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19 December 2012

Curating the web

For awhile now I've been collecting "News from the world of technologies to spark the interest of staff and students at ISOCS" on Paper.li.  This is a web site which produces a page once a week with snippits and links to posts, tweets, feeds, etc. that I've chosen. (The site is based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) – Innovation Center in Lausanne, Switzerland)

Recently, Paper.li has campaigned hard for users to upgrade to Pro accounts, and I've had the feeling that the service on my non-pro account has declined somewhat.

So this morning I created a parallel page on Scoop.it, another curation site.  The sources for both pages are the same, so we will be able to compare how the two sites work.  You can subscribe to both pages, or view them on tabs on this blog.

If you do a search for [web curation sites], you'll find lots of information:  what it is, what it's good for, why it's good, why it's bad, how to curate, etc.  I think curation would be a fine tool for students as they investigate a topic, whether for school or for their own interests. Collecting and sorting news, and then editing the page causes you to focus closely on your topic, and your audience.  Because it is almost a daily process, it keeps the topic in the forefront of your mind.

If my class were going to start a curation project, I would have them read this post from Mashable, and then look at a few education-focused Paper.li and Scoop.it sites:
Geography Education
Ancient Civilization
The Medieval World
English Language Teaching Resources
Cathedral AP World History

Careful editing is required on "publication day" - these pages are pulling information based on rss feeds, but also on key words, and sometimes the right word causes the wrong information to be included on a curation page.