What is Social Bookmarking?


Social bookmarking is a way to save favorite Internet sites to an online "filing cabinet." The Common Craft video entitled, Social Bookmarking in Plain English provides a great, yet simple explanation of the value and purpose of social bookmarking.

Diigo

This is the most versatile social bookmarking tool! Why is this our social bookmarking service of choice? It provides so many other useful features in addition to saving and sharing bookmarks! Diigo enables you to forward your saved sites to others, enhancing collaboration. It's also a great tool for researching because it allows you to highlight text and add sticky notes to any web page. Diigo provides another tool for collaboration by allowing the creation of user groups and discussion forums. Diigo also interacts with Delicious and other bookmarking tools through the use of the Add Elsewhere button. Web pages can be linked together through the use of the webslides feature.

Diigo Tutorials

Get Diigo
Get Diigo Toolbar
Dave Ehrhart's Screencast on using Diigo in the classroom: Diigo: a social bookmarking research tool

Tagging

This is the most important aspect of the social bookmarking process. Tags are simply keywords that you include when you bookmark a site. The secret to tags is that they can be searched/filtered and then filtered again and again in a hierarchical fashion as needed. For example, if users in our district apply the tag “Lex1” to every bookmark and then they also add other more specific tags such as level, HS (high school), MS, ES, subject area, specific content (a math site might be tagged like this – lex1, es, 3,4,5, math, geometry, shapes). Now, a user could do a tag search for Lex1. This is going to result in all the bookmarks tagged with Lex1. Then, this search can be further filtered by adding the Math tag to the search. This results in just the bookmarks with both the Lex1 and Math tags. Now, the user may choose to add the geometry tag to the search and the results would be further filtered so that they only included bookmarks that had the Lex1, Math, and Geometry tags. This process helps teachers drill down to the exact content they are looking for in a simple and timely fashion. The more tags the better!! The process, or science, of tagging has been named Folksonomy.
Example Tags for Content Areas:
ELA
Math
Sc
SS
Art





Communication
Advanced
Earth
Communication
Aesthetics
Reading
Algebra
Physical
Geography
Elements
Literature
Data
Life
Current_Events
Famous
Writing
Geometry
Inquiry
Global
History
Grammar
Measurement
Physics
US
Media

Numbers_and_Operations
Astronomy
SC


Process

Local





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Music
PE/Health
World Languages
Guidance
CaTe
Analyzing
Family_living
Spanish
Careers
Arts/Humanities
History
Health
French
Parenting
BusinessMgmt
Improvising
Personal
German
Social_skills
Consumer
Reading
Physical
Japanese
Study_skills
Engineering
Singing
Sports


Health
Band



Public
Chorus




Orchestra





Things to remember about tagging in Diigo:

1. Tags can be separated by a space or a space and a comma.
2. Individual tags need to be just one word… If you use two word phrases without linking them with an “under_score” or creating “compoundwords” by eliminating the space between the words, then effectively you are adding two tags.
3. To save time tags should be short when appropriate.
4. The more tags the better.
5. Tags in Diigo are all converted to lowercase text.

Tutorials and information from the Diigo website:

Guided Tour
Flash Tutorials
Importing Existing Del.icio.us bookmarks
Importing Browser Bookmarks/Favorites
Diigo Blog


Diigo 3:


Diigo 3 promo video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RvAkTuL02A

(Download new Diigo toobar.)

"Streamline It Part I: Diigo or Bust"- Blog post on Metanoia by Ryan Bretag (Terrific explanation of the advantages of Diigo over other social bookmarking tools, including a great chart comparing Diigo features with Del.ic.ious and Zoterro.

DIG-ging Diigo...Blog post on The Connected Classroom by Kristin Hokanson that provides a detailed "how-to" guide on using Diigo.


New Features:

Diigo Sidebar: allows quick and easy access to your bookmarks, annotations, and other readers of theURL you are currently visiting.

Bookmarking: options to add sites to a list, share with friends or groups, send to Twitter; suggested tags are provided; collect flash option to save video.

Send: email sites to others, send them to your blog, send directly to Twitter or Facebook.

Messaging: