"The team confirmed several of my personal favorites: Pinterest, Smore, Easel.ly, TED Ed, and DPLA, for instance. But I learned about so many truly useful new tools this morning, my mind was racing with plans for both personal use and serious fall implementation.
Here is a list of some of those new-to-me discoveries:
-Workflowy: for planning an organizing
-FlipSnack: for digitally publishing professional looking flip books. I’ll check this out as an alternative to Issuu.
-LitPick: a global network that offers free books to preteen and teen book reviewers in exchange for book reviews
-Socrative: a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
-QuadBlogging: allows four schools to blog together and share student writing
-Biblionasium:, a Goodreads alternative for young readers (look for a full post on this one later this week)
-Marqueed: a collaborative platform for annotating images and PDFs
-Inklewriter: a platform for writing interactive, branching stories (ala choose your own adventures) Stories can be published to Kindle.
-myHistro: allows stories to be created and shared as mashed-up maps
-19 Pencils: a library/search tool for locating, sharing and using K-6 educational resources
-iCivics: founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the site includes 18 educational video games, teaching materials, and a comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum,
-Wonderopolis: the National Center for Family Literacy celebrates the learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.
-Youngzine: child-centered zine by and for kids in grades 8 through 12 where they can learn about current events around and events shaping their world using fun trivia, visuals and videos.
-Seriously Amazing: The Smithsonian presents seven quirky characters who symbolize the questions the Smithsonian asks and answers every day.
-Codeacademy: teaches kids to code interactively in a variety of languages
This board explores the diverse voices in the school library debate. As budgets get cut, libraries often disappear. Since April is School Library Month, consider these perspectives & decide whether you consider them essential or expendable.
I hope to introduce a variety of curating tools to classes and individual students this year. While this is an exciting way for learners to discover how to manage their information worlds, not everyone actually needs or wants to curate every single time they begin research.
Students and teachers can exploit the curation efforts already out there.
In fact, the new curation tools present an exciting new genre of search tool, a tool for scanning the real-time environment, as well as opportunities for evaluating quality and relevance in emerging information landscapes.
Because a couple of my seniors selected autism as an area of interest for their senior project, I’ll use this topic as a sample search in five of my favorite new search tools.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.