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Pros: Teachers and students can collaborate on pages; it's a fresh way to start conversation on any topic out there.
Cons: Users may need to pull from external, unregulated sites, as well as share to social media outlets.
Bottom Line: Classrooms can work together to research and publish info; safe as long as teachers keep an eye on content.
You can post topic-related site links, articles, or other resources you'd like to share with students. Scoop.it's educational platform also lets teachers authorize up to 30 registered site members to be curators for a topic, which lets them post and share items. Information on user views could be used to teach teens about Web metrics, marketing, and analyzing data. You'll probably need to provide additional resources to teach teens about publishing -- e.g., explaining things like how to identify legit informational sources with verified content.
Scoop.it is a content curation and publishing platform that lets users compile and share items in a format that looks like a newspaper's front page or an e-newsletter. You're essentially creating ongoing newsfeeds on topics that include updates from various sources and images. Other users can follow your topic, and you can also publicize items to audiences who aren't on Scoop.it by transferring them to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Once you identify a topic of interest, the site offers suggestions from outlets like Google News, Twitter, and posts from other users. You can also add items by entering a link to an article or website or by keying a title and other content into a form. If you'd like to send the final product out as an e-newsletter, you can download it as a zip file and distribute it using an external email account, or send one newsletter per topic with MailChimp each month at no cost.
It has a clear proposition for the business community: Scoop.it says it was built "to help the marketers, the consultants, and the entrepreneurs increase their visibility online." The classroom benefit may be a little less obvious, but kids can use Scoop.it to learn self-expression, discussion, and research skills. They'll get communication practice by adding notes on items they post and responding to user comments, plus learn about how PR, publicity, and building an audience works. Lots of people use Scoop.it for pure fun; there are numerous pages dedicated to Justin Bieber, and kids can collaborate on any topic they like.
The educator-specific version of the site allows teachers and up to 30 students to team up and research, gather, and comment on items. Teachers submit the topics curators follow, so they can ensure at least part of the Scoop.it experience is safe. However, there’s no guarantee teens won't see questionable content from outside sources like YouTube (link suggestions for a seemingly safe topic like education include headlines such as "Forced to Masturbate for College Class?") or other users’ posts.