Blogging is an excellent way of motivating students to develop a lifelong love of learning. Writing is a process, and when they learn this they will be able to apply the skills to other aspects of their schooling.
Via Dennis T OConnor
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I started my blog using WordPress and I have found it a platform that makes it easy to own and publish your own content online.
It is the foundation to the success of this blog which currently receives over 300,000 hits per month.
If you’re looking for an easy way to create a web presence and start sharing your ideas online, the best way to do this is to create a blog. Millions of users around the world already express themselves and share their thoughts by means of their personal blogs.
The advantage of having your own WordPress blog that is self-hosted is that you own it.
It is good to have a Facebook “page” or a Tumblr blog but they are owned by someone else and you can have a web presence there but under their “Terms and Conditions” It is basically a rental.
Via Martin Gysler, Ken Morrison
Robin Good: Here is a good guide providing the basic principles that should be followed when using, reposting, citing or quoting other people's content (both text and images).
The article outlines "proper methods of source attribution on the internet to guarantee the right people get credit for their hard work and ideas."
Specific sections of the article cover:
How To Cite Content in Blog Posts How To Cite Content in Social Media How to Give Credit to Guest Bloggers and Ghost Writers How to Cite Images and Visual Content
Well done. 8/10
Via Robin Good, Ken Morrison, Lynnette Van Dyke
If you want learn more about social media curation and/or start your own scoop.it you should read this excellent and detailed blog post from Shirley Williams. [note mg]
Are you asking the following questions: “What is social media curation?” and “How does it add value?” Are you like many business owners trying to get your head around curation and the associated benefits? Well I have come to realize, you are not alone!
In an earlier post I defined curation. In this post I would like us to revisit that definition and share how value can be gained by demonstrating how to use Scoop.it.
Reminder of What’s Social Media Curation?
With the exponential growth of social networks and blogs, the amount of information on the internet can be overwhelming and time consuming. Consequently, the role of the social media curator has become increasingly more attractive. Social media curation is when you filter, select, review and reposition quality content on the web for a specific audience and/or topic...
Read more: http://bit.ly/IRXDad
Via Martin Gysler
This piece was written by Eric Brown for social media explorer.
I selected this article because it reaffirms what many of us already know but it's still good to see this in writing: Content curation and Media Curation (a mix of machine aggregation and Human Curation) are starting to pick up steam.
Here are some highlights:
Curation comes up when search stops working,” says author and NYU Professor Clay Shirky. But it’s more than a human-powered filter.
**“Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.”
The author says and I agree with him:
**"The value will be in the expertise of the curator, people will not read junk, and the best of the best curators will create digital domination with vibrant communities".
There is also a great quote from Fred Wilson's AVB blog in which he details what he would do if he were starting the Village Voice now:
**I would not print anything. I would not hire a ton of writers. I would build a website and a mobile app (or two or three). I would hire a Publisher and a few salespeople.
**I would hire an editor and a few journalists. And then I’d go out and find every blog, twitter, facebook, flickr, youtube, and other social media feed out there that is related to downtown NYC
**and I would pull it all into an aggregation system where my editor and journalists could cull through the posts coming in, curate them, and then publish them
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read full article: [http://bit.ly/kmZvJg]