Evaluation Matrix: Scoop.It!

Name of teaching resource

Scoop.It!

Weblink (if web based)

http://www.scoop.it/t/education-and-art-1

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

Primary School Educators

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

Individually for professional and pedagogical development purposes

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

At its core, computer science, but also to encourage educators to extend their practices to embed digital technology in all of their subjects.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

Scoop.It! has a user friendly interface, and insight boxes to help summarise or explain scoops

It also has higher levels of quality content than Pinterest: scoops that have been “re-scooped” many times tend to be articles from .gov, .edu or .org domains.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

Even with the comprehensive search engine I struggled for awhile to fine high quality relevant scoops for my topic.

Scoop.It! pushes for you to upgrade to the paid version quite often, and restricts many aspects such as the ability to change the URL of your topic if you change the title or subject.

Scoop.It! also limits the number of items you can scoop each day. This could be a positive thing, forcing curators to be more selective with their content but does limit further uses.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

Scoop.It! could be an interesting way to encourage students to track articles that they are investigating in the process of exploring a new topic, but may be primarily useful as a studying tool for educators and students rather than something to be creative with. Educators could compile readings through this site to make them more visually appealing and less daunting for students.

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