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“the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme."

~ Beth Kanter as quoted on Open Online Experience


Content curation happens in a variety of ways:
  • Within a Learning Management System
Examples include: Moodle, Blackboard, Schoology, Edmodo, It’s Learning, Canvas, BrainHoney
  • On a Webpage, Wiki or Blog
Examples include: Google Sites, Google Docs, Weebly, Wikispaces, Edublog, WordPress, and Blogger
  • Using a Web Tool both Teachers and Students can curate content
Examples include: Diigo, Delicious, Evernote, Pinterest, Livebinders, Symbaloo , LessonPaths, Learnist, EduClipper,, Bundlr, Bag the Web, SpringPad,, Feedly , Netvibes, Curatr, YouTube, Pocket , Twitter
  • Using Open Educational Resources
Examples Include: OER Commons, OER Resource Roundup, CK12, MIT OpenCourseware, P2PU, OpenStudy, NITXY, HippoCampus, Khan Academy, OCW Search, OER by Subject
  • Using Primary Source Material
Examples include: Digital Vaults, Docs Teach, Historical Scene Investigation, World Digital Library, Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources

*Thanks to the good folks at Open Online Experience for organizing content curation into the above listed categories.

*My requirements for content curation tools are that they be cross-platform (Mac & PC) and available on all my devices (desktop, laptop, iPad/tablet, iPhone/Android or whatever device I am using).

My current favorites:

Twitter (hashtags; professional); my user name is @debbiefuco
Diigo (bookmarks; professional) - debbiefuco is my Diigo user name
Pinterest (visual bookmarks; personal/professional) & EduClipper (visual bookmarks; professional/students) - debbiefuco is my Pinterest & EduClipper user name
Wikispaces (curating resources for professional/students)
Feedly (RSS - blogs, news, etc.; personal/professional)
Evernote (everything; I maintain both personal and professional accounts)

New: Checking out Pocket as of February 2014 (as of of my favorite tools!)

Tools other educators are using:

Symbaloo - Matt Gomez' post about this popular site.

Bag the Web - you can embed your bags of content onto a website, nice feature

Livebinder - Resembling a physical binder with tabs and all, many educators use this tool with their students. Check out the iPads in Schools Livebinder.

Which tools do you find helpful for professionally and with students? Which tools would you like to find out more about?

Content Curation and SAMR Model: Teaching Above the Line - ThingLink by Susan Oxnevad


To get the most out of Diigo, you will want to download Diigolet. I prefer Diigolet to the Diigo toolbar. According to the website, Diigolet is not as feature-rich as the Diigo toolbar, but it can be set-up by simple drag-and-drop - no download or installation needed, and it works for all major browsers. If you are using Chrome, there is a Diigo extension (app) that can be downloaded, as well.

The following demonstrates how Diigo will appear in the three browsers most used by the SMMA staff:

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Diigo bookmarklet and toolbar. I don't recommend toolbar because it take up too much room.

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Diigo and extension in Chrome.

Diigolet using Safari.

Remember, tagging is key to the usefulness of most web tools, and especially applies to bookmarking and content curation. A tag is a filter for Internet content. Diigo will recommend tags for content based on what other users have tagged particular sites. You need to choose tags that work for you. Useful Diigo features include - highlighting webpages, sticky notes, and social bookmarking.

How to videos:
- use the Diigo highlighting tool
- create a sticky note
- creating or joining groups Just created a group called SMMA-School, in case you wanted to share some bookmarks with each other.

*Join the SMMA School Diigo Teacher Group, if you are interested in exploring how social** bookmarking works and/or sharing your bookmarks with SMMA staff.

Check out the Diigo Video Library to find many more tutorials and tips. If you find a feature not mentioned here, please share!