provides a great way to model and practice reading informational text and to engage students in collaborative virtual discussions. Many know Delicious and Diigo as social bookmarking sites. Diigo
is so much more!
Find a website that you want your students to read.
Then use Diigo to model the active reading process and make notations right on the web site by using the Diigo
tools of Sticky Notes and Highlighting.
Paste a sticky note at the beginning of the text to remind students to ask themselves, “What do you already know about this topic?”
Also, add a sticky note reminding students to note their purpose for reading.
Diigo’s highlighting tools include four different colors.
Use the various colors and model how to find the main ideas and highlight only the essential words in yellow.
Supporting details, key vocabulary words,
and confusing parts can each be highlighted with different colors.
Consistency in highlighting color will provide another cue for students about text structure.
Diigo serves as
an excellent tool for modeling the pre-reading process, for pointing out text features and structure, and to practice active reading by making connections and asking questions.
Once students are ready for independent practice, Diigo can be taken to another level.
Educator accounts allow teachers to create classes.
in the class can annotate
and highlight the assigned web site article independently.
Connections, questions, and comments
are then shared with the teacher and the class.
or “Read and Say Something” conversations can then be conducted through Diigo.