Pocket is an application which allows a person to save articles for reading it later. Over the last one year, it has been one of my most favourite application. It has helped me to become a much better reader. It has a neat and beautiful interface and its very easy to use. The aim of this article is to explain how it can be used on a personal note and how it can be implemented in the classroom environment.
Installing Pocket on your mobile devices
Android users can install it from the playstore
iPhone and iPad users can install it from the iTunes store.
Install pocket just like any other software and create and account. Remember pocket offers two types of accounts, free and premium. Free users can add upto 999 articles, more can be added, but it will be stored as archives, you can also access them by searching in archives. Premium users can add articles which are not at any limit, however the advantage is that premium users can build a permanent library of articles.
Installing Pocket on your Desktop
A dedicated mac version is available at the Pocket website.
However if you have a widows desktop, you need to set it up by Using Google chrome. If you don’t have Google Chrome, then install it. Then go to the chrome store and install pocket, it is a standalone application which can be run on your desktop as long as you have google chrome installed on your desktop or laptop.
Install pocket from the Chrome Website
After installing the pocket application for Chrome then you need to install the pocket extension for chrome so that you will be able to save articles from any website.
Install the pocket extension from the Chrome Store.
Take a look at the picture above and note the red icon in the top right corner, after installing the extension, you will find that icon, now when ever that icon, the current page that you are viewing will be added to chrome.
Please do not that the save to pocket extension is available for Firefox as well, i haven’t used Opera or Windows explorer in a longtime, therefore i do not know whether its available or not.
From Your Android Device
Go to the share button on any news application and select add to pocket, and it will automatically save it to pocket, and it will be downloaded, in all the devices, that you have it installed, provided that they are using the same account.
Saving articles from your iOS devices
Select the share button and add to pocket ( iOS 8 only) in iOS 7 and earlier you need to copy the web link and paste it to the pocket application.
Note : the articles that you add can be tagged, into various categories that you may prefer, this will make it easier to search later, when your library becomes bigger
Now that, pocket is setup on your personal devices, let me share a few ideas how it can be used in the classroom environment.
A place where all the students and teacher share articles
An English teacher could create, a seperate account for his/ her classroom. It could be setup in a away which is feasible for the teacher. In some cases, where the students are well mannered and disciplined and if the teacher feels that the students will not do any abuse, i feel that the teacher can share the account with the students, this way while at home, students can add the interesting articles that they come across, in the meantime, when they are using the same account, they will also see the articles which are shared by their friends. However in order to do this, there should be a good understanding between the teacher and the students, cause a student may share an age irrelevant materials as-well. Therefore, it can also be controlled by the teacher, if the teacher feels that an issue like that may arise.
In the computer lab, as a library of articles
Here i am guessing that all the computers in the school computer lab will be in the same network, the setup is very easy. Just install the Pocket application and extension on all the computers and sign in by using the same account. If all the computers are connected to the internet, it will download the article automatically.
This can be setup as a reading program for the students, teachers can do this along side a dictionary, when students are reading they can check the words as well for the meanings. When the students come on their specified time, all the students will be seeing the same articles cause the same account is used on all computers.
Here, the English Department can select and add the articles.
Hope this is helpful, any comments and suggestions are more than welcome.