Pocket is a ‘read it later’ app. Basically, as you quickly browse the Internet, scan the news, or search for research articles online, you can ‘send’ interesting items that you find (such as web pages, blog posts, articles, videos and images) to Pocket and then read them later when you have time, even if you're offline.There's no need anymore to email yourself links to such items only to lose them in your inbox forever!
Pocket is free from both iTunes and Google Play. It is also available via your browser. Regardless of whether you use the app or ‘pocket’ something via your PC or tablet browser, everything you send to Pocket will be available across all of your devices immediately.
There are 3 ways to ‘pocket’ an item:
Tag it using an appropriate keywords. This can help you categorise your pocketed items because you can search for those keywords later and Pocket will display all of the items you've tagged with that specific keyword.
Favourite an item and you can chose to see just the items you've chosen to favourite.
Send it on to Twitter and FB etc.
Send it to a friend via the ‘send to friend’ function.
Listen to it being read aloud to you.
The following sections explain how Pocket can help Visual learners, Auditory learners, Read/Write learners, and Kinesthetic learners access and engage with information, and demonstrate your understanding of it. If you do not know what your preferred learning style is, go to the student page and take the short questionnaire linked to there and read how understanding your preferred style can help you personalise your learning.
Pocket will help all types of learners access or take in information in some way, but it will help some more than others. There's no functionality available really though that will help you engage with information or express or demonstrate your understanding of it in any way.
Pocket is not going to be your favourite app as a visual learner but certain functionality it provides might be useful to you.
* You can send images to Pocket as well as articles and there you can tag and favourite them too, so Pocket could become the tool you use to collect and categorise images of diagrams, charts, or maps as you surf the web looking for inspiration. Any image you wish to use further can always be sent to other applications such as OneNote at any stage.
* If there is an article you need to read, you can chose between Serif and San Serif font, increase or decrease the font size, and change the page background colour to white, sepia, or white text on black. You can also adjust the brightness of your screen.
Press play on the sound file below to learn how Pocket can support Auditory learners.
To download the transcript, just click here to download it.
As a read/write leaner, you will love this app.
* You can use Pocket to build your own personalised library
* Using the tagging function each and every article can be categorised, and so, easily found again regardless of how big your ‘library’ gets
* If someone sends you an email with a link to an article/blog post/webpage in it, you can easily add that to your collection by sending that email onto firstname.lastname@example.org
* As you read, you can tap and select any word and request a definition of it to be displayed in a pop up box
* When you request a definition of a word, you can choose a ‘manage’ setting from where you can download additional dictionaries in a wide range of languages. Pocket detects which language the article you are reading is written in, and will provide the requested definition in the correct language.
Like the visual learner above, Pocket won't hold much appeal for you. But again, like them, it could provide you with a space to store and tag illustrations and images as you work. There, they can be reviewed at a later date, tagged further, archived, deleted, or sent on to other applications like OneNote where you can manipulate them further.
Does Pocket provide opportunities for you to communicate and/or collaborate?
Apart from the fact that you can send a link to an article from Pocket to friends and social applications such as Twitter and Facebook, it doesn't to really support communication and collaboration when everyone has individual Pocket accounts. However, if you're currently working on a group project, or you're an educator who likes Pocket, then consider this...
If you create an account on Pocket and provide your students/your project group with the log in details, they and you can all use Pocket as a class or group curation tool. You can all log in to that account and share by saving and tagging relevant articles, images and videos. And, if in the settings of the account you include all of their email addresses, then everyone will be able to send items by email to that shared pocket account too.
Alternative Apps to check out
Readability and Instapaper are very similar to Pocket and are worth checking out.
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Open up a browser window on your device. Tap on the share icon and enable sharing via Pocket. (See screenshots above on how this is done)
Browse your way to a web page, blog post, or article that interests you and, by tapping on the share icon, send it to Pocket
Then, from the share icon in Pocket, tweet the link to that page or article to #12appsDIT
Don’t forget to tweet comments, tips and hints about Pocket to #12appsDIT