Diigo and other tools

diigo

The image above clearly indicates my lack of engagement with the Diigo tool. I looked at it today as I read the following on the course assessment page:

Your use of Diigo and any other tools you use (and mention in your blog posts) will be examined to look for evidence of participation on four fronts:

  1. As student (3%);
  2. As learner (3%);
  3. As teacher (3%);
  4. Use of other (non-blog) tools (1%).

Yes, I panicked and finally took another look at Diigo. I tried it back at the start of the course and was unable to add anything to the group area. Every time I highlight something on a webpage the annoying ‘in the way’ doowacky appears:

diigo-thingie

I know at that Natalie struggled with Diigo as well and David provided an answer on the Study Desk… way back (50 days ago according to Feedly – which I do find a useful tool!). Even though I get the intent of Diigo, it is a way of sharing annotations on the same document/webpage, this method just does not work for me. Frankly, I cannot wait to remove my account at the end of the course so I no longer have to see that doowacky on every webpage I highlight.

I have used Mendeley to organise my resources. I could make annotations and share these with others but even in Mendeley I have not done this. For me the physical act of hand-writing notes/quotes when I am reading aids my memory and helps me to construct knowledge. This is what my sense-making activity looks like:

sensemaking

Each person will be different in their sense-making activities. Amongst other activity attributes Carvalho and Goodyear (2014) recognise that “activity is shaped by the physical setting in which it unfolds” (p.59).

People typically open and walk through a gate rather than jump over the fence; they follow existing paths rather than make their own; they use tools that come to hand; they click Google search links that come up on the first page, and so on. It is often rational to conserve energy – physical, mental and emotional (Carvalho & Goodyear, 2014: p.59).

When I am on the train, I find my reading/ hand-written note-taking particularly useful. My brother told me about this great method called Bullet Journal: The analog system for the digital age. I have adopted this method at work, taking a note book with me to meetings, I don’t often refer to my work notes afterwards but writing items down certainly aids my memory and is a great reference point that is easy to carry around and refer back to when needed.

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