Showing posts with label Pearl Trees. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pearl Trees. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Try Pearltrees for iPhone and iPad

Pearltrees is a nice tool for visually organizing pictures, links, and videos that you find on the web. Pearltrees are webs of the links, images, and videos that you find and organize. You can arrange and re-arrange your webs in as many ways and as many times as you like. I previously wrote about the web version of Pearltrees last November. Today, I received an email from Pearltrees announcing their new iPhone app.

The Pearltrees iPhone app is a free app that allows you to organize your links, images, and videos just as you would on the web version of Pearltrees. I don't have an iPhone, but I do have an iPad that I tried used Pearltrees on. The Pearltrees iPhone app appears to function the same way as the iPad app.

Applications for Education
Whether they use it on the web or use the iOS apps, Pearltrees can be a good tool for students to use to visually organize their findings around a topic. The iOS apps for Pearltrees takes that same visual organization element and puts it on a touch screen device.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Playing With Pearltrees - A Great Way to Organize the Web

Over the years I've written about a lot of social bookmarking services and mind-mapping services (I even co-authored a chapter of a bookon mind-mapping). Pearltrees is a service that combines social bookmarking with mind-mapping. Using Pearltrees you can bookmark websites and arrange your bookmarks into webs or mind-maps of related topics. For example, this Pearltree contains links to stories, images, and videos about news from Libya.

You can create as many Pearltrees as you like within your account. Adding content to your Pearltrees can be done through a browser bookmarklet, browser extension, or by manually copying and pasting links. With the bookmarklet or extension installed in your browser, simply click on the Pearltree icon anytime you find something you want to bookmark. Then with the Pearltree dialogue box open select the Pearltree you want to add to. Of course, as with any good social bookmarking services, you can share your Pearltrees with anyone you like.

The video below provides a short overview of Pearltrees.

Applications for Education
Pearltrees could be a great tool for students to use to organize their web research according to topics or units of study in your courses. I'm thinking that by using Pearltrees throughout a course students would be able to create webs of resources for each unit you teach then visually connect those webs as a summative exercise at the end of a quarter, semester, or year.