Social bookmarking – for teachers and students

What is social bookmarking?

The days of keeping your bookmarks / favourites locked up in your browser are over. You can import them to one of many online bookmarking services, this means that you can share them and add to them from any computer or device.  Best of all, you won’t lose them ever again. Students can also benefit from your links. Simply give them the link to the relevant keyword. Here is an example, all my links regarding World War 2 on Diigo:

I prefer Diigo as an online bookmarking tool (see below), but there are some other options:

What is Diigo?

Diigo is a free social bookmarking, research, and knowledge sharing tool created to mimic the ease of taking notes while providing a network for sharing and discovering information.

What Does Diigo Do?

Diigo allows you to take personal notes and highlight text information on web pages just as you would on a piece of paper. You can then bookmark and save this information for further review, while adding tags to keep everything organized. In bookmarking this information, you can also choose to share with colleagues and friends to allow them to access the web page, view your notes and highlights, and add their own annotations. All of this information is also saved online and can be accessed by any computer or browser, including mobile devices.

Breakdown of Features & Tools

Highlighting – If you are reading an article or web page and find particular information worth noting or pointing out, Diigo allows you to digitally highlight the data just as if you had your own yellow highlighter. This information is automatically saved so anytime you come back to that web page the information will always be highlighted.

Taking Notes – Diigo also allows you to take notes on a web page similarly to the way in which you would add a sticky note to a paper document. You can add your own notes and move them to anywhere on the web page. You see an unobtrusive balloon that expands when rolled over with the mouse to reveal all the notes and comments, including who made the comment and at what time.

Bookmarking & Saving

After you have made any highlights or notes that you would like, you can also bookmark the page you are on. As you bookmark the page, Diigo allows the ability to add tags to help keep everything organized and provide easy access and retrieval. You can also choose to keep your bookmark private or let Diigo put your bookmark freely available to the public.

Also, when you bookmark with Diigo, you are actually doing two things: you are saving the URL for the web page you are on, and you are also saving a cached image of your page so that you always have a copy of the original page, including notes and highlights, even if the URL becomes broken or the content of the page is changed. Compare this to making a copy of the first draft of your thesis so that you may always use as reference.

Each bookmark you save will give you the direct URL, any tags you have added, when the bookmark was added, how many other Diigo users have bookmarked that page, the notes and highlights you made, and a link to the cached image.


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