Blog Post #5

Diigo is a 2.0 tool that helps you navigate the web while also annotating, organizing, saving, and sharing all the information you find while you search the internet. You can get the tool for free at diigo.com. Diigo would be a fantastic tool to use while preparing lessons and while presenting websites or online articles to the class because it allows you to add notes, highlight text, comment, compare/contrast, and save your screenshots to review later. An English teacher, for example, could show students how to annotate an essay, could point out mistakes in an article, label different rhetorical devices, etc. all on the same webpage. Diigo could also be used to add additional information to an already helpful site or presentation and just to help teachers keep track of all the webpages they might want to use in class.
Students can also use diigo in many of the same ways a teacher would. They can highlight words, make comments, collect different articles, and share or collaborate with other students for projects. Diigo allows you to share your screenshots with others in the cloud, helping students work together with specific sources and articles to expand on, etc.
Many web 2.0 tools can be used in education, but not all of them can be educational. Some might even be dangerous for certain kids to use because if anyone can post anything (especially video), including something inappropriate. Other sites can and do promote learning like prezi or even twitter (as mentioned in the podcast) if used correctly. If not all web 2.0 tools can be used by students, even more can be used by teachers as they prepare lesson plans by consulting different sites and using more advanced technology.
The Web Hunt actually did teach me new techniques to use while searching Google (such as using – before a certain word to exclude anything you don’t want), but many of the new techniques were redundant because similar, simpler searches brought up mostly the same results. As a result, I didn’t bother using as many of the helpful hints as I could’ve, which is something I could improve on next time. Even though not all of the shortcuts were, well, shortcuts, I will definitely be using some of the hints in future searches in the classroom and outside of it.

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2 responses to “Blog Post #5

  1. I agree with you that not all web 2.0 tools are safe for students to use, and if they are not safe they are definitely not appropriate for them to be using for classes. I also agree with you that some of the web search hints did not help me much so I didn’t use all of the ones discussed in class either.

  2. Diigo seems like a great tool. It sounds great for a classroom environment!

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