What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids are encouraged to register for the Scoop.it content publishing platform site using their Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account. They can also submit their name and e-mail address and click on a verification link to sign up. You may want to periodically check to see what items your kid is following on the site. Because content suggestions come from sources like YouTube, Facebook, and other users, there's a chance kids may be exposed to iffy content that's loosely related to the topics they follow. (Although many lead to news reports, a few link suggestions for even seemingly-safe topics like education include headlines like "Forced to Masturbate for College Class?") However, ensuring that your child isn't regularly receiving updates on racy topics should eliminate much of the risk.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- perspective taking
- conveying messages effectively
- evaluating media messages
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids should enjoy sharing items on topics they select and have fun organizing their pages. In the educator version, teachers can make kids curators to get them actively involved, which should keep them engaged.
With a little guidance, teens will get research and communication experience and can learn about publishing and source validity. They'll get social by sharing and discussing pages and content with peers.
A demo on posting appears after registration, and an FAQ offers help using the site. Users can submit site improvements, but aside from the built-in user community, there aren't many educational extras.
What's it about?
The Scoop.it publishing platform lets users compile and share items in a format that looks like the front page of a newspaper. Create a topic listing, post subject-related news and other items, then share it with other site users or on social media sites. A basic membership is free; a Pro membership, which provides extra formatting options, costs $12.99 a month; a monthly business premium membership is $79, and educators pay $6.99 a month to create an information center their classroom can contribute to.
Is it any good?
SCOOP.IT makes it easy for users to compile news and stay current on specific topics by following what other users post. Essentially, you create a constantly updated online informational source on a subject. To help, the site provides content suggestions from reputable outlets like Google News and ones that contain a mix of quality and questionable information, like YouTube. Most of the site content is news-related, yet kids may come across dubious, unrelated items. But Scoop.it has several selling points: It's fairly easy to use, encourages kids to explore topics, and provides them with a chance to share their opinion and communicate with other users. You may, however, want to supervise your child's time on the site and work together on posts to ensure your child has a safe, effective learning experience.
Families can talk about...
Talk about how presentation affects the message you're trying to deliver. Why might sending news items in a well-designed, colorful e-mail have more of an impact than just e-mailing a link to someone? Is it easier to explain a topic if you include both pictures and words?
Scoop.it was designed to help individuals and businesses market themselves. Why do companies want to promote what they offer or sell?
What methods do companies use to promote their products to buyers? Does seeing a commercial make your child want a toy or other item more?