How I Use It
There are two primary ways in which I have used diigo.
The first is to help students learn to read digital texts effectively. I share a .pdf document with them (story or nonfiction reading) and show them how I use the diigo highlighter and annotation tools.
I then create student accounts via diigo in a batch (quick and easy). I then share a new document and have them collaboratively annotate a text with simple prompts (new words, questions, key information etc.).
The second way I frequently use diigo (and the reason I started with it) was to help students do effective research. When we have an upcoming project involving research, I do my own research to find sources that students can use for the project. I bookmark them with a class -distinctive tag (for example, RoomXurbanisation).
When students start research, I have them start from that tag. After a couple of days, if a student feels confident, I have him/her find his/her own sources and bookmark them with the same tag (so that EVERYONE has more resources to build from). It deepens research and encourages collaboration.
Diigo is a great tool, and I use it myself for most of my own 'bookmarking' activities. I say 'bookmarking' because diigo really pushed the boundary of traditional bookmarking.
1. sharing to specific groups (like classes)
2. annotation of webpages
3. search functionality within your bookmarks when you do a google search (if you enable it)
They also made it incredible teacher friendly. Teachers can:
1. create student accounts quickly and easily in batches
2. control rights and log on credentials (because students NEVER forget passwords, right?)
It's actually the best bookmarking/curation tool I have found in terms of functionality, but I find flipboard (which I reviewed here: /app/flipboard-your-social-news-magazine-teacher-review/4067671) to be more appealing and engaging to students because of the visual magazine format.