Friday, June 21, 2013

If you like Pinterest and Edmodo, you'll love eduClipper!


Save Everything in One Spot: Word Documents, PDFs, PPT, Drive Files, Images, Links, Embed Codes, Flash Content, Excel Files, and more... all organized, all for free!



If a teacher designed Pinterest, I'm sure it would resemble eduClipper.  The amazing Adam Bellow recently relaunched his site, eduClipper.  Last year, teachers were invited to test the private beta version.  Bellow took the advice of his users and went to work to develop a more robust, user-friendly, and visually appealing site for education.  

Instead of Pins, you have Clips
looks and feels like Pinterest


At first glance, eduClipper looks much like Pinterest.  I actually like this feature.  I'm use to the aesthetics of Pinterest, so I'm easily able to navigate my way around eduClipper.  While I'll still use Pinterest, I plan to shift my focus on education to eduClipper.  


Set Up Classes within EduClipper
get a class code, share content easily, and allow students to collaborate



I love that you can set up classes within eduClipper.  Students can add to a class via the class code (works well with older students) or teachers can add their own students (works well for younger students).  It's also linked with Google Drive so you can easily add content.  Students can add content from anywhere on the web or their computer.  There are collaborative boards so that students can collaborate, too.  All of the clips are color coded, so you can see who clipped what content.  


Thinking about student portfolios?  How cool would eduClipper be for this feature?  Imagine a student being able to save all of their content to a specific board, setting up different boards for subject areas, and collaborating on boards with peers to enhance their learning experience.  

As a teacher, you can scaffold your instruction by pushing out specific content to specific students.  If you have a single child or a small group of children that may benefit from a specific video, you can push that video to that student or small group of students.  


What if your student needs to Cite a Source?
EasyBib is integrated within eduClipper


eduClipper Was Made with
Teachers & Students in Mind

A few of my favorite features are how easy eduClipper is to use.  Granted, it is not Pinterest - and it shouldn't be.  So, you will find that you may need to spend some time within the site to get your feel for  how it operates.  

You can also create boards to use in your workstations, centers, Daily5, etc.  This way, all of the resources you want your students to use and explore can be in one, organized spot.  They just click around on the board you created.  This can help with the management of your technology stations and centers.  Plus, you can add to and revise the boards for next year.  All of your content will be neatly stored and saved.

Teacher Tip: you can organize your units of study using eduBoards within eduClipper
Place all of your content (files, websites, printable PDFs, interactive resources, etc) onto your "Unit 3 math board for save/organized keeping.  You can also share the boards on class websites/parent eNewsletters so everyone can access the learning and teaching - anytime, anywhere.  



eduClipper offers many features, so you will need to set aside time to explore how to set up a class and practice pinning a few clips yourself.  I recommend adding yourself as a test student to your class so you can see how the platform will function on the student side.  I always do this with sites I set up for my students.  I add myself as a student so I can play around and get comfortable with the interface before I roll it out to my kids.  


There are other sites where you can create collaborative boards and share information in a social way, but I appreciate that eduClipper's focus is solely on K-12 education.  To me, that matters.



If you'll be at ISTE this year in San Antonio, Texas...

@KleinErin & @AdamBellow #iste12
Last year, I was fortunate enough to see Adam present during the ISTE Ignite sessions.  He and I were presenting in the same session together.  He's simply inspiring, entertaining, and engaging.  If you're at ISTE this year, be sure to check out his closing keynote on Wednesday afternoon.  You'll be in for a real treat!  Adam and I are also presenting with two of our dear friends, Kyle Pace and Michelle Baldwin this year at ISTE.  We'd love for you to stop by and say hello!


8 comments:

  1. Can't wait to check this out. Thanks for the details!!

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  2. You're welcome! Excited to hear what you think. :)

    Thanks,

    Erin

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  3. How does this compare with Claco? I like the idea of saving files, documents, etc. I will try it out! Thanks.

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  4. Mrs. Labrum,

    With Claco, there is not integrated class features. You can't set up student accounts the way you can in eduClipper.

    I'm excited to see how you like it!

    Thanks,

    Erin

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  6. I tried several times to create classes and had a terrible time. In the end, I don't think any of them worked. So then I created a new board (I guess our old ones were deleted?). Then I tried clipping an article I wanted my students to read and pasting the url didn't work. :( So then I dragged the eduClip It! bookmarklet to my browser bar (Chrome) and tried clipping that way. It failed three times, then I had to re-login in. It still hasn't worked. Just spins a circle like it's trying, but never does. I hope it works--I like the look of the new site. Have fun at ISTE!

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  7. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to check it out!

    Tracy

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  8. Tracee,

    They are still working out the kinks.

    Thanks,

    Erin

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