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Nonprofits struggle with finding the time to create content, but the secret is repurposing, reimagining and curating
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How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions

How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
"Critical Thinking" may sound like an obnoxious buzzword from liberal arts schools, but it's actually a useful skill. Critical thinking just means absorbing important information and using that to form a decision or opinion of your own--rather than just spouting off what you hear others say. This doesn't always come naturally to us, but luckily, it's something you can train yourself to do better.


Critical thinking doesn't end. The more knowledge you cultivate, the better you'll become at thinking about it. It's navel gazing in that you're constantly thinking about thinking, but the end result is a brain that automatically forms better arguments, focused ideas, and creative solutions to problems.



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Critical Thinking is the killer tool of content creators.  

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Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, February 9, 2014 8:18 AM

A very practical description with examples of ways to become better in your critical thinking. A good primer for sense making as part of the PKM framework.

Terry Doherty's curator insight, February 15, 2014 8:00 PM

"Navel gazing." I haven't heard that term in ages ... and don't do it near enough.

 

Todd Bratcher's curator insight, February 18, 2014 6:46 PM

Critical thinking means to ask questions that need to be asked. it involves finding the significance in every piece of information you come across and formulating opinions and plans of action. You have to ask the tough questions and the best one to start with is "Why?" Critical thinking is about being curious and allowing your sense of curiosity to follow the "why".Often times following the why will lead to finding the truths and finding lies. Critical thinking is also about honing in ones BS detector. Take time to analyze information before accepting it's credibility.

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Putting Curation to Work at Your Organization: Curated Resources from #ASTDTK14 | David Kelly

Putting Curation to Work at Your Organization: Curated Resources from #ASTDTK14 | David Kelly | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
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excellent PPT and list of resources

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Custom Timelines | Twitter Developers

Custom Timelines | Twitter Developers | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
Custom timelines give you more control over how Tweets are organized and delivered on the Twitter platform.
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Using Tweetdeck you can created curated collection of tweets from an event, theme, or whatever you want.


Custom timelines are a new type of timeline you control: you create the timeline, give it a name, and select which Tweets to add, either by hand or programmatically using the API. Timelines are public, have their own pages on twitter.com, and can easily be embedded on your website.


Tweetdeck can be used to set it up

https://blog.twitter.com/2013/custom-timelines-in-tweetdeck



Here's an example of digital diplomacy from 2013 that was crowdsourced but looks like tweets were added manually

https://twitter.com/DigiDiplomats/timelines/415170730041425920


Not sure why I would use this in lieu of Storify which can capture other types of resources.   





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Filter Out Anything You Don't Want To See Again with Rather

Filter Out Anything You Don't Want To See Again with Rather | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it

"Block babies, Upworthy, twerking, annoying friends, awful coworkers, and anything else you hate with things you'd rather see, like cats."


Via Robin Good
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More on filtering out the noise.

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Therese Torris's curator insight, January 15, 2014 1:11 PM

It's pretty risky to filter information based on single keywords!

Louise B-Johnston's curator insight, January 16, 2014 7:02 AM

I can't wait to try this out! It would be great to be able to filter what I want to see, rather than rely on FB doing it for me & often getting it wrong!

laura mata's curator insight, January 16, 2014 9:24 AM

Filtra los contenidos que sí o que  no sdeseas ver...

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Content Discovery Tools: a Directory of My Favorite Ones

Content Discovery Tools: a Directory of My Favorite Ones | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it

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Marco Favero's curator insight, October 3, 2014 6:06 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

Roberto De Pedrini (Telnext - Italy) - Twitter: @depetwi's curator insight, October 4, 2014 2:39 AM

This is an Off-Topic but interesting !

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Content Curation is the art of asking questions

Content Curation is the art of asking questions | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it

Learning is all about asking questions and finding answers to them. An inquisitive mind is one that goes beyond the status quo and probes deep below surface meanings. To foster such kind of  thinking inside our classroom requires some hard work and a serious investment in time and efforts. We, as teachers and educators, need to prepare the right environment where inquisitive minds can nourish and grow. We need to water this environment with a culture of asking questions.


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This infographic is geared for educational technique and inquiry based learned.   However, I think the different of questions illustrated here are excellent for content curations to ask when reviewing resources or putting together collections. 



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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 12, 2014 4:11 PM

An infographic showing what sorts of questions we can ask when curating.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 13, 2014 2:10 AM

The 6 types of Questions your Students Need to Know about | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Lyubov Kazachenkova's curator insight, January 13, 2014 1:24 PM

INteresting infographic!

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16 Free Tools That Make Content Creation Way Easier

16 Free Tools That Make Content Creation Way Easier | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
Creating content is a manual job, but these 16 free tools can help you accelerate (and they're pretty fun to use, too).
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Why Curation Matters More Than Ever - Gartner | #TheMarketingAutomationAlert

Why Curation Matters More Than Ever - Gartner | #TheMarketingAutomationAlert | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it

Intermediate/ Excerpt...


In the run up to this holiday season, my thoughts gravitated to the increasingly important role of curation in virtually all forms of audience engagement. Why? Because, spread as we are between so many cacophonous pleas, we all face an abundance of choice that far exceeds our capacity to discern what is—and what isn’t—worthy of our attention.

 

In this always-on age of information overload, our synapses yearn for some relief.

 

For many, this relief comes from the discriminating curators who act as intelligent filters across a veritable Sargasso Sea of information, a fire hose of flotsam and jetsam. We count on these curators to help turn the patternless din into a more sensible, more tractable patchwork.

 

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Becoming a discriminating curator will help you distinguish your voice, values and storylines from competing pleas for audience attention. It will help your brand become a beacon in this ever-amplified age of plenty.

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Weballtheway's curator insight, January 6, 2014 8:02 PM

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Therese Torris's curator insight, January 7, 2014 4:11 AM

If Gartner Group - which is ever so conservative - talks about curation, it means it's definitely over the hype curve 

Cindy Romaine's curator insight, January 7, 2014 2:43 PM

"Curators who act as intelligent filters"-- nice

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My daily info-wrangling routine

My daily info-wrangling routine | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
Jane Hart describes her daily personal knowledge management (or PKM) routine.  It's an inspiring yet practical workflow for information curation.  Or information wrangling, as I like to call it: I ...

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Bryan Alexander gives an overview of how he uses Jarche's Seek, Sense, and Share framework for content curation and professional learning.  

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 31, 2013 9:43 PM

This blog goes through how to manage the huge amounts of information coming in each moment through our digital channels. The author shares her personal knowledge management routine.

CIE San Diego's curator insight, January 1, 2014 7:28 PM

Helpful way to structure what we each do more informally

Patricia Baker's curator insight, February 15, 2014 6:33 PM

Could be a quick research tip for students: seek, sense, share.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Boost Your Sense-Making Skills

7 Ways to Boost Your Boost Your Sense-Making Skills | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
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This article is from 99u, a site  that is for and about being creative.   This article summarizes research on creativity and how to use it so you are more creative.    Creativity is part of a curator's thinking tools, so the advice in this article also works for improving your curation skills.


1.) Restrict yourself:   Don't use too many sources or look at too much information or for too much time.


2.)  Re-Conceptualize:    Describe an article or information resource for audience.


3.)  Separate Seeking from Sensing:   Making sense of what you find is different than the discovery part.  Don't try to do both at once


4.)  Use counterfactual thinking:   Ask what is missing or what if the advice was written in a different way.


5.)  Daydream after getting started:   Come back to a resource after you have thought about it for a while.


These points about creativity are all about mindsets.  What is your curation mindset? 



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Todd Morgan's curator insight, December 26, 2013 2:15 PM

Thoughts on how build your Personal Brand

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How Content Curation is reshaping learning organizations

How Content Curation is reshaping learning organizations | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
A framework for using Curation in a learning organisation

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ORG's curator insight, January 24, 2014 3:13 AM

A new way of looking at the learning cycle next to the one from David Kolb.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:51 AM

How Content Curation is reshaping learning organizations

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How Content Curation is reshaping learning organizations

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School Library Monthly - Curation

School librarians can use curation as a tool to position themselves as information and communication authorities and information professionals.
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"Curation is not just about academic research. It's not just for librarians. Curation is an information life skill. It is also a buzz topic for the marketing and business worlds.

Curation skills allow learners to create personal learning environments (PLEs) for organizing content to meet both their academic and personal information needs, gathering tools for productivity and creativity, sharing their knowledge with others, and creating portfolios of their own work. PLEs are essential tools for networked learners."

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Most Important Thing in Content Curation: Adding Value - Here 14 Ways To Do It

Most Important Thing in Content Curation: Adding Value - Here 14 Ways To Do It | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
Thinking of adding value should be the first stage in curation, PKM, or any professional online sharing.

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This is a great article and reminder that curation is

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:53 AM

14 ways to add value when curating content

SyReach's curator insight, July 7, 2014 4:53 AM

SyReach Notes now offers a full coverage of personal KM needs: Seek with integrated watch module and search engines, Sense with note and article edition, linking and knowledge building. Share by email or publish to Scoop.it selected resources linked to your articles!

Joe Matthews's curator insight, September 29, 2014 3:01 PM

Really thought provoking

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Content Curators Read Before They Share

Content Curators Read Before They Share | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
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Good question that helps you know the difference between sharing and curation.

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4 Steps to an Awesome Content Calendar (and 6 Things You Need on It)

4 Steps to an Awesome Content Calendar (and 6 Things You Need on It) | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
Want to organize your content marketing campaigns more effectively? Here's 4 steps to an awesome content calendar (and 6 things you must have on it).
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Gives the breakdown of how to put together a content calendar.

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Five Forms of Filtering

Five Forms of Filtering | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
We create economic value out of information when we figure out an effective strategy that includes aggregating, filtering and connecting. The three steps interact and reinforce each other - and suc...

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Older post from 2010 but makes some good points about the sense-making process.

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steve batchelder's curator insight, January 15, 2014 7:39 AM

Via Martin Couzins ‏@martincouzins  #dcurate

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Content Curation Tools: 21 Criteria To Select And Evaluate Your Ideal One

Content Curation Tools: 21 Criteria To Select And Evaluate Your Ideal One | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article written and curated by Master Curator Robin Good and published on MasterNewMedia:
"Many such curation tools also appear to be very similar to one another, especially if evaluated exclusively from the type of news streams or visual collections that can be produced with them.

The most limiting factor of all, in making an effective selection when it comes to content curation tools is the lack of a proper evaluation framework, identifying the specific requirements and needs that need to be met by the content curation tool to be selected.

I am now publicly sharing this list of selection criteria, complemented by relevant questions to be asked when verifying the availability of these features to help both individuals, small organizations and companies evaluate better, and in a more systematic fashion, their ideal content curation toolset.

Here the features-list, organized into 21 groups. (*I have marked with HS those features relevant only to hosted content curation services.)
1. Import and Export functions
2. Content Organization
3. Clipping Abilities
4. Integrated Search
5. Content Monitoring - News Discovery
6. Filtering
7. Display formats
8. Arrangement
9. Navigation
10.Editing and Formatting
11.Ownership - HS
12.Collaboration - HS
13.Private Collections / Streams - HS
14.Intelligence - Memory
15.Crediting and Attribution
16.Preservation - Archiving
17.Distribution options
18.SEO - HS
19.Reach (for hosted curation platforms) - HS
20.Integrations - API - HS
21.Branding - White Label - Design Customization - HS..."

Each group is analyzed with more informations. Read full, useful and interesting article here:
http://www.masternewmedia.org/content-curation-tools-selection-criteria-to-evaluate/

(Hat Tip to Robin Good: @Robin Good )

 


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 18, 2014 1:40 PM

Great tips to help you pick the best curation tool.

Karen E Smith's curator insight, March 20, 2014 8:34 AM

Now we need to curate content curation.

Helena Andrade Mendonça's curator insight, March 24, 2014 1:15 PM

mega post do Robin Good!

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Content Curation is Valuable, Gap in Skills

Content Curation is Valuable, Gap in Skills | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it

Nearly half of marketers surveyed (45%) say they are unable to meet their curation goals and admit their companies do not share as much content as they should.

Read more: http://www.marketingprofs.com/charts/2013/12374/what-marketers-say-about-content-curation#ixzz2pf8PFwrF


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 recent survey  by Trapit asked 131 US marketers questions about content curation and how it relates to their content marketing strategies. The findings were super interesting, and here are some of the key takeaways (presented via Marketingprofs):


- 74% of marketers say that content curation is an important part of their content strategy.


-60% of marketers say it's difficult to find original content to curate.


- 58% said that their companies need effective content curation in order to say afloat in their industries.


- 57% of marketers said that finding the right kind of content to curate is difficult.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, January 8, 2014 12:19 AM

[url=/u/2005 x-already-notified=1]Guillaume Decugis[/url] says:


Content curation is becoming an essential part of the content marketing mix as the need to publish more quality, targeted content is becoming clear. While the easy way out of this constraint was to easily produce cheap content in the past (hence the temporary success of content farm), Google's algorithm changes and the rise of social media completely changed this game forcing all of us to publish only quality content consistently if we wanted to raise above the noise. This makes it impossible to rely solely on your own content production, hence the rising need to include content curation in the mix - something a vast majority of marketers realize.

Ennio Martignago's curator insight, January 8, 2014 3:26 AM

"Il 73% degli attori di mercato afferma che la curation è una parte considerevole del loro mix di attività e quasi la metà  risponde che le loro aziende non trasmettono contenuti per quanto sarebbe necessario non riuscendo a conseguire gli obiettivi di curation che si sono preposti

Lori Wilk's curator insight, January 9, 2014 10:32 AM

It seems like those who will be the most successful will find a balance between content curation and content creation. With so much information bombarding us every day, the best of the best curators will be those who share curated content that adds the most value for their readers.  Time is such a precious commodity that people want a return on their time so curate and share valuable content. Understand what is valuable for your readers.

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10 Content Marketing Lessons from Our TOP 10 Most Viral Blog Posts

10 Content Marketing Lessons from Our TOP 10 Most Viral Blog Posts | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
Want to write blog posts that get shared... A LOT? These 10 posts got shared THOUSANDS of times. Here are 10 content marketing lessons to learn from them.
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Excellent tips and examples of good shareable content.  But better is the analysis process.

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11 Must Read eBooks to Get Content Marketing Smart for 2014

11 Must Read eBooks to Get Content Marketing Smart for 2014 | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
Over the past 12 months there have been a wide variety of eBooks published about every topic in the digital marketing mix from the newest mobile marketing
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Compilation of must reads for content marketing

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Deborah Spector's curator insight, January 2, 2014 7:32 AM

Smart way to kick-start 2014 nonprofit content marketing. These e-books are must reads!

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My daily PKM routine (practices and toolset)

My daily PKM routine (practices and toolset) | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
Harold Jarche is a leading authority on Personal Knowledge Management, which he describes as a set of processes, individually constructed, to help each of us make sense of our world, and work more ...
Beth Kanter's insight:

Back in 2011, I discovered Harold Jarche's "Seek, Sense, and Share" and made it my three words for the year (http://www.bethkanter.org/seek-sense-share/)


Jane Hart shared an high level overview of  her daily routine for content curation or "personal knowledge management" based on Jarche's "Seek, Sense, Share" framework.   


She describes sense-making as:


I  use a range of sense-making techniques, eg filters to separate the signal from the noise, and techniques to validate any sources of  information I receive – which I have developed over time. Although I trust my network to feed me valid resources, it is always important to check any resources personally to ensure they meet my own high “quality control” standards.


I then synthesise any new valuable pieces of information with what I already know, asking myself does this add something key to what I already know, does this take my own thinking forward, or does this even change my thinking about what I already know.


I have classified the filtering and validating as part of the seeking process.


Bryan Alexander was inspired by this post and wrote in more specific ways how he curates information.  He describes the process as info wranging.


http://bryanalexander.org/2013/12/26/my-daily-info-wrangling-routine/


In the seek section, he describes his sources which include digital and print.  (He reads books!)    He also mentions that sources are not just social - and include information from email newsletters.


He uses an RSS reader and organizes his sources into different folders. 


He also talks about the importance of physical activity or getting away from the computer to help with the sense-making part:


I like to reflect while immersed in the digital world, searching for context and commentary, then taking myself offline.  In the home office this can mean taking a walk, working on the homestead, or doing physical exercise.  This frees up my mind to range  broadly and to be more creative.




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Curation As An Emerging Skillset | A 5 Step Guide

Curation As An Emerging Skillset | A 5 Step Guide | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
How to become a curation king / queen. Traditionally, a curator researches and puts together a collection which speaks to a narrative and / or serves a larger idea in art galleries and / or museums...

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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 14, 2014 6:39 PM

Helping Chairs help their members gather what they need to know.

Lauren Anstey's curator insight, March 31, 2014 1:06 PM

A 5-step guide to digital curation.

saranthorn's curator insight, February 1, 2015 3:14 AM

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Excellent Example of Lean Content Strategy from a Nonprofit

Excellent Example of Lean Content Strategy from a Nonprofit | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
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Edutopia post this image on its FacePage

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152105193379917&set=a.108957049916.91597.82295304916&type=1&theater


The image had this annotation.

Encourage everyone you teach to be a genius by implementing "Genius Hour." Learn how to do it:http://bit.ly/1gISgwv.

Thanks for the image Science Is Awesome. Comic by Grant Snider for Red Lemon Club.


Two things to note.  The article on Edutopia site was written back in June, 2013.   The image came from another source but was on a related topic.   So they stitched together two quality pieces of content - one visual and a link on their FB page.   This is lean content curation.  Click through and note all the shares.




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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152105193379917&set=a.108957049916.91597.82295304916&type=1&theater




What 20% time allows students to do is pick their own project and learning outcomes, while still hitting all the standards and skills for their grade level. In fact, these students often go "above and beyond" their standards by reaching for a greater depth of knowledge than most curriculum tends to allow. The idea for 20% time in schools comes from Google's own 20% policy, where employees are given twenty percent of their time to work and innovate on something else besides their current project. It's been very successful in business practice, and now we can say that it has been wildly successful in education practice.

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The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I

The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I | Content and Curation for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
Content curation tools are in their infancy. Nonetheless you see so many of them around, there are more new curation tools coming your way soon, with lots of new features and options.
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Robin Good gives us an insight analysis of the features and challenges related to the field of content curation tools. 


Robin, who invented content curation, has been tracking and evaluating the tools of the trade for almost ten years.    He has tested over 400 tools and orgnaized them into different maps and curated collections.


The article is an overview of tool features.  I hope content curation tool creators pay attention to his suggestions.


The areas he points to:


1) Display of curated content collections

2) Slicing and Dicing

3) Micro-Macro

4) Recurate

5) News discovery

6) Ownership

7) Credit and Attribution


The area of news discovery is most interesting to me .   Robins says 

The best way to uncover, identify and identify new quality sources and content items may be to employ a balanced mix of automated search filters augmented by human curators that can supervise, edit, refine and improve on what is gathered by the algos.


On this front news curation platform and services are sitting on a treasure trove of great content being curated by their users. The challenge for them will be how to find, surface and expose the most valuable parts of it.


What he is a news organization -- that you have the editor/writer and a search algorithm to discover content.    It also speaks to the opportunity for collective, human sense-making of the bits. 





Link: http://www.masternewmedia.org/content-curation-tools-future-part1/#ixzz2nhfIgCta


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