Diigo – Share and Annotate Web Pages

March 19, 2009
  • diigo logo Do you encourage your students to research on the internet?
  • Do you want a central place where they can find all the website addresses, wherever they are?
  • Do you want to leave notes on websites to help them out?
  • Do you want your students to leave notes to inform others about what they have learnt?

If so then Diigo is for you. In its own words it is:

a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community.

At heart it’s a social bookmarking tool. This means you can bookmark all your favourite webpages, and not only can you access this list of bookmarks from any computer with internet access (so if you constantly change classrooms, or want to access something you found at home it is ideal), but you can share the list with your pupils. On top of that, you can actually highlight sections of a web page and leave sticky notes for your pupils. Equally you can set them off doing some research and leaving their own notes on the pages for their fellow students to learn from.

Diigo has a special educators free upgrade (see here) which means you can create pupil accounts, without the need for personal e-mails, and the accounts are automatically private except within the class group.

For more information read this excellent blog post on using Diigo in education by José Picardo, a Modern Languages teacher in Nottingham.

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Internet Research – Check your facts!

May 20, 2008

All About Explorers

http://www.allaboutexplorers.com/ is a great website to teach young people the importance of checking their facts when researching on the Internet. It contains biographies of a number of famous explorers, but very little of the information is true. It is aimed at primary aged pupils, but would be useful for all ages to see how unreliable information can be, even when presented on an official looking website. The site also contains a number of lesson plans and links to authentic sites.