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Teacher's Guide to Digital Curation

"When information is abundant filtering becomes a necessity" a quip which speaks to the core problem underlying much of our digital literacy practices today. This tsunami of digital content overflowing from all sorts of digital media and social networking websites has brought about so much junk raising thus a serious concern about the quality of what we consume online.

In the face of this dire situation, content curation emerges as one the important skills necessary for the 21st century learners. It is, in my view, as crucial as the other highly praised skills of problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication . Students (and teachers as well) need to be empowered with the appropriate tools to harness this over abundance of user generated content created by the"social, participatory web".

What is digital curation ?
Digital curation or content curation " is the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets "(Wikipedia). The purpose of the digital curator is to compile and provide a high quality resource around a given topic by filtering what he'/ she perceives as worthy of curation. The curators act  on the basis of  their discretion and personal insights. They embrace the role of a judge.

Tools for digital curation
For the selection, preservation, and maintenance of high quality digital content , digital curators require access and use of a wide variety of tools. Below are some examples:

Scoop.it


This is one of my favourite content curation tools. Scoop.it provides you with the possibility to create boards under different nomeclature and embed content from the web onto them. You can also follow what others curate and interact with their content.

Flipboard

This is a tool that allows iPad users to access the content of their curated sites in a magzine like format. You can connect your Flipboard to your Twitter or Facebook profiles and start reading feeds from your social media as if you are reading a magazine.

Paper.li

Paper.li is a content curation tool for Twitter. It allows users to create magazines from their Twitter feeds. Other similar tools for Twitter curation includes : Tweetdeck, and HootStuie.

Storify


Storify users tell stories by collecting updates from social networks, amplifying the voices that matter to create a new story format that is interactive, dynamic and social.

Pinterest

This is a visual bookmarking platform that allows you to organize and sort your digital content into pin boards.

Livebinders

LiveBinder is another cool content curation tool that allows you to bookmark your digital resources into binders.

Zite

This is similar to Flipboard in that it provides you with a personalized  magazine like platform for your feeds.

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