Developing your PLN: Stage 2 Diigo by djainslie


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									                                            Developing your PLN:

                                               Stage 2 Diigo v4.0

1. Go to and click on Join Diigo at the top

2. From here you can then either create a user account, or join via another service. (If you
   have a Google account you might want to join via Google, that way your sign-in to Diigo
   will be the same as signing into Google.)

3. Once you have completed creating your account, you will be taken to your home page
   (at some point you may be asked to confirm your email account)

4. Before going too far go back to ‘Diigo Home’ and scroll down and click on ‘Educator
   Accounts’, then request a free premium account. (they will send you an email when you
   are approved for an educator’s account.

5. Click on the ‘profile’ link on the top right and
   then click on ‘edit profile’

6. On the ‘Edit Profile’ page
   add your name (or
   pseudonym), a short bio in
   the ‘about me’ section and
   choose your location and
   primary language. Don’t
   forget to ‘save changes’
   before going on.

7. Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab
   and check to make sure your privacy is set the way you want it to be.

                                                        8. Then click on the ‘picture’ tab
                                                           and upload a picture if you
                                                           want to.

                                                        9. You can also add your other
                                                           profile links on the ‘Me
                                                           elsewhere’, if you choose to.

10. Click on the link at the top right for
    ‘Settings’. This is where you can change
    your username, email, password, and
    other email preferences. Check this out to
    make sure it reflects your wishes.

11. Now go to the ‘Tools’ link at the top right of the screen.
    We will start with looking at the following choices:

   Diigo Toolbar: At home you will want to click on ‘Diigo
   Toolbar’ and install the toolbar on your home computer.

   Diigolet: At school you will want to click on ‘Diigolet’ and
   follow the directions to add the ‘diigolet’ to your
   favorites bar. (Please note: the diigolet allows you to use
   the features of diigo much easier, but if you are at
   school you will need to add this every time you log in
   since it won’t be saved.)

   Import Bookmarks: At home, if you have bookmarks
   saved on your home computer that you want to import,
   click here and follow the directions.

   Save to delicious: If you have a delicious account you will want to go here and validate
   your account so that all saved bookmarks to Diigo automatically also go to your
   delicious account.

12. Now go back to your
    home page by clicking on ‘My library’.

13. Adding a bookmark to your Diigo account:

   Find a website
   that you would
   like to bookmark.
   With your diigolet in your favorites bar,
   click on it and the diigo toolbar will
   appear on the top of the page.

   Click on the ‘bookmark’ button and a
   window will appear.

   In this window you can make it private,
   add a description, add tags, and add this
   bookmark to lists or groups that you
   have created or joined.

   Don’t forget to click on ‘save bookmark’ when you are finished.

   If you don’t have the diigolet or diigo
   toolbar opened, you can also copy and
   paste the website’s url into the ‘add
   bookmark’ window on the right hand side
   of your ‘My library’ page. The same window will appear as above and you can add your
   information in it the same way.

14. Back on your ‘My Library’ page, you will see on the right
    hand side your tags, lists, and ‘add a bookmark’ window.
    This is where you can easily find your tags, create or
    manage your lists (a way to organize your bookmarks)
    and easily add a new bookmark by copying and pasting
    the address.

15. From this ‘my library’ page you can also search your tags
    to find bookmarked websites. To do this simply type your
    tag word in the ‘filter by tags’ box at the top of the page
    and press ‘enter’.

16. Now go to your ‘My Network’ tab at the top. These are
    people you choose to follow, and others following you.
    Click on the ‘following’ link next to your name on the
    right, then click on ‘find people’. Now search for ‘users’
    by name (if you know of others using Diigo) or by tags.

                                        17. Go to ‘My Groups’ tab and click on ‘Browse
                                             other popular groups’ link (on right hand side).
                                             From here you will go to a page that has a
                                             window for ‘searching for a group’. At our
                                                            district we have several groups
                                                            that you may want to add,
                                                            including ‘Vestal Teachers’ and
                                                            ‘Vestal Hills’. You may also want
   to search for other groups that you would find useful, for instance maybe ‘Diigo in
   Education’, ‘Web 2.0 tools for teachers’, or ‘Educators’.

Other thoughts:

      Why are tags so important? Tags work much better then organizing your bookmarks in
       folders because you can have more than one tag per bookmarked website. For instance
       if I want to bookmark this great blog post on ‘Writing Exemplars and Scoring Guides’ by
       Jen Farr you might fill in the following information.

       Notice that I used four tags
       for this website: writing,
       literacy, rubrics, and
       exemplarpapers. This way
       when I’m searching for
       good writing rubrics in the
       future I can put in writing
       and rubrics and this site will
       come up on my list.

       Gone are the days of
       wondering, ‘what folder
       that bookmark was saved
       in’. Now, with tags, you can easily find what you are looking for.

      Using Diigo (or Delicious) to search for websites: Having a diigo or delicious account
       now lets you search by tags for other educator’s bookmarks. This makes finding good
       educational sites even easier. Instead of using Google to search for information, start at
       diigo and put in tags to see what others are bookmarking. You will get the most
       bookmarked sites first (not the most linked sites).

Need further information? Contact djainslie at twitter, diigo, delicious, or google.

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            Developing your PLN: stage 2 Diigo v4.0 by Dodie Ainslie is licensed under a Creative
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