Using contemporary social media services such as (but not limited to) Diigo, Twitter, Edmodo and Blogger, Candidates in this "hands-on" designed institute will connect with like-interested educators around the globe. Candidates will learn how to use these social media services to obtain "anytime, anywhere, professional development" and to integrate their new 21st Century Skills into their curriculum to enhance student learning.
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 Diigo.com 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.