Curation in an Age of Information Overload

Information. There’s so much of it. What’s a teacher to do to help filter out the debris and collect the gems?

One solution is Twitter lists. Set up a list of people on Twitter who say things you want your students to notice. Then go to paper.li and create an account. Set it up to create a daily paper from the tweets of the people on your list. You’re done. Your effort from then on is just a daily scan through the paper to see if anything great pops out at you.

See Why I’m Loving Paper.li for more.

Another solution is to set up a list of web sites and blogs that you want to watch at scoop.it. This takes more effort, both to set up and to curate. You get a daily reminder to go curate the search results for the day. This takes maybe 5 minutes. Most of what shows up will be rejected, but the quality articles can be “scooped up” and added to your information. And there is a bookmarklet for any post you find outside of the scoop.it search that makes it easy to add to your site.

See HTML5 News for an example.

There are other services that let you collect and share. Tumblr. Pinterest. Posterous. Storify. Even the bookmarking sites like Delicious – even though they feel a bit old fashioned now.

I like to post and comment on useful links. I want to let you know all the helpful articles I see during my day. That feels a bit old fashioned, too, but it also feels like sharing what I love. It helps me remember, too. If I post a useful link here and say something about it, I’m more likely to remember it than if I click a bookmarklet to add something to Tumblr or Scoop.it.

What works for you?

 

2 thoughts on “Curation in an Age of Information Overload

  1. Hmmm… checking out Paper.li

    I have yet to figure out something that will work for me… Would you have any advice on a better way to bookmark/categorize important links? My bookmarks folder is filled with several other folders and I feel like I need to keep adding folders. LOL. I guess one other important thing would be to be regular in cleaning up and updating one’s lists or what-you-have. :)

    • Paper.li is used for collecting posts from a Twitter list. So it doesn’t help you with bookmarking things you select yourself. I think the bookmarking services have kind of gone away – at least you never hear about them anymore. Do you use a feed reader to subscribe to things you want to read regularly? I use Inoreader and find it useful.

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