Companies and startups alike are jumping feet-first into the edtech world, hoping to connect educators like never before. They’re doing this by creating their very own social networks with functionality that rivals Facebook and Twitter. But it all has an educational twist, making it clear that we’re going to keep seeing more and more organizations vying for the valuable attention of teachers, administrators, and students.
The Pinterest For Education: LEARNIST
Learnist facilitates sharing, tagging, liking, and learning by creating Learning Boards. Learnist is designed to be an educational social network that supports knowledge creation and sharing. They've also built a collection of learning curation apps to facilitate participation in the learning and knowledge creation process.
The Facebook For Education: LORE
Taking a page from the early stages of Facebook, Lore (formerly CourseKit) is looking to change how teachers and students communicate. Lore wants to be a mixture of Edmodo, Blackboard, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. The site was totally redesigned in July and has a new look and feel. Students can now freely sign up and start establishing their Lore profiles in order to connect outside the virtual classroom. It’s called ‘Lore For Students’ and is currently used at more than 600 different schools. There’s course management tools, social network tools, and a lot more coming soon. Not bad for the price of free.
What It All Means To You
The overarching theme now of Learnist and Lore (aside from the first letter of the names) is that these sites are designed to function just like the most popular social networks in the world … except they were built specifically for teachers and students.
No longer will teachers, students, and administrators hope to fit their square peg (education needs) into a round hole (whatever Facebook offers). We can all now look forward to more and more dedicated tools that are robust enough to perhaps completely replace Facebook or other major social networks.