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YouTube is experimenting with a new feature designed to help users better discover videos and channels on its site. Called “YouTube Mix”, it’s an auto-generated playlist that will display suggested videos based on what you’re reading.
While the video service already has suggested videos displayed in the right-hand sidebar of each page, YouTube Mix offers users the ability to watch 50 videos continuously that it thinks they’ll be interested in. No additional work needed to click through each video one by one to watch it.
Each playlist features up to 50 videos, but YouTube says that once all of those videos have been watched, an additional 50 will be shown, showing users more content that they are interested in. Just like a music playlist, users can shuffle videos, place it on repeat, or skip around to specific videos they wish to see.
One week after Wikipedia launched its HTML5 video player, its for-profit counterpart Wikia has released its very own new multimedia streaming player, and a slew of content syndication deals.
Just to recap, while Wikipedia is the non-profit, crowdsourced encyclopedia; Wikia is his Web-hosting service for crowdsourced wikis, free for readers and editors, but funded by advertising to make money.
Now, Wikia is unveiling a new Lightbox multimedia player for the site’s 50-million-plus monthly global visitors. The new Wikia player will feature nearly 100,000 videos and 14 million photos, including content from its new syndication partners AnyClip, IDG, IGN, RealGravity, and ScreenPlay. This will give users access to 5,000 hours of premium content.
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Wikia’s strategic launch is consistent with the general trend across the online media sphere, with video playing a far more prominent role. “The new video library, and Lightbox player will amplify Wikia’s naturally strong community creation and curation activities by enabling the assembly and packaging of user created and premium photo and video content in one place,” says Wikia CEO, Craig Palmer. “This also gives us the opportunity to bring our users the best professional video content available on the Web. Like the recent redesign of our Home Page and Hubs, these efforts will make it easier to showcase the passionate pursuit of knowledge through collaborative storytelling.”
Through the new Lightbox player, Wikia users can stream trailers, previews, clips and studio videos at up to 1080p (HD) quality. They can also curate professional, licensed content for integration with original wiki content. During its beta phase, the Lightbox player offered multimedia collections on wikis such as Shrek, Mortal Kombat, Hunger Games and Lord of the Rings. It’s now available to all 250,000+ Wikia communities across its video game, entertainment and lifestyle categories.
The interactive player can be triggered from any photo or video thumbnail, or users can navigate directly to the collection of videos on a given wiki by selecting the standalone video collection page in the navigation bar. Interestingly, users will soon be able to embed these videos on their own websites, which will be a huge development given the network effect this will help create.
As more and more breaking news comes to us through social media, the task of determining what is true and what isn't becomes exponentially harder.
By now, most of us have gotten used to the idea that news no longer comes exclusively from one or two mainstream sources such as a newspaper or TV channel — in many cases, we see it first on Twitter or Facebook or through some other form of social media, and the source is often someone directly involved in the event, whether it’s an earthquake or a shooting. But how do we know whether these reports are genuine? For both news consumers and media outlets of all kinds, making sense of that growing flood of real-time information is a critical goal, but the tools with which to do so are still not readily available.
That’s why Storyful, a service that partners with media companies to aggregate and verify news from social networks, says it has decided to open up its formerly private Twitter account to help crowdsource the distribution and verification of breaking news reports.
Before he started the company in 2010, Storyful’s founder Mark Little was a foreign correspondent for a number of outlets such as Ireland’s Raidió Teilifís Éireann — much like Burt Herman, a former Associated Press reporter who started a company with a somewhat similar name: Storify. But while Storify is designed as a tool that anyone can use to pull together or “curate” a social-media stream from sources like Twitter and Flickr, the idea behind Storyful was to build a professional service staffed by journalists who could track breaking news reports through social networks and help media companies verify them. The company has a staff of 33 editors working in dozens of countries, and works with a number of outlets such as the New York Times and Reuters.
Robin Good: Hublished has announced a new web service, launching privately this fall, that allows "publishers" to host, upload and deliver live webinars, and for "peers" to find, curate, organize and save the most interesting ones into their own collections / hubs.
"Hublished solves two problems, for the two different types of users that will be on the site.
For experts and brands, whom we call Publishers, Hublished is a central location they can promote upcoming webinars and upload recent ones, in order to reach new consumers and generate leads. For professionals and industry enthusiasts, whom we call Peers, Hublished provides a discovery and curation platform that helps them separate the hacks from the experts when it comes to cutting-edge information and continuing education."
Find out more / request an invite: http://hublished.com/
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Social reading application Readability has added a series of updates to its iOS app and version 1.1.0 includes features that massively boost content discovery, while improvements ...
The service has added two aggregated reading lists — ‘Top Reads’ and ‘Longform Picks’ — which give Readability users an interesting new mechanism to find new content and articles, and the two lists are easily summoned via a menu at any time
Top Reads is a selection of the most popular articles on the service — though it isn’t exactly clear how it is populated, perhaps by the number times each article is read or favourited — while Longform Picks is a collection of interesting reads, that looks to be curated by the Readability team.
It’s worth noting that, at this time, the new reading lists don’t appear to sync with the Readability.com top read list but, nonetheless, they are a nice addition to help stumble upon new content.
Readability 1.1.0 also includes a ‘time-to-read’ display, to help make Top Reads and Longform Picks visible to users, while the team says that it has made improvements to sync reading lists faster.
"Here is our list of some of 35 curated video sites that take the guesswork out of finding and sorting educational video content."
Like explorers approaching an unfamiliar landscape, teachers who are ready to take the plunge into flipped classrooms and blended learning often approach the opportunity with a mix of excitement and trepidation. Just dipping a toe into the virtual waters of online content can be overwhelming, and there’s a risk that even the most fearless educator can become paralyzed by the bottomless depths of content and endless pools of resources.
While many teachers begin by creating their own content and videos, most start by sifting through free online sources. The amount of available information out there is staggering. YouTube users across the globe upload 48 hours of content every minute. And a google search for “science video” yields over 4 billion results! Fortunately, there are some great websites and services that take the guesswork out of finding and sorting educational video content. Here is a list of some of the curated video sites we’ve come across in our work.
- Backpack TV:
Backpack.tv pulls from various sources to create a highly curated library of education videos organized by academic subject and detailed topic. Many of the videos are linked to topics from popular textbooks, a real bonus for finding just the right video. Videos can be user-rated.
Over 6000 biographies are available here on famous people throughout history and across the globe.
Founded in 1999, BrainPOP is one of the original sources of online education video content and today includes a number of free resources in addition to its subscriptions.
BrightStorm currently targets high-school aged students with videos of great teachers presenting the content. Their more than 2500 math and science videos are free.
- Classroom Clips:
Launched in September 2007, Classroom Clips allows users to search and explore a wide range of educational content which has been correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning, although teachers in any state will be able to find what something of use.
- Cosmo Learning:
Designed to work as a free homeschool, Cosmo Learning provides video lectures, documentaries, and more across a range of topics and levels.
- CSPAN Video Library:
Offered as a public service, educators can share current events, briefings, legislative sessions and more from the nation’s capitol.
This comprehensive website is a little different, because it provides resources for teachers related to creating the classroom of the future such as webinars and podcasts in addition to videos.
With over 6.5 million users, Curriki is a non-profit that boasts over 40,000 peer-reviewed and classroom-tested K-12 learning resources. Users may access, contribute and publish content.
- Discovery Education:
This site offers award-winning, standard-aligned digital content, interactive lessons and virtual experiences that aim to be immersive and engaging for students.
Launched in 2008, EduTube focuses on popular and high quality educational videos that are sorted by EduTube index – a measure of quality, popularity and educational value.
- Educational Videos:
With videos on everything ranging from Dance to Marine Life, this site offers a wide range and user-friendly interface.
- Edutopia Video:
Edutopia’s large video library is sortable by topic and by grade level.
This live and on-demand site provides coverage of events and conferences, including lectures and presentations will classroom applications.
- The Futures Channel:
Based on the goal of using new media technologies to create a channel between scientists, enginners, explorers, visionaries and learners, The Futures Channel partners with schools to provide these high-quality digital learning resources.
- Google Video:
Follow the special instructions from the Cool Cat Teacher to use google video search to for specific educational content by topic.
Just launched in beta, Gooru Learning is a “search engine for learning” that harnesses the power of the web by organizing free, online education resources into searchable collections, accessible from any web or mobile platform. Using machine learning and human judgment, Gooru curates, auto-tags and contextualizes collections of web resources to accommodate personalized learning pathways. Gooru collections are aligned to US Common Core Standards for Math and to California Science Curriculum Standards.
- History Channel Online:
Teachers can access full programs and videos by topic that have aired on The History Channel and its affiliate stations.
While the 3,200+ videos on the Khan Academy site do not pull in educational content from outside sources, the growing content inside Khan Academy is nicely organized and searchable.
With support from the Annenberg Foundation, this site provides teacher resources across many content areas that is searchable by discipline and grade level.
This site provides free video and audio lectures of whole courses conducted by faculty from reputed universities around the world across many fields.
This site offers math video by topic and math videos that accompany textbooks in addition to coorinated homework and worksheets.
Now the largest independent video site on the web, this treasure chest is a resource many educators are just beginning to explore for educational applications.
Educators and students can become their own curators using this resource to create their own learning playlists from sources all over the web, in addition to browsing the playlists of others.
This site features free educational videos, games, lessons, puzzles and quizzes sorted by topic.
- NOVA Teachers:
PBS’ full features and magazine-style shorter stories are available here for classrom use.
This site is set-up to serve students who wish to get ahead at home and at school, as well as teachers who want to access digital resources. Teachers can also create their own channels and upload their own videos.
With more than 25,000 tutorials from a range of expert teachers across many academic fields, Sophia is a first-of-its-kind social education platform created to reach 21st century students.
SnagLearning is a SnagFilms initiative dedicated to presenting high-quality documentary films as educational tools to ignite meaningful discussion within the learning community.
This site features educational videos, games, ebooks and printables for K-12 classrooms.
Launched in 2007 and none among fans as “the other tube,” TeacherTube allows teachers to access, upload and share educational videos.
The TED-Ed video library contains carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-ED platform. Videos can be “flipped” to create custom lessons based on the content.
- TeachingChannel (Tch):
Teaching Channel is a video showcase of innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s schools. More than 35,000 members have registered to share ideas and inspiration on the site.
This site organizes educational videos and for ages 3-18. WatchKnowLearn has indexed over 33,000+ educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 3,000 categories.Teachers can also add their own videos to the site.
- YouTube EDU:
YouTube’s channel for education offers lessons, videos, lectures and more for teacher and student use on the familiar YouTube platform.
Pinterest has launched what may be the first of several official “hubs” featuring content targeting a particular segment of its user base, with today’s debut of a new “Pinterest for Teachers” site at pinterest.com/teachers. Obviously timed to coincide with the back-to-school rush and news cycle, the company tells us that the new hub will also serve as something of a test to see if it makes more sense to continue down this path in the future, with more hubs devoted to other interests or groups.
The Teachers hub was actually launched a few weeks ago, and grew to 1,300 users ahead of any public announcement or promotion – like today’s company blog post about the new section.
Here, Pinterest explains that it teamed up to work with Edutopia, an online resource for educators, to build out content for the hub, which at launch offers 19 boards, including those focused on preschool and elementary school teachers (grades K-6), as well as topic-based boards on subjects like art, science, math, and other things teachers would finding interesting, ranging from classroom decor to recommended blogs. Each board is being maintained by a Pinterest user who’s also a teacher, most of whom also have their own educational websites or blogs, too. The Teachers hub will later expand to cover more areas and grades in the future, the company notes.
In addition to the fact that it’s simply that time of year for a back-to-school marketing push, Pinterest also adds that a teacher-focused board makes sense for the site because it has developed a large community of teachers using its service for tips and tricks, lesson plans, craft and activity ideas, and more. Edutopia cites Pinterest as one of the top five professional websites for teachers, and Pinterest today sees over 500,000 education-related pins added to its service daily.
But the hub’s launch follows several other recent pushes into content recommendations by Pinterest, including the debut of pin and board recommendations, first announced in late July. The company switched on an opt-out mechanism (“do not track”) at the same time – a hint of how deeply it plans to tap into user data in order to personalize the service. And at the end of last month, those same pin suggestions started showing up on mobile as well.
That being said, the Pinterest for Teachers hub is not going to be a part of any sort of personalization efforts right now, but rather will serve as a starting off point for people coming to the site for the first time, possibly wondering what it’s all about. They may be looking for recommendations like which people to follow, or they may just want to more browse around for inspiration. The hope is that by offering users the hub as a starting off point (you can click around its pages without needing an account), those more casual visitors will eventually convert and create boards of their own, we’re told.
theLearnia is a free educational social network that took the challenge of turning the learning process into social fun. Students spend an average of 700 minutes a month on social networking, so why not turn that into something that will help them learn? theLearnia allows millions of people from around the world to gain equal opportunity for education, learn while communicating together and share their knowledge.
theLearnia educational social network is an unique educational hybrid of educational videos combined with the social media interaction that today’s students use and enjoy. It is powered by adaptive-LMS™ engine, a smart statistical algorithm that uses the wisdom of the crowd and analyzes students’ learning curves to organize materials in a way that students can find relevant lessons and help them to explore new content related to their skills.
For Students – theLearnia is an innovative online educational tool where students can learn with friends, practicing any learning skill, and choose the teachers who best suit their learning style. There are no overcrowded classes here—just fun and learning with teachers that they choose, each time they sign on.
For Teachers – theLearnia is a platform for any educator or parent to share their knowledge and special educational skills, inspiring millions of students to learn and offer their feedback on the lessons, creating a circle of learning through mutual sharing and creativity. This provides them with career satisfaction and the drive to create new ways to educate their students with every lesson they upload.
Since its launch in 2009, Inkling has been on a mission to reinvent publishing for the mobile, digital era by building engaging, interactive learning content from the ground up for the iPad.
Not wanting to be outdone by South Korea and others, which mandated the use of digital textbooks by 2015, earlier this year the FCC and the Department of Ed released the Digital Textbook Playbook to help accelerate digital textbook adoption among American schools. According to a recent report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), it’s not a matter of if this transition will happen, but when.
Since its launch in 2009, Inkling has been on a mission to reinvent publishing for the mobile, digital era by building engaging, interactive learning content from the ground up for the iPad. Initially focused on higher ed, this year Inkling has been expanding its scope, moving into consumer-facing titles and continuing education, along with making its content available on other platforms like the Web.
Today, Inkling continues that expansion with the release of the “Inkling Library,” an online store that will feature curated digital eBooks from a range of genres and proposes to serve as a one-stop shop where consumers can find hobby and interest-specific learning materials. According to Inkling founder and CEO Matt MacInnis, the library is akin to Amazon for illustrated learning content and will feature 300 titles from categories like Travel & Adventure, Food & Drink, Arts & Photography, Music, etc.
By the end of the year, Inkling hopes to have 400 titles published to the library, with some of that content being exclusively created for Inkling, some of it familiar and published already (like “For Dummies”) and some of it augmented for the library — but all of it intending to demonstrate what’s possible now in the digital textbook market — for both indie and established publishers
People learn from each other informally all the time – Now, only more so.
The advent of Web 2.0 technologies and social media has led to the evolution of a variety of tools to participate in Social Learning. Social learning comes in a variety of flavors and is not limited to the course/lesson structures associated with traditional formalized learning. The infographic displays social learning types
New York startup Percolate, which helps brands sort and curate content to share on Facebook, Twitter and other social channels, has released its newest version.
The startup, which helps brands act like savvy curators of the social Web, launched last year with a platform that filters through hundreds of sources of content, bubbles up the most relevant pieces and then lets brands share them on Facebook, Twitter and other social channels.
But the company’s newest version, which it released to clients last week, goes beyond the curation of content from other sources to making it easier for brands to tap into their own reserves of digital content. In addition to indexing and tagging brands’ owned content, a few other updates include enhancing the algorithms that recommend the best content, providing extra monitoring and notifications around the performance of posts, and automatic optimizing for the different social platforms.
“The biggest challenge brands have is, ‘what should I be talking about now?,’” said Percolate co-founder James Gross. “It’s not audience acquisition – you can buy followers – and distribution is also taken care of [with Facebook’s reach generator, for example]… The challenge is what content do I create right now.”
To help a brand figure out the kinds of content that it should be sharing, Percolate maps the brand’s “interest graph” against more than six million sources and finds the references, which can include from 500 to 1,500 sources, that are unique to each brand. From there, Percolate’s algorithms consider a number of variables, including recency, popularity, authority and, most recently, keywords, to suggest the different content that a brand’s social editor should share everyday.
There are many buzzwords and phrases prevalent in education today. “21st Century Learning”, “Blended Learning”, “Personalized Learning”, “Flipped Classroom” – just to name a few. The one that has recently caught my attention and curiosity is “content curation.”
... Nice Learning Analysis.... Includes comparison of Collecting vs. Curating - See Diagram. Catch the Topic link above for full article -