Announcement: Teaching & Technology’s Resource List is now on Tumblr!

Just recently I tried to update one of my Diigo resource lists and found they have discontinued them! It was rather disappointing to find out that I could no longer add to these lists. They are still viewable, but I cannot add to them.

Instead, Diigo introduced this new technology called Outliner. It seems rather silly. When you bookmark a link, you can save it to a specific Outliner and then create bullet points…like an outline. But the problem is, is that the list looks like my word processing documents did 10 years ago. Plain and boring. The technology is great for collaboration and research projects…not so much for my resource lists. This is mostly due to the fact that I was unable to public show the Outliner without it being editable. I was also disappointed that while I could upgrade my lists to Outliners, with a free account I was only allowed 5 Outliners as opposed to unlimited lists.

What was I to do? I have tens of links that are meant to help teachers and students find specific resources. I needed a tagging system that easily publishes links. Eventually, I settled on Tumblr. I know this isn’t a perfect solution because the lists were just so perfect, but hopefully, it will work for you. You may just have to search the Tumblr for a #writing resource or #blog to follow.

I’m also able to post links to the blog posts as they publish on Tumblr. So feel free to follow and reblog.

You can always find a link to the resources on Tumblr from the main menu. Go to Resources > Tumblr Bookmarks. There is also a link on the right side of every page with social media links. It now includes Tumblr. Lastly, there is a link on the ol’ contact page.

If you have an education or education technology Tumblr, feel free to leave the username in the space below.

Diigo: Technology Review

Diigo is an online bookmarking website that helps you organize your bookmarks with tags, access your bookmarks from any computer, Android device, iPad app and/or iPhone app.  But it’s more than just a bookmarking site.  Diigo caches websites that you save so you can highlight text, create sticky notes, and allows you to share this content with no one or everyone.

I found Diigo through the 21 Things for the 21st Century Educator website.  My technology class for my master’s in teaching is using this site as its textbook, so-to-speak.  I will post several things from this site that I find particularly useful.

Diigo allows me to tag my bookmarks to help me better organize and find the particular link I am looking for exactly when I need it.  Another use of this tagging ability allows me limit what I embed into a widget of links that I could put on a website.  In other words, the Resources page for this blog could have an embedded box from Diigo that automatically adds a link to the Resources page when I bookmark the site on Diigo with the tag “education”.  Of course this ensures that not every bookmarked site will appear under Resources, just the ones I want!  Pretty neat.  I’m considering implementing something with Diigo and Teaching & Technology’s Resource page.  It will reduce the amount of duplicate work I will have in creating links.

Diigo is free and all my bookmarks are stored in the cloud.  I can download a backup any time I wish.  If I need more space for cached files and screen captures than are allotted by the free account, Diigo allows me to upgrade for a reasonable fee.

Check out my public Diigo page, http://www.diigo.com/user/katdavisedu.  There are not too many links on there now, but expect it to grow over time.  I definitely see myself utilizing this technology in the coming future.  Diigo has definitely surpassed what Delicious aimed to do, but fell short.

Do you used Diigo?  Another social bookmarking website?  I’d love to hear all about it.