Scooping and Pinning and Pearltrees, Oh My! What’s Your Favorite Collection Tool?

Today I was reading an article from Teach Thought, “How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn.” When I got to the bottom of the article, I saw that it had been added to several Pearltrees collections. I followed the links, and found some great resources that other educators had organized. Instant PD!

So then I clicked on another interesting article, “30 Universal Strategies For Learning.” At the bottom of that link, there were numerous “Scoops.” This means a short highlight of the information, as well as the picture used in the article is placed in a collection. A very visual way of remembering articles via picture and text.

And any teacher on the internet these days knows the power of Pinterest, where you can create vision boards, or collections of articles or projects you’d like to do in your class. You can browse other’s boards and follow them. It’s really social media based.

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So, what EXACTLY is the difference between the three collection tools? Here is what their websites say:

What is Pearltrees?
Pearltrees is a place to organize all your interests. This free service lets you organize, explore and share everything you like. Save web pages, files, photos or notes and organize them naturally. Explore amazing collections that relate to your interests and subscribe to their updates. Access your account anytime and share anything from your computer, mobile and tablet… Click here to watch the “about Pearltrees” video.
What is
Our big data semantic technology filters the Web to find great content. Get started in seconds by entering just a few keywords to find and scoop content in any language. Add your perspective to each scoop to increase SEO & engagement. Distribute content to your social networks, web sites, blogs or even your newsletters.
What is Pinterest (for educators)?
Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as ‘pinning’ on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned. It can be used to curate content, collaborate, engage, brainstorm, present summaries, and can be used by teachers to Teach Copyright and Digital Citizenship.
One of the best, most comprehensive lists of what an educator can do with Pinterest was compiled by super-librarian Stephen Abram.
I’d love to know – are you using any tools to organize and share interesting or helpful materials with other educators? If yes, which one, and why?
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