To Curate and Associate

Social Media and Digital Publications Surfed

Leave a comment is an agregration tool to expand curation of internet content. You can compile articles from other sources by “clipping” the article using their button in your browser. Depending on your topic and quality of curation, you can amass follwers. You can also publish your curated material through your typical social media: twitter, FB, linkdn, instagram. Material can also be found from your different news feeds.


The site once logged in is free, easy to use, one-click access to articles, and shows other related notebooks and the amount of followers of that notebook.


If you are looking for a site to draw material from global sources, in real time, and publish your curated material on your news feeds, hits it out of the park. Once I logged in on the site I was able to find articles that I could use immediately for both my consumer audience and my staff. Being able to quickly get to the gist of an article and then being able to dissemenate that information made for very effective communication.


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Weekly Reflection

Looking back we can understand the mystery of probing into the abyss of the web to find tools on PLNs and curation. An active and well thought out PLN can lead to superior curation. Superior curation leads to increased subscriptions and hopefully an increase in goals: whether they are academic or professional. It is much easier to see the difference now between quality tools and criteria after 2 months of reading various articles dating back to 2010 when curation and PLNs were a hot topic among academic institutions. Various tools have been created to automate both processes and those same tools prove that an old business adage is still true today, “it’s not always what you know, but who you know” and “knowing is half the battle”. Automated curation is not a solution to replace manpower.

Leave a comment – Pretty Sweet

Summary: is a website for content curation. It allows a user or guest to search through blogs, news sites, and published posts. It allows a user to migrate and effectively curate the information onto a facebook or twitter account.




Criteria: Content curation requires a lot of time fetching new and relevant content. Many times without adequate research time, you know you have missed an angle. Most times the same piece of original content is recycled through other news channels. Finding the source article is key to being to being able to correctly interpret for your audience the information.

Summary: is user-friendly, intergrated with Facebook and Twitter, and promotes content curation. Most times to publish your curation, you copy a link then login into your social site and paste with comments. brings active, up to date information in a thumbnail format easy to read and filter through. Then promotes a user to curate that information and posts the link and comment to their twitter and facebook account with 1-click.

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3 Different Types of PLNs


This site is very resourceful for determining a direction in tools for your PLN. It separates PLN tools into 3 categories: Synchronous, Asynchronous,  and Semi-synchronous. This is a great site to evaluate your time commitment to your network. The article was written for educators in Lincoln, Nebraska school district. The article covers perspectives for the usage of the twitter tool.

Here is a great quote from the site that reinforces its advice for building a PLN:

“At the heart of every PLN is its members. … Learners become amplifiers as they engage in reflective and knowledge building activities, connect and reconnect what they learn, add value to existing knowledge and ideas, and then re-issue them back into the network to be captured by others through their PLNs. Working your PLN involves a great deal of responsibility because you are almost certainly part of someone else’s network.”

“Preparing children for an unpredictable future means helping them learn to teach themselves. That is why lifelong learning is such a crucial part of the education conversation and why modeling a learning lifestyle is one of the best things that teachers can do today.” 

– David Warlick, “Grow Your Personal Learning Network”
‘Learning & Leading with Technology’, March/April 2009


My criteria in recommending this site was to answer the question: “How to select the right professionals in your network?” The site does not expressly address this question, but does prepare a potential member for their professional network. It warns the person of usage of the Twitter tool and its capabilities. It brought to my attention another question, “How much time will a PLN take to develop and operate?”


This article should be read to better understand the membership of a PLN. As a professional, time and its usage is calculated and critical for success. If you are not able to dedicate a full time operation to the membership of a PLN you need to be prepared before you start.

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The Ultimate List of Content Curation Tools and Platforms

Summary:  This article is titled: “The Ultimate List of Content Curation Tools and Platforms.”  It is the most comprehensive list I have seen this far.  Since we are going to start to work on our individual curation projects, I think it is an important article.  This list included brief summaries of each curation tools.  Since the summaries are brief, this means that in order to find the perfect tool for you as an individual, a lot more research is needed.  However, I think this comprehensive lists gives each of us a lot of options and shows how limitless content curation really is.  The link is:


Criteria:  The criteria I used to evaluate this source was finding curation tools I have not seen yet.  This article definitely fits the criteria as it is the most comprehensive list I’ve seen yet.


Recommendation:  This resource should be read because it gives us a lot of options for choosing how we are going to compile our own curation projects.  There are a lot of options listed here and the challenge will be finding a tool that best fits our individual needs.

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Scoop This: A Comprehensive Guide to for Content Curation


Summary:  This article focuses on Scoop-It for content curation.  This article gives an in depth explanation of what content curation is how you can go about establishing your own content curation project.  Since this is a big part of this course, I find this article invaluable for developing my own project.  This article also explains how to choose a topic for curation.  Scoop-it is a tool that incorporates social media into curation and allows the creator to choose information they think is relevant to their topic.


Criteria:  The criteria I used to evaluate this source is:  show me why this tool is better than others in the same field.  This article defines content curation and shows how Scoop-It can be used in developing your own content curation project.  This article seems to go right along with what we have been learning in this class.


Recommendation:  The resource should be read if you are considering Scoop-It as a possible curation tool.  The fact that is incorporates so many other social media tools makes it seem like the ideal tool for curation projects.  From what this article says, it will be difficult to find a tool as valuable as Scoop-It for content curation.


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Some Week 5 Rejections



I rejected this website because although it had a great definition of what content curation is, it did not have anything else that was relevant to the class.


I rejected this site because it was more about automatic publishing tools rather than curation.


I rejected this site because it is just a brief explanation of tools I’ve seen on other websites.  I did not see anything new or outstanding on this website.