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One Prep A Week Part One- Use PearlTrees To Link Them All

One Prep A Week Part One- Use PearlTrees To Link Them All
As teachers, we often struggle to help students make use of brainstorming techniques that help generate ideas for an assignment, project workflow, or get the big picture on complex subjects. We encourage students to make graphical representations of related information with flow charts, venn diagrams, or other infographics. Grouping students together at a table can result in some useful output, but getting kids to stay focused on abstractions is difficult. This is all the more challenging when the participants lack any meaningful background information that allows them to produce *original* thoughts. Using the web as a resource for background information can be useful, but as discussed here, letting students go to town with Google results in unreliable data and an unclear understanding of what they have read. A large part of the problem is that simply assigning students to do research online or out of a book doesn’t give them something to bring to the table, so to speak. Related:  PearltreesEverything about PearltreesHow To Use & Reviews

Pearltrees on The Internet map The map of the Internet Like any other map, The Internet map is a scheme displaying objects’ relative position; but unlike real maps (e.g. the map of the Earth) or virtual maps (e.g. the map of Mordor), the objects shown on it are not aligned on a surface. Mathematically speaking, The Internet map is a bi-dimensional presentation of links between websites on the Internet. Every site is a circle on the map, and its size is determined by website traffic, the larger the amount of traffic, the bigger the circle. Charges and springs To draw an analogy from classical physics, one may say that websites are electrically charged bodies, while links between them are springs. Also, an analogy can be drawn from quantum physics. Anyway, the real algorithm of plotting The Internet map is quite far from the analogies given above. Semantic web The map of the Internet is a photo shot of the global network as of end of 2011 (however, baloons show actual statistics from Alexa). The Internet Phenomenon

How to use Pearltrees? 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 about my first experience with; 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. I easily created Pearltrees for conversations, issues and topic areas I am researching. Months later, when I took on a project as adviser to Pearltrees, I had the opportunity to learn even more about the site and share the information I learned. A Pearltree is made up of Pearls. 1.

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.” Recently Pinterest has exploded onto the social networking scene. Want to find other “pearls” put there? I expect Pearltrees to explode in use too. Pearltrees is available online and the universal app is in the App Store for free. Continue reading:

How to navigate on the new Pearltrees desktop By clicking onto the house you're hopping back to your personal / root collection that contains the rest of your items. I don't have the heck of a clue what this function does. By clicking on that you get the recent notifications about your posts / items / teams. One level up in your collection hierarchy. Add new items to your Pearltrees collections Customize your collection: Description, background picture, and so on. Team up with others to work collaborative on collections. The "share" function. Here you can find collections of other people that may be related to yours. Here you can learn something about yourself (or your avatar) The drop zone. The items of the collection: You can collect different types of items:CollectionsWeb linksNotesFiles (from the local hard drive, uploaded)PhotosBookmark lists (from the browser, delicious, or else) What happens after clicking on an item? You can search the parallel universe of Pearltrees for collections containing your search term.

Pearltrees: la nouvelle perle des accros du web Fondé en décembre 2009 par Patrice Lamothe, Pearltrees n’en finit pas de s’étendre sur le net. Réunissant au départ quelques centaines de geeks, cet outil de « curation », est désormais visité par plus d’un million d’internautes par mois, tandis que plus de 350 000 personnes contribuent à son enrichissement. Pour comprendre le succès grandissant de Pearltrees, je me suis entretenu avec Antoine Msika. Diplômé de l’EDHEC Business School de Lille en 2009, il est depuis Juin 2010 le Community Manager français de Pearltrees. "Cultiver ses intérêts" Benjamin Valla/Horizons Médiatiques : Pouvez-vous me présenter Pearltrees et les principales fonctionnalités de cet outil ? L’un des Pearltrees les plus riches du moment, c’est bien sûr celui consacré à l’élection Présidentielle en France Quels sont les avantages de Pearltrees pour les utilisateurs du web ? « 1 million de visiteurs par mois, 350 000 contributeurs » Combien de personnes utilisent Pearltrees et quel est leur profil ?

Pearltrees Radically Redesigns Its Online Curation Service To Reach A Wider Audience Pearltrees, the Paris-based online curation service that launched in late 2009, was always known for its rather quirky Flash-based interface that allowed you to organize web bookmarks, photos, text snippets and documents into a mindmap-like structure. For users who got that metaphor, it was a very powerful service, but its interface also presented a barrier to entry for new users. Today, the company is launching a radical redesign that does away with most of the old baggage of Pearltrees 1.0. Gone are the Flash dependency, the tree diagrams, the little round pearls that represented your content and most everything else from the old interface. Here is what Pearltrees 1.0 looked like: And here is the new version: Pearltrees’ mission is still to allow you to organize everything you want on the service (in that respect, it almost competes with Evernote). 3. “We took what everybody liked about the old version and put it into a visualization that everybody could grasp right away,” Lamothe said.

Visual Social Bookmarking with Pearltrees - Teach Amazing! Written by Mark Brumley Visual Social Bookmarking This educational technology post introduces you to the amazing world of visual social bookmarking. You probably know social booking has great benefits in the educational setting. However, many people are visual learners and might struggle with organizing a huge list of online resources. What is Pearltrees Think of Pearltrees as a visual social bookmarking tool. Collections of bookmarks (pearls) are joined into branching categories called pearlltrees. Pearltrees in the Classroom How can you use Pearltrees in the classroom? Have you used Pearltrees or a similar web 2.0 site? Pearltrees for teachers Year 2012 last post is a guest post from Finnish teacher Tommi Viljakainen. He is a teacher in Elimäki lower and upper secondary school. He teaches English, French and P.E. He is also interested in social media, iPad and the future of education. You can find Tommi also in Twitter under name @tommiviljaA (Finnish) teacher's dive into social media - "I discovered pearls in Pearltrees!" 10 tips for teachers: 1. The new social media tools make it possible for us to take the learning to the next level. Links:The program: app (iPad, iPhone) Me and Pearltrees:My blog writings (in Finnish)