Diigo: My journey into the world of Social Bookmarking

This week in our class we have been using social bookmarking sites, and in particular Diigo. While I am pretty familiar with Digg and delicious, I had always that that these tools were just for hardcore web users that want to share cool or funny things with their friends. I’ve come to find out however, that social bookmarking sites are a great way to organize content and save content that you come across on the web.

I’ve been wanting to develop this site because I have been frustrated by what I perceive as the lack of web resources for video educators. By using a social bookmarking site I am able to organize all of the content that I come across on the web by saving them and separating into categories — It has made me realize that there are actually a great amount of resources out there for teachers looking to develop film/video curriculum.

I will say that I am not a fan of the design of Diigo. This is usually a problem of mine when it comes to web tools — that I am turned off by the design of the site and thus overlook the functionality. Diigo is definitely a labor of love for those that are developing it (meaning: they are not making a ton of profit off of it), but the tools that it gives you are pretty awesome. I have already installed a great extension for chrome which makes setting tags and bookmarks super easy. I really think that the way that I surf and use web content will be changed forever.

Feel free to check out the site and if you begin using, definitely add me as a contact. You can check out my bookmarks at



This week in class I read about the 10 core rules of Netiquette, and while I had never seen the benefit of Netiquette before. I was definitely turned around and this is now something that I want to apply in my online classroom.

The part that probably stood out most to me was the discussion of “Time and Bandwidth”. Here Shea talks about how while engaged in online conversations, we need to be sure to respect others time and energy by keeping on-topic with our conversations. I would not want any of my students to have to waste anytime digging through a discussion board in order to find material that is relevant to them — much in the same way that I don’t want to spend 5 minutes digging through their email to try to find their question. It mirrors the situation that we have in the classroom: If I have a student that is going off on a tangent and taking up a lot of time from the rest of the class, I need to curtail it in order to keep the classroom on task.

I think that I will definitely include a statement on netiquette in the syllabus of my next online class.


Professional Biography

While I set this site up a while ago, I haven’t used it at all. Currently I am taking a class through Bellevue Community College called “Introduction to Elearning”. As a part of this class, I will be posting regularly to a blog and I figured this would be a good place to post that material:

Ever since I was younger, I have been drawn to the media. Growing up I wanted to be a film director. That continued to be my intention throughout High School, and upon graduation, I went to Brigham Young University with the intention of studying film. While at BYU, I began to explore my love of music. I took a few recording classes and the soon ending up doing sound for film productions. It was a good niche for me and I found a lot of work. Some of my credits can be seen on my IMDB page.

When I finished school, I took some time to work on features and then quickly decided that I missed school. In the Fall of 2005, I re-entered BYU to get a Masters in Mass Communications. The program was a good fit for me. I found that I wasn’t as interested in film art so much as the process of distributing media. I was able to attend several conferences, and wrote my thesis on the use of social networking sites among undergraduate students.

Upon finishing school, I returned to Seattle. After a couple of jobs in the media industry, I got a job as a full time faculty in the Multimedia Design and Production department at Lake Washington Technical College. I have been here for 2 years and I really love working with my students, who are constantly amazing me with some of the things that they create.

In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my wife Stephanie, eating Ice Cream and making short films with my SLR camera. Here is some footage from a wedding that I recently shot.


Video Tech Ed

Hi All,

My name is Rob Nyland and I want to welcome you to Video Tech Ed. I live in Kirkland, WA where I teach video production and editing at Lake Washington Technical College. I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach about video to my students, and it is something that I am constantly striving to become better at. My reason for starting this blog, is that I am constantly in search of lesson plans, and other resources that will help my students learn the video arts. I want this site to be a place where teachers in the video arts at all grade levels can gather to share tips and tricks that that they have gathered over the years.
I know that I cannot do this alone, and I am intending on starting small. If you would like to help me in my quest to make this blog a great resource, feel free to write me at robnyland (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thanks for reading