Scoop.it!

Scoop.it allows the user to curate or aggregate articles from around the web and put them on a scoop.it page for that topic which you can then embed in a webpage and/or feed through your Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress, etc.

Samples and Ideas

Post (rescoop) articles and reviews to inform your patrons about new books or post articles your patrons may find of interest.
Post articles about technology or education or other topics faculty and staff at your school may find interesting.



Pros

It's free!
Easy to use. There is even a bookmarklet you can put in your bookmarks bar to easily add articles or websites to your topic/feed.

Cons

It takes a little while to get used to how it works and how to navigate.



LiveBinder

http://livebinder.com
Create an online binder with tabs for different websites.

Samples and Ideas

Novel Units: http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=39911
Thematic units: http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit/46198
Research, Career, or College Resources http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit/23009
Technology Showcase: http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit/26195 or http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit/18657
Book Studies: http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit/36431
Web 2.0 Apps for Librarians http://livebinders.com/play/play/28379
AASL 2010 Best Websites for Teaching http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=19171
Keyboarding Websites: http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=91588
ABC/Early reading: http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=61940
How to Conduct a Poetry Slam: http://livebinders.com/play/play/119130

Pros

Can link or embed
Easy to share ideas (or you can keep private)
Can collaborate between different individuals by sharing a binder (with different user ids)
Lots of tutorial on website
Great wealth of binders already created that you can modify or use

Cons

A little tricky to navigate at first-key is learning the difference between tabs and subtabs
Requires email to edit

Tutorial:http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=500988

Click on LiveBinders



Sqworl

http://sqworl.com/

Quickly bookmark pages. Link page will show a snip of the page you've bookmarked.

Samples and Ideas

Bookmark Web 2.0 Ideas (this is Jim Holland's) http://sqworl.com/s46k8j
Bookmark popular reading websites
Bookmark background information before beginning a novel unit
Highlight pages that focus on a concept (things that are red)
Sample: http://sqworl.com/p01nk0 from Gunn JHS

Pros

Very easy to use
Can view bookmarks of others
Has a mobile apps
Can take notes

Cons

Email required to create a sqworl

Tutorial:http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=500988

Click on Sqworl



Spicynodes

www.spicynodes.org

Spicynodes is a graphic organizer that is simple to use, but does require registration. Does have a gallery you can use or share.

Samples and Ideas


Pros

It's free! Does not require email to set up an account-so easy to use with students.
Easy to use. Instead of typing in small boxes there is a tab for text and then it places your text into boxes.
Can add photos or videos
Can mark items private or keep public

Cons

It can be a little slow to load when embedded in another site (like this one)


Bag the Web

http://www.bagtheweb.com
Collect similar sites in one location.

Samples and Ideas


http://www.bagtheweb.com/edu

Pros

Fairly easy to use and customize

Cons

Requires email
Limited audience because it is newer.


Pearltrees

http://www.pearltrees.com/
Organize and share in mind map format

Samples and Ideas

List of related books
List of authors who write in a specific genre or category

Pros

Online help
Simple to learn
Easy to collaborate
Can quickly find other pearls related to your topic

Cons

Requires email for account or connect via Facebook, Twitter, or Google

Symbaloo

Save bookmarks in a more visual button format

Samples and Ideas




Pros

Easy to set up and free
Can use Goggle log in for account.
Easy to add a search engine inside your results
Can turn comments on/ff

Cons

Not all images display well