QAIS EASY TECH 101 CONFERENCE: WHAT I LEARNED #3

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What is it? Marries Chrome Browser with the social bookmarking and web annotating powers of Diigo!

Price? Free!

Although I already knew about Diigo (actually, from a previous QAIS conference) I never really used it, mostly because it didn’t really work so well on the iPad. But a couple of years will do wonders for functionality as we have seen with Google Drive (though they still have a ways to go in my opinion.)  Diigo still works most effectively on your laptop , with the ability to install bookmark lets and simply click the Diigo link when you h=find a website you want to save and annotate, the iPad app allows you to do almost all of the same things. You just have to get in the habit of using it as your default browser.

What does it do?

Diigo lets you:

  • Save websites. Here is an example. I am currently researching the travesty that is Gamergate. I did a quick Google search through my Diigo browser for Gamergate and found this article:

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I save it to my Diigo library, where I am asked to write a description (annotate the link) and tag it:

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Add it to a folder (which you have to create before hand. Super easy.)

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You can also share it to a group (which you also have to create beforehand, but would be super useful if you have an ongoing research project with your students.

And what I was very excited about:

  • Lets you add highlights and drawing to websites:

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And then you can save it to your photos, sort of like a built in Skitch!

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The presenter for this workshop was Daryl Bambic from west Island College. She uses Diigo with her philosophy students. They create their own portfolio of articles and then annotate them by first describing why it is a reliable site and secondly writing a summary for it. She also uses it as a place to hold discussions on certain articles.

A very useful knowledge management tool that you can use for your classes but also for your own professional development reading!

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Bookmarking on the ipad and how to quit apps and save your ipad battery

This might have been obvious for anyone who isn’t me, but I had to actually look this up. The issue came up when I asked the seventh graders to bookmark the library site and realised I had no idea how to do it on the ipad. It turns out the answer was right in front of me:

1.Click on the framed arrow on the left side of the URL.:

2. Click on “Add Bookmark” (duh!). If you want to put it in a folder, click the open book icon right beside the boxed arrow:

3. Click on Edit.
4.Click on New folder.
5. Type in the name of your folder.
6. Go back to your bookmarks and drag the ones you would like in your folder. Or if you are smarter than me. Do the folder first and then when you are browsing, stick them in the folder as you add them!

BATTERY SAVER!
And I think will probably reduce the chances of your ipad freezing up. Beth has shown me this before, but my brain being the sieve that it is, I had to look up how to do it again. It turns out that ALL my apps were open when I did this. Hmmm, that must be why my battery seems to have sprung a leak…

1. Double click the centre ipad button
2. Press on an app you would like to close.
3. All the apps will go wiggly and a minus sign will appear on each app:

4. click on the minus sign to close the app.
5. To finish, click the centre button again.

Stuff I’ve used the ipad for this week:

  • To roam around the library and change students’ library catalogue passwords (much easier than yelling for them to come to my desktop- they couldn’t escape).
  • Making a QR Code Scavenger Hunt for orientation! (But I will write a whole post about this when I’m done…)