Sunday, March 30, 2008

Diigo and My Network

Last week, someone (forgive me twitter friend) started a conversation about Diigo, a social bookmarking site. Everyone sort of jumped in and joined. Turns out, I had joined long ago. When I tried to sign up, I was told that my email address already had an account.

So in I went and quickly found myself getting overwhelmed with the power of this site. I made "friends" quickly, finding many twitter friends already had joined. I joined groups, contributed to message threads and conversations, and started bookmarking sites.

I had a great time but realized that I needed to spend time really learning about the site. So I asked if anyone wanted to join me in this learning. We could have a Skype chat and play around.

What started as three people, Karen McMillan, Alice Barr, and me, quickly turned into a large number. I began to panic. I started something that, due to the power of the network, grew way past my ability to handle it. So I turned to the network for advice.

Where would I host this Diigo sandbox session? My original plan would not be able to handle the numbers. People suggested Steve Hargadon.
Well Steve came through with an Elluminate account from Classroom 2.0. (Thank you so much, Steve. Once again, you have made Classroom 2.0 a invaluable part of the community.)

And today, we held our Diigo sandbox session. We were lucky enough to have Maggie Tsai and Wade Ren from Diigo in the session to help us out. And Alice Mercer, teacher extraordinaire, willingly showed us how she uses Diigo with her class, as well as numerous little tricks for using the site.

So for those of you who made it and want a refresher (like me) and for those of you who couldn't make it but want to learn. Here are the links to the session. They can also be found on the Classroom 2.0 wiki.


Mrs.A said...

You were the driving force to make this happen. Thank you again for your passion and willingness to share with all of us. Our network is the greatest, our connections keep getting stronger.

loonyhiker said...

You have convinced me to give it a try. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet but still playing with it.