Curating Tools & Social Bookmarking: Focus on Diigo



Internet safety is a high priority and an area of concern for teachers and parents, however internet validity is just as important when students are perusing the internet. It is essential that students are able to determine the validity and credibility of specific websites. We want our students to be able to decipher whether a website is credible or not, however for younger students, this will be a process that will take time to master. Therefore, using Diigo to provide students with a list of websites will give them a wealth of credible information. I love the option to put your links into different categories. This would be ideal for differentiation, different subjects, and various projects.

Categorizing the information enables you to have tons of bookmarks, without it being overwhelming to sift through. Secondly, with the amount of information and resources available online, Diigo makes it very easy to share with others. Students would be able to access the websites from home and refer back to them when necessary. How will you be or could you be using this list of links. I will most likely be using Diigo to personally bookmark websites in addition to using it with my students. It will be perfect for when they go to the computer lab and are with the media specialist. I won’t need to send them with a list of links which they will need to spend time typing in, instead they have all of the websites at their fingertips via Diigo. Also, as a staff, it would be wonderful for teachers to share the websites where we are getting information and ideas. Consider the features of Diigo and how they support your audience.

I use pinterest often, however, many times the picture and caption look wonderful, but when you follow the link to the website, it isn’t what you thought. Also, Pinterest doesn’t benefit my students necessarily, I only use it personally

In an article written by Richardson, it stated “Google engineers estimated that the Web is growing by several billion individual Web pages per day.” This line really stood out to me because when asking students to research something on the internet, they have to sort through an enormous amount. Only a handful of the websites will be useful, credible, and appropriate to the task. As teachers we want to show our students how to make the most of technology and use it as a resource that enhances our learning. The internet’s purpose is to share information and “link” people and knowledge together, so encouraging our students to make their digital footprint and connect is extremely powerful!

Additionally, with the world constantly changing, it is really important that we evolve as well. Teaching cannot remain the same as the past when the world we live in is no longer the same. We need to keep up with the real world in order to prepare the students for it. Also, when reading about RSS feeds, it made it even more apparent that there is just so much information out there and not enough time to go through it all. With the use of the Diigo tool and with the ability to subscribe to information and then see it all in one place on an RSS feed, you are using technology in the most efficient and effective way. Teaching students HOW to use technology appropriately is almost as important as using technology