Learnist just launched its iPhone and iPad apps yesterday, and you should be paying attention. Learnist is a social media learning platform similar to Pinterest but based on creating highly visual teaching content rather than just sharing.
The web app of Learnist launched two months ago with an invite-only beta, and it currently has more than 10,000 users creating content for wide range of academic subjects and other learning topics. Learnist users have created Learnboards that cover 100 percent of grade 7-12 Common Core academic standards during the beta, for example.
And now we’ll get to see what the iPhone and iPad apps do for Learnist users, and for edtech.
The Learnist iPhone app is built around the iPhone’s camera. It’s designed to be easy and intuitive for users to take pictures with the iPhone and build Learnboards around their photos. Other Learnist users will be able to comment on the uploaded photos, and even add them to their own Learnboards.
Meanwhile, the iPad app is focused more towards the iPad’s strength as a content consumption device. The Learnist iPad app is built to make it easy for users to search through and find Learnboards on subjects they are interested in learning more about.
“From the beginning, Learnist was designed with mobility in mind. The Retina displays of the iPhone and iPad make for an unparalleled learning experience, and the fact that so many millions of people have these devices with them all the time means just that many more opportunities for collaboration and creation,” says Farbood Nivi, Grockit founder (Grockit is the parent company of Learnist.)
So what do these new apps mean for you? Well, first, think about how easy it is to create supplemental material to your curriculum. Studying the ecosystem of your local state park? Drive out there one Friday afternoon, snap photos with your iPhone, and have a new Learnboard ready for your students on Monday.
Or think about how many of your students have iPhones and iPads of their own? What if you assigned them to make their own content, and had them share their content with their classmates? You can get your students much more involved in not just the learning but also the teaching process.
What else would you do with Learnist in your classroom? Let us know in the comments!