Laura Gibbs

Comparison Shopping for Free Tools: Pinterest, Flickr, Diigo, Padlet

Blog Post created by Laura Gibbs on Jun 26, 2017

My final CanvasLIVE of the summer will be this Thursday:

Beautiful Curation: Pinterest and Flickr in Canvas 

       Update: As promised below, here is a link to the slidedeck:

       CanvasLIVE: Flickr Pinterest Diigo Padlet – Teaching with Canvas 

You can see all the previous presentations here: Connected Learning with Cats: An Index


On Thursday I'll be talking about Flickr and Pinterest as promised in the title, and also Padlet and Diigo. My goal today is to finish the slidedeck (I'll update this post when that's ready), but for now I wanted to write a blog post too because I am really excited about how I am going to organize this quick demo: I'm taking the "same" content stream and showing how it works in Canvas with all four tools — Flickr, Pinterest, Padlet, and Diigo — so that people can see the different advantages of each tool.


This worked out perfectly as a plan because I have a steady stream of story stuff from my two summer projects on Aesop's fables (which has been going for 5 weeks) and on stories from India (that has been going for just 2 weeks). Since I have those content streams going right now, it's easy for me to share the content out through four different tools to compare them!


I already had a demo Canvas space set up here: ... I set up this Canvas course space earlier in the summer being sure I would find a good use for it. And now I have! That's a Diigo stream on the homepage (see Diigo as one of the tools below):


storylab homepage screenshot



And here are the four tools:


FLICKR. Flickr has some great integration features with Canvas already, and their new Album Slideshow feature is how you can embed entire albums in Canvas. Advantages:

  • Flickr Albums can be arranged by date, at random, or manually. As you add new content and/or rearrange content, the slideshow updates automatically.
  • Slideshow can be very compact (you can resize as needed), so that means you can even use it as a Canvas Discussion Board prompt.

Here's a Flickr Album Slideshow of my stories from India. I made this a nice big album; you can configure the size of the display as you prefer:


Flickr album screenshot


I also have that same album embedded in the sidebar of my Stories from India blog. Here it is much smaller as you can see:


blog screenshot



PINTEREST. Many of my students are already avid users of Pinterest, so I really enjoy introducing them to using Pinterest as a tool for school and image research. Advantages:

  • Pinterest is a tool that students are really excited to use and learn more about.
  • Pinterest has a great widget-building tool with lots of different options.

Here's a Pinterest Board of my stories from India:


pinterest in canvas screenshot


I also have that same Board embedded in the sidebar of my Stories from India blog.


pinterest in blog sidebar screenshot




DIIGO (RSS). Although Diigo is not really an image curation tool, you can upload thumbnail images, and then you also have all the powerful searching and tagging features of Diigo available to you. Advantages:

  • Diigo allows you to tag, search, and share massive quantities of stuff.
  • You can combine Diigo RSS feeds with other feeds to re-use content in lots of different ways.

In the screenshot above of the Story Lab Homepage, there's a Diigo stream of India and Aesop combined, and if you look in the sidebar, you can see I also have separate streams for Aesop and for India:


diigo feed in canvas screenshot



PADLET. Padlet is the PERFECT tool for collaborative curation because you can set up your Padlet so that students are contributing too!  Advantages:

  • You can easily invite others to contribute content to a Padlet, so students can add content right there in Canvas.
  • Padlet is incredibly easy to set up and use; you can be up and running in literally just a minute.

Here's a Padlet of my Stories from India:


padlet screenshot



Later today, I'll have a slidedeck with notes and lots more details, but I was so excited about this compare-the-tools approach that I wanted to write up a blog post about it now. I really believe in using lots of different tools because each tool has its own special strengths, and there's no reason why you cannot create content in one place and then reuse it in multiple ways for multiple purposes. Content reuse is a superpower... and using these tools, I can share all these stories and images in multiple ways, both inside Canvas, and outside too!