I have been fortunate to have had a headstart in my learning about new technology. I have a brother who is a university librarian.One of the first sites that he pointed out to me as a useful site for bookmarking what I found when searching the internet was Delicious www.delicious.com
At that time I didn’t really make the best use of the facilities to bookmark and share my bookmarks with others that Delicious gave me. When I discovered a new zest for learning about new technology and its applications to education I soon found out how useful it is to bookmark a page when I come to it so that I can return to it later for deeper reading or to take from it specific quotes which could be highlighted.
I was fortunate in finding a lot of my earliest contacts through “The Educator’s PLN” http://edupln.ning.com/ , a Ning site that acts a social network for educators interested in the use of web 2.0 tools in education. Many of the educators had a Diigo reference that led me to look up this particular program. http://www.diigo.com/index
I found Diigo absolutely brilliant and easy to use from the very beginning. I could highlight things and save the highlights (which I could then include as quotes in future blog postings such as these!) I could save bookmarked pages to my library and also, I could actually share my library with others and receive their updates and bookmarks.
As those of you who are regular followers of this blog (and I believe there are a few) will know, I am a great admirer of Elementary and High Schools in Van Meter Iowa, which has a superb technologically aware group of leaders and an excellent librarian who is amazingly up-to-date in her skills in accessing and publishing new links (seemingly every day) to the amazing potential for education of web 2.0. Her name is Shannon Miller and I have written about her and her school’s wonderful library site earlier in this blog http://malbell.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/the-van-meter-library-voice-blog/
Today I received my usual daily update from the Van Meter Library Diigo site which I am a follower of. This is where I really get excited by Diigo’s potential. This link is shared with all of the followers of the site and therefore, for students, it allows them to keep in touch and then look up these sites for themselves. This opens up the world of learning and means that discoveries of brilliant sites, videos, recordings etc., can be shared.
Today’s posting got me to look up a video from ABC News in Chicago and a brilliant resource called “Edmodo” which I shall be writing about in my next blog posting. Thanks to Shannon for the links and to Diigo for making it work so well.
Incidentally, Diigo allows teachers to open a site which they can share with their students. If you get the chance look into this… it really has great potential for you and your students.