February 1, 2014
This post is born out of a request from a teacher in New Jersey. She emailed me asking for some pinboard suggestions to use with her students. For those of you not familiar with the concept of 'pinboarding', pinboards are digital boards or walls where users organize and share digital content. Pinboards have gained so much in popularity even since the emergence of some good free web tools. Pinterest is one of the mot popular platform that relies on the concept of pinboarding. As a teacher you can create a pinboard for your class where students can curate, organize and share digital content relevant to their learning . Here are four good tools to start with.
Pinterest is a free web tool that you can use to visually curate web content. You can create as many boards as you want and you can also join other's boards and start a collaborative pinning experience. Pinterest has a handy bookmarklet that you can drag to the bookmarks toolbar and with one click you will be able to add anything you come across.
Some call it the new Pinterest for educators, Educlipper is really a great and promising website where teachers get to curate and organize digital content. Educlipper has been designed specifically for educators and by an educator ( Adam Bellow: founder ). The process of setting up your Educlipper account is pretty easy and can be done in a few clicks and once logged in you can instantly start adding content .
Padlet, formerly known as Wallwisher, is a web tool that provides you with an empty wall or canvas where you get to add your digital content. This content can be anything you want and the good thing about this tool is that it lets you now download the contents of your walls as PDFs, images, Excel, or CSV files.
Scoop.it is another powerful web tool for curating digital content. Similar to Pinterest, Scoop.it allows you to create as many boards as you want and you can either share them with the public or make them private. It also has a handy bookmarklet to use for instant Scooping.