Diigo Education Domain (alpha) ~ Getting Started Guide
This Getting Started Guide gives you a step-by-step overview of Diigo Education Domain. To learn more, please check out the FAQ for additional tips >>
1) School using Google Chromebooks For Education
- Enable “Diigo Web” Chrome App from Chromebooks Admin Management Console
- Select “Diigo Web” from Chrombooks EDU Apps Pack, High School Edition
or find / add through Chrome Apps Web Store
- Deploy “Diigo Web” to your Chromebooks users
Note: “Try” allows you (or all your users) to try out Diigo as a regular user with basic features. “Upgrade” will lead to the Diigo Education upgrade page.
- Apply for “Diigo Education Domain”
School administrator should first set up his/her Diigo account, then fill out an application to get your school approved for “Diigo Education Domain”.
Approval of your school domain will enable your school domain users to easily login with their school Google account (Google single sign-on supported), and convert regular accounts to “student / educator” account status with special edu features.
- Distribute Designated Master Code to participating domain teachers
As a participating domain school, all your domain user accounts will first be set as a basic student account with more restricted features and user profile. Teachers can further upgrade their account with their school’s master code. To learn more about Educator / Student Account features, please check out here >>
Note: Only domain teachers/staff with the designated code will be able to upgrade further their account to “Educator Acct status”, so please handle / distribute the code with discretion.
- Domain User Account Sign-in / Setup Steps
- Sign in with your school Google account
- Allow Diigo to connect with your Google account
- Sign in to existing Diigo account to connect with your Google account.
Or, setup a new Diigo account
(Note: Although Diigo supports Google App Authentication / single sign-on, new user will still be required to setup a new Diigo account using your school login. This step is necessary to allow users to access your Diigo account from other platforms that don’t support Google login.)
- For users registered with your school email, they will be recognized and prompted to select “I’m a Teacher” vs “I’m a Student” the very first time they login.
- For domain teachers, selecting “I’m a Teacher” will allow them to proceed to upgrade to an educator account.
Note: alternatively, if you don’t have the designated code right away, next time you login, click “Resources for Educators” http://www.diigo.com/teacher_entry/req in the upper navigation link)
- Enter school’s master code to upgrade to “Educator Account”:
In “My Library” (first entry page), user will be prompted to install the Diigo Chrome extension, “Diigo: Bookmark, Archive, Highlight and Sticky Note”:
Important: Installing Diigo’s Chrome bookmarking extension is essential to enable advanced bookmarking, annotating, and sharing capabilities.:
Whereas, “Diigo Web” enable users to gain quick access to the Diigo website from your Chrome browser tab:
- Once your account has been upgraded to “Educator Account” status, you will be able to gain access to Teacher Console, where you can create / manage class groups, and manage student accounts that you have created:
- Click “Create a group for my class” to get started:
Note: “Who can view?” option refers to who can view the group content. However, all requests to join a class group will require teacher’s approval to ensure only appropriate members are allowed to join.
- Invite members to a class group (tips for domain teachers)
Because all of your domain users should have their own email / account already, in order to avoid account duplication through another “create new student accounts” process, we recommend that domain teachers add members (ie, students and/or colleagues) to your group by:
Option 1(easiest!) : Simply share your class group name /link and ask your students to apply to join this group
Option 2: Invite your students and/or colleagues to this group by entering their school email (xxx@domain)
For Option 2): Once you entered / sent emails for invitees, they will see the following group invitation in their email. Invitee clicks “Join the Group”
In the event that student hasn’t setup or logged into their student account yet, that email will also prompt them to do so.
Other than directly joining the group through email invitation, invitee can also check their group status by signing onto their Diigo account >> My Groups and click “Group Invitation Request”. If there is any group invitation, they will see the #s of request:
Click “Accept” Group Invite Request to join the desired group:
- It is also possible to Invite members by Search (note: this option is not applicable to students since their account profile is restricted.)
Find a user (by email or name) through the search “user” function
Click Username >> Invite to a Group
Select which your group(s) that you’d like to send invite
Note: you should only send group invite discriminately. No spam behavior is allowed.
- That’s it ~ the basic Diigo edu setup introduction! You’re now ready to start bookmarking and/or share and collaborate resources through Diigo Groups and enjoy all the awesome features and benefits of Diigo has to offer!
To learn more about Diigo Basics and how Diigo is being used in Classroom, please check out this great guide “Students Learning With Diigo”>> , read “Diigo Education Domain” FAQ help page, and find more resources here >>
2) Schools using Gmail (an active Google for Schools domain) but not Chromebooks)
- Since Diigo Education Domain is approved and granted on a “school-domain” basis, using “Chromebooks for Education” is not a requirement. Just skip the first step: “Enable “Diigo Web” Chrome App from Chromebooks Admin Management Console” and follow the rest (ie, start with applying for your domain.)
3) Schools using email other than Gmail
- Similarly, skip the “Chromebooks Management Console” step. When it comes to setting up user accounts for your school, please make sure that (1) all your users are signed in with their given school email account (required), (2) you take steps to provide training and facilitate distribution of your school’s master code / “Getting Started Guide” to the participating teachers in your school.