I recently received my invitation to join Learnist, and have been rooting around the site, learning how to use it and discovering its value.
Learnist looks and feels a lot like Pinterest — it resembles a digital bulletin board with a focus on visuals. The “learning boards” on the site also look like Facebook’s timeline feature, and Facebook membership is required to use Learnist. As is the case in the social media world, you can “like” other members’ boards, suggest “Learnings” (the nomenclature for resources) for other members, and “follow” your favorite members.
As is often the case, teachers have jumped on board Learnist and seem to be using it in — ahem — earnest.
I have used Learnist primarily to post information about using social media in education, including many of my previous Powerpoint presentations and resources out on the web, posted by others but curated by me. (Curation, by the way, is the next phase of using social media, and Learnist is a great way to deliver a “library” of resources on a particular topic.)
A “Favorite Apps for Education” board includes a look at tools like Jognog, Edmodo, and Educreations. Another board, “Educator Web Resources,” is a library of cool resources including TED, Edutopia, Google Books, and YouTube for Schools. There’s even a “Cosmetology Education board“, with useful resources about cosmetology education.
If you simply want to learn and post about the world in general, Learnist has boards in a variety of categories, including art and design, food and drink, music, politics, sports, society, travel and places, business, news, lifestyle, science, and health and fitness.
The jury is still out, but Learnist seems to be designed to elevate the discussion now taking place on Pinterest. Those who want to join are vetted by the developers, who look for users with a broad digital footprint.
Check it out, and consider applying to become a member.