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 among teachers and students. They offer various collaborative features and empower students to draw on the collective intelligence to curate and access learning resources. Below are some good platforms where you can create digital pinboards, for more options check out digital curation tools list.
Wakelet is a digital curation tool that allows you to save, organize, and share digital resources. Wakelet’s collaborative features makes it a tool with huge educational potential for teachers and students. You can easily create collections with fellow teachers or with students and start creating transformative learning experiences.
The power of Wakelet resides in Collections. These are topic-focused spaces where you save and organize curated content. You can create collections on any topic you want. Here is how to do it: Log in to your Wakelet account and click on Create Collection. Type in a title and description and add a cover image. Next, click on the ‘+’ icon to start adding items to your collection. You can add various forms of digital content including text, images, PDFs, Tweets, YouTube videos, and many more.
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 online to your pinboards.
Padlet is an online bulletin board that teachers and students can use to collaborate, curate, and share digital content. The way Padlet works is simple and easy: users create padlets and add posts to them; others interact with publicly shared posts(e.g, through comments and reactions) or contribute by adding more resources. Posts can contain various types of digital content such as text, videos, audio recordings, screencasts, web links, graphs, images, GIFs, and many more.
Padlet offers a wide variety of interactive and collaborative features making it an excellent learning platform to use with your students. You can create padlet boards for your class and invite students to join. As a teacher and moderator, you have access to a number of admin privileges to help you make padlet a student-friendly and learner-focused environment where everybody takes part in knowledge building and sharing.
Flipboard is another excellent bookmarking tool to help you curate the web for educational materials and resources to use in your teaching. Flipboard lets you save web content such as videos, images, articles, etc into magazine style boards. You can design magazines on any topic you want and start adding content to it.
You can also share your magazines with other teachers, students, parents, and so forth. Flipboard is available as a Chrome extension, a browser button, and a mobile app for iOS and Android. Like Instapaper, you need to register your account with Flipboard to start saving and curating web content.
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.
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