Curating, bookmarking and sharing web content is one of the skills every 21stcentury teacher should have. Internet has grown to be, if not the primamry then a great resource of information and knowledge. Students as well as educators are having a free unlimited access to this treasure trove whenever and wherever they are.One of the things we need to pay heed to, howver, is the information load the net exposes us to. This information load if not handled carefully and wisely can have some severe reverse impacts on the way we benefirt from intenet educationally.This is why the need for for using bookmarking and content curating tools has become very important especially for us in the field of education.
So after having learned how to clip web content and annotate it using this list of great free web annotating tools, we are going to explore some of the equally important and free tools but this time for bookmarking and curating web content.
The bookmarking and content curating tools below are very important in the sense that :
- They allow you to collect, aggregate, curate and bookmark links to resources they can read later on
- They let you share resources you have collected about a topic with colleagues and students
- They help you gather and organize web content
- They let you develop your personal learning network and introduce you to a community of like minded people
- They allow you to create a community for sharing resources in your school or work environment
- They help you grow professionally and expand your focused knowledge
- They make learning a life-long experience
Here is the list :
This is one of my favourite tools for bookmarking and curating content. It allows users to create text, photo and audio notes that auto-synchronize across different platforms. Users can also easily access and share files of different formats, read The Utimate Guide to The Use of Evernote in Education to learn more.
This is another awesome service that every teacher should be using. It allows you to organize your resources and links into tabs and folders. Check out this awesome Livebinder to see how it looks like when you organize your links.
This is a relatively new website but has a huge potential in education. It allows you to create virtual and visually appealing boards where you can pin pictures and videos found from around the web. Check out my Pinterest to have an idea ph things look like there.
I have been using ScoopIt for many months now and I found it a great tool for web content curation. You can create categories with titles and description and start adding links you find online to them. Check out my ScoopIt to see how it looks like there.
This is also a great website where you can bookmark and curate web content. It has a nice tagging system that allows you to aggregate links under same tags for easy access. Check out my Delicious page to learn more.
I love Diigo and use it almost daily. There are two uses for Diigo, the first as a bookmarking tool where you can bookmark and organize the links you come across online and you can also check other users links and bookmarks. The second use is as a community of practice where you join groups of like-minded educators to learn and grow professional and if you want have an idea about the best educators groups to join on Diigo then check out this post
This is a dashboard where you can add and organize your links and RSS feeds. It provides various layouts to choose from and you can check Nick Peachy's great NetVibe page to learn more.
I love this tool and I have been using it since the first day it went viral. MentorMob allows you to create beautiful playlists of your links and you can share them with the rest of the world. Checkout my MentorMob page to learn more.
Storify lets you curate social networks to build social stories, bringing together media scattered across the web into a coherent narrative.
This web service allows you to clip web content and share it with other ot embed it on your website or blog. It is very easy to use and has a user friendly interface.