Diigo is a 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.

Getting Started

Create an Account

Click here to sign up for a Diigo Account.  If you don't want to create new account, you can sign in with your 

Browser Extensions

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.

Import Your Existing Bookmarks

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.

Join the Highview Primary Teachers Group on Diigo

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.

Using Diigo

How to Bookmark

Click on any of the images below to see them at full size.

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.

  1. Click on the Diigo button on your toolbar.
  2. Click on the Bookmark button.
  3. If you don't want to do anything else, just click save.  However, remember that the real value in using a tool like Diigo is tagging and sharing your bookmarks.
  4. There are several things that you can do when tagging your bookmark.  You can type in tags, select the tags you used last time, or select tags recommended by Diigo.
  5. You can also add a description of the site to help you remember and your colleagues know what the side is all about.
  6. Consider sharing the site with your colleagues.  One of the issues that has come up is that many teachers don't know where to find reliable resources. By sharing with the group, you will find resources that you know are useful.
  7. Of course, sometimes you find sites that you might want to bookmark, but don't necessarily want the public or students to know about (i.e. answers to a worksheet, etc.).  You can click Private so that just you will be able to see these bookmarks.
  8. When you're finished, click Save.

Accessing your Bookmarks

  1. Click on the Diigo button on your toolbar.
  2. Click on the drop down arrow in the Diigo dialogue box.
  3. Click on My Library
  4. There are two ways to search your bookmarks.  
    • You can use the tag box (below - left), or the search box in Diigo (below - right).  The tag box will pull up anything in your library that is tagged with the topic you are searching for.  The search box will look for the words you search for in both the name of the bookmark and its description.
    • You can also search tags in your group by using the search box on your Group page.

Getting a Diigo Educator Account

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.

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