I can’t believe what a valuable tool Scoop.it is and most of it can be used for free ! It can be used purely as a search engine or you can sign up for a free account and create/curate the most impressive magazine style data collections with amazing ease. I’ve been using the bookmarklet for about a year on my work laptop, and have now found out its also available as an app through iTunes for iPhones/iPods and iPads.
Now for the fine print…
Scoop.it doesn’t require you to sign in if you just want to use the search facility. Substantial suggestion lists are offered for most keywords entered and I think students find it very user friendly in that regard.
Creating an account is required to curate your own topic or follow others. You can sign in with an existing Facebook/Twitter or Linkedin account, or create a new Scoop.It account. Limited information is required to create the account – full name; email; password and profile picture.
I’m rather impressed with the ease of finding all of their legal information:
Even if your account is terminated, Scoop.it may still maintain and store for as long as it wants or needs, in its sole discretion, your non-Personal Information, including without limitation your IP addresses, browser and topic information, and any anonymous information, including any IDs attached to anonymous users. (http://www.scoop.it/privacy-policy#12 )
I daresay it would be difficult to terminate the account completely if a person has linked it to Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin, however I have not tried this. Scoop.it also notes, however, they may terminate an account for continued breaches of their Copyright policy, which is something I have not seen noted in too many user agreements – not that I actually read most of them L
The main purpose of using Scoop.It for me has been the attempt at curating an Australian Agriculture Scoop.It for our senior Ag students. One of their major topics is Technology in Agriculture and it can be difficult to find information, particularly Australian. One of the issues I’ve had with Scoop.it is refining my keywords as I have had many useless articles suggested by Scoop.It based on my keywords. However, I should mention that this is another positive attribute of Scoop.It – you don’t even have to go looking on the net for your articles – Scoop.It sends suggestions either daily/weekly or monthly according to your preferences. Of course, if you come across something, you are able to add it to your topic easily via the bookmarklet. This is the link to my Ag Scoop.It, though I do need to do much more work with it: http://www.scoop.it/t/australian-agriculture
Our library uses LibGuides as its homepage (http://barkerlibrarynsw.libguides.com/library ) which enables us to centralise a huge variety of information for both students and staff. My aim is to embed my Scoop.it on the Agriculture subject page so that students can access it easily. I’d also like to create another one for Science since it is such a dynamic subject – new discoveries are being reported daily and this is such interesting presentation format for that. It could also encourage students to share their research discoveries with me, so they can be included on our Scoop.Its.
I would place Scoop.It in the Transformation category of the SAMR model of assessment. It redefines how information on a topic can be collated, curated and shared, both individually or collaboratively. There perhaps also some Augentation as collecting information on any given topic is not new – being able to curate the topic online to be shared instantly is a definite functional improvement on the old newspaper clippings folders !
I highly recommend Scoop.it to anyone needing to find or collate information on a topic in a visually appealing way. For those not yet familiar with Scoop.It, here is a short promo on You Tube: