I have been eating, breathing, sleeping and living Diigo the last few weeks as I worked through my technology collaboration project. You probably already knew it was a social bookmarking tool. Are you aware of its collaborative features yet? I wasn’t until recently.
If you have an educator email account, you can request a Diigo educator account. Oh and you might want to do that a week before you need it because it can take some time to get approved (not that I have any experience with any issue with that or anything). The educator account enables you to set up a bunch of student accounts without needing student emails. This is awesome as a librarian because you can set up 30 accounts. If you instruct students that these are for demonstration purposes only, you can then clear them out once your lesson is done and have fresh accounts all set for your next class. I did this while also showing them how to build their own personal Diigo accounts to use after our class sessions were done.
But I digress. We are talking about collaboration. In Diigo (both the educator version and regular Diigo) you can also create groups. Researchers can post their bookmarks, comments, highlights, etc. to the group. All researchers in the group can then see this collaborative research information. Group members can post comments to each other. There is a “Facebook”-like feeling interface where group members can post topics and have threaded discussions. You can even “like” things just like on Facebook. These tools are definitely worth learning more about.
If I’ve piqued your interest, check out the overview of Diigo’s collaboration features http://www.diigo.com/learn_more/collaborate.