Week 2: Digging into Diigo
Submitted by Edward Latham on April 9, 2017 - 4:28pm
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With so many people finding resources and wishing to share with the group, it was quickly necessary to find a tool that would help us keep track of what people found and what contributors felt a given resource was good for.
We used a free online resource called Diigo. It is a social bookmarking site that allows people to share links through a system of tags. Think of a tag as a category or label you wish to put on a resource. A site may have many tags such as "Science, Kids, Videos, Documentary..." for some site from PBS Kids that documents the life of some animal. For our purposes, we needed to ensure that everyone was using the same tags. Even an extra space in a tag can make it very hard to catch duplication in the list of resources. For example, if we had a tag of "Books" and someone tagged a resource with "Book" we would have problems ensuring that all of the resources were included in our evaluation process.
With this in mind, I created a little overview document that highlighted exactly what tags were were to use and I included some tutorial, start up, information to help people get familiar with Diigo.
For this week, your task is to get a free Diigo account, check out tutorials in the link above if you need some help, and request to join the "Adult Education Resources" group in Diigo. As you request, I hope to be able to get you in promptly. If you are not able to get in within half a day, please email me at email@example.com and let me know who you are and what your Diigo nickname was so I can track down what might have gone wrong. If anyone would like help with getting into Diigo, I would be willing to host a live streaming session later this week where people could ask questions and see demonstrations if that would help. Of course, coordinating times and days can be difficult. Please post any thoughts if you want to try a digital connection with the group in this next week.
Of course, as you are reviewing Diigo and how awesome a tool it is, feel free to experiment with your own personal Diigo list of resources. Next week (4/16 on) we will be soliciting new resources being added (if any) to the group Diigo list, but for this week, let's just get accounts, learn the tool a bit and get invitations to the Adult Education Resources group squared away.
Please post any question, thoughts, or reactions to the Diigo tool. There is tons of power in this resource and many options to explore if one wishes. For most of us, an understanding of how to tag and how to share a resource with a group should be sufficient.