WEEK 11 (ALMOST): BECOMING CONTENT CURATORS

October 30, 2014

This post is a little early, but I will be out of the class Monday, attending Media Monday with my news and yearbook staffs, so I wanted to give you a running start on next week’s lesson and activity.

This past week you all have been researching your Passion Projects and likely collecting some information. By collecting, I mean you may have pinned some items on Pinterest so you could go back to them; you may have favorited a tweet that related to your topic (with or without an article linked); you may have saved a YouTube video to your channel, maybe started a playlist. Maybe you just copied and pasted links to some items you found onto a document so you could find them later. Maybe you wrote down the information you needed in a handy-dandy notebook. Or maybe you read, then closed the tab, thinking you’d gotten all the info you needed from that site.

You’ve researched, and you’ve collected. It’s time to talk about curating.

  1. To curate something in a museum or art gallery setting is to select, organize and look after the objects or works of art.

  2. To curate content is to collect, select and present information or items such as pictures, video, music, etc. for people to use or enjoy, using your professional or expert knowledge.

It’s that second definition we’re after this next week. Regarding your topic, you will go over your collection of information, perhaps continuing to research and collect, select the best, most significant of it all (5-10 pieces of content) and present it as your collection of information. Using the web-based app, Scoop.it, you will be able to add to your collection whenever you want, promoting it through Twitter, Facebook, other social media you use or simply through the Scoop.it community.

Here’s a look at mine with a couple of relevant articles I added this morning about my Passion Project, so that I could use it as an example for you.

Your mission: Make a Scoop.it account (tied to your gmail with, yes, another password to remember), and begin curating your top pieces. By the end of next week, write a blog post with a link to your Scoop.it so we can all enjoy some of what you’ve found. That can be your Passion Project update for next week, so you get a 2-fer, two for the price of one: You learn about curating and how to use Scoop.it AND you will have your weekly PP update.

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