#16 Applying Curation Tools & Techniques

“What we need to get much better at is scaling that system so you don’t have to pay attention to everything, but you don’t miss the stuff you care about…”
Ev Williams

In the previous post, we introduced the concept of curation. Harold Jarche’s great Seek-Sense-Share framework for personal knowledge managment (PKM) is a great model. I think it makes sense to organize the tools around the three steps in his PKM process.

Finally, as learning practitioners, we’re awash in information about social tools and technology-enabled learning. It can be easy to overlook how unfamiliar busy professionals are with some of these technologies—especially in a work context. We need to take the time to help familiarize them with new tools, using practical, realistic examples. – Eric Kammerer

Now I’d like to share a few practical ways to use curation tools and techniques.

Seek: Seeking is finding things out and keeping up to date. These are tools that help you save time discovering relevant content efficiently.

  • Feedly: We covered Feedly earlier in the program when we talked about RSS and feed readers. Feedly is the great way to organize, read and share the content of your favorite sites all in one place. You can save and share items to other social tools directly from within Feedly.
  • Flipboard: Mainly used as an app for your tablet or smartphone, Flipboard is “a single place to discover, collect and share the news you care about. Add your favorite social networks, publications and blogs to stay connected to the topics and people closest to you” You can use it to easily aggregate content from a variety of sources and presents the content in a very nice magazine type format.  And you can quickly and easily curate and share articles directly from within Flipboard with the click of a button. You can “flip” things into your own magazine or use the Flip It bookmarklet in your web browser. Check out JD Dillon’s ‘magazine’.

    This video shows how to use Flipboard to find, curate and share content.  You’ll find a complete step by step guide to setting up Flipboard here.

  • Zite: Zite is another mobile app that is cool way to discover new content with a unique twist. Zite learns your interests and reading habits and gets smarter as you use it.
  • Twitter lists or hashtags

Sense: Sensing is how we personalize information and use it.

  • Evernote: Evernote is great for collecting and storing information using folder and tagging functions that can be used to organize content you find valuable.
  • Diigo: Allows you to collect bookmarks, annotate web pages with highlighting and sticky notes that persist when you return to the site, and share bookmark collections with others, among other features.
  • Blogging: (WordPress, Blogger) Blogs posts are a good way to curate because they allow detailed followed up and elaboration. Plus there are a lot of possibilities to customize and organize a lot of information in a blog including the ability to embed content from other sources into your blog posts, etc. Check out this post on blogging as a curation platform to learn more.
  • SlideShare is a site where you can post your presentations online to share with others. They can also be easily embedded into blog posts.
  • Storify enables you to curate your own stories from photos, video, tweets, what people post on social media sites and your own narration. Here’s a quick video on how to use Storify.

Share: Sharing includes exchanging resources, ideas, and experiences with our networks as well as collaborating with our colleagues. These tools enable you to organize, annotate and display your content.

  • Feedly, Flipboard, Zite, Twitter, Storify, Blogging, Diigo (See above)
  • Social Bookmarking tools: Diigo, Delicious, Pinterest
  • Scoop.it! is a curation platform that enable users to collect news, articles, and other sources found on the Internet, and share them on their own custom-themed Scoop.it! site.  Scoop.it! is like a social bookmarking website but with a visual, online magazine-like format.
  • Rebel MousePaper.li

There are a bazilion tools you can use.; and the tools you use, and how you curate, is very personal. Try a few out. Keep what works and don’t worry about whether or not you’re doing it “right”. There isn’t any one “right” way. If it works for you it is all good.!

A few other good things to check out include:

Discussion Questions:

  • Are you using any of these tools already? How do you use them?
  • What do you like about the tools you use?
  • What does your curation/PKM system look like?
  • Will you explore any new tools from this list? Are you looking for any tools to fill a particular need?
  • If you are sharing things you find interesting please add a comment to let us know where we can find them and follow your stuff (i.e. What’s your twitter handle, blog site, or urls for your bookmarks, etc)
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