Social Bookmarking Series: Diigo – Research, Share, Collaborate

By Mike Kieca, Technology Resource Checkout Graduate Assistant

This is part 1 of a 3 part series on social bookmarking applications.

Diigo is a collaborative research tool that allows you to highlight or add sticky notes right on to a website.  With the toolbar add-on, you can highlight as you read on any website and when you return to that website, your highlights will still be there.  The same thing goes for the sticky notes, which makes this social bookmarking tool essential to any research project that you have to do.  Once you have highlighted or added a sticky note to a website, that website is stored in your Diigo library for you to refer to when looking back on your research.  Diigo also allows groups to create an account so everyone can contribute by highlighting certain websites so each student can see each others input.

For Educators, Diigo allows you to apply for an educator account that gives you additional tools once you are approved.  When you upgrade your normal account to an educator account you will have these additional features:

  • You can create student accounts for an entire class with just a few clicks (and 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.

For more information on Diigo Educator Accounts visit their FAQ page at http://help.diigo.com/teacher-account/faq.

Diigo is also on the go as you can download an application for either an iPad, iPhone, or an Android phone to give you research tools at your fingertips.  For the iPhone, you are able to download bookmarks for offline reading so you can read and research without an internet connection.  So whether you are an everyday reader on the internet, want to remember a quote or line from a website to show friends later, or to highlight and annotate for a research project, Diigo is the way to go.

For more information about Diigo please visit http://www.diigo.com/about.

Features:

  • Highlight and/or add sticky notes to any website
  • Bookmark websites
  • Create group accounts for projects
  • Check previous annotations in you Library
  • Work on the go with Apps for smart phones
  • Read offline

Tech Tip – The Diigo Toolbar

By Amanda Richards, Interactive Multimedia Lab Assistant

After you have created your Diigo account, a useful way to use your account is to download the Diigo toolbar. In order to use the toolbar be sure that the browser you are using is one of the following:

Firefox 2.0 and above
Internet Explorer 6.0+, 7.0+, 8.0
Flock .9+

Be sure to choose the right download for your browser.

To install the Diigo toolbar click tools on the top right of the webpage as seen below.

When the toolbar begins to install you must allow the pop up.

Next click install now.

After the toolbar has been installed exit and reopen your browser.

Once the browser has been restarted you will see the following toolbar included.

The first button, The Diigo button, allows you to manage your account without actually being on the webpage.

Te second area on the toolbar is a search engine box. You can choose to search using Google or Bing.

Your bookmarking tool allows you to bookmark the current page that you are on, add a description, add tags, and share the site.

The highlight tool allows you to take text and highlight it on your bookmarked page so when you come back later you can easily access the information that is most useful for you.

With the capture tool you can take a picture of a particular part of the website and add things such as text, arrows, rectangles, or ovals in order to point out specifics with in the website. Once you click the save button, the edited and captured picture will be uploaded to your Diigo account.

The send button allows you to send through your Diigo account to all your Diigo friends as well as your email contacts, upload to twitter, or upload to face book, or make a copy of your specific annotations to be viewed as bullet points.

The read later button stores the site as a website that you’ve book marked as unread so that you can go back and view it at a later time.

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