Pocket: a tool for organizing web content

As a teacher, sometimes we would like to be able to better organize our findings and ideas drawn from all over the Web. Here is a very useful application to do this, which will certainly be an asset for the students as well when they are doing research.

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As a teacher, sometimes we would like to be able to better organize our findings and ideas drawn from all over the Web. Here is a very useful application to do this, which will certainly be an asset for the students as well when they are doing research. 

Source: https://getpocket.com/

After using various more or less effective methods for too long to save texts from the web that I wanted to read later - like Messenger conversation with myself, bookmarks in my web browser, or screenshots on my smartphone -, I'm now using a simple tool that helps organize all of this: Pocket. Available as a Web version, as a Chrome and Firefox extension or as a mobile application, Pocket offers functions that go beyond the “catch-all” box, which will benefit administrators as well as teachers and high school students, for example. .

Useful and varied features

For example, with Pocket, you can use text-to-speech to read articles. We also switch to dark mode to avoid over-stimulating our eyes before sleeping and also change the font or size of the text to ensure optimal reading. No internet access? No problem, the offline mode allows you to continue discovering, no matter where you are. These are all cool features in terms of inclusive education, in particular.

Another cool feature of Pocket is its social side and the ability to create a profile. You can even find friends to follow and see the articles they recommend on the Discovery Feed. 

Pocket is very intuitive to use and allows you to classify your findings by type of content (articles, videos, compilation, trend). If several documents come from the same source, the application automatically creates a folder grouping them together. It only takes two clicks on a mobile device and one in a web browser (Chrome or Firefox) to import the content of your choice into Pocket, as shown in the photos below. 

On a mobile device

On the Chrome browser (with the Pocket extension)

In a teaching context, primary and secondary AVAN (bring your digital device) classes can benefit from the functions of Pocket, for example to allow the collection of information in one and the same place during a research project. , or to give the possibility to the learners to preserve and classify their documents according to the type of content. For their part, teachers appreciate this tool for the educational monitoring it facilitates as well as for sharing and recommending educational articles or files through their Pocket community.

Here are all the links to the different ways to add Pocket and facilitate your daily educational monitoring and information gathering strategy:

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About the Author

Maxime Laflamme
Maxime Laflamme
Maxime Laflamme is an educational advisor and project manager at École branchée. He is also editor-in-chief of the SCOOP! Educational guides. He has a bachelor's degree in preschool education and elementary education from the University of Sherbrooke and is pursuing a graduate degree in school management at Laval University. He transmits his passion for digital education and innovative practices through CréaCamps, conferences and workshops throughout the French-speaking world.

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