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Learnist for Instruction

by Justine Wesley

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Learnist Logo What is Learnist?

Learnist, formally known as Grockit, was initially developed as a SAT/ACT preparatory learning site before evolving into a technological aid for K-12 teachers and their students to assist in the learning process.[1] Learnist continued to evolve and is now a hybrid of popular sites such as Pinterest, Wikipedia, Facebook, and Desire2Learn.

Curators, people who create “learn boards”, files that can be saved and maintained through different themes, are able to share their vast knowledge and expertise through resource posts known as “learnings”.[2] This fits nicely with the Learnist’s motto of “Share What You Know!” People may also choose to pay a small fee (usually $0.99) for individual “premium learnings.” These are vetted more intensely and/or created by celebrities such as Olivia Wilde and Gus Van Sant.

Learnist users can choose to “like” and follow certain curators, or “like” individual posts. Commenting is open to the public, as long as you sign up for an account, and so is collaborating with other Learnists across different or similar learn boards.[3]

Learnist Logo  Why Use Learnist for Instruction?

“What if a company created a learning board using Learnist that included all of the general, critical information new hires need to know when they start work? It could include industry information, company information, tribal knowledge, etc. and it would allow for an organized, linear, one-stop-shop for everything a new employee needs.” – Paul Paradis, Director of Sales & Marketing, Dashe & Thomson[4]

Learnist can assist instructors who aspire for a “flipped classroom” or “flip training” setting. This instruction method consists of a blend of learning through the augmentation of technology and internet use. Learners are able to review materials at their own pace and time, outside of the typical instruction session. Therefore, instructors can spend more one on one time with learners during these sessions.[5]

In addition, Learnist curators can embed a variety of 40 types of media into their learn boards to enhance the learning experience.[6] nstructors will be able to use an arsenal of learning techniques that will support learners of various styles.

Learnist Logo How Do You Use Learnist for Instruction?

“It occurred to us that if we let people sequence digital media into a lesson or guide, it would be the easiest, fastest way to share knowledge with a little more structure and context than a tweet, status update, or single blog post. We now have a taxonomy — tens of thousands of guides and lessons in thousands of categories.” – Farbood Nivi, Founder of Learnist [7]

Learnist allows the curator (instructor) to sequence the topics and themes. This enables the learner to follow a logical presentation of the content. The instructor’s main page has his/her learnings which are sorted under various topics such as professional development, technology, several school subjects, and many more. The instructor can include written content with hyperlinks along with a photo, video, or other media.[8]

Instructors can produce learn boards to teach concepts and share these boards with learners. In addition, learners or groups of learners can create learn boards to share with the class.

References:

Online Videos:

Learnist Video (2013-05-14) Learnist: Share What You Know Youtube.com. Retrieved on 2015-03-24.
Andi Stix Video (2012-10-26) Andi Stix: Learnist Part 1 Youtube.com. Retrieved on 2015-03-25.

External Link & Logo:

Learnist http://learni.st/ Retrieved on 2015-03-24.

Online Articles:

  1. Rip Empson (2013-09-18) With 1M Users Now On Board, Learnist Brings Its “Pinterest For Learning” To Android Techcrunch.com. Retrieved 2015-03-24.
  2. Franca Gilbert (2013-02-03) Why I Love and Use Learnist (and Why You Should Too) Emergingedtech.com. Retrieved on 2015-03-24.
  3. Franca Gilbert (2013-02-03) Why I Love and Use Learnist (and Why You Should Too) Emergingedtech.com. Retrieved on 2015-03-24.
  4. Paul Paradis (2014-04-08) 3 Ways Learnist Can Revolutionize Enterprise Learning Dashe.com. Retrieved on 2015-03-25.
  5. Lindsey Smith (2012-06-20) 8 Ways to Use Learnist, a Pinterest-like Education Site Educationdive.com. Retrieved on 2015-03-25.
  6. Rip Empson (2013-09-18) With 1M Users Now On Board, Learnist Brings Its “Pinterest For Learning” To Android Techcrunch.com. Retrieved 2015-03-24.
  7. Paul Paradis (2014-04-08) 3 Ways Learnist Can Revolutionize Enterprise Learning Dashe.com. Retrieved on 2015-03-25.
  8. Dawn Casey-Rowe (2013-11-11) Using Learnist in the High School Classroom Learn.ist. Retrieved on 2015-03-25.
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