This confession is pretty serious if you’re a teacher and a mom. So many of us love this site. There are times where I have used it so consistently, I seriously wondered if I had an original thought in my head. I use several sites to aggregate data and ideas, but Pinterest is what I use most often. When I first began to use a bookmarking website like this, I just willy nilly pinned anything and everything I thought was interesting. Later, I began to pin within more specific categories. A “board” for outfits wouldn’t cut it anymore. I need to create boards for each season to organize. A board for school was overflowing with ideas, so I created boards that were organized by subject area.
Here’s an example of a section of boards I’ve created to pin information. Teachers, notice the blank board for the PARCC standardized test…can’t bring myself to pin to it!
I do use Pinterest as an idea generator for so many things. I find ideas for outfits, crafts, school, recipes, and baby/child resources. With that being said, I’m not a crazy Pinterest user. There are people who have thousands and thousands of pins, which I feel can become too much, very quickly. Too many bookmarks, pins, labels, and you become lost in a sea of well aggregated, but overwhelming resources. What really began to frustrate me with Pinterest was constant spam, lackluster mobile capabilities, and bad links. What is the point of bookmarking and storing an idea, if the picture or infographic leads to no where? Having to check if links were still real, live, and not spam was getting tiresome. The internet is well…the internet, so I know some sites and posts becoming unavailable is inevitable, I just found that I ran into it too often.Pins that don’t have a permalink attached?! Maddening. I don’t think anyone likes to click on a great picture or recipe and be taken to a homepage where you’d have to dig for a few hours. As a result of some of these frustrations, I started to use the tool as more of a visual reminder versus actually storing readable information that was possible to go back to.
I went into so much detail about Pinterest, because I feel like (at least among people I know), that is by far the most commonly used curation tool.While I do like Pinterest, for a while I haven’t been as avid of a user as I once was. As a result, I decided to explore another potential curation tool. I had a little bit of experience with Flipboard, but wasn’ t that into it. I decided to try to use Scoop.It. The magazine I began to put together about Genius Hour/20 time can be found here. I decided to start collecting information about Genius Hour/20 time because I am very interested in the idea, but I’m not very familiar with it. I have posted and explored a lot of good ideas to start with. I found some great things already added to Scoop.It to add to my list, and I found some great resources on my own. I was able to add information about the topic as well as personal teacher accounts and experiences with the topic. Scoop.It as a magazine tool looks appealing, where a sites pictures and thumbnails present well. It is very easy to add content, and to comment on content. In addition to ease of use and an appealing look, it seems that users have posted a lot of academic content. Content of substance, and links that bring you to actual articles and opinions have made the site very useful for me. Pinterest provided me with a lot of ideas, but often a lot less information. Academic articles and informational pieces are much harder to find there. This is a large part of what attracted me to use Scoop.It for our project. From boards I’ve looked through, I came across a lot of other teachers as well as those in tech. It seems like a great platform to build on for my professional life.
Here is an example of features you can use on Scoop.it. It has been very user friendly.
So far, I have found success with Scoop.It as a curation tool. I looked through some others on the list that look interesting, but ease of use has Scoop.It working for me right now!