Learnist: Share What You Know

Posted on March 1, 2013. Filed under: Learnist | Tags: |


Learnist is a Pinterest like tool for educators. Learnist allows you to create “learning boards” to educate an audience about a particular subject. Each learning board is like a “file folder” that houses all of the websites and resources that you want to save on a specific topic. Each resource posted is called “ a learning.”

Learnist is a highly visual medium, using images from linked articles, blog posts, videos and other items to populate learnings. Each “learning” is arranged in a linear pattern, which can be adjusted if you select to change the order.

It is very easy to set up a Learnist account. If you go to their website http://learni.st/category/featured you can request an invitation. Once you get your invitation you can begin to create your account and your first “learning board.” You can also download the “bookmarklet” which will help you to curate information from the web quickly and efficiently. Again, I recommend you take some time to explore other learning boards.

Learnist has great potential for classroom use, but it is important to note that if you are using Learnist with students you should know that not all pins are safe and secure, monitoring is necessary to ensure that students do not accidently find inappropriate content. Learnist can provide some creative opportunities for students and can be used as a method for instruction, collaboration, and as a presentation format.

Here are some ways to use Learnist in the classroom:

  1. Organizing Materials- students can gather their resources, post them to the learning board and add comments. This is particularly helpful when accommodating different learning styles.
  2. Authentic Learning – Create “learning boards” to connect what students are learning with future careers or jobs.
  3. Presentation Tool- students can use Learnist to create a presentation. For example, this could be an interesting way to present a book report.

Here are some good examples of “Learning Boards”

  1. Resources for beginning teachers – http://learni.st/users/dawncasey/boards/3335-resources-for-beginning-teachers
  2. Digital storytelling – http://learni.st/users/joy.luchen/boards/4372-digital-storytelling
  3. Teaching English Language Learners –I created this learning board to teach my literacy students about English Language Learners  http://learni.st/users/69102/boards/12136-teaching-english-language-learners

I hope these ideas will get your started, but I would love to hear of other ways teachers are using Learnist in the classroom.

Happy Learning!

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