Diigo is a social bookmarking tool on steroids.  Like other social bookmarking tools you can easily bookmark websites and web-based research and resources, storing them online and making them accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.   You can also share your sites or lists with the public or a group.  What sets Diigo apart is the ability to highlight and make notes on the webpages that you bookmark.

Organize Your Online Research

When you bookmark a web resource it’s not just capturing the URL (web address) it also gives you an opportunity to type in a description and tag the item so that later, when you go back to the list, you can remember why you bookmarked it in the first place.  The tagging system makes it easy to find and organize sites you’ve bookmarked later.  It also makes it easy for those with whom you are sharing to find sites.

My favorite thing about Diigo is the ability to annotate on the webpage.  You can highlight and add notes to a webpage and Diigo will save these annotations.  You can make the annotations public or private.  Now each time you or anyone you’ve shared with view the page they will see those notes.  This has helped me in so many ways.  Now when I go back to a site I can see exactly what I liked about the website to begin with.  It also makes it easy to share comments and notes on the research with others as well.

Create Research Groups

So take the ability to share resources plus add notes and highlights to the resources you are sharing and you have the perfect tool for research groups.  Each person in the group, or the entire class for that matter, can locate and share resources with the rest of the group quickly and easily with the click of a button.  Diigo also offers an online threaded discussion within the groups to make it easy to have conversation about the research.  Lastly it also has an alert feature so that each member of the group can be alerted when new resources are added, making it difficult to miss the addition of new stuff.  I belong to a Diigo group called Classroom 2.0 which is full of great sites for teaching, and whenever it’s updated I receive a daily digest with all the new resources.  That way I never miss anything new.

So it’s as easy as 1•2•3 (4•5)

  1. Create a Group in Diigo
  2. Invite or approve participants
  3. Have each member bookmark their research sites using the quick and easy Diigo Bookmarklet in their browser
  4. Have each member highlight and make notes on their research or the research of others in the group
  5. Allow your students to discuss their research findings in the Diigo threaded discussion

It’s a fast and easy way to combine all of your sources into one online space.  Get your FREE account today at http://diigo.com