I didn’t get a chance to write a reflection last week because I was too busy working away on Assignment 1 – so you are in for a treat – this week I have two-for-one. I think I left you with my pretty average mind-map of ICTs & me (soon to be updated). I’ve finally had some time to experiment with some of of the different ICTs we looked at in week 1 – i.e. Feedly, Diigo and Twitter which has been fun and interesting. Diigo is something that I definitely want to continue using. I can see plenty of potential benefits especially for when I’m planning units of work in the future. I have a massive collection of bookmarks and folders that I use in Safari that I’m always adding too and it gets kind of hectic trying to remember what is where, especially because I keep changing my mind on how best to organise them. Diggo is great for organisation the way that it works with tags – you can add websites that are useful in more than one way to a number of different tags and build up a “tag bank.” I think this could come in handy when you planning units for different subjects at different year levels using the following process:
- Create a tag name “unit name & year level.”
- Add resources to tags as you develop your unit.
- Be sure to add a short description in the description field as you go and include why the resource might be useful to the unit.
After you have finished planning and teaching the unit and you are planning for another unit, you might think back to a previous unit from last term, or even last year, and some of the things that you came across that might work in this unit – it is super easy to go back to the unit tag and have a look.
Another awesome feature is the Diigolet browser extension. You can add this to your browser easily by doing the following:
- Open Diigo
- In the Diigo menu at the top click “Tools”
- Click install on the relevant extension i.e. Google chrome or Safari
Once you have done this you have access to all its features – if you enable it while you are browsing you can annotate websites as you browse, which is also awesome for planning. For example, use the “highlight” tool and any quotes you come across that you think might be useful – perhaps for your own notes, PowerPoint presentation or maybe even just some research notes for a new learning experience – will appear in your Diigo library chronologically.
Diigo and the above extension features are really powerful tools that are great for organisation and planning that I will definitely use in the future.
I hope this is helpful for you too, the reader…