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PicMonkey: Free online photo editor by ex Picnik staffers! Collage, Touch Up, Teeth Whiten, Fonts, Effects, Filters, Frames, Stickers & more

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A Curated Collection of the Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

A Curated Collection of the Best Commencement Speeches, Ever | Ever Growing | Scoop.it

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 22, 9:25 AM

Great for analyzing history, current events and rhetoric!  See my post for more options: http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2014/05/22/commencement-etc/

 

Sherryl Perry's curator insight, May 23, 11:38 AM

Great collection of speeches. Enjoy and be inspired.

Marji Gibbs's curator insight, May 23, 1:34 PM

Quotes and links to 300+ graduation speeches, some include videos

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What Do They Know? Dismissing a Viral Presumption About Millennials

What Do They Know? Dismissing a Viral Presumption About Millennials | Ever Growing | Scoop.it

By assuming that each student who walks through the doors of an elementary, middle or high school is a fully knowledgeable online citizen, we are perpetuating societal inequalities that exist among the more and less privileged when it comes to their Internet skills and by extension, the potential benefits they may or may not reap from spending time online.


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As someone who works with students living in rural poverty, I have been saying this as well.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 31, 4:25 PM

Interesting article which confronts the myth of the digital native.

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The future of learning - Sugata Mitra

The future of learning - Sugata Mitra | Ever Growing | Scoop.it

In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them. Thirteen years of experiments in children's education takes us through a series of startling results – children can self-organise their own learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, they can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: groups of children with access to the internet can learn anything by themselves. From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata's experimental results show a strange new future for learning.


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Leonardo De Freitas Alves's curator insight, June 6, 7:17 PM

Um novo e estranho futuro da aprendizagem. Crianças que aprendem por si mesmo, com recurso a Internet.

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Thats stunning...
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Thats stunning...
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The Best Online Video Content Curated Into 30' Thematic Programs: Pluto.TV

The Best Online Video Content Curated Into 30' Thematic Programs: Pluto.TV | Ever Growing | Scoop.it
Watch the best videos for free, 24/7, on any device. From music to sports, kids, skate, surf, comedy and more—it's out of this world.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 4, 5:27 AM

A great example of curated video.

Christian Faisy's curator insight, April 22, 1:08 AM

Chaine web magique, vous sélectionnez simplement le type de contenu que vous souhaitez voir puis vous regardez en direct le meilleur des contenus TV disponibles, sous forme d'une grille de programmes

Josette Williams's curator insight, May 3, 3:31 PM

Video curation tool from any device 24/7. Thanks Robin Good for sharing this post.

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Turns out most engaged library users are also biggest tech users | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | PBS

Turns out most engaged library users are also biggest tech users | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | PBS | Ever Growing | Scoop.it
A new study from the Pew Research Center found that more than two-thirds of Americans are actively engaged with public libraries. The report examines the relationship Americans have with their libraries and technology. Dusty, worn books versus sleek new computers, tablets or smartphones may seem like unlikely companions, but it’s really all about information. Continue reading →

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, March 19, 10:59 AM

19 March 2014

Here we go again! A theme is rising to the top as I explore articles for this blog this morning.

 

That theme is, simply put...

 

The common narrative in public discourse is more often than we'd like to believe, inaccurate or misleading or embarrassingly accepted with no more sense of serious contemplation than we ridicule lemmings for not having..

 

OUCH! That was a bitter pill to swallow.

 

Why do so many of us involve ourselves in the heated debate regarding paper-based reading vs. digital reading?

 

Some prefer paper; some prefer digital. And, according to this PEW Research, many prefer information in whatever form it is available.

 

My concern is that if we assume that our preferences represent the best choice for our students, too many of whom simply have no preference for reading at all, then which ever medium provides the possibility for bridging our students' reluctance for reading is the best one to promote as we encourage them to care about reading as a valuable life-long practice. And, for our enthusiastic readers? Just get out of their way when it comes to what medium serves their curiosity. Just focus upon encouraging and extending their curiosity. Perhaps that is our more important responsibility.

 

 

 ~ www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

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50 awesome facts about LANGUAGES | INFOGRAPHIC

50 awesome facts about LANGUAGES | INFOGRAPHIC | Ever Growing | Scoop.it

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Monica MIRZA's curator insight, February 26, 11:28 AM

Definitely "figures-stuffing"... nevertheless (thus ??) interesting, and I'm sure various exercises might be built upon this infographic : let me think... let's say this scoop's "in progress", I'll check for activities later on :o)

Daniel Compton's curator insight, February 27, 11:27 AM

Neat stuff on languages

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Will you check this scoop? Thank you so much. http://sco.lt/5okJ17
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Best Free Children's eBooks Online

Best Free Children's eBooks Online | Ever Growing | Scoop.it
This article lists a large amount of places online to get your free children's books legally. You can view it online or download it for free.

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BookChook's curator insight, February 28, 5:22 PM

So many children's eBooks for free from various online sources! 

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Celebrate color | 50 years in color

Celebrate color | 50 years in color | Ever Growing | Scoop.it

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Monica MIRZA's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:57 AM

Colours are naturally part of any picture we contemplate, either we've created it ourselves, or we merely view it... Their world is full with symbols and echoes our imagination -that may be why it looks so enthralling to me.

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This infographic also makes a good resource for ELteaching in many domains : graphics & art, marketing, advertising, poetry/literature (-- symbolic language), and so on : language activities (especially for lexis building) may be developed for ESL-EFL learners.

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TED talks are lying to you

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The creative class has never been more screwed. Books about creativity have never been more popular. What gives?
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Some interesting ideas....bad title.

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5 Ways to Make Class Discussions More Exciting

5 Ways to Make Class Discussions More Exciting | Ever Growing | Scoop.it
Classroom discussions have been a staple of teaching forever, beginning with Socrates. I have taught using discussions, been a student in discussions, and observed other teachers' discussions thousan
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How to Use Your Story to Find Your Life Purpose | Purpose Fairy

How to Use Your Story to Find Your Life Purpose | Purpose Fairy | Ever Growing | Scoop.it

"Everyone has a story.  Some stories are happier than others.  Some are tragic.  But below the surface of our stories, each of us have wounds that need to be healed.

 

You have a choice: to accept your story and use it as a teacher, or reject it and become a victim."

 

Read the full article to find out more about these 5 ways to beat the odds and use your story to find your life purpose:

Excavate your storyLocate your shame pointsFigure out what you truly valueFind small ways to care for yourselfRealize you are NOT your story and create a shift in perception


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The BioSync Team's curator insight, October 20, 2013 10:16 AM

Your story is the path to uncovering your life’s greater purpose ... You have a choice: to accept your story and use it as a teacher, or reject it and become a victim.
—Brigitte Theriault

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The Ultimate YouTube Clip Finder, Collector and Trimmer: Zeeik It


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Lydia Gracia's curator insight, November 30, 2013 3:28 AM

Zeek it est un outil dé curation de vidéos youtube. Grâce a sa bookmarklet vous pourrez créer des collections de vidéos prêtes a être insérées dans un post ou être utilisées sur d'autos supports.

Dan Aldridge's curator insight, November 30, 2013 12:36 PM

This is kind of like a ScoopIt for video curation on YouTube. More at www.Zeeik.com. Thanks for the heads from Robin Good! 

Prof. Hankell's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:33 AM
Robin Good's insight:

 

 

"Zeeik It" is a new bookmarklet from Zeeik, a video curation app, that allows you to easily collect and save into discrete collections all of the YouTube videos found on Twitter or on most any web page. 

Once collected you can pick the ones you want and easily trim them before saving them into a curated video collection.

 

Zeeik video collections are a good way to create valuable content that can be embedded in any article or guide and that can be served according to multiple categories and criteria as you can see from this specific example:http://zeeik.com/zeeik/-21828800  ;

(click "Cool Colors" or "Warm Colors").

 

You can find the new Zeeik It bookmarklet on the top right of the Zeeik home page here: http://zeeik.com/ ;

 

Free to use.

 

My previous review of Zeeik: http://sco.lt/7FPJXF ;

 

More info: http://zeeik.com/ ;

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The 20 Best Pinterest Boards About Education Technology - Edudemic

The 20 Best Pinterest Boards About Education Technology - Edudemic | Ever Growing | Scoop.it
Pinterest is quickly becoming one of the biggest sources inspiration and innovation when it comes to cooking, design, and education.
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Deadway - A Language Learning Role-Play Game

Deadway - A Language Learning Role-Play Game | Ever Growing | Scoop.it
Deadway is a language-learning classroom role-playing game about rebuilding hope in a post-apocalyptic world. In this game your students will band together in small groups to forge a new society in...

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Judith Morais's curator insight, April 25, 6:37 AM

Writing of course is just one of many authentic skills developed in these type of game based activities. 

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Interview with Sugata Mitra

Interview with Sugata Mitra | Ever Growing | Scoop.it

Sugata joins us in the studio after his plenary session and reacts to some of the comments from Twitter and the live feed during his talk.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 6, 4:49 AM

My interview with Sugata Mitra after his plenary in Harrogate.

Sylvia Guinan's curator insight, April 7, 2:21 AM

Mind-blowing concepts - Sugata says that future testing parameters will operate outside the head - through harnessing what Nik called 'extended intelligence' - problem-solving beyond intellectualism - - - think adventurous McGyver-esque students on a mission called REAL LIFE;)

' Resources of the future are/will be intangible' and therefore cannot be 'used' as though they were a WC'........

Can't wait to blog about this one !!!

Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 9, 2:37 PM

My interview with Sugata Mitra after his controversial plenary at IATEFL 2014

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The Museum of Online Museums: A Curated Catalogue of Fantastic Web Collections

The Museum of Online Museums: A Curated Catalogue of Fantastic Web Collections | Ever Growing | Scoop.it

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Mary Clark's curator insight, October 25, 2013 10:25 AM

I love browsing museum collections online, and this site has links to some amazing ones I hadn't seen before.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 1:12 PM

The Museum of Online Museums is an online project showcasing a growing catalogue of the most interesting digital museums and online collections of all kinds. 

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Great post,thanks fr sharing!!!
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Quality Over Quantity: The Case Against Essay Length Requirements

Quality Over Quantity: The Case Against Essay Length Requirements | Ever Growing | Scoop.it
By demanding a number of pages or words, the thinking goes, teachers force their students to move beyond superficial observations into deeper analysis. Unfortunately, I believe that length minimums do not achieve that goal. Quite the opposite, in fac...

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, March 15, 1:45 PM

15 March 2014

"How long does the essay need to be?"

"How far does a rabbit run?" I'd respond?

"Huh?"

Well, a rabbit gets out of his hole and runs until he gets where he's going.? That how long your essay should be, and not one word longer."

 

The emphasis is upon the quality of the paper not the length. And, leading students to misperceive the intent of establishing a minimum length for their essays is the primary criteria upon which their writing is to be assessed is length is fraught with serious misdirection leading to missing the point of the point of learning to be articulate and succinct in expressing one's thoughts in words.

 

In fact, if we are to limit our perspective of what makes for an excellent education being limited to what will best prepare students for college and career, at least on the career front, being articulate and succinct are among the most valuable skills we can encourage. That is, unless "Bulls**tting and bluffing" are in fact valuable skills in college and career.

 

Although I have paid much attention to my very mixed feelings about how the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, specifically in the area of literary reading, among the attributes of the Common Core efforts that I admire very much is the attempt to keep the focus of assessment upon the actual skills at the heart of each element of the curricular areas elements. And, when the subject is Informational Reading and Writing, I'm quite supportive because the margin of error for the skills in those areas is less than the existing margin of error for current literary reading assessments. That being said, keeping the focus of "grading" upon the appropriate skills is critical and I do believe at the heart of the best of what the Common Core brings to public education.

 

An arbitrary requirement for the number of pages in an essay is a false focus. It is essentially equivalent to the impact on a student grade of extra-credit when used as behavior management. It pollutes the data and therefore pollutes the "data-driven" conclusions that are drawn.

 

Even very common practice of failing students for turning work in late pollutes the data if one is interested in measuring the curricular skill achievement. There is some justification for some penalizing for late work. But, losing 100% of the possible points for a late essay skews the overall measure of whether or not the student can actually write an articulate and succinct essay  attending to mechanics, usage, grammar, and organization.

 

What we do in the area of managing student learning AND behavior affects our students' perception of what is valued in essay writing or literary reading. And, we ought to wonder about every parameter we put around student performance and whether it is enhancing their focus and our ability to assess their performance.

 

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10 Web Resources For Teaching About Controversy - Edudemic

10 Web Resources For Teaching About Controversy - Edudemic | Ever Growing | Scoop.it
Today's feature is all about using various web tools and resources to have the tough talk - to find better ways for teaching about controversy.
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172 Places For Free Comic Books And Graphic Novels Online

172 Places For Free Comic Books And Graphic Novels Online | Ever Growing | Scoop.it
This article contains scores of links to free online comics and graphic novels.

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BookChook's curator insight, February 28, 5:27 PM

Lots of free comics and graphic novels online. 

Maria Richards's curator insight, May 23, 7:05 PM

More free teaching resources! 

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Graphic Organizers for Writing

Graphic Organizers for Writing | Ever Growing | Scoop.it
A selection of graphic organizers for writing. The organizers are in PDF format, ready to print and use.

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Judith Morais's curator insight, April 7, 7:23 AM

A range of prompts, templates etc to encourage and develop writing skills.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 20, 6:28 PM

Some useful pages here!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 22, 10:27 PM

Graphic organisers are essential for assisting students develop their understanding of text forms. 

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The British Library

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The British Library’s collections on Flickr Commons offer access to millions of public domain images, which we encourage you to explore and re-use. The release of these collections into the public...
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#53 - How to detect bullshit

#53 - How to detect bullshit | Ever Growing | Scoop.it
By Scott Berkun, August 9, 2006 Everyone lies: it's just a question of how, when and why. From the relationship saving "yes, you do look thin in those pants" to the improbable "your table will be r...
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Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction | TED

In the 1930s, broadcast radio introduced an entirely new form of storytelling; today, micro-blogging platforms like Twitter are changing the scene again.

 

Andrew showcases Twitter fiction done right by authors like Jennifer Egan who storyboarded her short story Black Box into over 600 tweets serialized by The New Yorker's fiction account.  Elliott Holt's short story called Evidence told by 3 characters. West Wing's fictional characters engage with the real world.  During the Chicago mayoral election a parody account of Mayor Emanuel. And the Crimer Show, with a feel of tv.  For nonfiction real-time storytelling, he discusses RealTimeWWII, an account documenting what was happening on this day 60 years ago.  


In the article How Has Twitter Shaped Storytelling?, which showcases this TED video, they include the Twitter Fiction Festival that took place over the course of five days in 2012. And more recently, Twitter partnered with Six Word Memoir to host the Six Word Festival.


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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, October 20, 2013 2:21 AM

This led me to a post from July An in-office TED all about fiction where Andrew's video was taken.  I'm hoping one day we'll get to see the other 3 speaker's from that evening - they sound fascinating.


The speakers covered ways that fiction operates in our everyday lives — from how jealousy makes us all into storytellers with a fine-tuned sense of cruelty to the new ways that fiction writers are using digital forms.


  • Parul Sehgal, an editor of The New York Times Book Review, gave a meditation on the “loneliness, longevity and thrill” of jealousy in fiction
  • Andrew Fitzgerald (video above), the head of Twitter News, believes that Twitter is fiction’s next frontier and that new mediums define new formats, which generate new stories.
  • Tea Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife, looked at how family myths function, by allowing us to insert ourselves into an epic narrative.
  • Jonathan Harris talked about his experiences on the platforms Today & Cowbird, and his perception that we’re documenting reality, but actually it’s closer to fiction.
Rita's curator insight, October 20, 2013 6:46 PM

Stories are where it's at! Want to get the attention of a three year old? Tell a story. I rest my case.

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Flat to Fabulous: How to Put More Character in Your Characters | Speaker Magazine

Flat to Fabulous: How to Put More Character in Your Characters | Speaker Magazine | Ever Growing | Scoop.it

"I believe that what makes a story so powerful isn’t really the plot, but the characters. It’s the characters we relate to and emotionally invest in.  Many of us are leaving a lot of funny on the table when we ignore the opportunities we have to let our characters to steal the show.


The first question to ask yourself is how interesting are the characters in your stories? Have you skipped over character development to head straight for the plot? Are you telling me about your character instead of showing me your character? Spend a couple of minutes in your story describing your main character before you get into the plot. Just like a story only needs the necessary details, your character only needs a few details to bring him or her to life."


Read the full article to find out more about these eight steps for making your characters come alive:

Give them an interesting name. Funny nicknames are guaranteed laughs. Choose a name that fits the character.Describe an aspect of their appearance that is interesting in a way that shows instead of tells.Give them quirks taken from the people you see in life around you.Show me their conflict. I don’t want to hear about it; I want to actually feel it.Show me their unique perspective on the world.Get into character when you tell the story. Pretend like you are acting out that character.Don’t forget the most important character in your speech: YOU!Don’t be afraid to come out of your comfort zone with your characters.
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Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 5, 2013 10:21 AM

Compelling stories have compelling characters. How are the characters in your biz stories? Flat or fab?


Most biz stories have characters that are just OK. But it's time to up our game if we want to keep listeners and readers engaged.


This is an excellent guide for creating interesting characters that will help drive your plot, inform your key message, and keep readers hooked.


I love this article not only because it's good -- but because a post on characters that biz people can relate to is rare indeed.


So read these 8 tips, keep them handy, and upgrade your characters!


This was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 


Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, November 5, 2013 5:01 PM

My favourite people in the world are the quirkiest.  They liven up my day and give me great tales to tell over the work lunch table.  What I like about this article is that each of the tips is followed by an example of it in action.

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A Curated Collection of Innovative Documentaries: The MIT Docubase

A Curated Collection of Innovative Documentaries: The MIT Docubase | Ever Growing | Scoop.it
The open documentary lab

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Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, December 3, 2013 5:37 PM

Robin Good's insight:

 

 Docubase is a project of the MIT Open Documentary Lab that aims to create a collaborative, participatory community around a growing collection of innovative documentaries curated by experts and outsiders alike.

 

Documentaries can be searched and sorted easily in a number of ways (most recent, most viewed, alphabetical order / or as a list rather than a mosaic). The interface is slick, colorful and simple to use.

 

More than 140 documentaries are already available and a selected group of curators has put together a number of publicly available playlists designed aroound key themes connecting these clips. 

 

Playlists: http://docubase.upian.com/playlist/ 

 

The curators: http://docubase.upian.com/curator/ 

 

A fantastic resource for documentary lovers and a great example of how in an open and participatory project, curation can play a fundamental role.

 

Free to use.

 

Try it out now: http://docubase.upian.com/ 

 

More info: http://docubase.upian.com/about/ 

 

Suggest projects to be included: http://docubase.upian.com/contact/ 

 

Read more about it: http://opendoclab.mit.edu/docubase_conversation 

 

#mitdocubase

 

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 5, 2013 7:13 AM

Great one.

Kimberley Vico's curator insight, December 8, 2013 2:41 AM

Incredible documentaries... something for everyone...!