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Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families

Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families
Many people search the web, read content every day and share that content. While advances in search technology has made finding information easier and easier, saving and organizing information in a way that captures a story or conversation can still be very challenging. I just posted on Techmamas.com about my first experience with Pearltrees.com; I was on a Traveling Geeks trip to LeWeb and Pearltrees was one of the French companies we met. Being a visual person, the Pearltrees online application offered me the tools to capture and organize online information in a visual format that also reflected the storyline behind the issue being discussed. I decided that my next step was to use it and see what happens. What happened – is that adding content to Pearltrees became part of my daily workflow. I easily created Pearltrees for conversations, issues and topic areas I am researching. A Pearltree is made up of Pearls. Here are some examples of how I have used Pearltrees so far: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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Challenge 5 - Curate Resources using Pearltrees If you listened to the episode of the Instructional Tech Talk podcast that discussed curating content in the classroom you know how valuable curating resources can be both with students and for your own resources. Social bookmarking has become a huge activity – spreading many genres and via many platforms. It has revolutionized the way in which we share and find information. Say Goodbye to Pinterest and Hello to Pearltrees A few weeks ago, I began to use a new service called Pearltrees, and its accompanying iPad app. Since that time, I have explored the service, shared and gathered pearls, and raved about it to every person I can think of. Now its time in the spotlight on iSource is well-deserved. With all the hubbub of syncing bookmarks and how “everybody is doing it” (Safari with iCloud, Chrome, etc.), Pearltrees quietly stands to the side as a more powerful, intuitive, and beautiful way to organize what you uncover on the web – as a Pearl. Drop a web link into the “Pearler” and connect that site (err, Pearl) with whatever you think it best fits with. It’s “Pinterest” meets “bookmark syncing” meets your personal “mind map.”

6 reasons to use Pearltrees Pearltrees is the first and largest social curation community on the Internet. It’s a place to organize, discover and share all the cool content you find online. However, beyond this basic definition, a question remains: why would I want to use Pearltrees? Well, what I want to share with you are six major use cases (or reasons) we’ve identified as being most popular across our entire community of web curators. Quick Tip: Install Pearltrees Bookmarklet on iPhone After my recent accolades on Pearltrees service, I received a comment from a frequent Pearltrees user asking about installing the Bookmarklet to iOS Safari on his iPhone. By following the directions given on the iPad, I was successful at this and want to share. If you use Pearlrees either as a web service or on the iPad, you will see a button entitled “Pearler”.

New Interface "Meaning" Content and file curation and sharing platform Pearltrees has been updated today with new features that include ‘Meaning’, a new organization system. ‘Meaning’ is based on a traditional grid and allows users to drag and drop content into collections that can be shared with others and collaborated on with real-time synchronization. Pearltrees tells us that it hopes the new layout will encourage more collaboration between users. The company may have a point – a conventional grid could well take less time for new users to adapt to than Pearltrees’ old ‘tree of pearls‘ look that it moved away from earlier this year, even if it’s not quite as unique to look at.

Organize The Best Of The Web In Your Own Visual Library On Pearltrees [Chrome] Just a month back we had a brief but interesting discussion where a reader asked about Pearltrees and what was good about their visual way of curating web content. I had heard about Pearltrees before, but had never really got down to using it. The one phrase that has been consistently used to describe it is – visually pleasing. Now, we know that the more content we bookmark and stuff away for reading later, the more onerous it becomes to manage them. Social bookmarking helps to tackle information overload, but its management actually falls upon us. Pearltrees is a more natural way to process all we save and share the best of the web. What is a Pearltree according to Wikipedia? Pearltrees refers to itself as "a place for your interests".[8] Functionally the product is a visual and collaborative curation tool[9][10][11][12] that allows users to organize, explore and share any URL they find online as well as to upload personal photos, files and notes.[13] The product features a unique visual interface[14][15] that allows users to drag and organize collected URLs, and other digital objects.[16] that themselves can be further organized into collections and sub-collections,[17] (URLs). Users of the product can also engage in social/collaborative curation using a feature called Pearltrees Teams.[18] Pearltrees was founded by Patrice Lamothe, CEO,[22] Alain Cohen, CTO,[23] Nicolas Cynober, Technical Director,[24] Samuel Tissier, Ergonomy/UI[25] and Francois Rocaboy, CMO.[26] History[edit]

Using Pearltrees to Differentiate Instruction How can I use Pearltrees to differentiate content in the classroom? Pearltrees offers a great way to organize, share, and acquire resources in a very user-friendly format. In my classroom I would use Pearltrees to differentiate instruction by making a pearl tree into an assignment with the assignment being connected to a variety of resources and web 2.0 tools for students to use to complete the assignment. Giving students choices when doing assignments allows students to learn and create giving students creative freedom. So if the assignment was to learn about a certain concept and make a model or visual representation of that concept, students could be given resources and tools as pearls that the students could pick from to complete the assignment. I need to develop this further as I am not exactly sure how to manage this with students.

Pearltrees Puts Its Sharing Features into Hyperdrive Paris-based Pearltrees just launched a nice update to its online curation service that takes its sharing features to a new level. Indeed, the Pearltrees team has decided to call this feature “Hyper-Share” to emphasize that you can now effortlessly syndicate anything you save to your Pearltrees account to Twitter and Facebook as well. Here on this site, we’ve been using Pearltrees to curate some of the best tech stories of the day over the last few weeks.

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