Scoop.it reminds me of the bulletin board in the copy room at work. The bulletin board has all sorts of information about upcoming dates, flyers, and “interesting” articles. You know, the dates that passed three months ago, or the flyers that are only for Spanish teachers, or the articles that are about the old curriculum that was eliminated three years ago? The only good thing about that bulletin board is the comic strips.
Scoop.it is almost like that bulletin board, but it’s online. The best part is that you can make it only relevant to you, and you can keep it as up-to-date as you would like (and if you’re me, you can add as many comic strips as you can stand).
Scoop.it allows its users to personalize this “online bulletin board.” You can find any website, article, comic strip, or video, and post it to your own Scoop.it page. All you have to do is copy and paste any URL or upload any personal document, and it will appear on your Scoop.it page. You can also comment on the article, picture, video, etc. and others can see your comments. Additionally, you can make as many Scoop.it pages as you would like, which means multiple topics.
This also is a way to share information with other colleagues. For example, when you search for a certain topic, like “education” or “iPads,” related articles will appear. These articles have been “scooped” by people with similar interests to you, which could be other educators for people like me. Also, you are provided with hundreds of suggestions for scoops, which can be really fun to just sit and click on each of them.
I like that Scoop.it is non-formal, and each scoop is almost like a mini-blog. I had made one for a previous class, and it was specific to reluctant readers and using technology. You can tell when you look at it that I loved writing comments. It would be interesting to see how it could be used with middle school students. I would probably get some “interesting” comments and scoops…
…all appropriate ones, of course.