Searching Online Resource Sharing Communities

Many people now search these sites in addition to using search engines and databases
Control/Command + F is your friend, especially when searching within long texts or dense webpages


Tagging and Folksonomies

“The solution to information overload is more information” in the form of “metadata”
~David Weinberger, Everything is Miscellaneous (fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society)

What is a Tag?

See Tag Galaxy

from MIT’s Project New Media Literacies

Why Tag?

“Nobody is as smart as everybody” ~Kevin Kelly

LibraryThing users have classified 17million books using 22million tags in 2 years
The Library of Congress has classified 20 million books in 200 years

Organizing and Sharing Online Resources with Social Bookmarking

Poll: Are you already using social bookmarking?

Poll Everywhere
  • No, I have no idea what that is
  • No, I’ve heard of it, but haven’t tried it
  • Sort of, I write down urls on sticky notes and trade them with my friends
  • Yes, I use digg, stumbleupon, delicious, furl, simpy, diigo, etc.

Social Bookmarking in Plain English from CommonCraft

Social Bookmarking and Annotation with Diigo

Example of Highlighting and Annotating with Diigo

“Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Guy Billout

Digging In to Diigo

1. Create a Diigo account

Open new tab in your browser window
Go to and click "Join"
Create profile, save
Activate your account via email
Click on the link to go to
Right-click on the link to add diigolet to your favorites

2. Join one or more groups

Search groups for English Companion Ning Group
Click on group name and join
Select email frequency

3. Practice bookmarking, tagging, and sharing

Open new tab and go to a favorite site (highlight key text for description)
Pull down favorites and select the diigolet
Bookmark options: Title, Private/public, Unread
Description (capture by selecting text first)
Tags (separate with commas, “compound tag” or compound_tag or compound.tag)
Add to list (create a list)
Share to the English Companion group (make your own groups later)

4. See example of highlighting and annotating using Diigo

Go to “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Guy Billout, pull down the diigolet, explore the annotations and conversations around the article
Note that it has been saved by 658 Diigo users
Alternate article "Is Technology Producing a Decline in Critical Thinking and Analysis?" from Science Daily

5. Practice highlighting and annotating

Highlight (select text then highlight)
Annotate (open box then add comment)

6. Get familiar with your dashboard

My bookmarks, My Lists, My tags, My Sites, My Groups
When you get ready to introduce social bookmarking to your students, you will probably want to create a Diigo Educator Account

Evaluating Websites

Information from online sources should be timely, relevant, valid, reliable, and credible
Here are some resources for evaluating the strength of an online source

Website Evaluation Forms

from Plagiarism: Why It Happens, How to Prevent It by Barry Gilmore, p. 97
from Making the Most of the Web in Your Classroom: A Teacher's Guide to Blogs, Wikis, Pages, and Sites by Timothy Green, p. 41
from Illuminating Texts by Jim Burke, pp. 172-174
from the NEISD Library Research Tools page
from McDougal Littell's Classzone
Web Page Evaluation Checklist from Berkeley

Web Site Evaluation Form from ReadWriteThink

Critical Evaluation Surveys from Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

Boolify Lesson Plan: Evaluating Websites

Practice Evaluating Websites Please visit one of the sites listed below and complete a Website Evaluation Form to analyze its validity, reliability, and credibility:

All About Explorers
Buy Dehydrated Water
Dihydrogen Monoxide
Dog Island: Free Forever
The Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency
MoonBeam Enterprises
Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

Find the Owner or Publisher of a Website There are several web services available for looking up the individual or organization responsible for posting a particular website:

Whois Source
Who Is Behind that Domain? Domain-Based Research Services
Whois Lookup