23 February 2012

Day Sixteen: Diigo

Diigo is a social bookmarking site that enables users to bookmark and tag web pages, organize pictures, documents, audio and screenshots, and it can be accessed via PC, Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad.

If you upload Diigolet, you are able to highlight text, and add sticky notes with comments on each bookmarked web page. You can then share the sites with others by creating a group or you may keep your bookmarks private. This is particularly helpful when working on a research project because all sources can be saved in one location and shared with classmates. 

You can annotate text, ask students questions, have students leave comments, etc.

Diigo now has an app for iPad that serves as an all-access digital library. The app is free, but it is new, so they are still adding features (group bookmarking isn't available yet). 

Educator Accounts:If you sign up for an educator account, it’s free and it allows you to set up class groups where students can share sites with classmates. Student email addresses are not required and privacy settings are pre-set so only the teacher and classmates can communicate with them.  It may take a few days to be approved for the teacher console, but it is well worth it.

By setting up a class group, you can provide students with websites that you have already approved, eliminating issues with students using unreliable sources. 
Diigo is also great for storing assignments. If you want students to read an article in the New York Times, for example, you can bookmark it on Diigo and mark areas where you would like them to focus/respond/analyze, etc. Students can share and interact via group sticky notes, highlights and bookmarks. You can also publish a bookmark directly to your class blog.

Once you have an educator account, the Diigo in Education group will send you a daily email of several different bookmarks made by other educators. I have found many interesting articles and resources via these emails.

Articles worth reading:

Diigo Sign up Tutorial*Note that this tutorial was designed for a district in which Diigo is blocked; this is NOT the case in Middletown.

Diigo educator account:
Sign up now!


  1. I usually don’t leave remarks at blogs, but your post inspired me to comment on your blog. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hmm, this has the potential to be useful. I could have a class research a particular topic and as students did their research we could all post our bookmarks to one place to create a reference data base. It would be much less work as a collaborative effort and then we could have a lesson on evaluating the validity of web source material to weed down our reference data base into something that future classes could use (and ad to) as well.

  3. So helpful to organize for a research paper!

  4. I see some functional overlap with what Symbaloo can do for organizing web sources. I am going to see which I find most helpful for research and other applications.

  5. A great project and/or research tool...

  6. Seems similar to symbaloo, which is a wonderful tool, but with a social twist! So much to explore...so little time!

  7. I agree with Janet...the benefits of Symbaloo, but also appealing to the students' love of social networking. I will definitely give this a look.

  8. I agree with Janet Kelly. There is so much to explore. The real job is going to be comparing and contrasting these applications to find out what will best meet our needs. I looked at the Chrome Store and there were so many apps it was staggering!!!

  9. I'm still learning to use all of the places, can't even think of exploring another website to organize it all. But, we will get there!