In line with my post about developing PLNs with curated collections, I have been working to support my students in more effectively developing their PLNs. Recently, I led our Extended Essay students in a research workshop on using Diigo for their pre-search.
The post I wrote for the LIS Secondary Library blog, Extended Essay: Planning and Organizing Your Research, details the process we went through during the lesson. Although there were some internet connectivity issues part way through, most students:
- created a Diigo account.
- joined a relevant LIS Extended Essay Diigo group (There’s one for each IB DP subject areas).
- added a Diigolet or Chrome Highlighter to their browser.
- bookmarked a relevant resource.
- highlight, tagged and annotated their resource.
- shared a relevant resource with their Diigo subject area group.
I hope students will support one another in their research by sharing and exchanging subject specific resources. At the very least, I hope they will stop using Word documents (or simply leaving 100 tabs open at once!) to save their links.
It is a given that as a school librarian I work to support my students in using technology tools to be more effective researchers. However, a significant part of my role as a school librarian is also supporting the professional learning of our faculty. In order to make this Diigo push with my students work, my teachers need to engage in this tool as well.
I may be getting a bit ahead of myself with this title, but here are my goals:
- IB DP Extended Essay and IB MYP Personal Project students using Diigo to organize their pre-search and share their resources with each other and their supervisors.
- LIS Faculty using our Faculty Diigo group to share and exchange about resources, research, and strategies related to effective teaching and learning
- LIS Faculty and IT department collaborating on the LIS Tech Diigo group to share and exchange about resources related to educational technology, best practices and emerging technologies.
- LIS Business Administration and Leadership streamlining the ordering process by sharing vendors and other purchasing related resources in a LIS Order Diigo group.
I am moving in this direction, slowly but surely. I host a regular Tech Tuesday (with the help of some great teacher friends) before school for primary and secondary faculty, and two of these mornings have focused on Diigo. My principal also carved an hour into our most recent professional learning day for me to offer a Diigo session to interested teachers.
I’ve gotten our Deputy Director of Operations on board with Diigo, and she wants to start using it for the 2013-2014 ordering process. In the next few days, I’ll be emailing secondary faculty about the role of Diigo in the students’ extended essay research process and requesting their support.
As a librarian, I am already convinced of the benefits of being a connected learner; geeking out is what I do for a living. Now my job is to become a connected learning evangelist and suck in everyone around me, guiding even the tech haters to the light.