How Can Web 2.0 Curation Tools Be Used in the Classroom? Digital Tools Jeff Thomas “Curation” may be one of the big buzzwords of 2011. The role of the curator has always been to help pull together and oversee collections of materials. There are a number of tools that enable this. “Curation offers a context on the biggest learning playground the world has ever known.” That’s another vital part of the act of curation: what other people have deemed important. While the Web has perhaps democratized who can be an expert, we do still prefer to turn to those with specific backgrounds and from specific professions, especially when it comes to education.One interesting new curation tool is Scoop.it. Despite being in beta, Scoop.it has seen some uptake from educators, and there are a number of curated resources there already: Learning Process and Mobility, Alternative Education, iPads and Education, for example. Curation was once the purview of experts and professionals who collected and preserved resources. Related Explore: Scoop.it
A Marketer’s Guide to Content Curation | Power Tools for Thought Leaders Image via CrunchBase Kipp Bodnar of HubSpot shares his thoughts on curation as a marketing strategy… There is an elephant in the online marketing “room,” and the elephant’s name is Curation. Curation is the most important part of online marketing that no one is talking about. First, content creation is difficult. Applying Curation to Our Problems As marketers, how do we solve these two problems? Curation has become a fixture for many successful news blogs on the web today. Source: A Marketer’s Guide to Content Curation Go to the source if you’d like the rest of his perspective. Content curation can improve audience loyalty (e1evation.com) The Beginner’s Guide To Content Marketing (e1evation.com) This Year’s Highlights for B2B Marketing (business2community.com) Top Online Marketing Books for 2012 (toprankblog.com) Content Marketing: The Entrepreneur’s Most Productive Task (lifehack.org)
opendistanceteachingandlearning | Open distance teaching and learning La puce et le neurone : deux mots sur la “curation” Ah le vilain mot que celui de « curation » ! Il y a décidément des anglicismes qui passent mal. Je ne sais pas pourquoi on ne lui préfère pas le terme d’édition, fût-il imparfait. Quoi qu’il en soit, c’est depuis quelques mois un des mots à la mode sur le Web et il recouvre quelque chose d’important : essayons donc de remonter du son (bruyant) au sens. Mais tout d’abord, qu’est-ce que la curation ? J’ai rencontré plusieurs définitions et, plutôt que de trancher, je vais y aller de la mienne, qui vaudra du moins pour cet article. Maintenant, si l’on considère le Web, on comprend aisément pourquoi c’est une notion importante. Pour ne parler que du Web moderne, celui qui dans mon esprit commence au milieu des années 1990, deux méthodes de curation se dégagent : l’humaine et l’algorithmique. La curation humaine, c’est « David and Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web« , à savoir Yahoo! Il est assez aisé de tracer les principaux avantages et inconvénients de ces deux approches.
Content Pandemics and the Impetus for Enterprise Content Curation The age of ferocious mediocrity is upon us. Like a virus slowly evolving and afflicting greater and greater portions of the population; mediocre content has been infecting every medium it touches. Not only has it overwhelmed and made scarce good content but it has reshaped our perception of what good content is. It is, in fact, what I refer to as a content pandemic. Classically a pandemic refers to a virus that has attributes like passing from species to species, affecting wide spread regions, and having an aggressive evolutionary lifecycle which makes it difficult to treat. We can look at mediocre content the same way. When we made the tools available to self-broadcast, we let the Genie out of the bottle. But what does this mean to the enterprise? On Wednesday Feb 22 edition of #Bizforum Twitter chat, we debated the Role of Content Curation in the Enterprise. Quality content is a sustainable competitive advantage Content curation delivers value to everyone, not just prospective customers
Lots of good links What Can Social Media Aggregation Contribute To Teaching & Learning Content Curation Is Listening and Engaging Content curation is 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. But finding and organizing the information is only half of the task. As Mari Smith points out in this video about why curation is important and some tools for doing it. Last week, I helped launch a peer exchange for Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Insurance grantees with Spitfire Communications (creators of the SMART chart). Bruce Lesley is one of a growing number of nonprofit executive directors and senior leaders that use Twitter. First Focus is working to change the dialogue around children’s issues by taking a cross-cutting and broad based approach to federal policy making. If you take a look at Bruce Lesley’s Twitter stream, you will see that he is curating information on public policies impacting children. What do the experts say? “If you want more followers, you have to follow better people.
Who are your curators? | Content curator | Digital Curator I had already planned to write a post about “curators” today when I noticed that Jeff De Cagna has posted about the “content challenge” over on SmartBlog. He sees “content curation” as one of the most significant innovation opportunities available to organizations. We’re in agreement on that and have spoken together about it before. Here on Mission to Learn, though, I’d like to focus on it as one of the most significant innovation opportunities for individual lifelong learners. First things first: What is a Curator? The idea behind curators and content curation is that there is such a flood of new content pouring through the Internet pipes these days that being aware of all of it and sorting it out in meaningful ways is simply not possible. Bottom line: A curator is an individual or organization who excels at helping others make sense. For the individual lifelong learner, I see (at least) two powerful opportunities here. The first is to find great curators. The second is to be a curator.
Curation is More Than Integration The term “Curation” doesn’t yet score a hit in the archive of Scott Adam’s Dilbert cartoons, which means it’s still living the short half-life between entering the pop management lexicon and becoming the object of ridicule. Trust me. There are enough people running around the marketing world babbling about “curating,” that it won’t be long before Dogbert or the Pointy-Haired Boss skewer us all for using language that no real human being would ever utter. We hear a term like “curate” crop up in a few business conversations. We assume it’s the hot new topic, and thus begin employing it in our conversations, whether we understand it, or not. We’ll use it as a noun, a verb, an adjective. When “curate” first showed in our world, it was being used as a new way to speak about integration; of activating the various disciplines of marketing communications to work in synergistic harmony with one another. A conversation is not like an exhibit hall. Learn more at gyro.com.
Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons There is a growing number of key trends that are both rapidly revolutionizing the world of education as we know it and opening up opportunities to review and upgrade the role and scope of many of its existing institutions, (as the likeliness that they are going to soon become obsolete and unsustainable, is right in front of anyone's eyes). George Siemens, in his recent Open Letter to Canadian Universities, sums them up well: 1) An Overwhelming Abundance of Information Which Begs To Be OrganizedThe goal is not (and probably it never was) to learn or memorize all of the information available out there. It's just too much even if we focus only on the very essence of it. From the New York Times: "...Mr. Curation fits in as a more appropriate approach to learning and to prepare for real-world work challenges, by allowing learners to construct meaning by having to research and to understand and to create new relationships between different information-elements.