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I first came across Scoop.it last year via Peter Mellow of Curtin University. Like many good ideas, it got put on the back-burner until recently when I made time to have a play – and I’m glad I did.

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.

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A while back now I reviewed a host of apps enabling students to create newspapers online.

Scoop.it is a similar idea that enables users to “scoop” (or copy and paste) their favourite online discoveries to their own scoop it page. The purpose is to provide a platform to create an online magazine (so a publishing option for students) as well as to increase the user’s web presence.

Teachers could use Scoop.it as a repository for resources for students, to raise their academic profile via a web presence or simply as a place to share ideas with colleagues. Here’s Curtin University’s elearning and design team’s Scoop.it page, shared with me by Peter Mellow.  Peter recently introduced the Scoop.it platform to delegates at Aoraki Polytechnic’ Eyes on Learning Conference held in Timaru.

The concept of curation of other people’s thoughts/ideas/research/resources got me thinking about the vast array or choices for sharing ideas nowadays, and the related criticism that there are no truly unique ideas left – just recycling of someone else’s! I personally don’t have an issue with retweeting/sharing/reversioning material as long as the original author is credited somewhere.  That’s a challenge for many young people who don’t often make the distinction between ripping off ideas and critical analysis whereby you add to a thought process by reflecting on another person’s work.

If teacher leaders make sure their students understand the difference, Web 2.0 has certainly added a host of options to the curation basket.

Share and share alike I say.

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