My students (pre-service teachers) and I are using social media and our PLNs (personal learning networks) in our professional development. We are examining the create-communicate-curate cycle of working with content. An implied step in that cycle is collection.
Today I am looking at the collection step. I already use Twitter and blogs (and Feedly) to help me collect ideas, data, and information. I am checking out Scoop.it! as an assistant for collecting and for sharing.
Scoop.it! has several features that I find helpful:
- It collects content related to my topic that I can easily keep or not.
- It allows me to add content I have found on the web. A Scoop.it! bookmarklet for my browser makes it easy to add that content.
- Comments can be added to each article. Multiple paragraphs can be used in the comments, but the text cannot be formatted.
- I can star one of the articles in the newsletter.
- I can adjust the location of articles in the newsletter.
- Individual scoops can be shared with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, App.net, Viadeo, Tumblr, Buffer, Yammer.
- The whole collection can also be shared on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, Tumblr, App.net, Buffer, Yammer, and Viadeo.
- I can provide the RSS feed so others can subscribe to the collection (http://www.scoop.it/t/mobile-learning-by-schiffbauer/rss.xml).
- I can provide a link to the collection (http://www.scoop.it/t/mobile-learning-by-schiffbauer). And best yet... I can embed the collection in my blog.
I see good uses for Scoop.it! It helps me collect. It facilitates sharing newly-available content after my students have already begun working on a concept I have prepared. It helps me to share information with others.