Stephen Fry Launches Pindex, a “Pinterest for Education”

in Education, Science, Web/Tech | March 8th, 2016

Who can now deny that, in the internet, we have the greatest educational tool ever conceived by mankind? Surely no Open Culture reader would deny it, anyway, nor could they fail to take an interest in a new startup aiming to increase the internet’s educational power further still: Pindex, which calls itself “a Pinterest for education.” No other company has yet staked that territory out, and certainly no other company has done it with the support of Stephen Fry.



The Telegraph‘s Cara McCoogan describes Pindex, which launched just last month (visit it here), as “a self-funded online platform that creates and curates educational videos and infographics for teachers and students,” founded and run by a four-person team. Fry’s role in the quartet includes offering “creative direction,” but he’s also put his unmistakable voice to one of Pindex’s first videos, an “explainer about the Large Hadron Collider, dark matter and extra dimensions. Other videos will focus on science and technology, including ones on the Hyperloop, colonising Mars, and robots and drones. Mr Fry is expected to do the voiceovers for several of these.”

Have a look around the site and you’ll also find a collection of material on gravitational waves, some creative writing resources, an infographic guide to nutrition, details on a variety of fun science experiments, and much more besides. There’s even a guide to Pindex itself, which explains how to use the site and what you can get out of it going forward, whether as a teacher, a student, or just someone into learning as much as possible — a pursuit that, even in what Fry calls “a time when it is easy to lose faith in an online world that seems to centre around trolling, bullying, hating, trivializing and belittling,” gets more rewarding by the day.

via The Telegraph

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Based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and style. He’s at work on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer, the video series The City in Cinema, the crowdfunded journalism project Where Is the City of the Future?, and the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Korea Blog. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.

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  1. Sauzey says . . .
    March 8, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Intriguing and makes me more curious than I already am !

  2. Deb says . . .
    March 8, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    Thank you!

  3. Arlynda says . . .
    March 8, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Presumably the users will be termed “Pindexters”?

  4. Wendy McGarvey says . . .
    March 9, 2016 / 2:39 am

    At the age of eighty two, I believe I can still learn something, and this seems like the perfect way to do it. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

  5. joy edwards says . . .
    March 9, 2016 / 4:45 am

    This all sounds too good to be true!! Will share with my FB friends. Is there a subscription fee?

  6. John says . . .
    March 9, 2016 / 4:45 am

    Wendy, you’re a wonderful person. Comments like yours really make my day and boost the whole team at Pindex.

  7. Tina says . . .
    March 9, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    I can’t wait to check it out. However the domain doesn’t appear to be functional at this time.

  8. Sallie Randall says . . .
    March 9, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    I strongly believe that as we get older, we should learn something new every day. I am 70 and hope it will keep me younger in outlook. Much luck with this concept I love the idea.

  9. Mike Fisher says . . .
    March 9, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    “No other company has yet staked that territory out…”

    Except they have. Educlipper.net is years old, and years ahead of Pindex. Perhaps OpenCulture would like to check them out?

  10. Loretta McNaughton says . . .
    March 9, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    I am a retired English teacher. It is wonderful to see a resource like this. I love the artists that you list here.

  11. Radha says . . .
    March 9, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Very nice!

  12. Kim Moran says . . .
    March 10, 2016 / 3:42 am

    Can’t wait to get involved in Pindex.
    (www.connemaramathsacademy.com).

  13. Catherine Windsor says . . .
    March 10, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    Great! Where do I sign up?

  14. Alex James says . . .
    March 11, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    I see what you’re saying, and I think it’s ironic that a scholarly endeavor would shirk its preliminary scholarly duties. Unless they’re being intentionally tacit. I appreciate your mentioning Educlipper.

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