Thursday, November 11, 2010

Diigo: a favourite collaboration and learning tool

Cross-posted from Learning anywhere, any time.

Just reflecting on my favourite Web 2.0 tool and I would have to say that Diigo is one of the best. It brings together the best of social networking and social bookmarking. Its web 2.0 qualities are seen in the idea of collaboration that is embedded in it. The groups feature is one of the most helpful in that you have your outboard brain working for you (namely the community of people who are on the same search as you). It really is a case of many hands make light work. The name “Diigo” is an abbreviation for “Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff” (from the About Page of Diigo). With Diigo you can add highlights and sticky notes, in situ, on any web page they read. Imagine a giant transparency overlaying on top of all the web pages. Users can write on the transparency as they wish, as private notes or public comments. And they can read public comments on the transparency left by other readers of the same page. VITTA has a diigo group that you can save bookmarks to, and also subscribe to the findings of others who save their bookmarks to the VITTALearning group. Accessible from the front page of the VITTA website this group is well worthwhile subscribing to.

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