Stephen Fry Launches Pindex, a “Pinterest for Education”

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

Relat­ed Con­tent:

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Stephen Fry: What I Wish I Knew When I Was 18

Stephen Fry Explains Human­ism in 4 Ani­mat­ed Videos: Hap­pi­ness, Truth and the Mean­ing of Life & Death

Stephen Fry Explains the Rules of Crick­et in 10 Ani­mat­ed Videos

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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  • Sauzey says:

    Intrigu­ing and makes me more curi­ous than I already am !

  • Deb says:

    Thank you!

  • Arlynda says:

    Pre­sum­ably the users will be termed “Pin­dex­ters”?

  • Wendy McGarvey says:

    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.

  • joy edwards says:

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

  • John says:

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

  • Tina says:

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

  • Sallie Randall says:

    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.

  • Mike Fisher says:

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

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

  • Loretta McNaughton says:

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

  • Radha says:

    Very nice!

  • Kim Moran says:

    Can’t wait to get involved in Pin­dex.

  • Catherine Windsor says:

    Great! Where do I sign up?

  • Alex James says:

    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.

  • Alvin Ronnfeldt says:

    Except I have seen the Pin­dex les­son on Brex­it and it is high­ly politi­cized and biased. They lit­er­al­ly claim that all Brex­it pro­po­nents are moti­vat­ed sole­ly by racism. I hope there are not oth­er bits of pro­pa­gan­da pre­sent­ed as sci­ence.

  • Graham says:

    So it did­n’t take them long to go from edu­ca­tion­al videos to pure­ly biased polit­i­cal moti­vat­ed videos from the opin­ion of the left­ist dic­ta­tors that are destroy­ing our soci­eties

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