21st Century Research & Information Fluency on Scoop.It

Scoop.it is a free and user friendly content curation service that allows users to collect information about a topic of interest and display it as an attractive visual magazine. The handy bookmarklet allows users to add content to a magazine with the click of a button while browsing the web. Users can follow others with similar interests and rescoop posts from one person’s magazine to their own. Scoop.it also generates suggestions that match your interest. This is an efficient way to share content. 

I recently started a new Scoop.it collection dedicated to the topic of 21st Century Research and Information Fluency. Below you will find an embedded preview of the magazine. Click the link below the preview to visit the actual magazine.

Comics in the Classroom

Comics are a powerful teaching tools that provide educators with engaging visual content to support all learners. Not only are the appealing and kid-friendly, they provide an opportunity for reluctant readers to visualize as they read, as well as providing a means for reluctant writers to communicate a story with a beginning, middle, and end. There has been a lot of attention focusing on the benefits of using comics in the classroom. Here are some resources for getting started:

Rationale for use:
Tom Hark and Lori Weinstein have created a list of ways comics relate to Multiple Intelligences on their Story Ark blog, which I have captured and republished here:

 Story Ark Comics, Manga and Flash Teaching via kwout

Free and User-Friendly Web 2.0 Tools: Create Your Own Comics
Click below to view my collection of Cool Tools for Creating Comics in the Classroom on Scoop It.


Good Collections of Comics Lesson Plans and More:

  1. ReadWriteThink Access a variety of great user submitted lesson plans and resources on this site.
  2. National Association of Comics Art Educators
    A rich resource complete with lesson plans, study guides, sample scripts, handouts and connections to comics teachers.
  3. Comics in the Classroom
    Lesson plans with a comics theme.
  4. The Graphic Classroom Blog
    A blog for teachers and librarians that is dedicated to providing resources for using high quality comics for classroom instruction.

Scoop.it – Collect and Share Information Visually

Scoop.it is a curation service that allows users to collect information about a topic of interest and display it all on one attractive visual page. The tool integrates instantly with Twitter and Facebook, allowing you to share with the click of a button, and a newly added feature allows users to embed a preview of your Scoop.it page into any blog, wiki or website. See the Cool Tools for Drawing sample I created below..

Besides for it’s attractive and visual format, one of the biggest differences between Scoop.it and a traditional blog is that the creator can choose to simply collect and display content without having to write about it. Of course, users can add a post of your own too, but if you’d prefer to simply share, Scoop.it will do the trick.

Scoop.it is a  user friendly tool. Simply install the handy bookmarklet in your toolbar and collect information yourself, or use the suggested resources collected for you based on the keywords you submit when you crete your page. Scoop.it will find images and descriptions of the pages you choose to display, or you can add your own with a few more clicks. The most important thing to remember when using this tool is to keep it simple and stick to one topic.

http://www.scoop.it/t/cool-tools-for-21st-century-learners/js?format=square&numberOfPosts=10&title=Cool+Tools+for+21st+Century+Learners&speed=3&mode=normal&width=300 Click to view my Sample Scoop.it – Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Uses in the Classroom:

  • Collect resources at a variety of reading levels on a particular topic or area of study.
  • Collect news resources from different countries and/or perspectives to expose students to a current event or issue from a global perspective.
  • Create a page of related resources using a variety of multimedia to provide students with multiple ways to access information.
  • Collect and display primary source documents all in one place to help students bring it all together.
  • Create a page of student-created projects for sharing on the web.