Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Social Bookmarking with Diigo

With so many fabulous Web2.0 tools available to educators, I had a difficult time deciding which one to include for discussion on this post. After much thought, I settled on a tool called, Diigo. Diigo, which stands for Digest of Internet Information, Groups, and Other Stuff, is a social bookmarking tool that allows users to bookmark web sites and to “tag” each site according to the site’s content. Users can highlight important text within a bookmarked web site and also include Sticky Notes (annotations). There are many features about Diigo that I find to be very useful, the most notable of which is that once you bookmark your sites in Diigo, they are available to you on any computer that has Internet access.  In addition, you can share your library with your colleagues – what a great tool for collaboration! Diigo also has a feature called Groups where a user can invite other users to contribute to a Group’s web resources. This is a great idea for use in the classroom where students can all contribute to the pool of web resources as well as to comment on those resources. Again, a great tool for collaborating and sharing! If this sounds like something that you’d like to learn more about, go to and register for a free Diigo Educator account. Please visit my Diigo library to see how this application can be used. 

Still want to learn more about Diigo? Here's a short video that will highlight some of Diigo's features.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Blogging!

After viewing the following video about blogs, please post a comment letting me know what you think about the upcoming blogging assignment. What do you think the challenges will be? What differences do you think there will be between blogging and a more traditional method of communication such as writing a paper or creating a PowerPoint? Be sure to include your name in your comment (first name only is OK).
Now, it's on to Blogging!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Getting Social With Edmodo

Edmodo is a social networking tool designed specifically for educators. Using Edmodo, educators can easily connect with other like-interested educators to collaborate, share ideas, and resources. Edmodo can also be used by teachers to engage their students in meaningful-online discussions as well as posting quizzes assignments and polls.

For the 2012-13 PLN Class, we will participate as a group  in an Edmodo discussion forum. You will need a Group Code to join our group. For security purposes I did not include the code within this post but I will give it to you in class.

One of the things that I find helpful is to create a second Edmodo account that I use as a "student account." By using this additional account, I know exactly what my students can see.

Please refer to the Session 3 & 4 page for the requirements for the Edmodo Unit of our course.

Suggested Reading

Ideas on using Edmodo from Teachers from around the world
22 Great Tips on using Edmodo in the classroom
Notification to parents about using Edmodo in the elementary classroom
Preparing to use Edmodo: Getting Administrators, Parents and Students on Board
Teaching Ideas: Enhancing Communication with Edmodo