7 Ways Students Use Diigo To Do Research and Collaborative Project Work

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January 14, 2015
Diigo is an excellent social bookmarking tool that enable you to save, annotate, and share bookmarks. The power of Diigo lies in the distinctive features that it offers to teachers and educators. There is a special account for K-12 and higher-ed educators that empower registered teachers with a variety of tools and features. One of the best things you can do with the Educator account is creating a Diigo group for your class. You can do this without the need for students emails. You can also set the privacy settings of your group so that only you and your students can access and see what you share there. You can also alternate moderators for class students can take turns in class moderation. Besides using your Diigo class to share with your students websites and content you find on the web, students can also use it for collaboration on research projects, group bookmarks and annotation.

 Here are some of the ways they can use Diigo group to conduct research in and out of class:
  • Students search for online content relevant to their research project, bookmaker the websites they find and add them to class group
  • They can organize bookmakers by tags and date to both aggregate content around a particular topic and also to make it easy to search for it later
  • Students can highlight specific parts on the bookmarked websites and annotate them for others to read 
  • Students can add sticky notes on any part of the bookmarked website 
  • Students can add comments on their peers notes, initiate discussion, edit sticky notes and  share with others.
  • They can also use Diigo screenshot tool to take screenshots and annotate them with arrows and boxes to use in a tutorial
  • The best thing of all, students can access their bookmarks and annotations at school, home or anywhere with internet connection
Here are some very good video tutorials and screencasts to help you better use Diigo:

1- How to Create a Diigo group for your class by Mark Barnes

2- How to use Diigo to annotate, organize and research

3- How to autopost Diigo bookmarks to your class blog by Cool Cat Teacher

4- Explore social bookmarking with Diigo by Lynda

5- Organize your research with Diigo by Cult of Pedagogy

Here some other relevant resources to learn more about how to use Diigo with your students: