Content Curation

Content curation is the “customised selection of the best, most relevant, quality resources to meet a specific information need” (Hay, 2014).  Content curation involves sifting through information, selecting relevant resources, organising these by topic and annotating or tagging to add meaning, then publishing these collections for your own reference and to share with others. Curation is made easy with Web tools such as Scoopit, Learnist, Diigo, Flipboard and Pinterest.

Examples of curation in education from Helen Stower


Scoopit

Scoopit allows teachers to create topic based content hubs where colleagues or students can learn, curate and share.  Use Scoopit as part of your PLN to connect with other professionals in this community and share in their discoveries of information and content relevant to your field.  You can create topic collections to save and organise your information and share these within Scoopit or publish straight to your social networks or blog.

The Scoopit site has useful instructional videos to help get you started using this curation tool.  The Scoopit blog is also recommended as a resource for updates and tips on using this platform.

Learnist

Like other curation tools, Learnist enables users to learn from expertly curated web, print and video content covering topics, ranging from niche areas of academics to broad interests such as food, health, sports and entertainment. By collaborating with others in Learnist, educators can efficiently build professional collections of content.

Learnist content is collected on boards.  Investigate how to start creating boards by accessing the Learnist board established for this purpose.

Diigo

Diigo was one of the first curation tools developed.  It calls itself a multi-tool for knowledge management.  Still popular, particularly among academic communities, Diigo allows users to build personal libraries or create groups and to organise, annotate and share information easily.

Visit the Diigo site to view an informative video demonstrating this platform or to set up your account and start curating.

Flipboard 

Flipboard promotes itself as a tool that allows users to discover, collect and share news they care about.  Users of this curation tool particularly like its magazine style format.  

Visit the Flipboard website for tutorials on getting started, magazine basics and video tutorials

 

References

Hay, Lyn. "Content Curation for Schools." Syba Academy - Resourcing the Australian Curriculum: Building Digital Collections. Brisbane. 24 Mar. 2014. Address.