There are a growing number of information gathering/curating tools appearing on the web. Recently I’ve been playing with Scoop.It
Scoop.It is a tool that allows you to gather information from the web and share it with others. This video explains how Scoop.It works:
So far I have created four topics on Scoop.It, and they are already creating interest and gathering followers:
BYOT – “Resources & links relating to ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ policies in schools”
School Library Design – “Designing school libraries/learning hubs for 21st century learning”
PYP – “Resources & links relating to the IB Primary Years Programme”
Reading Matters – “Collected thoughts and resources on why reading matters”
Scoop.It is easy to use. At present is still under beta testing and you have to apply for access. Once you receive access it is relatively simple to set up your own topics or follow others.
It takes a little tweaking to get the keywords right so that the searches deliver relevant ‘scoops’. I’m still not entirely happy with all the keywords I’ve used in some of my topics as there are still a few too many irrelevant hits. Managing the sources that Scoop.It trawls is a simple process.
Scoop.it is a great tool to empower students with, providing an opportunity for them to refine their search and synthesis skills. On reading the Terms and Conditions for use of Scoop.It there appears to be no age restrictions for users.