The 21st century calls for knowledge workers who can effectively utilize the vast array of information that resides on the internet and who are capable of processing the information collaboratively with others. Bob Wolf, of The Boston Consulting Group, and a researcher on the use of internet in public education recently commented: "We believe that Web2.0 technologies will define and be defined by the skill requirements of the 21st century workforce. It is time to understand whether models have emerged for using these tools that are superior to traditional classroom teaching alone and what are the best approaches for the practitioner to implement them."
In the education setting, we all know that project-based learning is an effective way to teach students and cultivate their skills of finding, organizing, synthesizing, and presenting information, as well as the social skills of working in groups, all of which are necessary in the knowledge-based economy. Among the web 2.0 technologies, Diigo is a great tool for this kind of exploratory and collaborative learning.Diigo is an effective tool for teaching as well. Diigo's features allow teachers to highlight critical features within text and images and write comments directly on the web pages, to collect and organize series of web pages and web sites into coherent and thematic sets, and to facilitate online conversations within the context of the materials themselves. Diigo also allows teachers to collaborate and share resources among themselves.
Diigo is much more than a simple web annotation or social bookmarking service -- it is a new kind of online research and collaborative research tool that integrates tags and folders, highlighting and clipping, sticky notes, and group-based collaboration, enabling a whole new process of online knowledge management, learning, and teaching in the information age.
These are now 2 types of Diigo Education Offerings:
Q: What are Diigo Educator Accounts? (work-in-progress. Note: the description below only references to regular teacher / educator account. For tips for domain teacher accounts, please see Diigo Education Domain FAQs)
These are special premium accounts provided specifically to K-12 & higher-ed educators. Once your Diigo Educator application is approved, your account will be upgraded to have these additional features:
Student accounts are Diigo
accounts created by approved teachers through their Teacher Console.
Note that accounts created through the normal sign-up process are NOT
Special accounts for students as described here is the first phase of
Diigo for Education. In this phase, student accounts are protected by
special settings which only allow their teachers and classmates to
contact them and access their personal profile information.
The educator accounts are available exclusively for educational use and are restricted to K12 & higher-ed educators, administrators and education specialists.
If we find evidence of abuse, we reserve the right to remove the accounts and all associated content.
student accounts that you have created automatically become your
friends to facilitate easier communication with your students,a few
educators have suggested that they would prefer to keep their personal
/ professional activities from their students. We will take this feedback into consideration for the next phase of development.
Teacher can setup separate accounts - one is for their professional / personal usage, and one to be used for instruction with their students. That way, there is less concern of mingling these.
Go to www.diigo.com/education and fill out the application form
Absolutely. Once you have been approved for the educator account upgrade, for any existing Diigo regular group that you wish to convert to a "class group", please follow these steps:
1) Go to the group's "manage group" >> "group overview". Under the "group details" section, click "edit"
Similarily, change the group category to something else will change the class group status and make it removed from your Teacher Console.
Q: What if my students have already registered for their own account and I want have their accounts converted to student accounts ?
No problem. Tell us their usernames, and we will be able to assist you
in converting their status from a regular account to a student account.
Yes. Please follow these steps:
1) First, ceate a "Class Group" under your Teacher Console area
To add other teachers as collaborators to this group:
1) use Option #3 in "Add members to group", and send your invites by email address or diigo usernames
2) Once other teachers have joined, go to Manage Member>> and change their membership to become the moderator (full editing / invite right)
To add students to this group:
1) Under Teacher Console, next to each class group, click "Add Members".
Tip: for those teachers who have their educator upgrade status approved, joined and assigned as a group moderator, they can also follow the same steps above and add student accounts that they have created to this class group.
Here are few other educators generated tutorials that you may find quite useful:
You can join
other educators in this educator group user forum, or send us an
email to education [AT] diigo dot com. We look forward to hearing from you.
in the process of organizing and building up classroom ideas and
usecases. If you have some interesting usecases / Diigo user
experience, please contact us! We'd love to learn more, so that we
can share these valuable resources with other educators! Thanks