Submitted by Sarah Griffin
The website Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other Stuff, or Diigo, is a site that allows users to actively engage with the internet. Essentially, it allows one to bookmark, mark up, and share while browsing the web. This could prove to be very useful given that when I am on the internet I have the mental capacity of a brain damaged gerbil. The ability to note important points and track internet activity could organize the hours of “research” on various topics, especially major projects such as theses or prelims.
- Allows you to create essentially a library of links and pdfs.
- Allows you to highlight key parts of these links and pdfs (you will be able to see the text that you highlight in your library).
- Allows you to create “Outliners”, which is basically a file where you can compile links/pdfs from your library, add notes, and share with others.
I almost made you a diigo outliner on how to diigo but then decided that I am too cheap to use up one of my 5 free ones. Which brings me to an important point: there is a basic version of diigo which is free, but it has limitations. Click here for details.
This is where the facts end and my thoughts begin. If you were simply interested in how to use diigo please go on your way; if you are interested in my reflections on the educational utility of diigo read on. I think that diigo has the most use in research, but like most good tools can be effectively used in multiple domains, to include education. First, it could be used to teach students how to interact with the web. Actively engaging while reading is an important skill, and diigo is an excellent way to teach this over the internet (where we do a lot of reading these days). Second, it could be used to help students collaborate on research projects. And finally, it could be used to compile materials relevant to a class or to teaching in general.
Diigo is fairly straightforward, but it took me a little while to get comfortable with it and I bet I will discover more features as I continue to use it (this still happens with my iphone). It would also likely take some effort to get into the habit of using it, but seems like this would be a worthwhile investment given its potential to save time and effort in the long run.