My Blogging Experience

April 5, 2010

A Reflection on my Diigo Presentation

Filed under: Diigo — Tags: , , , , , — debyj @ 12:01 pm

I partnered up with Brandee and gave a tag-team presentation on Diigo last week.

Something I am really glad we did was have a practice run on Elluminate the day before the presentation.  It gave us lots of ideas and helped us stay organized.  We were able to record it so we had a chance to learn from our mistakes before the official presentation and figure out how much we could do within the time limits of the presentation.  We also created an outline for our presentation so that we could stay on track and know exactly what topics and order of topics we would each cover.  We did do the presentation from two separate computers so I found the outline really helped us work well together even though we were not communicating in person.

I can definitely see that my presentation skills have improved since my last Elluminate presentation. I tried to be more animate with my voice and can definitely hear that improvement in the recording.  Something I did notice that I would like to change is the amount of times I use the words “so” and “um”.  I found in my internship I commonly tried to work on talking with better sentence structure so that is a challenge I am quite familiar with and will probably be working on for quite some time.

Even though we did a practice run of the presentation and ended up cutting out some information due to time restrictions, I still think we might have cramed too much information into one presentation.  I kept track of the time during the presentation and we ended up taking about 16 minutes and there were times when we were rushing so if I were to do it over again, I might have cut even more information out.

There was one technical problem that I would really like to know how to solve in the case I end up in this predicament one day in the future.  A the time, I thought it was just my computer but then I noticed it on the recording too.  when Brandee was trying to show the uses of the diigo toolbar, the toolbar drop down options were blacked out so that you could not see anything.  No one mentioned this in the chat, which I found odd, so maybe it really is just my computer after all??

One problem I did not expect was the lack of participation.  I think that although there seemed to be over 10 people in attendance, I am not sure all of those ten people were actually sitting at their computers. I noticed whenever I asked a question, I would get responses from the same three or four people and did not see any activity from anyone else when I asked them to raise their hands, for example.  One of the things I really wanted to improve on from my last presentation was my communication with the audience and I believe I put in a much better effort this time.  The problem was that I was fairly certain I did not have much of an audience at all!  I am not even sure we had the full attention of any one individual throughout the entire presentation.  This reminds me of how easily it is to get distracted during some of these presentations and how important it is to set your status as “away” when you are not there.  I have decided that from now on, during these presentations I will give my full attention to the presenter or I will not attend at all.  There is no point in attending if I am going to be distracted by something else the whole time and it is definitely not fair to the presenter.

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March 4, 2010

Diigo Exploration #4

Filed under: Diigo — Tags: , , — debyj @ 9:24 am

Diigo Tools

There are a lot of different extra tools that you can explore to enhance your Diigo experience. If you click on “tools” at the top of your Diigo account, you can view a variety of options.

One thing I found very challenging was understanding what exactly these tools were and how to use them. For most of the tools, Diigo gave a very brief description of what the purpose was. For example, I clicked on “Diigolet”. Here is the description:

“Diigolet is not as feature-rich as the Diigo toolbar, but it can be set-up by simple drag-and-drop – no download or installation needed, and it works for all major browsers. Much more powerful than bookmarklets offered by other social bookmarking sites, Diigolet is a “super bookmarklet” that allows you to highlight and add sticky-notes, in addition to simple bookmarking”

I wasn’t really sure why I needed this or what it really did so I tried following the instructions to install it. My browser said that I could not add Diigolet because I already had the Diigo toolbar. My assumption then was that the Diigolet is a simple substitute for the Diigo toolbar. This way, if I want to use a computer at school, I can add the Diigolet to the toolbar easily and use most of the Diigo tools I use at home on this public computer. It took a lot of guessing and assuming to come to that conclusion and I am still not 100% sure that is what the Diigolet does. I definitely think Diigo could do a little more explaining in their “tools” section to help the “unfamiliar” become more “familiar” with these tools.

Other times, I figured out what the tool was but I could not get it to work. For example, I thought that Diigo as a widget would be really great! But…it turns out I cannot figure out how to get it to work after many many attempts. There just simply is not enough “how-to” description to accompany these tools.

If you can figure out what they are and how to get them working, I can see how these tools could be very useful, especially to people who have their own blog or website. The tools also allow you to import and export bookmarks between other social bookmarking sites or your web browser bookmarks. Next time you are on your Diigo account, check out the “tools” option and you might find something that will make your life easier!

February 26, 2010

Diigo Exploration #3

Filed under: Diigo — Tags: , , , , , — debyj @ 12:13 pm

Post-its and Highlighting:

This is something that I think is unique to Diigo and definitely separates it from other social bookmarking sites.

How it works:

When you install the diigo toolbar, it gives you an icon called “highlight”. When you click on it, you can choose between four colors (yellow, blue, green, or pink). After you select a color, you can highlight any text on a webpage. Once you have highlighted the text, a small editing icon appears over the first word you highlighted. When you click on the icon, you are given several options to customize your highlight.

-You can “add an inline sticky note”. On this sticky note you can write anything you want and make it public or private.

– You can delete your highlight

– You can “get annotated link” which allows you to share this web page with others through your blog, twitter, webpage, etc. and this link will include all of your sticky notes, annotations, and highlights if you would like.

-You can “view in my library” where you can immediately view your diigo account in a new tab. It will display the webpage and all of your highlights, annotations, and sticky notes.

You don’t have to highlight something to create a sticky note! By simply right clicking on a webpage, you can add a “floating sticky note” that is either public or private depending on your preference. To remove the sticky note, click the trash can icon on the sticky note.

-Something important to note is that when you highlight or add a sticky note to a webpage, that webpage is automatically added as a bookmark in your Diigo library.

You can add to other people’s sticky notes whenever they are public. Sometimes sticky notes quickly turn into long chat forums!

The goods:

– the post-its typically include valuable information. If I am wondering about something, I can check out the post-it notes on the page and discover that someone else had that same question or I can simply post my question and will likely find an answer soon.

– If you want to remember a particular quote on a site or a certain article perhaps, highlighting makes it very easy to return to the exact information you were interested in.

The not so goods:

– the post it notes can get annoying. Sometimes I wish there was a button I could press to disable the public post-it notes. On some webpages, I have come across more than 20 post-its! They can get in the way.

– sometimes the information on the public post-its is inappropriate and unnecessary which is a definite concern for me as an educator. Do I want to recommend a tool to my students that displays inappropriate information at times?

-you cannot use the highlighting and post-it features unless you have the diigo tool bar installed. This is a particular downfall for people that travel between computers or use public computers where the tool bar installation is not permitted.

Overall there are definitely some advantages and disadvantages to Diigo post it and highlight tools. Its usefulness really depends on your personal situation and needs.

February 8, 2010

Diigo Exploration #2

Filed under: Diigo — Tags: , , , — debyj @ 10:28 am

I have been exploring Diigo one little chunk at a time.  In my latest attempt to understand Diigo, I learned how to BOOKMARK.

You can bookmark a website in a similar manner that you would bookmark a website using your web browser.  With Diigo, you just click on your diigo toolbar and click “bookmark this page”.  A screen will then come up which will allow you to enter further information about the website:

– make it public or private

– mark as “read” or “unread” (if you mark it as “unread”, when you go back to read it, the status will automatically change to “read”)

– “twitter this” to share with followers

– add a memo in the description box (Neat: you can automatically enter information in the description box by highlighting a portion of the text on the webiste before clicking “add bookmark”)

– add tags (suggestions are given to make it easier)

– can share them with a list/group if you have one set up

In my next Diigo blog, I will be exploring highlighting and post it notes.  Ever since I downloaded my Diigo toolbar, I have found post it notes all over my websites.  I will have to find out what all of that is about soon!

January 27, 2010

My Diigo Experience

Filed under: Diigo — Tags: , , — debyj @ 2:06 pm

For the month of February I am going to explore something I have never explored before….Diigo!  I really do not know too much about it yet.  It is a social bookmarking site that might be similar to delicious (although I am not 100% sure yet).

So far this is what I have done:

1. visited the site and signed up for an account (that was easy!)

2. logged in (there was an option to sign in using facebook, twitter and some other social networks…I am not sure what that is about yet).

3. added the tool bar (diigo recommended it so I installed it! I am not sure that it worked…)

4. watched a video overview of diigo

From the video, I learned about the three main services Diigo provides:

1. research

2. highlight (and post-it)

3. bookmark & archive

My next step was to search for videos on YouTube and a found A LOT of videos on Diigo!  I think I will be returning back to YouTube for help understanding this website over the next month.

Here is my favorite introductory Diigo YouTube video I found:

I am now feeling a little overwhelmed by everything I just learned about Diigo!  My next step will be to add some of my own bookmarks and practice using the highlight and post-it features.  Once I get familiar with that, maybe I can explore the “social” aspect of this social bookmarking site!

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