I have just read a really good article by Audrey Watters from the consistently good “Mind/shift” site called “How Can Web 2.0 Curation Tools Be Used in the Classroom?” .
The main emphasis of the article is the curation of web articles, posts, videos by the use of an excellent new tool called “scoop.it”. I discovered this site by following a link from a Tweet and requested a chance to take part in their Beta trials.Basically, the program allows you to use a bookmarklet to enter information into an e-file that they can suggest new content for (by scanning the web) or which your “friends” can suggest new content for. You can of course add content (or delete content) as you go along.
I have made my own file called “The Launch of Google Plus” which I found very interesting to put together,as well as having one friend suggest two additions which I put into the content. The great thing is that this is a continuous process so I can put in new additions to the material as they come along which keeps my topic up-to-date.
I have also had the chance to look at the files created by people I know and these have been a really good way to explore topics of interest which someone has already taken the time and trouble of filtering through the sea of information to choose items that I can read, watch, interact with. Here’s a good example from Ian Guest called “Technologies and Learning“.
I see a lot of potential for this kind of web curation being used in schools and feel this is one new tool that has a great future.