Diigo Lesson: COPs, Connectivism, PLNs – EdTech 543

The Diigo resource collection about PLNs, Connectivism, and COPs I created in EdTech 543 is the artifact I’ve chosen for this substandard.  Diigo is a website that allows individuals to find and gather links to any online resource.  Pick any topic, ask someone to look it up, and then collect the best results you find in your Diigo account.  When people look at your list of topics or bookmarks, they not only see the link to the original resource, but you the comments you’ve made to give them a preview of what they’re about to read along with your thoughts on the item.  In our assignment, we need to find information about communities of practice, professional learning networks, and the practice of learning through connectivism.  I found Diigo to be fairly easy to use, but there were a couple of times when comments I had made disappeared once I returned to the page.  I think the best use for it was as part of a group.  It makes the viewing of everyone else’s work so quick and easy to find.  By reading the comments one can easily decide whether or not to follow the link to the original resource.  Studies, even before the existence of Diigo, have found that annotation encourages people to build on their ideas by recording their own impressions of a text (Lu & Deng, 2012).  Personally, I agree with that statement.  In having to summarize the contents of some article or research in short detail, I definitely had to understand the material.  I could see using this with students to check for understanding of various topics.  I could also assign them to choose from a list of resources I had chose and add their own interpretations to what I had already done.  This Diigo lesson meets the substandard for the planning, monitoring, and controlling the storage, transfer, or processing of information in order to provide resources for learning.