Activity 4 Task 3 – Keep up to date by using content curation tools

hand-982050_640Your PLN is a major source of information about what is happening in your profession. However since you will most likely only spend a relatively short time (or “window”) each day interacting with your connections on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn or other places, how can you make sure you don’t miss out on important stuff that is being shared or discussed.

This is where curation tools and services can play a useful role.

What is content curation? Beth Kanter explains in her Content Curation Primer

“Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. The work involves sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information. A content curator cherry picks the best content that is important and relevant to share with their community.”

Although content curation is something you might do yourself, manually  – searching through content and picking out the good stuff, there are now a number of tools available to do this automatically for you.

These tools work by scanning content sources – including your social networks – for topics that you have defined, and then present them to you, often in the form of a daily newspaper or magazine.

Scoop.it is a tool that lets you curate new content – both manually and automatically –  from across the Web on a topic of interest to you and presents it in a form, where you can also add your own notes on the scoop. Others can also subscribe to your Scoopit topic.

If you have an iPad, then Flipboard presents curated news in an attractive magazine format.

Task 

Sign up for one or other of these content curation tools (or any other of your choice. After a few days, review the value of the resources that they have brought to you. In an entry in your Learning Log, describe your experience of using content curation tools.