Excerpt from article written by Dennis Shiao and published on Scoop.it Blog: "Every time I visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, I see something I’ve never seen before. Wouldn’t it be great if our content collections drew as much interest, respect and admiration as the collections at MoMA? In order to achieve this feat, we need to become highly effective content curators. Let’s consider seven habits:
1. Focus on Goals
What are your goals around content curation? If you can’t answer that question, stop right now. Stop reading this post, too. Go answer the question, then return when you’re done.
2. Have Empathy
You’ll need to have empathy for your target audience. In other words, the better you understand their thoughts, interests and challenges, the more effective you’ll be at content curation.
3. Be Careful, Cautious and Selective Make sure you read (and digest) every piece of content you curate. Curate high quality content only, leaving the marginal pieces to the proverbial cutting room floor.
4. Editorialize Don’t just share content, tell us why you like (or dislike) the piece. What can your target audience learn from reading it and what are the key takeaways? In a sense, editorializing creates a nice blend of creation and curation.
5. Provide Attribution Providing attribution shows respect and helps drive visibility and awareness to content authors. As you curate, look up the author of the article (or blog post) and explicitly acknowledge them.
6. Understand What’s Timely and Trending Sharing fresh milk is good. Sharing spoiled milk is rotten. If you find content that is time sensitive, consider whether the “sharing window” has already passed.
7. Have an Eye for a Great Title Not everyone will be as thorough as you when reviewing content. A lot of people will click on a link solely because of a compelling title. As you sharpen your curating skills, you’ll begin to figure out what separates great titles from good titles. If you come across a great article that has just a good title, consider changing the title text when you curate..."
By Cynthia Nikitin and Josh Jackson ...new libraries serve as centers of discovery and communication–places where people gather and where information comes alive through teaching and personal interaction. Indeed, to distinguish themselves in a world where Google is well on its way to digitally scanning most of the books ever written, libraries are learning to take advantage of the simple fact that they are centrally located in almost every community. In other words, libraries now see success being linked to their role as public places and destinations.
The information society is upon us and with it comes the constant barrage of information accessible wherever, whenever. This book explores the role of knowledge prevalent in society, and investigates the dangers lurking in information technology and democracy as a whole.
Information is a condition for a robust democracy; people should vote based on sound information. But sound information doesn’t come easy and without labor. It must be properly handled and formatted before it is useful for deliberation, decision and action. In the information age, understanding the means by which information is processed becomes a crucial democratic instrument for the individual as well as the group.
"There is much more to efficient Googling than what most of our students know. From the specific order of the words constituting our search query to the use of search operators, Google provides all kinds of tricks for users to implement in order to tap into its full search potential."
School branches, bookmobiles helped attract new library director to Worcester Worcester Telegram He spoke with excitement about the One City, One Library program, which brings library branches into the local schools.
A definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage In today's digital environment, where rumors and false contents circulate, journalists need to be able to actively sort out true, authentic materials from the fakes.
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..."
Planning engaging learning experiences for students, enabling them to meet or demonstrate specific standards or objectives, still remains the main part of the job of a teacher.
All over the state, nation and globe, teachers spend countless hours planning content to achieve a common outcome. Sure, faculties and perhaps districts may have means of sharing this workload, but generally it’s that hour or six on the weekend, or the night before where the hard work truly gets done.
With our connected society, the opportunity for educators everywhere to share content is staggering. Done properly with the right technology, lightening the planning load through collaboration should not only result in the best quality content being delivered to more students, but also enable teachers to focus on the ever important demands of classroom management and student-teacher relationship.
The future of teaching surely needs to involve a community-based approach to content creation. Consider the potential of organizing and pooling our best content onto a common, yet customizable platform.
A digital community where an entire Unit – loaded with engaging activities and resources for a given subject, in a given curriculum region – can be downloaded from a library of thousands of Units, contributed by users. This is the vision of Cloud School Ltd. It’s early days but we are on a mission to build the tools to facilitate such a community.
As well as the potential for collaboration, there are also more immediate benefits that come with the right digital planning solution.
In addition to reducing our own environmental footprint and teaching our students to do the same, we now have the power of social media at our fingertips to help raise awareness of important issues right around the world.