Thursday, May 20, 2010

Learning with others

I have joined Diigo a couple of years ago and it has helped me a lot. With Diigo I feel more connected to my interests because I follow lots of with whom I learn every single day. I always open my Diigo e-mail updates and bookmark items my e-friends have shared. Besides that, I am always sharing whatever I discover with my network of friends. I guess that at the beginning I had the usual difficulties everyone has, but I am persistent  . Just now I learned some new things when I was trying to teach Lucia how to use Diigo (I never highligh, so I had to learn how to do it to teach her) . I have learned that on the web one never knows everything and we can always learn when sharing and teaching others. I really love the idea of offloading (storing knowledge on my friends) instead of downloading knowledge.  So, I take it easy and do not try to learn everything. I just learn what I can and think I need. The rest, my friends learn for me and I learn something for them in return.
I confess, I have never used Diigo in the classroom. I think the studetns I usually have are too young for bookmarking. I guess that with a group of adults, this would be more meaningful. I would teach them how to work in Diigo and would then create a group for them to share there favorites. From my experiences adults just love to discover that can get rid of the endless list of favorites they have on their pc when they bookmard things the old way.

That is all, I guess.

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6 comments:

Emiliana said...

Hi, José. I am new at Diigo and took me a while to be able to use it. Besides this, I made another account with something similar to Diigo. So, I am still learning how things go, but I know Diigo will help me a lot and certainly, my students as well. So I am eager to learn and be able to teach my students all these new things we are learning in the course. All the best and talk to you soon. Emiliana.

joseantonio said...

Hi Emiliana,
I am glad to hear you are now being able to use Diigo. It generally takes some time for us to get used to new tools. I am sure that you will be very familiar with it in no time. It will sure help you a lot and I am sure your students will love to learn about it.
Good luck on your learning journey. Please count on me if you need any help.

Selmix said...

Hi José Antonio,
I was relieved when I read in your post that we do not have to know everything. I was feeling a bit anxious with the amount of possibilities that the Web provides.Now I have realized that we must be constantly curious and daring . Sharing discoveries collaboratively is beneficial for all of us.

Ana Gerin said...

Hi Zé!

I thought I was comfortable with all of these web 2.0 possibilities, but I realized I was far behind everyone so I decided to take this course. Sometimes I feel so outdated, but I think you said it all when you said you were persistent. We can't give up and we must keep trying right?
By the way, could you teach me hou to highlight stuff to? I sitll CAN'T do it! :(

joseantonio said...

Hi Selma,
Thanks a lot for your comment. It is great news for me to know I could help. A step at a time is the best way of learning. I have an e-friend that says "Rome was not built in a day." I would add that Rome is never ready. There is always something to add and something to learn. I am sure when you look back in a few months, you will see how much you have learned.
All the best.

joseantonio said...

Hi Ana,
Thanks a lot for your comment. Sometimes it helps to know we can take our time, doesn't it? Of course you know quite a bit. I learned something from you on your post to ctj connected and I am sure you know lots more. It will be a pleasure to teach how to highlight. I will try to it f2f on Monday.

Have a great weekend.