Adam Bellow, the creator of the eduTecher platform, a site that aggregates and collects the web’s best educational resources and content, is now taking that idea to the next level with eduClipper. The site will allow teachers and students to explore and share content in a format similar to Pinterest in both design and function, but the main difference is that it is exclusively for teachers and students — which means it won’t be blocked at schools, reports Rip Empson from Tech Crunch.
“There’s a ton of great content on the web that we want to share with colleagues and students,” the eduClipper founder says. “But it becomes difficult to share because our students and teachers are not all connected in the same place.” So, beyond showcasing specific contributors, the platform also enables this realtime collaborative clipboarding for group work — something that’s increasingly becoming the norm in today’s classrooms.
The site was built to allow students to find and broadcast the best online educational resources using the power of social curation like Pinterest does. Teachers and students will be able to search for educational content, lesson plans, resources and videos by subject or interest.
On eduClipper, users can share eduClips (pieces of content) or eduClipboards (collections of content) with other teachers and students. It also allows them to post content on social media platforms and share it through email. Because of this, eduClipper is ideal for in-class activities.
Users can create and contribute eduClips from web content with the site’s bookmarklet (a Chrome extension). This makes it easy for teachers and students to grab content from the web, Google Drive, Google Apps and more to add content to their eduClipboards. The site will automatically link the eduClip to its original source.
“In addition to finding and sharing content, eduClipper will allow teachers and students to post and share their best work, lesson ideas, and more to the global community,” Bellow continues. “In essence, we are going to be building a digital resource hub that empowers students to create and curate their own learning portfolios.”
Already over 35K teachers have created accounts on the platform during alpha testing, and it has been used in 300 classrooms over the past 2 weeks.
In the future eduClipper plans to differentiate itself from the competition by developing for mobile devices. Bellow also hopes to extend the platform to be more creative with tools such as Youtube, Prezi and Slideshare.