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Social content curation


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An overview of how social curation tools are and could be used in teaching and learning

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Social content curation

  1. 1. Social Content Curation
  2. 2. The abundance of content and connection is as fundamental shift in education as any we are likely to encounter, and there has, to date, been little attempt to really place this at the centre of a model of teaching.” Martin Weller
  3. 3. What is it? • Refers to the collection, display and labelling of online information • Less about creating new resources and more about amassing information and then maintaining it in a logical fashion • Uses tools such as Pinterest,, Learnist, Tumblr, Storify and EduClipper • Users have a “pinboard” where can exhibit, comment on, catergorise, share content found on web • Similar to social bookmarking but with a focus on visual content and building collections of resources • Can be used to create resource boards, combine ideas and locate content
  4. 4. Accessing and sharing have become part of our “new normal… we now graze on information.” – Pew Internet Research
  5. 5. How it works • Provide tools to quickly grab and post webbased content • Functions as a visual scrapbook – reduces stress of narrative involved in a wiki • Allows users to share to socially
  6. 6. Examples of how being used • Arts-based courses: encourages visual thinking. Capture images and then explain choices made • Penn State College: – collaborative board to help with course developments. Pin images and tag content by lesson and topic. Content offered under CC licences to enable reuse which in turn reduces development time • Creating pin boards to show current student projects
  7. 7. Further examples • Collect and share reading materials with students, stoke conversation about current events, develop group activities, and critique web-based material. • Replace a textbook with materials available for free online. Collects video tutorials, handouts, lessons, and other materials on a “board” that students access using their own computers or mobile devices.
  8. 8. Other ideas • Brainstorming – encourages visual format • Useful for quickly gathering a portfolio and presenting it publicly • Use to show work in progress • Create a journal or log over time – a visual record to reflect on • To support collaborative planning
  9. 9. Issues to be resolved • Argument often made that this encourages copying leading to infringement of copyright as so quick to capture info • May separate content from context as pull images, figures, headlines etc • Few privacy controls in some sites
  10. 10. Where is this going? • Enthusiastic reception • Need to develop beyond simple collection and tagging of content • Need to develop ways of sorting and organising content
  11. 11. References • 7 Things You Should Know about Social Content Curation • • aching-with-content-curation.aspx