Pearltrees “Meaning”: Give meaning to everything you organize

Good news! Today we are pleased to introduce Pearltrees “Meaning”, our new set of features that lets you give meaning to your collections. With ”Meaning”, you can organize your ideas and edit your collections exactly the way you want with a simpler, more natural and playful feeling… Check it out in this 45” video!
 

Here’s what’s new:

Create sense with the new “editable grid”.
This feature lets you augment your collections by shaping their layout and gathering them in groups & sections. You can now insert texts the way you want, giving you even more ways to organize yourself — a first for creative organizers!

 
Explore the new “drag-and-play“ interactions.
Not only can you add anything by drag-and-drop, now, this simple gesture offers a large set of organization options. You can order things, create collections, break things up, move multiple items and more… Drag-and-play transforms organizing into pleasure.

 
Experience real-time synchronization. 
Share your ideas in the blink of an eye, on every device, with every collaborator, all at the same time and without ever having to remember to hit “save” or “sync”.

 
The same experience, everywhere.
We’ve also worked hard to improve our apps: no matter where you are, Pearltrees now looks, feels and works exactly the same way on every device and it’s especially beautiful on iOS8. Pearltrees “Meaning” is available now on the Web and the Google Play Store. The app for iPhone and iPad is currently in review in the AppStore and will be available in a few days.

Discover additional surprises like the Tunable “My network” and the 10X increase in storage we’ve provided for every account.

Come and give “Meaning” a try!
 

Quatre secrets de blogueurs pour dynamiser votre communauté avec Pearltrees

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Les blogueurs rivalisent d’ingéniosité pour inventer de nouvelles manières d’écrire et de communiquer. On a repéré quatre exemples de blogueurs qui nous ont confié comment ils se servent de Pearltrees pour mieux bloguer.
 
1. Trouver l’inspiration avec sa communauté

Avez-vous déjà pensé à mutualiser votre veille ? franckchaigne, graphiste et rédacteur du blog “Tendances Graphiques” a créé une équipe sur Pearltrees pour collaborer avec ses lecteurs et fans Facebook. Ensemble, ils compilent des ressources qui pourront faire l’objet de posts. “Les membres ont leurs propres viviers d’images : ils enrichissent ma veille, et moi je partage mes découvertes et j’en fais des posts. C’est un échange de bons procédés et un énorme gain de temps”, nous a expliqué franckchaigne.
 

 

2. Savoir partager ses sources

Partager une idée, c’est bien. Partager une idée et des sources, c’est mieux. Christophe Demay, consultant indépendant du secteur associatif et culturel, classe toute sa veille dans des collections et des sous-collections Pearltrees qu’il réintègre (embed ou liens) dans les rubriques de son blog WWW-CD.ORG. Sa bibliothèque Pearltrees, qui rassemble plus de 38 000 perles, a déjà été consultée plus de 187 000 fois.
 

 

3. Editorialiser son blog

Pour éviter que ses posts ne tombent dans l’oubli de sa timeline, le blogueur Jerome210 a éditorialisé son blog “Labo JNG WEB : Sites et Référencement” sur Pearltrees. Classés dans des collections thématiques, ses posts gagnent en visibilité, rendent service à sa communauté et génèrent du trafic vers son site. Le plus : le côté social de Pearltrees, avec la recherche par intérêts et le partage des collections, qui lui permettent d’élargir constamment son lectorat.
 

 

4. Mettre en avant ses partenaires

vincentleumpcla, blogueur mode et créateur de “L’homme est une meuf PAS comme les autres”, mode et beauté masculine, a décidé de remercier les partenaires qui lui ont fait confiance en leur consacrant une collection Pearltrees. Pour lui, “Pearltrees a un vrai côté visuel. J’apprécie la façon dont les en-tête des sites que je voulais mettre en avant apparaissent.” Le blogueur entend bien diffuser cette présentation pour gagner en visibilité.
 

 
 

Meet Kelly Christopherson: an Educator that Innovates with Pearltrees

We are proud that teachers are adopting our tool to create lessons, share resources and collaborate with their peers and students. If you’re using Pearltrees with associates, friends or colleagues, we’d love to hear from you. Send us an email to contact@pearltrees.net and let us know.

Educator Kelly Christopherson

Today, we are excited to introduce one of our most enthusiastic brand ambassadors, Kelly Christopherson!

Tell us about yourself and your teaching style?

I am currently working on a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Teacher Personal Development (PD) and their interaction with Social Media. Before I went back to school, I was an educator for 23 years – 10 years as a classroom teacher mostly teaching middle years and 13 years as an administrator. During the 13 years I worked in 8 different types of schools ~ twice as an administrator of two school campuses at one time. In my last assignment, I closed two schools and combined them into one in a brand new K – 12 facility.

How do you interact with your students?

As a teacher, I was constructivist in my orientation using a variety of methods and strategies to engage students. I was an early adopter of technology and have used wikis, blogs and other tools. I felt it was important to develop a relationship with students and I have tried to transfer this to my work as an administrator, by focusing on developing cultures of caring and “Do what is best for students” within the schools.

How and why do you use technology to support your teaching efforts and how does it improves your ability to educate your students?

For me, technology is a tool that is used to allow students to explore and enhance their own learning and to share ideas. Technology allows me to get out of the way. I can provide students with all kinds of different options from accessing information to sharing information to assessment and reflection possibilities. I believe that technology enhances learning and communication but isn’t the only tool we should be using. Educators need to provide different options for students to demonstrate learning and access information.

How do your students react when you introduce tech into the classroom?

Because I present tech in an integrated way, it is often just “part of the class”. When technology is part of “what you do”, it isn’t a “WOW” but just another way to access information and demonstrate learning. I try to have students show me new apps or tools that they can continue to explore. At one point, I used a number of WebQuests in my Social Studies that students found very interesting and we played a game based on Roman Civilization to learn about that society.

“When technology is part of “what you do”, it isn’t a “WOW” but just another way to access information and demonstrate learning.”

What challenges does the use of technology present to you and your colleagues?

Accessibility, equity and infrastructure are three of the biggest issues that I see related to technology in education.

What three resources would you recommend to your colleagues?

 

  • Evernote for organization and planning.
  • Notability for taking notes and reading, especially articles and PDF’s since I can annotate right on them within the app.
  • Pearltrees for curation and sharing.

 

Why is Pearltrees helpful to you?

I collect articles and links to share and to help me with my studying and my online work. I’m really hoping to use it as I organize some of the work I will be doing for a presentation I will be giving on using portfolios. I am organizing a collection now that I hope to be able to share with participants filled with information and examples.

What kind of response do you get from other educators when you share a collection in Pearltrees with them?

They really like all the things that are in the collections. I know a few of them have signed up for Pearltrees, I think after I shared with them. They like how easy it is to move around the collection and to browse the contents that are there.

Is there a collection in Pearltrees you’d recommend to others?

I usually recommend different collections depending on what they are looking for. I just shared my digital citizenship collection and the Genius Hour collection that I have.

Finally, what is your top tip for people that are just getting started with Pearltrees?

When setting  up  the collections, think in terms of concepts not specific subjects and then organize within the concepts, otherwise the first layer of organization gets too large and hard to manage. It might also be helpful for people to see my own thinking on Pearltrees.  Here’s a post I wrote geared towards educators that might be interested in getting started.