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Curation: Creatively Filtering Content

Curation: Creatively Filtering Content
We are living in an era of information overload. So much content is shared online that curation is needed as a way to get value out of the information flood. Content curation is the process of shifting through the vast abundance of content on the Internet to select the best, most relevant resource, on a specific topic or theme, so that we can organize, manage and collate the content for ourselves and share with others. Content curation is about working smarter and not harder. Why is curation important? Curation is a life skill and an important part of being digitally literate. While at the Edutech National Congress & Expo I curated the best resources shared from the Edutech conference into a Flipboard magazine. The purpose of this post is to showcase all the different ways content was curated at the Edutech National Congress & Expo to: Provide a deeper understanding of curation.Provide inspiration to try alternative curation methods.Make you appreciate the importance of curation. Blog posts

Content Curation In Online Learning: How To Do It Right Not every Subject Matter Expert is good at building online learning and not every online learning unit builder is an expert in every topic. Good online learning, however, is a combination of good content well presented to engage and entertain the learner. I am an Instructional Designer and online learning unit builder (e-delivery team) and the following reflects some of the conversations I have with Subject Matter Experts to help them provide me with the best possible content for developing online learning units. Much of the work I am doing at the moment is based on self-paced and self-assessing learning. Introduction The process of content curation in online learning is one where we peel away a lot of the external “noise” that we might use in a classroom situation and expose the kernels of knowledge that we then present as engagingly and clearly as possible. Together online learning magic is created! Some key things that will turn online learners off: Defining Module Units Defining Outcomes Curation as Digital Literacy Practice I have been writing my PhD so haven’t updated this blog for a while. Thesis writing is taking up a lot of my mental space as I get the ideas, storyline and contentions to ‘coalesce’ and cohere in a manner suitable for such a piece of work. I’ve been mulling over a series of ideas in my analysis of digital literacies, and one of them is the concept and practice of ‘curation’ as a digital literacy, and what the implications are for curation practices to be better understood, theorised, and subsequently harnessed for educational purposes. My PhD thesis (Bhatt, forthcoming) is not fully completed yet, but some ideas are worth throwing out to collide with others as part of what I believe is a public conversation (#impact #engagement). [Aside: see this brief lecture by Steven Johnson on the ‘collision’ of ideas and the sharing of half-baked hunches] Back to the topic: Source: References: Bhatt, I. Tufte, E. Like this:

Getting Started with Content Curation in the Classroom – John Spencer This is the second in a series called The Future of Learning. The previous post dealt with the seismic changes happening with technology. This post dives into the question of how we explore information in a world of information overload. The term “curate” has become a buzzword in education. We live in a world of instant information, where ideas go viral without much thought regarding accuracy and validity. The Rise of the Curators In recent years, we’ve seen the rise in popularity of a group of bloggers that specialize in content curation. Farnam Street: Shane Farnam has a description on his blog, “I want to go to bed each night smarter than when I woke up. What Is Content Curation? I’m drawn toward an archaic definition of the term. Over time, this word morphed into an intense care and love for a particular subject, knowledge, or set of artistic works. A curator is one who collects and manages information with a passion and love for the subject. What does curation typically look like?

Content Curation Tools: The Ultimate List - Content Marketing Forum For content marketers, content curation is integral to online strategy. Effective curation helps position you as a thought leader in your space, and is an economical way to maintain a consistent publishing schedule of quality content. But manually trying to find the most relevant content in a given industry and then publishing it across multiple channels can be time-consuming. To curate effectively thus requires automation. Curata defines content curation as when an individual (or team) consistently finds, organizes, annotates, and shares the most relevant and highest quality digital content on a specific topic for their target market. This map was constructed to help you or your organization navigate the growing world of curation and find a tool that best fits your content needs. Marketing technology is constantly providing marketers with simpler solutions for publishing higher quality, more relevant content. The Tweeted Times – Aggregates news in your Twitter stream every hour. Trap!

Chapter 4: Curation in School Libraries | Valenza | Library Technology Reports Chapter 4: Curation in School Libraries Joyce Kasman Valenza, Brenda L. Boyer, Della Curtis Abstract In chapter 4 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 50, no. 7), “Social Media Curation,” the authors present interviews with school librarians who describe how digital curation supports learning, serves as a learning activity for students, and contributes to the larger community. Refbacks There are currently no refbacks. MentorMob - Learn What You Want, Teach What You Love - MentorMob Curation & School Librarians School Library Monthly/Volume XXIX, Number 1/September-October 2012 Curation by Joyce Kasman Valenza Joyce Kasman Valenza, Ph.D., is a teacher librarian at Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim, PA. The Internet firehose analogy rings even truer today, twenty years after Internet access saw its beginning. Human Filters Help Digital curators can prevent oversaturation by filtering and diverting the onslaught and by directing what is worth sharing into more gentle and continuous streams. Blogger, author, and NYU professor Clay Shirky, in Steve Rosebaum’s Mashable post, "Why Content Curation Is Here to Stay" on May 10, 2010, describes the problem with traditional search and identifies the issue of filter failure: Curation comes up when search stops working. Human filters make a difference. Curators make sense of the vast amounts of content that are continually produced. Perhaps Albert Barnes was the ultimate curator for the pre-digital world. Why Must School Librarians Curate? SLANZA.

Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project | Social Media for PR Class I know a lot of people view curation as a buzz word devoid of meaning, but I like the metaphor! I think it beautifully captures the process we need to go through to best make sense of the vast amount of information available on the web. Of course, it doesn’t help that a lot of people use the word curation to describe activities that don’t live up to the metaphor. And that takes away from its power. To talk content curation, we really need to think through the duties of a museum curator for a second. A curator scours the art world, selects the finest works, gathers them together around a unified theme, provides a frame to understand the artists’ messages and then hosts a conversation around the collection. The Curation Project & the PLN As part of the social media class, my students are required to set up a network of online mentors using social media tools. In essence, I tasked students with creating the ultimate resource on a particular topic and to share it with the world.

5 herramientas de curación de contenidos imprescindibles La curación de contenidos es un término que cada vez está más presente en nuestras estrategias de Marketing de Contenidos, ya que se hace necesario gestionar toda la información que nos llega para poder seleccionar aquella que nos es realmente interesante. La curación de contenidos se puede definir como el hecho de buscar, filtrar, leer, organizar y personalizar el contenido que encontramos para después compartirlo con nuestra audiencia. En la curación de contenidos no se trata de crear desde cero, sino de encontrar y organizar el contenido existente para presentarlo y optimizarlo bajo un nuevo contexto. Tampoco se trata de recolectar indiscriminadamente información sin más (que eso es lo que hace un lector de RSS), sino de hacer una evaluación crítica para ver si un contenido encaja en el contexto en el que lo vamos a presentar. Para realizar este trabajo de la forma más óptima posible, puedes ayudarte de herramientas de curación de contenidos. Buffer Flipboard Feedly Pocket Linkedin Pulse

Why Should We Teach Content Curation? “Content curation” is hip terminology in the marketing world. Businesses routinely develop and refine perceptions of their brand on social media through the information they choose to share with specific audiences. Curating content is an essential skill to share with students. With broad and easy access to information, seeing and practicing content curation can help students deal with the often-overwhelming amount of information available at their fingertips. Access to information ≠ knowledge In a recent Idea Channel Video, host Mike Rugnetta makes a compelling case that the algorithms Google uses to sift through and create connections between a vast amount of Web-based information represent a kind of knowing. Rugnetta cites Larry Sanger’s observation that the Internet means that people can find information more easily than ever before, but access to information is not equivalent to knowledge. Why should we teach content curation skills? How to model the content curation process

Clipica: Paste the web. Flipboard Acqui-Hires Visual Storytelling Startup Ultravisual To Boost Content Curation Features Flipboard, the app that lets you make a personal magazine by aggregating your favourite online publications, blogs and social feeds, has acqui-hired the Technicolor-backed visual storytelling startup Ultravisual to boost its content-curation functionality. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, though this is a pure talent acquisition, for stock only, that sees seven of the Ultravisual team, including its founder, Neil Voss, join Flipboard. Noteworthy, Ultravisual will continue to operate for at least the “next six months,” under the management of investor Technicolor, according to a blog post by Flipboard. In classic PR-speak, the official announcement makes mention of Flipboard and Ultravisual’s “shared vision” of beautifully presenting content, organised around interests, and says Ultravisual’s team will bring “insights and expertise” to that vision. Photo credit: Flipboard

Curating content - tools and processes Having clarified the need to curate content on a specific topic, your next step is to choose a curation tool. One that meets your users' needs and is easily accessible. Contents Getting started: the curation processTools for content curationShare your curated contentExamples of curated collectionsRelated links for further reading Getting started: the curation process For more detail on the definition of content curation, who might take part, and who your target audience might be, refer to the article, Content curation. Identify a need What is the student learning objective? Selecting resources for curation You will eventually develop a reliable collection of sources from which you can draw high quality resources for your curated collections. These are essential resources that all librarians should bookmark as go-to points for curating. Tools for content curation The bewildering array of curation tools generally fall into one of two categories, according to Sue Waters: Choose your curation tool

Good overview of curation and why it is important. Explores different ways to curate information using different tools. by karenmalbon Aug 26