It’s in the Evidence!

AUGUST 2009 MICHELLE KRILL, MMKRILL@GMAIL.COM

"Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff."

Collecting Evidence to Construct Support
In the education setting, projectbased learning is an effective way to teach students and cultivate skills of finding, organizing, synthesizing, and presenting information, as well as the social skills of working in groups, all of which are necessary in today’s knowledge-based world. Among the web 2.0 technologies, Diigo is a great tool for this kind of exploratory and collaborative learning. Diigo is more than a simple web annotation or social bookmarking service -- it is a new kind of online research and collaborative research tool that integrates tags and lists, highlighting and clipping, sticky notes, and groupbased collaboration, enabling a whole new process of online knowledge management, learning, and teaching in the information age. notes, with friends and colleagues. A project team, a class, or a club can create a group on Diigo to pool relevant resources, findings and thoughts together.

Diigo is an effective tool for teaching as well. Diigo's features allow teachers to highlight critical features within text and images and write comments directly on the web pages, to collect and organize series of web pages and web sites into coherent and thematic sets, and to facilitate online conversations within the context of the materials themselves. Diigo also allows teachers to collaborate and share resources among themselves.

Personal Research Tool As you read on the web, instead of just bookmarking, you can highlight portions of web pages that are of particular interest to you. You can also attach sticky notes to specific parts of web pages.

Diigo is two services in one ~ it is a research and colla borative research tool on the one hand, and a knowledge-shar ing community and socia l content site on the other.

Collaborative Research Platform You can easily share your findings, complete with your highlights and sticky

Knowledge Sharing Community Diigo provides new ways to connect with others who share similar interests. You can find "people like me" - those who are closest to you in interests, or search people by tags or sites to find others who share certain specific interests with you.

The Diigo Toolbar is an essential component for a successful experience using Diigo. It not only allows quickly bookmarking, highlighting and annotating, it also provides quick access to bookmarks, lists, messages, and sharing options.

Diigo Vocab
Bookmark Think: Making a site a favorite. Diigo keeps all of your bookmarks online so you can access them from anywhere, using any browser. When you are visiting a webpage you wish to bookmark, just click the Bookmark button on the Diigo toolbar. Highlight D i i g o highlights can be used to mark important information on a webpage, just like you would on paper. Highlighted text is also automatically shared to the "My Bookmarks" section at Diigo. When a bookmark is shared to a group, all group members see the highlights on the webpage and in the My Bookmarks section. You can add Diigo's Sticky Notes on any part of a webpage you highlighted, just like you would on paper. With Diigo's digital sticky notes, you can jot down your comments directly on any part of a webpage and scan through all your research findings quickly. Public sticky notes allow you to exchange viewpoints on any specific area of a webpage. It is great for collaboration or debating an issue!

Get Students in on the Action!
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Sticky No tes

Post-its are useful for notetaking - offline AND online!

Educator Accounts!
http://www.diigo.com/education
These are special premium accounts provided specifically to K-12 & higher-ed educators. Once a Diigo Educator application is approved, your account will be upgraded to have these additional features: You can create student accounts for an entire class with just a few clicks (Student email addresses are optional for account creation.)
✦ ✦ Students of the same class are automatically set up as a Diigo group so they can start using all the benefits that a Diigo group provides, such as group bookmarks and annotations, and group forums. ✦ Privacy settings of student accounts are pre-set so that only teachers and classmates can communicate with them.

✦ Ads presented to student account users are limited to education-related sponsors.

Tagging B a s i c a l l y, t a g s a r e keywords associated with bookmarked content Compared with folders, tagging provides a more flexible way to organize, sort and find favorite contents. Tags provide a g reat way to filter and discover information. Share to Group When bookmarking a site, users can choose to keep the site for their own use of Share to a Group. Sharing to the Group allows group access to highlights, comments and notes.

With an educator account, the instructor can view group bookmarks, highlights, and sticky notes from the Diigo Teacher Console. It is not necessary to visit each bookmark to see annotations by students in the group.

Group members and/or the instructor can leave comments on bookmarked sites from the Diigo site. Bookmarked sites can be given a thumbs up also, which can be helpful when completing research projects.

It’s recommended that instructor’s maintain two accounts when using with students. One as the educator account and the other as the personal account. This keeps students from seeing ALL of the instructor bookmarks.

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