Diigo is a social bookmarking and annotation tool that allows individuals and groups of people to highlight content and add comments to websites. Diigo is like a bookshelf of your favorite books, each one marked up with highlighted sections, comments in the margin, and sticky notes to remind you of and guide you towards the most important bits. It is a social bookmarking and annotation tool that teachers and students can use together to collect online resources, annotate websites, attach notes to the contents, and organize ideas from multiple sources.
Diigo is an acronym that stands for “Digest for Internet Information, Groups, and Other stuff” and this broad mission has made it a long-time favorite of educators at all levels. Diigo is terrific for working on synchronous or asynchronous collaboration; it’s easy to imagine groups using the outlining function for group research and writing, and using the commenting feature to critique their resources.
|Price||Free Teacher account. Standard: $40/yr. Professional: $59/yr.|
|Ease of Use||★★★☆☆|
|Class Size||Unlimited. Education Edition upgrade|
|ISTE*S||Empowered Learner, Knowledge Constructor, Global Collaborator|
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Collect and sort types of online calculators or graphs; collect a set of online resources for math homework; find pop culture, news, or journal articles about problems that were solved by using math, or articles about topics that are related to math (e.g., fantasy football or movie rating statistics).
Choose an invention and find the research that made the invention possible and what innovations might be possible. Collect research studies on a similar topic and sort them according to methodologies.
Find examples of different writing genres; identify new vocabulary and add definitions using the comment feature; highlight and explain examples of literary devices in fiction and nonfiction.
Compare and critique multiple perspectives of a historical or current event; choose a current event and collect relevant background materials to better understand it; write a biography of a historical figure with links to articles about major events in the subject’s life.
Find and note evidence of bias or stereotyping in popular articles;
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Greenhow, C. (2009). Social scholarship: Applying social networking technologies to research practices. Knowledge Quest, 37(4), 42-47. Retrieved from http://silk.library.umass.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/194731057?accountid=14572
Lu, J. & Deng, L. (2013). Examining students’ use of online annotation tools in support of argumentative reading. Australian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(2), 161-171.