DIIGO – YES I AM USING IT

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I signed up originally for Diigo a few years ago when MiguelMGuhlin was discussing how great it was and all the different things you could do with it.  I tried it, used it for a while, considered it too “busy” and complicated for me and retired Diigo to the I have used it, but it didn’t do anything for me pile.

In my EXPERIMENTING IS OVER – TIME TO START USING IT!
I said the following:

Bookmarking: I tried out many different bookmarking systems this summer and found that I really needed one that was independent of the browser, for when I use a different one on whatever type of machine I am running. When I figured that out, my choices came down to Delicious and Diigo; I have used both successfully in the past, but decided to go with Diigo because it was a little more feature rich.

Diigo has features that I now value more than I would have in the past.  When I wrote the above post a couple of weeks ago, I was basing my change on a lot less information than I have today and I need to change that last sentence from a littlemore feature rich to a lot more feature rich.

Here is a link to Jason Schmidt’s blog post comparing Delicious and Diigo it opened my eyes to many different things that Diigo can do that I didn’t know about.  I listened to Jason, Shannon Miller and Maggie Tsai (Diigo) on Classroom 2.0 Live Webinar about the different things you can do with Diigo.  I learned more in that hour about Diigo than I had previously about it.

Diigo’s screenshot and annotation tool is one that I will use quite a bit

I ran into some issues inserting the annotated screen shot in this post via the URL, but I am pretty sure it is something I didn’t do. Part of that learning curve thing.
One of the best things that I learned about during the Classroom 2.0 Live Webinar was the Lists function and how you can share them with others.  That way I don’t have to share my entire library, just the pertinent list(s).
Another thing that I want to look at more closely, even though I don’t know if I will use it at the start of the school year or not is the Diigo teacher console.  It will easily allow you to add several students quickly and easily.  This is one of those things, where I will be introducing my 7th grade students to several tech tools all at once and I think this might be a bit of overload in the first month.  Maybe in the 2nd quarter Diigo and my class will get introduced?


One of the features that I really like is the ability to “share” or post to my blog directly from Diigo, although this feature has been around for a while, I didn’t realize it existed before, I can see how I can quickly blog something from the Diigo Toolbar which I did last night.

I am just beginning to learn all the features that Diigo now has (compared to when I used it in 2008).  I believe it will take me a while to figure it all out, there is a bit of a learning curve to using Diigo’s more advanced functions.  However, if you are only using the bookmarking tool and annotation, it is very intuitive.  Figuring out where things are takes some getting used to and I foresee that Diigo is going to take over some of the stuff that I had been doing in Evernote.

Now that I have used Diigo for a couple of weeks I find that it has a wealth of other useful features that enhance my productivity instead of complicating it.

The initial reason for coming back to Diigo was that I use multiple browsers on multiple machines with 2-3 different operating systems.  All of the bookmark synchs, etc. just didn’t work as well as advertised at this point.  So I needed a solution that was platform/OS/machine independent and in my experience over the past couple of weeks Diigo has filled that need very well.

Disclaimer: No I have not received any compensation, free stuff or other enticements to write positively about what I consider to be a great application that I am presently using.

EDTECH TOOLS – CHANGING ATTITUDES

THIS IS REPOSTED FROM (resource220.com) on 10/31/10

From 8/1/10

I have noticed a change in the nature of conversations in the blogosphere and twitterverse, from “this is a neat tool/application, you gotta try it out” – to how do we actually can use those tools/applications in the classroom. I have noticed this shift in focus becoming more and more the norm in the past 6 months. This is a pretty significant change from what us “techies” have focused on in the past – the new and cool.
From my vantage point the EdTech tool world also seems to be sorting themselves out and there are less new and great things coming out every week, that we educators just have to try. Many of the EdTech tools are now into Version 3, 4 or more and are becoming much more sophisticated than their first offering and becoming more useful, where I need them to be – in my classroom. 
I like this direction that we seem to be heading and it is now time, to take the time to learn how to best use these tools in our classrooms, not just “play” with them.
I know that in the past I have been an EdTech tool butterfly and was overwhelmed by the choices, different tools and the different reviews that make me want to try something newer and greater all the time. When in fact many times it wasn’t greater, just newer with a different name and sometimes not as good as what I had used. This butterfly EdTech tool strategy has not allowed me to learn more than the surface level of many of the tools that I have tried and actually should have taken the time to learn more.
One that really comes to mind is Diigo, which I plan to write a post on later this week. Diigo is a tool that I used in the past and left when I tried several new or different similar tools. Now that I have started using it again, I can see how powerful it has become. I think that I will find that in many of the tools that I seem to be drifting back to.
I plan to focus on learning the EdTech tools that I can realistically use in myResource Room classroom setting, which has different requirements or needs than most regular education classrooms. Taking the time to learn the finer points of how to use the tools that I will be using at more than a surface level will (I hope) help both my students and myself, and possibly make school more enjoyable for those students.
One of the things that I am thinking about doing during the school year (after the first month) is starting a “Weekly Review” of EdTech tools that I used in my classroom that week and a quick review of how I actually used them in my Resource Room. No theoretical use, just stuff that I actually did with those EdTech tools and whether they worked or not.
I would love to see other educators do the same type of thing, I believe that the more information that we teachers have about these EdTech tools, the better we will be able to use them in our classrooms. That is why I have liked so many of the Online conferences and Webinars this summer. I have learned a great deal from those teacher’s experiences with the tools they use.
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