Taming the Links

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The internet is wonderful; and I would not be the same teacher without it. I use twitter as a source of ideas and new information. I mostly check twitter on the go; and use the ‘favourite’ star as a way to save information for later.

The problem with this approach is I then end up with over 200 favourite tweets in no discernible order.

I needed a way to sort and organise my links.

I posted a request for help on Twitter and Richard Allaway of http://www.geographyalltheway.com/ suggested Diigo. When trying to create an account I realised I had signed up in 2009 but never used the site.

There is a plugin from Diigo that can be added to Chrome that allows websites to be added to the site instantly. You can also email links from the plugin.

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There are a number of other features such as annotating websites which I have not used. One useful features is the ability to mark a website as read later, this is useful when you come across something  but you don’t have time to read it then and there. You can add tags to your links to make finding them easier; and sort your links through lists (categories).

To keep everything in one place I have also set up a IFTTT Recipe to send any blog posts I favourite on Feedly to Diigo.

So far I am very pleased with the service and it is Free. They do offer paid accounts, but for educators they offer a special account that offers more than a free account but for free! There are also a number of tools for teachers to use Diigo with their classes. I will be trying these out in the future. More detail can be found here: https://www.diigo.com/education

You can view my links here: https://www.diigo.com/profile/gceyre