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Paul Beaufait

The purpose of aggregating bookmarks for the Diigo in Education group - 143 views

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started by Paul Beaufait on 23 Mar 15
  • Paul Beaufait
    From the tidal wave of bookmarks awash in this group-nearly 25,000 to date (24.9-something K at last glance), there seems to be a _major_ misconception about the purpose of this group bookmark collection. Only 332 bookmarks-0.133% of the current collection bear the tag, "Diigo" (or "diigo").

    Is there some way on Diigo to reduce the noise-to-signal ratio in contributions to such large, relatively open groups?
  • Elaine Matheny
    Can you explain further what you are asking? Are members not tagging good bookmarks to the group? Are there too many bookmarks in your opinion? Are there too many members? I do not follow your comment above. Thanks for clarifying.
  • Lauren Rosen
    Why would you tag something in Diigo with Diigo if it isn't about the tool itself?
  • Rafael Morales_Gamboa
    It seems Paul is assuming that the purpose of the group is not to share sites on Education-as most of us have believed so far-but to share sites on the use of Diigo in Education.
  • Jenna Ervin
    I agree with Rafael. The purpose of this group (at least since I have been a member) has been as an invaluable tool to share articles, research, and good reads regarding all aspects of education. It simply happens to be hosted in Diigo, hence the name. If this was not the intended purpose, might I suggest starting a different group for the Diigo-only bookmarks, as this group has morphed into a daily PD tool for many. Please do not remove any of the existing bookmarks! :)
  • alexis alexander
    This is my absolute all time favorite resource, for a daily email on all things education. This is what the group is about, to share resources, not about the tool itself, afaik
  • Rachel Hinton
    It might be helpful if diigo could provide a way to use the tags to create outlines. It could help categorize resources on large forums like this.
  • Paul Beaufait
    As somewhat of a Johnny-come-lately to this group, since hearing of new Diigo outline functionality AND planned deprecation of Diigo lists, I believed this group would focus on the transition in Diigo toolsets as well as the consequences and potential for users in the field of education.

    I got that impression from reading the group description when I joined, a week or so as I recall. It doesn't seem to have changed since then:

    "Diigo In Education" - Phase I just released. More to come.. Share your classroom usecase, ideas, reviews, features, and wishlists for making Diigo a great resource and platform in teaching and learning. Let's explore the full potential of Diigo as an educational tool." (retrieved 2015.04.06 [JST] from Diigo in Education).

    Within days, I found myself in awash in bookmarks, which, as Jenna Ervin recently suggested, spotlight "all aspects of education" (comment 5). That was a point I was trying to make.

    Spotlighting everything highlights very little of relevance to _uses_ of Diigo in Education, and in particular to surviving the transition from Diigo lists to Diigo outlines with large bookmark collections. This is my greatest concern at the moment.

    So far, the only gem that I've discovered in that vein is a suggestion from Rachel Hinton that "Diigo could provide a way to use the tags to create outlines" (comment 7). That's one I'd like to polish up and set in platinum!

    Though I'm not suggesting that any resources you all have pointed out, annotated, and tagged so far be removed from the existing Diigo in Education group collection, I would love to hear discussion of and see pointers to articles about educators going _meta-_ with Diigo in Education, for example, as Jenna Ervin suggested, "morphed into a daily PD tool" (comment 5).

    Moreover, though I didn't read generic educational resource sharing into the purpose of this group, it would be interesting to hear whether people like Alexis Alexander _make use of_ many resources pointed out and available to this group in "a daily email on all things education" (comment 6) _with other people_ with whom they work, teach, or learn, and if so, _how_. That's what I mean by going meta- about Diigo in Education.

    I hope that I've clarified the intent of my original post on this thread, as well as my desires with regard to the directions the group may take in the future. To some group members this may come as a welcome wake-up call; from others, I simply hope it doesn't precipitate a bunch of "Lump it-or leave it!" ...[remarks].

    Thanks in advance for continuing deliberations.

    Cheers, Paul

    PS: Please pardon my misinterpretation of the group description as something new, that is, pertaining to current developments of Diigo. I've discovered, just now, that the current description is identical to what Maggie Tsai posted in August 2007 (Group Settings: General).

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