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Curation: A Core Competency for Learning Professionals

Curation: A Core Competency for Learning Professionals | Instructional Design + Technology |

A nice, succinct description of curantion competency. I  really like how he breaks down the levels of curation:

"There are multiple layers to curation, each of which has benefits when applied to learning and performance:

· Aggregation: Gathering and sharing relevant content. It releases the individual worker from needing to seek out the content.

· Filtering: Instead of simply aggregating content, filtering shares only those resources that are most relevant and valuable.

· Elevation: Recognizing a larger trend in the sea of seemingly less important content.

· Mashups: Merging two or more unrelated pieces of content to form a new message.

· Timelines: Organizing random pieces of content in chronological order to show the evolution of an idea."


The author is right that there still is a human need in this act of knowledge management.  As one commentator added, "For me, curation is meaningless unless some value is added by the curator. That takes some time and effort..."

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15 Ways That Pinterest Is For Bloggers

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"Pinterest is the cool new social network. Although it’s been around for several months, suddenly bloggers can’t get enough."  I've been seeing a lot of chatter about Pinterest and after reading this article I decided it was time to check it out. I just got my invite so I will post my thoughts about where it might be useful within formal/informal education soon.

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elearnspace › Losing interest in social media: there is no there there

Here is the G. Siemens blog post from July 2011 I was talking about in class. I've been thinking about what he's said, as well as the comments people made, all week. In the post, he offers that some social media hype is overstated (e.g., a hashtag is the equivalent of a social movement). He argues that "social media is about flow not substance". Some people blasted him for these statements in the comment section, saying that what he was claiming was in the face of his own theory of connectivism. He replied there was  "no contradiction at all. Social networks do not equal social media. Connected specialization involves bringing together different information sources or people with different levels of expertise. I replied to Clive Shepherd’s blog addressing this in a bit more detail. Again, as stated in other comments, social media has a role to play. There is nothing in what I wrote in this post that contradicts assertions I and others have made about connectivism. For that matter, the first article I did in 2004 on connectivism was a few years prior to the current “social media” hype. You don’t need Twitter or Facebook to connect with others. That said, tools like Twitter/Facebook can be useful, but don’t mistake the tool as being the point of value, when it’s the connection it enables that is most critical."


I've been thinking a lot about how much I agree with him on this point.


He claimed earlier in the post, "Social media=emotions.

Blogging/writing/transparent scholarship=intellect. Put another way, Twitter/Facebook/G+ are secondary media. They are a means to connect in crisis situations and to quickly disseminate rapidly evolving information. They are also great for staying connected with others on similar interests (Stanley Cup, Olympics). Social media is good for event-based activities. But terrible when people try to make it do more – such as, for example, nonsensically proclaiming that a hashtag is a movement. The substance needs to exist somewhere else (an academic profile, journal articles, blogs, online courses)." 


I understand where he is going with his argument and agree there are probably more people that use social media in the way he describes than those that do not. However, I did see an improvement in our EDUCE102 students reflections when we had them use Twitter to "mindcast" about things they were reading and thinking about. We had several students tell us at the end of the course how much they really feel in love with using Twitter as a result of this "new" way of using Twitter–they continue to "mindcast" instead of "lifecasting" on Twitter to this day. While I can agree, some of the value of social media might be overstated I am not sure I agree that social media tools like Twitter, FB, G+ are all simply about flow.


What do you think?

Jason Alvarez's comment, February 10, 2012 11:00 PM

I agree with George Siemens in that the social networks like FB, Twitter & G+ as they exist today are predominately about flow. They are not the repositories of knowledge, but rather the circulatory system by which information flows into endpoints such as individuals or learning communities that end up assimilating and building knowledge.

I also agree that it's not quite that simple. Although FB, Twitter, G+, LinkedIn and Delicious are the "links" of the network itself, each of the endpoints (such as each of us) define and adapt our "links" in the networks by using these tools and they are often defined by the flows and quality of information. Finally, the hash tags are ways in which data is being categorized, which ultimately assists in the assimilation of data for creating knowledge. In George's defense, however, it does appear boil down to flow from a connectivism standpoint despite any advantages mindcasting might offer to improve student reflections.
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John Palfrey » Blog Archive » Book Experiment #1: Intellectual Property Strategy as an iPad App (or, reply to Cody Brown)

John Palfrey » Blog Archive » Book Experiment #1: Intellectual Property Strategy as an iPad App (or, reply to Cody Brown) | Instructional Design + Technology |
John Palfrey talks about the conceptual process of publishing his latest book not just as an iBook but as an iPad app. It got me thinking more about Nancy's project and might give her ideas for concepts to include in the ebook she produces for her capstone. John also talks about some thoughts about what happens in terms of library preservation of books if they are created as apps. Food for thought...
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75 Interesting Ways to use an iPad in the Classroom

Intesting ideas for using iPads in the classroom complete with use case scenarios.

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Hanging Out Playing Pechaflickr ~ Stephen's Web

Hanging Out Playing Pechaflickr ~ Stephen's Web | Instructional Design + Technology |

I laughed when I first read about "Pechaflickr", given most of our students experience with Pecha Kucha from EDUCE102 and/or EDUCE599. The idea is to go to and try to "make sense of 20 random flickr photos, each one on screen for 20 seconds" and "make it fun" by doing it over Google Hangouts.  I really like the idea Stephen Dowes makes here about possibly leveraging the tool for online language instruction.

Stacie Cassat Green's comment, February 8, 2012 10:03 PM
We HAVE to try this! Maybe we could have an EdTech alumni drink Pechaflickr night on Google Hangout.
Stacie Cassat Green's comment, February 8, 2012 10:04 PM
We HAVE to try this! Alumni night anyone?
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How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple | MindShift

How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple | MindShift | Instructional Design + Technology |

Nancy, I am not sure how much  you've been exploring the Open Education movement, but nowadays, I almost never hear a conversation about the creation of eBooks without including this parallel discussion. If you haven't already added this topic to your research, I'd encourage you to do so.


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…My heart’s in Accra » David Weinberger: Too Big To Know

Really great summary/live blog by Ethan Zuckerman of David Weinberger's book launch last night with a talk about "unsettling knowledge". It looks like Weinberger is continuing the research from his last book everything is better and talking about the social curation of knowledge. I love the statement that it is not so much a question of "information overload" but rather "filter failure".
Stacie Cassat Green's comment, January 28, 2012 7:18 PM
I have a recent Weinberger interview on my iPod, just waiting for a good time to listen to it!