Social Bookmarking Service. We are generally accustomed to saving our favourite sites using the Bookmarks or Favourites tools in our browser. The problem with this is, once you go home, you can't find that great website you used at school. Enter Social Bookmarking. There are a variety of web based services that will manage your favourite websites.
The reason that Diigo is featured here is because you can create moderated groups (i.e. like several teachers in a division at a school) that allow you to share favourite sites with each other. You can also tag sites. Tagging a site is like categorizing it. Each site might have several tags. For example if I bookmark the National Geographic For Kids site, I might tag it with "National Geographic", "Science", "Geography", "Maps", "Primary", "Games", "Interactive", and "Grade 5". That way, other users who were looking for sites with one of more of those features, might find my suggestion.
Diigo also has free premium accounts for teachers that allows you to set up free accounts for your students and share links.
Diigo has been added to the Portable Chrome browser on your memory stick but it can be added to your other computers and browsers by visiting the Diigo site and installing the proper extension.
Click here to sign up for a Diigo Account. If you don't want to create new account, you can sign in with your
If you are using Google Chrome Portable on the provided memory stick, the Diigo extension is already installed. If not, you can download the proper extension for your browser of choice by clicking here. You will also find links to the iPad, Android, and Blackberry Diigo apps on this page.
You can import your bookmarks form Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome or other bookmarking sites by clicking here. That will automatically add the sites that you have in your current browser to your online Diigo account.
One way to make integrating technology into your classroom easier is to share links among trusted colleagues. Diigo makes this easier by allowing you to create groups. With Diigo Groups, if you find a website that you think would be useful to other teachers you work with, you can share it with them easily. I've started a Diigo group for primary teachers at Highview and populated it with a few of my links to get you started.
On the right side of the page, you will see a link to Apply to join this group (Image below). Click on it and then fill in the application request. Pay attention to the Group Email Subscription setting. If you like, it can be used to update you on links shared to the group on the schedule you decide on. If you don't want any email, click on Not Subscribed.
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The complete how-to for bookmarking can be found here. The instructions below are for Google Chrome. They might look a little different on another browser.
If you would like to get a Diigo educator account, in order to use Diigo with your class click here.
You do not need an educator account to share your links publicly (on your blog or other places) or to join Diigo groups.