Scoop.it is designed to connect to other social media services. To sign up for Scoop.it Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin accounts can be used. An email address and password is all that is required (for free accounts). If you find an article of interest on the Internet and share it via Scoop.it the service automatically updates to all of your social media (if you choose to connect them). You can create a feed of interesting topics sent via email and appearing on dashboard.
Children under the age of 13 cannot use the service. Children between the age of 13 and 18 require parental permission. When working in school, parents are required to sign permission for their children to utilise the Internet and Web 2.0 tools. Under 13s would not be able to use this service.
Scoop.it reserve all rights to content curated through Scoop.it. This seems fair if the service is used at a basic level; simply scooping articles and posting them. However where more curation is concerned it differs. It is a part of using the Internet and its services that we have to understand we stop "owning" our content when we publish it through some online services and that it cannot be deleted (Facebook).
If you sign up for a plan (not free service) there is more information required and more information gained through UserVoice which collects information through your content and activity.
This is a useful tool for keeping abreast of a range of topics and contacts of interest. I connect it to my Twitter account only, however for colleagues that utilise a range of social media this could be a great service. I have also included a Scoop.it button on my blog for my followers to Scoop my articles if they choose.
Students could use this to connect to topics and people of interest. Teachers and students could sign up, follow each other and share resources. Students could use this as a service for connecting to their social media accounts. Students could be required to use Scoop.it to create a topic, find articles on the Internet and then submit their URL of curated content.
Student Task: Scoop.it could be used as part of a research assignment. The topic could be: Shakespeare, nuclear weapons, global warming etc. Students would be required to complete research on the Internet by selecting articles and sites that are appropriate and then scooping them to use for the research on their assignment. If this involved group work students could check each other's social media where content is posted.
Substitution - using Scoop.it is not a direct substitution for a conventional tool. Scoop.it utilises new technology and new concepts and so does not align to traditional methods.
Augmentation - using Scoop.it is not similar to a conventional tool with improvements.
Modification - using Scoop.it allows for significant task redesign. If research is assigned, traditionally students would be required to find information and then complete task. Scoop.it allows for students completing a research task to search the Internet, search persons of interest and topics of interest in Scoop.it, "scoop" articles and add to a page with annotations and an independent URL. Students can work with other students sharing via their social media accounts.
Redefinition - New tasks are available through the use of Scoop.it.This is a convenient tool, not entirely efficient or clear in functionality, but purposeful. I find I use it in that same way as Diigo. I find things I am interested in and then want to "tag" them for future reference. I enjoy receiving the email feed of topics I am interested in, particularly library design, as someone else is doing the work for me. At this stage I am not sure whether I will use it more, I bookmark sites of interest in Diigo and dont have a lot of time to explore any further. I could showcase this to staff and students, it has scope and allows another option for content curation. I would like to see my students using a social bookmarking site, or this type of tool, to share content and tag for future reference.