I just read a post by Marian Thacher, who shared how a teacher is having his students do online highlighting and commenting on articles they find through the Diigo service.
It’s an excellent idea. Unfortunately, you have to download Diigo, which is a problem for school computers.
However, it got me thinking about a couple of online highlighting and annotating web applications — Fleck and Jump Knowledge. I’ve posted about them before (Fleck) and how my students can highlight and comment online about their favorite sites on my webpages.
They can certainly do the same thing with articles. I’m going to give it a try.
This is very useful, thanks. I would urge readers who may be interested in Diigo but may not have tried it out yet, to visit Marian Thacher’s entry linked to above, and then click on the link in that entry to Dave Ehrhart’s screencast where he describes exactly how he uses Diigo to monitor and comment on students’ online research projects.
You don’t HAVE to download Diigo. You can play with the “Diigolet”, a diigo bookmarklet that you just drag and drop into your browser’s bookmarks. You can do highlighting and add sticky notes, and share them publicly or privately, but I don’t think you can do all the things Dave Ehrhart shows us, nor use Diigo to blog to your blog.