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?