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Discover Diigo: A Tool for Annotating Webpage Content as You Read

Submitted by on January 30, 2013 – 3:33 pmOne Comment

Despite online journals and web articles replacing tangible textbooks, students still apply the same learning and research methods to text, or web content. Students read, collect information, take notes, and mark information sources on online content—and a company called Diigo has made the ideal tool (also called Diigo) to support students’ online research methods.

Meet Diigo

As you read text on the Web, Diigo stands by to let you virtually reference text as you would with traditional text books. With Diigo, you increase your reading and research efforts by annotating text directly on the webpage itself. With Diigo, you can

  • Digitally highlight important text on a webpage.
  • Add interactive sticky notes to the webpage.
  • Share annotated text with others by choosing to share with a group.
  • Search and organize your content into an online library by type, tags, texts, and lists.
  • Access your personal digest anywhere using free downloadable apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Your digital libraries are always available to you and your students.

How Diigo Works

Diigo saves your collected web content in its cloud so you can access your content from anywhere. After you’ve installed Diigo’s browser add-on, you’ll find the “Diigolet” menu at the top of your web browser (below the Bookmarks toolbar), so you can readily access its tools on any web page:

Diigolet toolbar

The Diigolet menu provides various tools that let you interact with webpage content.

  Watch this brief video to see how you can use a few of Diigo’s tools:

Get Started with this Diigo Tutorial

Check out Using Diigo to Annotate Web Content, created by Dr. Barbara Schroeder, Boise State online professor, to get you and your students started on Diigo. Dr. Schroeder’s tutorial walks you through every step from setup to annotating content.

Learn About Diigo from Educators Who Use It

Educators use Diigo creatively—in fact, Edudemic readers named Diigo one of the Top 18 Best Free Web Tools. On the Diigo Web site, you can explore various groups like subject matter User Groups and Schools and Education groups. These groups can help you find new ideas and sources of content for using Diigo in your courses as well as participate in collaborative research. You can also stay updated through LinkedIn—join The Technology Integration in Education on Diigo LinkedIn Group. Here, you can learn about using Diigo from your colleagues in academia and form valuable contacts to collaborate with on Diigo projects.

Share Your Experiences with Us

Once you’ve set up Diigo, organize an online project with your students and let us know your experience. We’d love to hear from you. Sarah LindenBy Sarah Linden Manager, Academic Quality and Communities



One Comment »

  • Melanie Johnson says:

    This would be an excellent tool to introduce in a program’s New Student Orientation and then reinforced throughout the program. This would be especially helpful for programs (or even single classes) that have a portfolio or cummulative component. Thanks for bringing this tool to our attention!