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Shared Educational Content Discovery

Published 05/15/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Jess Meli
What can you use the app for?

People who teach children or are educators can use 19Pencils to discover and share various educational resources. The 19pencils application allows users create a website for their class or students. The website created through 19Pencils can provide access to other websites and educational content that has been discovered by other teachers. 19Pencils creates a channel for teachers to set up and provide access to various resources for their students. Hence, rather than having multiple connection for students to use in gaining access to specified resources, a single website containing all these educational resources can be conviniently located at a single website. Searching online for educational content can be a tedious process. However, with 19Pencils, users can search from thousands of topics. Users can also create quizzes and store a list of favorite items, websites and other resources. 19Pencils can save teacher time and effort. It is also a collaborative way for teachers to share their discoveries and gain knowledge about great resources for their own students.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

One of the founders of 19Pencils began thinking about how great it would be for teachers to have access to all resources they need instead of tracking scribbles on paper and other less reliable methods of permanently saving useful information. This inspiration led to the creation of 19Pencils. The founders of 19Pencils include Neill Kramer. 19Pencils is an award winning product and the company was awarded CODiE award for other educational products. The application has been described as an educational ecosystem that connects communities of learning. 19Pencils is located in San Mateo, California, United States.

What are the differences to other apps?

The 19Pencils application was developed to fulfil a need that teachers had regarding accessibility and availability of educational resources. Hence, without many other applications available to provide this service to users, 19Pencils serves as a single resource or application that is a gateway to shared educational content. By searching for information and resources for K-8 student groups, 19Pencils users can benefit from time savings and more efficient use discovery of resources that can be beneficial to students.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The 19Pencils website is relatively easy to use. The interface is intuitive and there are visual bookmarks which make it easy to find items on the website. Discovering, saving and managing content are some of the activities users can perform while using the application. There is an emphasison visual presentations which can be ideal for students within the K-8 educational range.
Teachers and educators can also track the progress of their students and their access to the resources. With options to identify favorite resources, information is more accessible.

How does the registration process work?

People from all over the world can sign up for an account with 19Pencils and begin discovering and sharing educational resources. New users of the application need to provide their first and last names, their email address and also choose a password for using the system. Once users accept the terms of use for the application, the registration process is complete. After registering, users can create their own class website and include resources that are specifically designed for the grade or age range.

What does it cost to use the application?

There are two planned subscription models for 19Pencils. The basic subscription model is free and includes basic features of public page and list of favorites. The premium subscription model includes unlimited student users, analytics and much more. Pricies for premium subscription can start at $29.95. New users register on the website and there are no charges assocaited with creating an account, searching for resources or using any other part of the application. Where resources are being discovered, shared or added to a website, 19Pencils will not ask users to pay any fee.

Who would you recommend the application to?

The 19Pencils application would be recommended to teachers and others who seek educational resources for their students. For those who desire additional filtering criteria during searches, 19Pencils will allow users filter available resources based on schools, districts and grade levels. This helps to discover educational resources that were provided or are being used in a particular location or resources that are appropriate for a specific grade.

  • Teachers and educators can discover and share resources
  • Favorite resources can be stored and easily accessed
  • Visual bookmarks make it easy to find resourcces
  • There are thousands of topics that users can search from
  • Users of 19Pencils can track how often resources are used

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