Scoop.IT! The Critical Reader

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One of my assignments this week is to create a e-magazine with Scoop.IT!  This social media application allows you to “scoop” interesting information all over the Web and add it to your e-magazine.  Mine is called The Critical Reader.  It’s geared toward first year college students.  I can only post 10 items a day; so on Day 1, I only have a few.

What’s nice about the app is that it searches content for you.  Simply provide key words and then cull through the list they propose.  Make sure you preview all the content before adding it to your e-magazine!

Scoop.IT has been around for a while.  I’ve used it in the past to share resources for a nonprofit.  I also follow several of my colleagues Scoop.IT accounts on e-learning, virtual worlds, etc. This is a great way to learn about a content area, too.  Check out mine on critical reading:


Your blogger,

Sandra Rogers


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  • Hi Sandra,

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been planning to devote some time to figuring out how works for a while now, and here you’ve described it so succinctly. I had a look at your example and was wondering which key words, in addition to ‘critical’ and ‘reading’, you used.
    Also, as you say you’ve used it before, how much engagement do you find there is with content shared in this way? I ask because it seems to me like comments on links are relatively rare, at least when they’re shared on Twitter.



    • Hi Ven,

      Great to “see” you again online. Thanks for the positive feedback. As for engagement, two things come to mind. First, with apps like these everyone’s a publisher these days. If you’re using the e-newspaper for special audience like I have done in the past, you will get more view. For example, I use to publish The Online Educator (see blog roll). I used this to share with other teachers during the TESOL’s EVO sessions.

      Second, sometimes these apps don’t properly capture the accurate amount of tweets and other shares. I’m not sure about the accuracy of views.

      I used the following key words: critical reading, critical thinking, inferences, author’s purpose, academic, and education. I am using this e-newspaper as an “extra” academic learning resource in a college reading class I’m designing. I could point students to the resource in a discussion forum question like “Which critical reading resource from the e-newspaper was helpful and why?”



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