When reading about 21st century learning I often come across the term “curation”. Beth Kanter defines content curation as “the organizing, filtering and “making sense of” information on the web and sharing the very best pieces of content that you’ve cherry picked with your network” (be sure to read the whole post).
As more and more information is published on the web, we need tools to help us find, filter and organize that information. Students need to learn that not all information is created equally and that learning requires us to evaluate and edit information constantly.
I use quite a few tools that help me with these activities:
twitter – a continuous rich stream of links come to me from my PLN through twitter
delicious – a great way to bookmark sites, research papers and other sources of information to refer back to
google alerts – an easy way to automate searches that you perform on a regular basis
rss reader – a “dashboard” for bringing all the blogs, news sources, and other things together in one place for catching up
Increasingly there are tools that bring disparate sources together and present them in a visually appealing way – almost like a magazine – and it is one of these that I’ve been playing around with lately.
Scoop.it is a tool that helps you to explore your favourite topic by bringing content (sites, posts, videos, etc) together in an online exhibit. Scoop.it will even crawl the web looking for links that might be of interest to you. You can follow topics and other scoop.it posters and easily pull links that appeal to you into your own curation page.
I’m just getting started with this project, so far I’ve pulled together some of my all-time favourites and will add new things as I come across them. I’m hoping this will be an effective way to pull together information to engage people (in particular parents) who aren’t necessarily tuned in to the latest web tools.
Asking people to jump right into twitter or blogging or social bookmarking can be a bit overwhelming. My hope is that by exploring topics of interest through scoop.it they will see the power of curation tools for their children and might even try it for themselves.
What I’m scooping right now: