I created a Diigo group for my students some time ago, but it wasn’t until Monday, when we had a snow day (weird that we’ve had 70° weather in the same week as a snowstorm) that I invited all my students to join. The lack of response has been deafening. I understand to a degree. It’s one more tool, one more crazy thing Ms. Huff wants us to do, blah, blah, blah, don’t see the point. One the one hand, I hate that I have to make use of these tools a requirement to convince students to use them. I am not going to make the Diigo group a requirement the way I did commenting on my blog. However, I have noticed something. Those students who do engage with the tools I provide — whether it’s watching videos I share on the classroom blog, using Diigo, commenting on the blog, listening to recommended podcasts, or even reading suggested links — tend to do better in class. Why? Simple. The tools help. Reading, viewing, listening, engaging — all these tools help my students learn the material in more depth or in more ways. Learning more leads to better understanding. Better understanding leads to higher grades. I prefer to leave it for my students to come to this realization, but when/if they do, I wonder what will happen when I have full engagement.