Category Archives: Education

A Tempting Trio: Using Diigo, Twitter and YouTube in the Classroom

Check out this cool video featuring students using Diigo, Twitter and Youtube in the Classroom:

If you plan to attend ISTE2012, make sure to check out Roseaane Sessa’s ISTE session:

BM119 A Tempting Trio: Twitter, YouTube, and Diigo in the Classroom

Roseanne Sessa, Abington Friends School with John Rison

Digital age research skills in action! Learn how students collaborate, find, and organize current research and connect with experts using Twitter, YouTube, and Diigo.

Best Web sites for Teaching and Learning

Diigo has been recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as one of The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, a list of ‘tools and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning.’

Diigo is listed in the Organizing and Managing Category:

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner:

* 2.1.2 – Organize knowledge so that it is useful.
* 2.1.4 – Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information.
* 3.1.4 – Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use and assess.

We’re honored to be recognized by this organization and community, and support the vision they’ve set forth in the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. If you are not aware of Diigo’s education account phase I, make sure to check it out. To learn more about proper role of technology in education, check out more detail here >>

Wear your "Diigo Education Pioneer" Badge with pride :-)

With the release of the Diigo Educator Accounts, we have received lots of encouraging words, valuable feedback, and kind support from educators all over the world. Among the web 2.0 technologies, we believe that Diigo provides a unique collaborative research and learning platform that will be valuable in all aspects of information processing,  from discovering, digesting, organizing, sharing, collaborating to interacting, which are all essential skills for 21st Century workforce. This is only the first phase of our efforts to bring to education the powerful benefits of Diigo, and the work has just begun.

With all the interaction and kind help that we’ve received from the education community, we’d like to recognize those educators who are taking pioneering steps in getting their students and/or their peers started on collaborative research using Diigo’s powerful features. To express our appreciation, we’ve designed a “Diigo Education Pioneer” badge especially for you! Along with that, a big “Thank you”!

So, who gets to have this “Diigo Education Pioneer” badge?  Well, once your account has been approved for the education upgrade and you have started using and sharing Diigo with your students and/or colleagues in an educational setting,  you can get your own in your “Teacher Console” area >> Get Your Own Badge!
We have a whole array of nice looking badges to suit your own personal style :-)

On your badge page, simply mouse-over and click to select the desired color badge, copy the HTML code, and then paste it to your website or blog template. That’s it!  Best of all, that’s a personalized badge – any visitor clicking your Diigo Education Pioneer badge will be able to visit your Diigo public profile. Cool, huh!

With the release of the first phase of Diigo Educator Accounts, we will continue to work with our education community to define the next phase of Diigo for Education, and explore the full potential of Diigo as an educational tool.

Get your account upgraded now and become a “Diigo Education Pioneer” today!

PS. A special thanks to Vicki Davis for the badge idea. We do value everyone’s input :-)

Announcing "Diigo Educator Accounts"

diigo educationFor the past several months, in consultation with dozens of educators, we have been researching ways to make Diigo more accessible to the education community, and to make Diigo a more integral part of collaborative learning in the school environment.

Today, we are happy to announce the release of Diigo Educator Accounts, a suite of features that makes it incredibly easy for teachers to get their entire class of students or their peers started on collaborative research using Diigo’s powerful web annotation and social bookmarking technology.

Specifically, once approved for a Diigo Educator Account

  • A teacher can create student accounts for an entire class with just a few clicks (and student email addresses are optional for account creation)
  • Students of the same class are automatically set up as a Diigo group so they can start using all the benefits that a Diigo group provides, such as group bookmarks and annotations, and group forums.
  • To protect the privacy of students, student accounts have special settings which only allow their teachers and classmates to contact them and access their personal profile information.
  • Ads presented to student account users are limited to education-related sponsors.

If you are an educator, you can go ahead and apply for a free Diigo Educator account now!

You can also check out FAQ and Getting Started tutorial for Diigo Educator Accounts.

Diigo Educator Accounts is only the first phase of our efforts to bring to education the powerful benefits of Diigo. Some early adopters of Diigo in education have these to say:

“Our diigo educators group has added so much to my professional learning as we can share bookmarks and use a standard set of tags for sharing.  I am very excited to now use this technology with my classroom in a protected space with my students, I appreciate Diigo’s willingness to invest in technology that makes teaching easier and gives us a personalized way to mark up and share our internet resources.”

Vicki A. Davis
Teacher & IT director,Westwood Schools
Top ranked Edublogger
Co-creator & awardees of numerous global Collaborative Projects
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“Diigo turns reading and research into a social activity.  Conversations emerge right on the page and spill over into the classroom.  Students love it.  They not only engage with the material, they engage with each other.”

Dr. Michael Wesch
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Kansas State University
Creator of the hit youtube video “The machine is us(ing) us”
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“I see all kinds of great educational applications for Diigo. One of the obstacles to using the Web for classroom research is the limited amount of time available for online classroom activities. And, since we specialize in technology use in the middle school grades, the slow reading pace of many of the students can also become an issue. Using the text highlighting combined with the sticky note feature, the students can be quickly guided to the most important information on a site, with a discussion starter or question posted on the sticky note. This is a groundbreaking tool in terms of the efficient use of the Web in a classroom setting… I did the demo this morning to 40 Mississippi teachers in a workshop, and it went off without a hitch. The teachers loved it. Next month some time, we would like to do a full-blown training session for our Technology Facilitators… Thanks for such a great product!”

Melanie M. Jenning
C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi
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Bob Wolf, of The Boston Consulting Group, and a researcher on the use of internet in public education recently commented: “We believe that Web2.0 technologies will define and be defined by the skill requirements of the 21st century workforce. It is time to understand whether models have emerged for using these tools that are superior to traditional classroom teaching alone and what are the best approaches for the practitioner to implement them.”

Among the web 2.0 technologies, we believe that Diigo provides a unique collaborative research and learning platform that will be valuable in all aspects of information processing,  from discovering, digesting, organizing, sharing, collaborating to interacting, which are all essential skills for 21st centuary workforce.

With the release of the first phase of Diigo Educator Accounts, we look forward to collaborating with leading educators to explore the full potential of Diigo as an educational tool. Going forward, we will continue to work with our education community to define the next phase of Diigo for Education. If you’re an educator, give it a shot. And, as always, love to hear from you and let us know what you think!

Diigo workshop at Classroom2.0

Steve Hargadon, creator of Classroom2.0, has come up with a good idea: offer a series of local workshops for educators exposing them to web2.0 technologies, and also allowing those already using the tools currently to meet up. They are kicking off their first one this Friday and Sat ( Feb. 1 & 2 ) in San Francisco: http://www.classroom20wiki.com/Local+Workshops

With our personal background, we always have a strong interest in eduction. Through last minute discussion and some joggling of my crazy schedule, I will attend and give a workshop this Sat. morning:

9:30 ~ 10:15 am Track 2: Social Bookmarking and Beyond

Steve interviews Maggie Tsai from Diigo.com, who gives a tour of their Advanced Social Bookmarking program and discusses how Social Annotation goes beyond social bookmarking to enable more productive online reading and collaboration. As more of the learning process involves online reading, research and collaboration, better tools are needed — Diigo was designed with this need in mind.

If you are a teacher or student using Diigo in a classroom setting, please contact us. Love to hear how Diigo is making a difference for you and/or your class. Perhaps I can even showcase and share your story / experience with other educators :-) Please drop us an email or post in our user forum!

If you’re in the Bay Area, I’d love to meet you in person. It’s free for educators to attend! Hope to hear from you soon, or see you at the workshop. I cannot wait to meet a bunch of educators who are passionate about learning and exploring ways to integrate latest technology innovation to transform education and make a difference for their students!

~ Maggie