Scoop.it is a great online curation tool that enables us to share relevant information with students in a visually appealing, easy to use format. “Creative consumption” according to the folks at Scoop.it. Previously I’ve shared links to websites with students via koodle/wiki/email but Scoop.it enables creators to “scoop” several sites onto one page (or online magazine). It pays to show students the page to pique their interest.
There are plenty of reasons to love Scoop.it including:
1. One click and you’re there – saves time
2. You can include sites that appeal to a range of learners – yes, differentiate :)
3. You can critique each site in a separate thumbnail that appears under each previewed site for comments like “great for revision” or “has a quiz” – saves time
4. It’s a fantastic way to extend those hungry for more than you can cover in class – feeds the mind
5. Each site is presented visually so it looks good – holds attention
6. You can arrange the sites from most to least important – makes sense
7. It’s easy to create a topic – intuitive
And even better for time poor teachers, if you aren’t inclined to create your own page, simply search on Scoop.it and it’s highly likely someone has beaten you to it. Working smarter not harder right?
So far I have shown my level 2s a link via koodle and hope like heck they’re visiting this weekend (you can check site stats) before next week’s exams. My iPad class should have all bookmarked and, wifi willing, will create their own pages on Romeo and Juliet next week. There is an app for iPad users to use Scoop.it too.
It’s easier to supply your students with a link to your topics as they could be searching a while otherwise . Anyhow, check it out yourself. Here are links to my Hone Tuwhare, To Kill a Mockingbird and Romeo and Juliet pages. Enjoy.