How do you save the great websites and resources you find? Do you use the standard browser bookmarks? This is a great idea if you only use one computer and the same browser. However, having access to your bookmarks from any computer can certainly be a huge benefit. If you use multiple computers, saving your bookmarks on each computer can be a hassle. Why not work out a system to save and access your bookmarks from any computer?
There are several ways you can access your bookmarks from anywhere. IF you use multiple computers, a work computer and a personal computer, for example, AND you have control over those computers to use whatever browser you want, using Google’s Chrome browser is fantastic. Chrome has an excellent sync function that allows you to sign in and choose what items in your browser settings you want to sync. Simply set up this option on every computer you use with Chrome and whatever you save to your Chrome bookmarks will sync across all of your other computers that have Chrome.
Another option, whether you use Chrome or not, is to use Diigo. Diigo is a social bookmarking site with a ton of great features. I’m not going to go into all of them here, but one great feature is the ability to save bookmarks to Diigo and then access them from any computer with internet access, using any browser.
You can add sites to Diigo in a way that’s more time consuming – like copying the URL, going to your Diigo account and pasting in the URL. Or, you can do it in a way that’s much easier. Most browsers now have the ability to add extensions. Find the the Diigo extension for your browser and install it.
In the screenshot to the left, you’ll see the extension on my Chrome browser. To bookmark a site to Diigo, simply click the extension button and you’re all set. When you need to access your bookmarks, head to Diigo, log in, and everything will be there.
One awesome feature of Diigo is the ability to join Groups. Groups allow multiple people to share bookmarks with each other. If you’re a member of a group, you can set up a notification to receive an email of any new links that are added to the group. The DEN has a Diigo that’s available to anyone. Simply log in to Diigo, search for the group “Discovery Educator Network” (or click this link). Once you find the group, join it. You’ll find directions on adding bookmarks to the group as well as information on receiving the email notifications I mentioned earlier. I highly recommend joining the group and setting up the notifications to receive a weekly email with the links that have been added by DEN members. This is a great way to have recommended resources delivered to you. Below is a screen shot of the DEN Diigo group.