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How-to video: Using Diigo groups in the K-12 classroom

Brief synopsis: The social bookmarking web site Diigo has many features, other than simply collecting and tagging web addressess. Diigo offers a wide variety of tools for teachers and students in the K-12 classroom. Diigo is a powerful Web 2.0 application and social networking web site, as it empowers users to save, categorize and annotate information all over the Internet and share it with others Diigo users and on other social networks.

Benefits: The Diigo groups feature allows users to invite other Diigo members to a specific group, where group members can save, view and even comment on bookmarked web sites that are placed in the Diigo group location. A teacher can create one or more groups for classes, groups in class projects or even groups of bookmarked web sites for various units of study. Students in a particular Diigo group can see web sites and comments that a teacher has bookmarked, and students can add web sites and comments to the Diigo group for other Diigo group members to see. Diigo has a group gadget that allows users to embed a link to the group to a classroom blog or web site.

Drawbacks: Like many Web 2.0 applications and social networks, Diigo requires a membership (it's free). However, the membership requires an e-mail address, and many students do not have e-mail accounts. Diigo group invites are also by e-mail, which can be a problem for teachers who want want to quickly get students subscribed to a Diigo group.

Conclusion: The how-to video above demonstrates Diigo groups in the K-12 classroom.

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