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Finding & organizing great internet content for your


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for workshop 3/21/12 at methuen lit vol. Online resources for tutors and volunteers to find, organize, share and access information

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Finding & organizing great internet content for your

  1. 1. Patty BallNortheast SABESMarch 2012
  2. 2. Is your textbook the one and only source of expertise you use in the classroomFor as long as I can remember, teachers have been searching for and developing resources to use in a courseUse articles, movies, experiences, websites to supplement the textbookNo textbook has every been perfect- supplementing used to be the focus, now we spend more time on primary sources and commentaries beyond the text, that the text is merely a basic reference point for us
  3. 3. How do you first search and then filter through themassive amounts of information now available?Quality & relevanceWouldn’t it be great to have someone do this foryou and deliver it right to you?
  4. 4. Finding – timely, relevant contentSelecting - specific to our unique interests and perspectives Storing Access/Retrieving *Sharing
  5. 5. *”In the beginning there were file cabinets; about 14 in all, full of articles, brochures, pamphlets, cassettes and videotapes. In two closets, at opposite ends of the office, a mishmash of books, journals and reports completed the collection.”Browser BookmarksExcel spreadsheetRSS feedsScreenshotsPrint outs
  6. 6. Instead of searching for information, you plug in to knowledge of somebody who is an acknowledged specialist in the field Curation online also has to demonstrate: mastery, passion, knowledge and expertiseWithout such additional layers, a curated collection of links is just a collection of links 50 best ways to curate and share info
  7. 7. the key to curation is not theidentification of contentThis can be done with search enginesIt is the collection, commenting andrating/placing of content that matters
  8. 8. As the amount of information accumulates-increasingly important to use tools to help find &organize information that’s relevant and usefulWhat are Tags/KeywordsWhat is a BookmarkletCloud Storage – store and access your informationanywhere
  9. 9. Tags are keywords used to classify contentHelps you and others find contentYou select as many tags as necessaryTags allow readers to quickly locate topics of interestHash Tag - #prefix (twitter) #edtechAllows you to create communities of people interested in the sametopic by making it easier for them to find and share info related to it
  10. 10. Simple tools that extend the surf and search capabilitiesWith a single simple mouse click, you can share a videoon FaceBook, add an item to Amazon wishlist, add a bookmark toDelicious, and perform various activitiesYou dont actually "install" a bookmarklet -You simply add it to yourbookmarks - It just sits there patiently until you want to use itVery safe – ignore if you get warning messageI use it to save and store useful websites I find
  11. 11. What are the best SitesSocial bookmarking may be the most well-known, withservices like Delicious and Diigo, -people to tag and saveinteresting blog posts and websites - Diigo videoBy following others who use these sites, you can not onlyhandle your own curation efforts, but subscribe to the thingsthat other people have deemed important
  12. 12. Bookmarking may not adequateContent changes/disappearsEven when it does not change, it can be difficult toremember why you stored that linkVisual – like a list of links
  13. 13.’s first mission is to help people publishgorgeous magazines by means of curationVisual, appealing magazine formatWhat is Scoop.It - video
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  15. 15. Been named over and over as the hottest new website for 2012Virtual pinboard - allows you to organize and share all the beautiful thingsyou find on the webBrowse pinboards created by others to discover new things and getinspiration from people who share your interestsCourtney Lowery Cowgill’s article - it’s part social networking (kind of), partbookmarking, part curating, part bloggingWhat is a pin? - Image added to Pinterest - can be added from a websiteusing the Pin It button, or upload images from your computerLinks back to the site it came from
  16. 16. Pinterest in Education (good article)Teachers use it to display ideas regarding classroom organization andmanagement, lesson plan ideas and assessment tools, etc.Could have great potential, as does, for students to organizetheir research/sources on particular areas or topics they are exploringI think it could also be a great portfolio device to post progress of theirwork and thinking, adding visuals, audio and video etc.
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  18. 18. Shelfster - allows you to capture information from everywhere and create online documents with all thegathered information at your fingertips.MentorMob - getting quite a bit of press on Twitter lately, its one of the best around for curating the webinto "playlists." These playlists can contain different types of media such as video, articles, pictures, etc. Oncethese playlists are created, they can be rated and shared with others.PearltreesBundlrPaper.Li - very popular site among bloggers and educators for creating an online newspaperout of their web content - once a "newspaper" is created, automatically updates thepaper by monitoring news contentIf that’s not enough – 50 more
  19. 19. The teacher remains the igniting source andhelps students find the resources in a processwhere they learn how to find the answers totheir own questionsIn this process they appropriate the learningand exploration process thus engagingthemselves in the adventure of gainingknowledge
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  21. 21. LiveBinders Tips and Tricks
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  23. 23. Box.net
  24. 24. Email: pball@necc.mass.eduto subscribe to the Northeast SABES practitioner listserv, go to: