly type on the learner.org website which I've bookmarked. And here I can see that I've categorized this bookmark as being under education, science, STEM, and lesson plans. If at any time I would like to search for websites that have lesson plans, I can simply search through the websites that I've tagged with the lesson plan tag.
Now in this model account I only have six or seven various websites. But over time you can build up hundreds of websites inside of Diigo. And because you get the opportunity to tag those websites, you can quickly go back and categorize, and sort through your websites. Furthermore, if I have an educator that would like to have resources in let's say in the area of STEM. I can quickly search through my stem webpages and share those webpages with them at the touch of a button. In addition to being able to share websites with my colleagues, I can also create bookmarks to share with my students. Often in class if I have a website that students need access to, I will just tell them the tag and then they can go to Diigo pull it up themselves.
This is also going to teach our students how to search for and categorize information, as they're moving through the internet. One thing that I really enjoy about Diigo for the iPad, is the ability to actually tag information inside of web pages, as well as entire web pages, directly in Safari on the iPad. Now it takes a few steps to get this set up and running, but I'm going to quickly walk through that process. The first thing you need to do, is to go to www.diigo.com/ipad Here in Safari, I've already navigated to this website. Now, the website already has instructions for what you need to do, but I'm going to go ahead and walk you through it real quick.
Here I'm going to hit Edit and I'm going to go ahead and select the Web Highlighter. What I need to do now is replace this web address, I'm just going to hit the X button. With some code. Now the code itself can be found on this website under step number three. I've already copied it onto the clipboard but the next step for you would be to find the code. Copy it onto the clipboard by holding down your finger and dragging out the text selection until all of the text is selected, and then clicking copy. I'm going to go ahead and edit this web highlighter now, I'm going to take this web address. And I'm going to just tap and hold until I see paste, and I'm going to go ahead and click the Paste button.
Once I've replaced this bookmarks web address with this particular code I'm going to go ahead and tap outside of it to close out of it. And now when I click web highlighter for my bookmark bar I get this nice little popup menu. Here I need to make sure I sign into my Diigo account so I'll go ahead and click the signin button. I'll come into the signin section and enter my email address and password. And now that I'm signed in, I can go back to the Web Highlighter, and now I can actually bookmark this page. When I do this I have the opportunity to change its name, to add tags, and I can choose whether or not I want to make this private or public.
At this point I can go and click the Save button. Now if I go back to my bookmarks, I can see that the Web Highlighter page has been added as a bookmark in my Diigo account. This is a great way for you to be on the go, searching through classroom resources, and deciding which articles you want to review later. And or share with the larger educational community. In addition to being able to use the social bookmarking system yourself Diigo will also email out popular bookmarks by other people inside your content area. This way you can keep up to date in the latest trends inside of your content area, as well as to add to that conversation by bookmarking your own websites. I hope that Diigo is a beneficial tool for both of you and your students, and you'll enjoy using it inside the classroom.
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