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Getting a pulse on the latest relevant information and resources online, in any particular area of interest, is easy to do using basic social bookmarking

. With the vast amount of resources to swift through, information constantly changing locations, or being able to quickly find pertinent information can be time consuming. Having a large group of people who are interested in your topic, such as a Professional Learning Community PLC, all shari

ng resources, is far more effective than just having one person search for information. With multiple people all looking and sharing links, a defacto critical mass effect takes place where the most relevant resources end up floating to the top of the vast sea of information for all to see. This makes for a quick job of finding the pulse of any topic of interest. In addition, students can find social bookmarking an excellent method of collaboration with peers when sharing resources for their projects.

Social Tools: Bookmarking

Backing Up Your Bookmarks
Backing up your current Bookmarks saved in your Browsers (Safari, Firefox, and Chrome)

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  1. Select Bookmarks
  2. Select Show all bookmarks
  3. From the ‘star’ button (see below), select ‘Backup’.
  4. Save to ‘Temporary Backups’ in your Documents folder
  5. If you want to transfer your Firefox Bookmarks to Diigo you first need to first install the Diigo toolbar and use the import feature of the toolbar (Diigo Menu / Import My Bookmarks...)

safari_icon.jpgHow to backup your Safari bookmarks

  1. Select File
  2. ‘Export Bookmarks’
  3. Save As ‘Safari Bookmarks’ (recommend saving to ‘Temporary Backups’ in your Documents folder)
  4. If you want to transfer your Safari Bookmarks to Diigo you needfirst Create an Account with Diigo, then go to the following URL to import the Safari Bookmarks:

How to backup your Chrome bookmarks

You can back up your bookmarks is with your Google account. When using Chrome, click on Chrome > Sign In To Chrome... Sign in to your Google account. Choose to sync everything, or click Advanced to select what you would like to sync. Below are the options you have:

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How to sync your bookmarks among all browsers & computers you use

Another option for backing up (& syncing) your bookmarks is with XMarks. Add XMarks to your browser, create an account, and your bookmarks will always be the same on all the computers you use and all your different browsers. You can also see your bookmarks online. Download XMarks for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and even Internet Explorer.

Setting up your Diigo Account (for personal or professional use only)
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  1. Go to and make an account.
  2. Download the Diigo Toolbar for Firefox or the extension for Chrome .
  3. Now you are ready to bookmark online!

Setting up your Diigo Account to use with your Class

Step 1: Apply for an Educator Account

Visit the Diigo Education page 
(Note: please make sure that you are first signed into your diigo account prior to submitting your application.) 

Fill out the application, and submit. Please share as much info as possible to facilitate the approval process. 

Note: We only accept school email to verify educator identity. If you don't have one or need assistance, please contact us at Deterring potential abuse is an important consideration for us. Thanks for your understanding.

Step 2: Email Notification

Once approved, you will receive an activation email. If you haven't received it within 48 hours, or can't find your confirmation email, please check your spam folder, or contact for assistance.

Step 3: Access Teacher Console

Your personalized Teacher Console, located at, is where you create and manage student accounts and class groups.

Your teacher console can be conveniently accessed via the drop-down menu under your username, as illustrated below:

Step 4: Create A Class Group

The first step for using Diigo for a new class is to create a new Diigo group for the class.

Click the "Create A Group for My Class" link to create a group for your class:

While setting up a class group is fairly similar to a regular group, here are a few differences:
Recommended Keywords- grade and subject for the class should be entered as keywords for the class. This can be done by simply. pointing-and-clicking the grades and subjects.
Group members as friends - You as the teacher has the option to automatically make all students in the same class group as friends with one another on Diigo so they can easily communicate with each other. This is especially needed since student accounts have been pre-set to only allow messages from friends only. 

Step #5: Create Student Accounts and add to class group. 

If your students don't have emails, use Option #1 to create student accounts by simply entering their names or uploading an entire class roaster at once: 
Input your students’ names, and we’ll automatically create usernames & passwords for them. You can also edit necessary change before the student accounts are created:

Tip: Students' real name are optional. You can just use some codename like "Student 101" in the name fields.
Step #7 Manage Class groups / Student Accounts using Teacher Console

To access, use the drop-down menu under your username and select "Teacher Console".

Once there, use these options to manage your class groups / student accounts:

  • Group Name - click to view / manage the class group. For more tips on diigo group's functionalities, visit Diigo Groups Help section 

  • Add Members - click to add more members (either by creating more student accounts or inviting people to join by email or enter your friends' diigo username) 

  • Print Members - click to print the class list. Cut them along the dotted line and hand them out to your students. (note: only student accounts you created will be printed.) 

  • Manage Members - You can grant any number of members as a moderator with editing right, ban any member, or restore their membership.
Download this guide to setting up a Diigo Educator Account:

Trying out the power of Social Bookmarking through Diigo
1. Using the Toolbar, Bookmark a website (don't worry you can delete it later). Notice that you can add to a list of Bookmarks and/or to a Group.

Using the Toolbar, Highlight some text from a website and mark a Sticky note.


3. From the Toolbar, go to your Diigo account and make a Group. You could make a shared list for your department or your class. Here is an example: KIS Tech Team.
Now you are ready to do Social Bookmarking!


Working with Tags
A tag is a word that helps to identify the link you are bookmarking. Tags are helpful in searching through your bookmarks at a later time. The more descriptive and specific your tags are, the easier it will be to find your bookmarks later. You may forget the name of a site you bookmark and later wish to find it. If the topic is revolution and you tagged the bookmark, when you search your bookmarks for revolution the bookmark will show up as one of your search results.

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