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by Paul Mihailidis and James N. Cohen
"In today's hypermedia landscape, youth and young adults are increasingly using social media platforms, online aggregators and mobile applications for daily information use. Communication educators, armed with a host of free, easy-to-use online tools, have the ability to create dynamic approaches to teaching and learning about information and communication flow online. In this paper we explore the concept of curation as a student- and creation-driven pedagogical tool to enhance digital and media literacy education. We present a theoretical justification for curation and present six key ways that curation can be used to teach about critical thinking, analysis and expression online. We utilize a case study of the digital curation platform Storify to explore how curation works in the classroom, and present a framework that integrates curation pedagogy into core media literacy education learning outcomes."
Via Robin Good, Kim Flintoff
by Marcela De Vivo
"Content curation sites seem to have been growing like weeds throughout the past year. While you might feel like your efforts are spread a bit thin, there are some tools you can use to establish a daily content curation campaign that’s actually effective in bringing new visitors to your site.
"Using content curation tools, you can also generate greater social media engagement with your followers and grab some new ones at the same time.
"This list is by no means all of the tools out there that can be useful for content curation, but they’re some of the most effective you can find, and they’re a great jumping-off point."
Robin Good: Problem: "...with so many conferences that are out of reach for one reason or another, how does one catch the highlights from the conference that won’t fit into a 140 character tweet?"
Solution: The Smashing Magazine has just published a valuable selection of curated design conference collections of video recordings and presentation clips presenting the best of those events.
"A number of sites have sprung up collating all of this wonderful content. Each with their own take on curating a library of conference videos."
This curated collection of collections comprises 35 online resources that have been designed for this very purpose: helping you discover the best talks, presentations and interviews from unique conferences and events.
Curation at work. 8/10
Full curated collection: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/11/09/useful-tech-talks-videos-web-conferences/
Via Robin Good, Dennis T OConnor
"...I want to point out that people with better PKM skills, an ability to create higher value information, and a willingness to share it, will become more valued members (nodes) in their professional networks." (Harold Jarche)
Robin Good: In this short article analyzing the PKM (personal knowledge management) process it is interesting to note the strong affinity it has with curation.
"The critical part of PKM is in personalizing information and experience, or to use a business term, adding value.
Ross Dawson shows five ways to add value to information (my examples/descriptions follow):
1) Filtering (separating signal from noise, based on some criteria)
2) Validation (ensuring that information is reliable, current or supported by research)
3) Synthesis (describing patterns, trends or flows in large amounts of information)
4) Presentation (making information understandable through visualization or logical presentation)
5) Customization (describing information in context)."
More info and examples presented in the article do not seem to include yet the appearance of a trusted news curator as a means to develop such PKM, which although is defined as "an individually created process", it could rely in the near future not just on tools, but also on the filtering and curation work of other humans.
Full article: http://www.jarche.com/2010/03/sense-making/ ;
Via Robin Good
This is a great presentation, containing rich images and video. Alec Couros (@courosa) is making a somewhat fine distinction between digital literacies and digital fluency, but overall, the content of this presentation is what we have explored in CT231 Professional Skills within the context of digital literacies. Worth a view.
Via ewaadam, Catherine Cronin
Robin Good: A great presentation by Corinne Weisberger and Shannan Butler on the emerging role of educators as curators and about the steps involved in creating valuable curated learning pathways.
Via Paulo Simões, Gust MEES, Robin Good
Students Need Professional Learning Networks, Too
Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it’s not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum.
Via Gust MEES, Jimun Gimm
Build traffic to your website using Scoop.it. As I'm working on the new Scoop.it Marketing 101 course (sign up link) I wanted to share a couple of Google analytics screen shot.
Ken Morrison's insight:
I have been following Marty for about two years. His curation site is simply top notch with great information that I read several times a week.
Via Martin (Marty) Smith, Ken Morrison
While creation-driven crowdsourcing platforms that activate community members to create original content for challenges will continue to be relevant, curation-driven crowdsourcing platforms that curate content that already exists on the social web (or on community members’ hard drives) will become more important.
Via Robin Good, Deanna Mascle
From Robin Good's insight:
"As content curators will increasingly need to learn more about archiving, organizing and preserving what they curate, this article provides an inspiring set of considerations about the key value of context and provenance...."
Read full Robin Good's insight below.
Via Robin Good, Giuseppe Mauriello
by Peg Corwin
"Learn how to use Scoop.it for content curation. Find numerous Scoop.it tips to curate and improve the presentation of your topics.
Jim Lerman's insight:
This is a Scoop.it topic page devoted to tips on how to use Scoop.it -- my favorite site for curation.
by Michael Statford
"Content curation services, which had been one of the choice tools of marketing experts for some time now, are finally entering the mainstream.
"Some research done by the guys over at LikeHack showed that this service is now often used not by marketing consultants but by ordinary people. This is due to information overload and the rising need for content filtering.
"For this reason, content curation is evolving from not being only a professional tool but a tool that saves web surfers time as personal service.
"The demise of Google Reader is only going to accelerate the use of these tools as people switch to these emerging technologies to filter their content to save them time and increase content relevance."
TeachThought.com has a series of posts about self-directed learning by Terry Heick and the staff, well worth a read! “
“Learning is most effective when it’s personalised; it means something to the learner. That happens when people feel they are participants and investors in their own learning, shaping what and how they learn, and able to articulate its value to them.” — Leadbeater, Charles
Via Gust MEES
Robin Good: If you are interested in understanding how "content curation" differentiates itself from simple re-sharing and re-blogging here is a great article by Chris DeLine.
Great advice for anyone wanting to become an effective content curator: “Whether in tweets, in blog posts, in podcasts, or in newsletters, be ruthless with your attention.
(Image credit: Shutterstock)
Via Robin Good, Dennis T OConnor, Paul Rawlinson, Pauline Wilson
Robin Good: Mobento is a hub of curated educational video clips integrating a special search engine capable of finding any word spoken inside the video collection and of visualizing where the words were spoken on a timeline.
From the official site: "This is a library and a library has librarians. That’s us. We’ll be rigorous in only uploading high quality, fascinating videos from established academic institutions and learning organizations."
Try it out now: http://www.mobento.com/
Via Robin Good, Darren Kuropatwa
Beth Kanter wrote a very complete and interesting piece in NTEN's latest edition of their quarterly journal for non-profit leaders. You have to download the journal but it's worth it and it's free (you just need to register).
Jan Gordon: I agree with Guillaume, Beth Kanter knows what she's talking about and her article is definitely worth reading.
Guillaume Decugis wrote this commentary:
"It's been fascinating for me to see how non-profits seem to embrace Social Media in general and Content Curation in particular - Beth of course being a key advocate in that move.
The broader take-away that I see for those of us in all sorts of organizations, as independant professionals or SMB-owners is the validation it brings to the model. When tightly-budgeted NPO's embrace a practice as a group, you can bet they're not wasting their scarce resources on a hype. They have to be efficient and as Beth puts it in the article: "Putting content curation into practice is part art form, part science, but mostly about daily practice. You don’t need to do it for hours, but 20 minutes every day will help you develop and hone the skills."
This is precisely where we see the opportunity with curation for professionals: building up a good practice that fits with one's daily routine and that -as Beth puts it - brings great "unexpected benefits".
Selected by gdecugis and Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://tinyurl.com/75ucphe]
Via Guillaume Decugis, janlgordon
Robin Good: A great video animation introducing some of the key ideas, dreams and concepts behind content curation.
From the video: "One of the most beautiful things about the Internet is this sort of radical discovery, where you start in a place that you are familiar with, that you trust, and then you drill down and down and chase the white rabbit and then you end up in some wonderland you didn't know existed."
The clip includes thoughts from some unique curators, picked and selected by Percolate, the company sponsoring this video.
Inspiring. Insightful. 8/10
Via Robin Good, Howard Rheingold