Thursday, December 19, 2013

MentorMob

It has been on my to do list since ISTE in June to try MentorMob. I attended a session where Gwyneth Jones, the Daring Librarian, just raved about it. Several workshops I have on my calendar in the next few months really speak to this tool.

In my first librarian job I inherited a truly "old school" library. Among the many things that I had to weed through were several filing cabinets of vertical files. Folders and folders of newspaper and magazine articles that had been cut from publications for years. As a librarian, I valued the knowledge in those filing cabinets, but as a library user of the 21st-century I knew the format was all wrong for today's kids. MentorMob is one of the many tools a librarian can use to create that same concept of curating a collection of information on a specific topic or theme. MentorMob calls these collections playlists.

With MentorMob you can create your own playlists or browse ones created by other users. Playlists can include web sites, videos, files, articles, and many more pieces of multimedia that speak to our digital natives. Librarians and teachers can create playlists for units of study or students could create them to demonstrate comprehension or as an ePortfolio. The finished playlist can be linked, embedded or shared via social media. Lots of potential here!

Check out a MentorMob I created on Flipped Learning:



Create your own Playlist on MentorMob!

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