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Content curation is a great way for students to learn how to
locate, filter, evaluate and organise information
There's no doubt about it – the web contains a huge amount of
content. And the necessity to filter and organise this information has
given rise to content curation.
Content curation is about researching, sorting and organising content
around a chosen theme and sharing it with your community using many
different formats. More and more people are realising the ability to
edit and republish material they've found online is a valuable one.
Although content curation is used in the business community, it can
also have benefits in the classroom.
There are lots of curation platforms out there but I'll discuss ones
that can be easily used in the classroom.
Storify creates a narrative element
as it can be used to bring news together and create a story around a
chosen theme. This is created using content gathered from different
social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It's very
simple to join up.
Storify has an attractive layout and can be embedded on your own blog
or website. All of the content that's posted on Storify is attributed
to the original source. TAFE's Open Training Education Network (OTEN)
uses Storify as a marketing tool and reports a high rate of student engagement.
This is another tool that's free to join (go to
allows you to define a topic, select your content and then publish a
‘magazine'. Using Scoopit is considered to be a kind of cross between
tweeting and blogging. Most people don't have the time to blog, so
Scoopit allows you to select and display content created by others as
well as add comments. It also provides analytic tracking to monitor
This tool allows you to create your own online newspaper with all the
content you've selected. It's a good way to aggregate content and
share with your community using email, Twitter or Facebook.
Again, you access and aggregate content, sort through it and then
publish your selections to share with your audience. Paper.li also allows you to schedule daily
or weekly digital ‘deliveries' to your community.
Pinterest is another social
sharing site but more like a visual bulletin board. It can be used for
business to promote products and also allows for accompanying text of
up to 200 characters. It's a good idea to use # to categorise your
text and label information.
Content curation is a great way for students to learn how to locate,
filter, evaluate and organise information. They can identify trends,
access and collect articles around current issues or create exhibits
about historical events. The research skills required can be valuable
for class assignments.
There can be many positive outcomes of incorporating curation
exercises in the classroom. Teaching and learning can become a more
meaningful experience for all parties, often leading to a sense of
empowerment for the students. The contacts made through curation can
also lead to professional development opportunities and increased
credibility in one's field.