This is the part that I am most excited about. Below you will find my Social Curation of all my favourite resources I have found along the way of my journey. A fantastic thing about Social Curation is that you can have as many resources as you want, however Robin Good cautions, an authority in Social Curation, that you still need to be picky about what you put in to your curation because there is the potential to go overboard and publish pointless and low-quality resources and as he quotes:
'If you are a novice content curator do not go for quantity. That is not what makes the difference. Go for high-quality, and consistency. Steer away from the temptation of republishing or sharing anything that you have not read and vet in full' (Good, 2015).
I was very happy I read all of his suggestions and recommendations before I started. It is not about reading the first paragraph and copying and pasting a link into your curation because it 'sounds good'. I made sure that I read all the articles in full and agreed with what they were saying. Robin Good (2015) also makes mention that it is important that 'brilliant curators' never published something they didn't believe in.
"The best curators out there did not build such impressive followerships by carelessly retweeting, sharing or promoting low-quality content" (Good, 2015)
I chose to use Scoop.it! because it appears to gives more room to annotate each resource. I am very familiar with Pinterest so I wanted to try something different and learn something new.
Important note: There is a Paywall associated with some of the resources. As I am lucky enough to be able to gain access through QUT I am able to access the PDFs in full, however I have linked the resources to the Abstract page and then if required you can go through the Paywall. I have tried to limit my resources from Paid Resource Platforms so you can get more out of my Social Curation than frustration.
The following questions will be thought about and addressed when giving the annotation to each resource:
Please click the below image to access my Scoop.it! curation. As there is no where to comment on each of my resources, please feel free to add a comment on my 'Feedback/Contact Me' form below.
Imaged accessed from Sccop.it! Screen shot & Link created by Author
I found Scoop.It! extremely easy to use. Only occasionally did it freeze, but most of the time it was well behaved. One of its limitations is that you cannot leave a comment, however I like how you can write a lot and it then displays the entire text of the annotation.
It is laid out clearly which means you can see where you put the link in and it automatically opens up the window to put an abstract, picture and annotation. I also feel that all the resources are laid out clearly and they are very easy to read and access. It is also a good thing that they open up in a new window because sometimes it can be frustrating to always go 'Back' rather than simple exit the window.
I have never been exposed to Social Curation before, but it seems like there are many helpful websites out there that can assist in ensuring you know all the rules, helpful hints and suggestions as to how to make your social curation a good one. I think this is a fabulous way to get students to show their references and resources they used with assignments. I am sure to use this in my classroom for my next unit - I love it!! I think all QUT lecturers should learn how to curate information so we can submit our Reference List in this way rather than typing them out!
Miss Megan Elizabeth
Australian living in Johannesburg, Primary School Teacher, IT Teacher, World traveller
Yoga header image used with permission : (c) http://blog.zenward.com/key-actions-vrksasana-tree-pose/
The Yogi of Inquiry Learning and Re-search
Yoga Pose: The tree