This first installment of my “How-To” series will focus on Diigo, the social bookmarking and annotation site.
When I first started playing with social bookmarking sites early in the century, I was a devoted delicious user. I looked at Diigo at one point, but it was primitive at the time, and I just liked the way delicious worked. However, as time went on, Diigo started evolving into something much more than just a way of sharing websites with online friends and groups. Diigo became a high-powered web annotation tool, offering professional and casual researchers a way of easily annotating and collecting sources for personal and shared use.
Here’s how it works (assuming you have a Diigo browser plugin) for personal annotation use (sharing requires a bit more and will require a separate post):
- Open a webpage you want to annotate and open the Diigo extension.
- Choose “Annotate.”
- Look for the Diigo slider on the side of your screen.
- Choose the highlighter (1) to highlight text on the webpage (2). Feel free to click on the downward arrow next to the highlighter to change the color of the highlight.
- To leave an annotation, select the sticky note icon next to the highlighter (1), which opens up a sticky note on the screen (2).
- Type in your annotation and select “Save.” You can move the sticky note to a new location by dragging the note on the screen.
- Once you are finished, sign in to your Diigo account to see your saved website, highlight, and annotation.
Be on the look out for more “How-To” posts on Diigo and other edtech tools! Until then, peace.