Web Link Tools – Maggie

I chose to review the webtool Diigo for this assignment. Diigo is basically the same thing as Zotero but I wanted to see if there were any big differences. This is a tool that allows you to bookmark, tag, and share the things you find online for later use or for others to see. Basically, you save a webpage to Diigo and can come back to it later. You can add sticky notes to a page or highlight and save only certain paragraphs or graphics. You can then add tags to help you (or others) find what you were looking for quickly, sortof like how you can tag someone in a picture on Facebook and have it show up on their profile. These tags could be quite helpful if you’re doing research and searching for items; you could come to this site and find that someone else was working on something similar and use some of their sources or articles. I liked that Diigo wasn’t just a website, but an actual tool that you can add on to your browser so, you can use it without having to switch between other tabs or windows. I think probably the best aspect of this tool is the group function. You can allow people access to your files and notes which would be great for a group of people working on a project together. You can even change the settings to send you email alerts when someone adds something new or makes comments.

As a future educator, I think this could be a really great tool with students, if you have the ample time to explain to them how the tool works. It is quite intuitive, but I could see it being a bit of trouble for students to get the hang of just because there are so many options and features. I could really see this coming in handy for students who are working on research projects or team projects. I could easily hold a conference with students and ask them to bring up their Diigo bookmarks to look through what they’ve done so far and try to lead them in a specific direction.


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