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Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web

Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web
Yesterday, the ever-churning machine that is the Internet pumped out more unfiltered digital data. Yesterday, 250 million photos were uploaded to Facebook, 864,000 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube, and 294 BILLION emails were sent. And that's not counting all the check-ins, friend requests, Yelp reviews and Amazon posts, and pins on Pintrest. The volume of information being created is growing faster than your software is able to sort it out. What's happened is the web has gotten better at making data. While devices struggle to separate spam from friends, critical information from nonsense, and signal from noise, the amount of data coming at us is increasingly mind-boggling. In 2010 we frolicked, Googled, waded, and drowned in 1.2 zettabytes of digital bits and bytes. Which means it's time to enlist the web's secret power—humans. If you want to understand how fast curation is growing on the web, just take a look at Pinterest. 1. How will curation evolve?

6 Facts About Content Curation and SEO You May Not Know If you struggle with providing a steady stream of fresh, relevant content for your website, you’re not alone. Perhaps one of the best ways to overcome this challenge, while also increasing the value you provide to your audience, is through the process of editorialized content curation. But while we know that this process (when done right) is beneficial in terms of driving traffic, extending reach and providing interesting and valuable content, what does Google think about content curation? Following are 6 facts about content curation and SEO you may not know – but that you really should if you’re going to use content curation as part of your own content strategy. 1. In tests performed over the course of several weeks, internet marketer Bruce Clay and his team decided to test various combinations of curated and original content to see how curation affected search engine rankings. The lesson here? 2. 3. An important part of curating content is including links to your original sources. 4. 5.

ClassBadges Is A Free Way To Gamify Your Classroom Looking to find a new, simple, and free way to gamify your classroom? There a new web tool out that you should probably know about. It’s called ClassBadges and it’s a free online tool where teachers can award badges for student accomplishments. Teachers can set up an account and award the badges whenever they wish. Pretty straightforward. Request an invite to create an account (it looks like right now, they’re working on handling a higher capacity of users), and once you do, you’ll be able to create a class list. You’re able to choose what badges are awarded (and they’re customizable!) See Also: The 50 Best Videos For Teachers Interested In Gamification

about Hey there. My name is Maria Popova and I’m a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large. I’ve previously written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, among others, and am an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. Maria Popova. Brain Pickings is my one-woman labor of love — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why. Founded in 2006 as a weekly email that went out to seven friends and eventually brought online, the site was included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive in 2012. Here’s a little bit about my seven most important learnings from the journey so far. I think of it as LEGOs — if the bricks we have are of only one shape, size, and color, we can build things, but there’s a limit to how imaginative and interesting they will be. Please enjoy. For more on the ethos behind this labor of love, here is my On Being conversation with the wonderful and generous Krista Tippett:

An Interview with Oliver Starr on Content Marketing with Content Curation There’s no doubt that content creation and content marketing will play an integral role in the marketing strategies of most brands in 2014, but what you probably didn’t know is that content curation can be an equally successful venture. If you’re struggling with creating original, unique, or shareable content, then content curation can be a perfect alternative. With these great tips from Oliver Starr, Chief Evangelist for Pearltrees and one of the earliest contributors to Techcrunch, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a content-curating master. What is content curation and how can it be used for content marketing? Content curation is the selection, organization, and presentation of material, in a thoughtful and artistic way such that all elements of what’s chosen and presented are intended to make a particular impression. If you are using curation to market content it’s still pretty much the same concept. What are some examples of it in practice? What tips would you give?

From Smoke Signals to Tweets: How The Evolution Of Communication Is Changing Your Classroom The following post is written by Beth Holland & Shawn McCusker from EdTechTeacher. Be sure to sign up for one of the last remaining spots at their iPad Summit! From quill and ink, to slate and chalk, to pencil and paper, to typewriter, to computer, to iPad…. each evolution of technology has allowed students to make their thinking visual, articulate their ideas, demonstrate their understanding of concepts and skills, collaborate with their peers, and communicate in complex and modern ways. Each advance has made it possible for those who master them to go a little further and to communicate a little more effectively. Historically, people who have taken the time to learn these technologies, or develop new ones, have reaped great rewards. Andrew Carnegie was “discovered” because of his ability to use the telegraph – the peak of communication at the time – to unravel a rail snarl that paralyzed his company. Bill Gates invented a way for people to visually interact with data on their computers.

How to Properly Research Online (and Not Embarrass Yourself with the Results) Warning: if you are going to argue a point about politics, medicine, animal care, or gun control, then you better take the time to make your argument legit. Spending 10 seconds with Google and copy-pasting wikipedia links doesn't cut it. The standard for an intelligent argument is Legitimate research is called RE-search for a reason: patient repetition and careful filtering is what will win the day. There are over 86 billion web pages published, and most of those pages are not worth quoting. If you are a student, or if you are seeking serious medical, professional, or historical information, definitely heed these 8 suggested steps to researching online:

What Marketers Say About Content Curation Most marketers (57%) say they should share 10 or more pieces of content per day to properly engage with their customers, according to a recent report by Trapit. Asked how many pieces of content a company needs to share/curate, survey respondents suggested numbers ranging from 0 to 135, with the most common response being 10 pieces of content (19% of respondents). Nearly half of marketers surveyed (45%) say they are unable to meet their curation goals and admit their companies do not share as much content as they should. Below, additional key findings from the report, which was based on data from a survey of 131 US marketers. Content Curation 74% of marketers surveyed say curation is an important part of their content strategy.54% agree automation is important for effective content curation.53% believe content curation is becoming less effective because of content saturation. Content Marketing Trends Time Spent on Content Marketing

Gargalo na sala de aula A precariedade do ensino de ciências desponta como uma incômoda pedra no meio do caminho do Brasil, num momento em que o país ambiciona internacionalizar sua pesquisa científica e é desafiado a formar recursos humanos qualificados em grande quantidade para acelerar seu crescimento. O obstáculo é tangível na série histórica de resultados do Pisa, sigla em inglês para Programa Internacional de Avaliação de Estudantes, exame que testa, a cada três anos, o nível de competência de adolescentes de 15 anos em leitura, matemática e ciências e é aplicado em mais de 60 países. O Brasil participou da prova de 2009 com uma amostra de 20.127 estudantes e obteve uma média de 405 pontos em ciências. O Pisa divide os alunos em seis categorias: do nível 1, no qual os jovens só conseguem apresentar explicações científicas que sejam óbvias, até o nível 6, no qual já conseguem demonstrar capacidade consistente de raciocinar de uma forma cientificamente avançada.

Net neutrality and the value of the Internet FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Verizon filed its second suit against the network neutrality laws submitted last December by the Federal Communications Commission, sparking what is certain to be more debate over who has what rights to regulate the content on the Internet. Meanwhile a policy paper out today suggests the Internet so far delivers between $4,155 and $5,686 in economic value to each consumer: a number that may decline or stagnate if net neutrality disappears. Assigning value to the web A study by the Institute of Policy and Integrity at New York University has crunched some numbers and determined that the combination of network infrastructure and content that comprise the Internet offers significant economic value to consumers. The results suggest that the consumer surplus generated by the Internet is very large. How much is the web worth to you? Of course this number is debatable, as are many number associated with the economics of broadband and the web.

The Busy Person's Guide to Content Curation : A 3-Step Process 841 Flares 841 Flares × Museums curate works of art. We digital marketers curate blog posts. Though our link shares may not be artistic contributions, the idea of curation is at least the same at museums and online: We’re all seeking only the best material to pass along to our patrons, customers, fans, or followers. Finding and sharing exquisite content has never had more value than it does today. People love being told what’s good to read or essential to see. What is content curation? I’ve got a short definition for you and a long one. Content curation is sorting through a large amount of web content to find the best, most meaningful bits and presenting these in an organized, valuable way. For the slightly longer definition, I’ll paraphrase Mike Kaput’s great analogy on Content Marketing Institute about how curation has evolved to its place of prominence on today’s Internet. All this is changing. Here’s how Mike Kaput summarizes the story: Curation is not aggregation. 1. 2.

Critical Review of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age In his 2005 article Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age, Siemens outlined a new way of thinking about learning based on the recent advances in information technology. He argues that this new theory, connectivism, supersedes previous learning theories, including behaviourism, cognitivism, and contructivism. In this post, I am seeking to further my understanding of this new theory, examine its limitations, and consider its relevance to both classroom teaching as well as knowledge management practices within organizations. Defining Connectivism In the article, Siemens outlines the fundamental principles of connectivism: For Siemens, connectivism is a significant departure from previous learning theories because it sees learning occurring outside of the individual, within the network: For connectivists, the starting point is always the individual learner (Siemens, 2005). Applications in the Classroom Applications in Knowledge Management References Couros, A. (2011). Garrison, D.

How Social Media Is Having a Positive Impact On Our Culture [OPINION] This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication. Josh Rose is the EVP, digital creative director of ad agency Deutsch LA, who -- when time permits -- moonlights as a photographer. Follow him at @joshrose. Two events today, although worlds apart, seem inextricably tied together. First, on my way to go sit down and read the newspaper at my coffee shop, I got a message from my 10-year-old son, just saying good morning and letting me know he was going to a birthday party today. The amount of calming satisfaction it gives me to be able to communicate with him through technology is undeniably palpable and human. I guess one man’s TMI is another man’s treasure. Moments later, I sat down and opened the paper. The Paradox of Online Closeness I recently asked the question to my Facebook friends: “Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare … is all this making you feel closer to people or farther away?” It is confusing. Filling in the Space With Connections