Free Spring Webinars

EdTechTeacher has many free, live webinars coming up this spring.  This is a great opportunity learn something new as well as to network with other teachers from across the country and around the world.

  • March 11th – Small Tech Changes – BIG Learning Impact!
  • March 18th – “Google is the new resume.”
  • March 20th – iPads, language learning, the MFL twitterati & sharing good practice – a UK perspective
  • March 27th – Empowering Elementary Learners with Technology
  • April 1st – iPads And… combining the physical & digital to create multimedia content
  • April 8th – All Things Google!
  • April 15th – Leading Change in 1:1 Classrooms
  • April 24th – Technology in Humanities Classrooms
  • April 29th – Games Are Good for You! What Games Teach Us About STEM & Learning

Click here for more information about any of the above offerings.

Diigo on the iPad

by Aaron Hovel

Up to this point each blog post has described how to use Diigo on a computer.  This post will explain how to use Diigo on the iPad. Diigo has created a Web Highlighter tool for Safari on the iPad.  It is a litle tricky to install, but once it is installed, you can bookmark, highlight, and add sticknotes to websites directly in Safari on the iPad.

Installing “Web Highlighter” on Safari for iOS 7
Diigo has written a good set of directions. Or you can watch the video below for installation instructions.   If you are receiving this as an email you will need to click the link at the bottom to view the full post or click here for the video.

iOS Security Update 7.0.6

Apple released a new version of their iOS (7.0.6) this week.  The update patches a security flaw in the SSL connection verification part of the iOS. I reccomend all faculty update their iPads and iPhones if you have one.   SSL is the encryption mechanism used when connecting securely to websites. When you enter a password or buy something online, you are relying on SSL to keep your information secure as it is transfered over the internet.

If students ask, we recommend they update as well. Prefereably at home to keep from bogging down our network.

To Update your iOS device.  

-Settings App>General>Software Update

-Follow instructions on device to install update

Diigo – Lists

by Aaron Hovel

Another great feature within Diigo, especially for teachers, is Lists.  Lists of bookmarks can be created usually with a common theme.  One idea for teachers, is to create a Diigo List for each class.  This way the teacher can provide the Diigo List link to the students at the beginning of the year and that link will never change. The cool thing is that teacher can add and remove bookmarks to/​from this list over the year as needed.  All while the link to the list stays the same.  To get a better idea and to see this in real life check out the video.  If you are receiving this as an email you will need to click the link at the bottom to view the full post or click here for the video.

Diigo – Groups

by Aaron Hovel

Another powerful feature of Diigo is Groups.  You can create a group with other teachers or your students.  The group enables everyone to share links to the group and all group members can view the links, comment, add notes, and highlight. The group feature also allows for creating a discussion topic that all can contribute to.

Diigo – Library Tour

by Aaron Hovel

This is third in a series on Diigo.

In the video below, I give you a brief tour of the information that is available in your Diigo Library.  HW practice: Go to your Diigo library and edit a bookmark by adding a description.  If you are receiving this as an email you will need to click the link at the bottom to view the full post or click here for the video.

Diigo – Bookmarking

by Aaron Hovel

This is second in a series on Diigo.

The two biggest advantages of using Diigo is searchable tagging and the fact that your bookmarks are now in the cloud where they can be accessed from any computer, shared with others, and grouped into lists.  Diigo has many other features that we will go into but those are the main ones. When you bookmark a site with Diigo, you give it tags rather than put it into folders.  A bookmark can be given more than one tag so that later on you can search based on these tags.

First thing you need to do is install the diigolet toolbar so that you can book mark sites.  Watch the video below to learn how to install the diigolet toolbar.

Once you have the toolbar installed you can begin to bookmark websites. Watch the video below to learn how to bookmark with Diigo.