Pocket is a little application or web tool that allows you to collect, bookmark and read material later, even offline. Once you have saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. You can share contents of your pocket with your colleagues or students, via email, Twitter or Facebook. Once you have created an account, you need to download the mobile application on your phone or tablet and you are ready to go. As you collect items in your pocket, each of your devices will be updated. Check out the clip below for an overview.
Diigo is another curation tool, with all of the features contained in Pocket, and more. There are several ways in which you can access diigo, both on your desktop pc and your mobile device. As you will need to create an account, it can be accessed on several devices simultaneously.
Diigo allows you to create tag clouds based on the categories, or tags, that you create, and this can be embedded into a web page, or your Blackboard module. It’s a nice, visual way of sorting out by topic. It’s also possible to highlight parts of a web page and annotate it, so that when you mention to your students that you’ve come across a particular resource or website, they know exactly what you want them to look at and why. The annotation feature is not available in the basic, or free version, but it is possible to get a free educator account, which does contain the annotation features. Another useful feature of Diigo is it’s ability to create groups – you can invite your students or colleagues to collaborate and share resources that they might come across.
Make One Change: Why not use one of these free tools with your module? Set one of the tags as the module code, and share it with your students via your Blackboard module. Why not set up a group for your module code, invite your students to collaborate year on year, and curate a rich bank of resources relating to that module code?