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App Review: Pocket

Category: CPD
Platform: iOS, Android, Web
Price: Free

What is it?

Pocket is a nifty little app that let’s you save web content for later consumption (even offline).

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After you’ve created a Pocket account, you can begin saving content to Pocket using your web browser. Also, Pocket is integrated with more than 300+ apps. That means that the next time you see something cool in your mobile Twitter stream, you’re just a click away from saving it to Pocket.What are the app’s best features?

Pocket’s best features have to be its integration with other apps, and its ease of use. From the very first time I ever used Pocket, it was easy to understand and fun to use. It has also transformed the way I handle links that I stumble upon in my RSS reader and on Twitter. I love saving articles that I will read later all together while I take the bus to work. It’s like reading a newspaper that is tailored to my interests.

Where does the app fall short?

The only problem I have with Pocket is the way that it “files” articles that I’ve read. I used to use another similar app (Instapaper) that allowed me to file read articles into folders. Pocket does allow you to do this via tagging your content, but I don’t find it to be as useful as actual folders.

How is it useful for #physed?

It seems that more and more #physed teachers are turning to social media to share and create great content. That being said, it’s not always easy to stay on top of all the stuff that is shared with us. I try to use my idle time (e.g. being on the bus, waiting in line) to check my social networks, but often that time isn’t enough to read through an entire blog post or watch a video. Saving content to Pocket allows me to easily get back to that content when the time is more convenient.

That being said, Pocket allows me to learn more about all the great things Physical Educators are doing around the world and reflect on my own teaching which, in turn, helps me continue to grow as a professional.

Score:

Pocket is a great, free app that should be on everyone’s home screen. It helps you get exposed to new ideas by giving you the chance to read about them when its most convenient to you.
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Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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