Last night’s #ELTChat on twitter was all about social media networking. We talked about which ones we use (most of us prefer twitter), how we monitor our SMS time, how we keep professional life separate from personal life, and how we stay organized. When we got onto the topic of bookmarking I knew I had to admit something: I need help! There are so many tools out there and I’m a sucker for trying them all out. I proposed a monthly #ELT blog challenge, and the #ELTChat moderators accepted and posted the first one: Best Method for Organizing #ELT Bookmarks! (Choose 1 and demo).
In 2012 I’m determined to stick to one bookmarking system. This year it’s going to be Scoop.it – unless my PLN can convince me otherwise.
10 Reasons I Love Scoop.it
1. I can keep my ELT and fiction life separate. (I have Scoop.its for both that are easy to go between.)
2. I can share my links easily via twitter, Google +, FB. Links are automatically shortened.
3. It’s visually appealing and easy on the eyes. I can choose the related photo and text.
4. I can tag links to find them easily. (Not shown in demo. Click Tags in navigation.)
5. I can create new pages on specific subtopics. (Under Profile.)
6. Scoop.it is in my tool bar to easily save a link. Content almost always autofills.
7. I can personalize my Scoop.its with my own logo, bio line and key word tags.
8. Other people can follow my bookmarks if they have an interest in the same topic.
9. I can follow other people’s Scoop.its on topics and get notification of new links.
10. It’s very user friendly. I use it as a personal bookmarking tool but it has many curating features that I have not mentioned.
Here is a quick demo of a few very basic features of Scoop.it as a bookmarking tool. I have not shown other curating features of this site. My #ELT bookmarks for 2012 will go in my #ELTLinks 2012 Scoop.it! Feel free to follow it to see if I can stick to this resolution.
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Tara Benwell is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry. She is the media director and head writer for ESL-Library. Her debut novel, The Proper Order of Things is available on Amazon and in the iBookstore. Website: http://www.tarabenwell.com Twitter: @tarabenwell