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No. 82 The Treasure Hunt Club (2012年06月10日)

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■ The Treasure Hunt Club No. 82
June 2012 Treasure Hunt
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
Kanagawa Prefectural Institute of Language and
Culture Studies


Traditionally, a curator is a person who works for
a museum (or a gallery or library or archive). The
job of the curator is to collect and organize and
present a museum’s artifacts in a way that makes
those artifacts meaningful, understandable, and
interesting. Digital curation is term I hear more
and more recently. It refers to the process of
collecting web content and organizing it. For
several years, people have been making use of
aggregators on the web, to collect content and
stay updated. But recently, many services have
appeared that allow users to collect web content
and organize it and present it for a purpose―that
is, sites that facilitate curation. These sites
allow users to collect, share and “park” content
in visually appealing or intuitive ways. The act
of effectively curating is increasingly being seen
as an essential modern internet skill. It involves
constructing a personal learning network (PLN) as
a source of good content (through Twitter, YouTube,
blogs, Flickr, etc.) and then finding ways to
usefully organize and share that content.

A few months ago, I introduced Storify. It’s a
blog-like tool that you can use to find related
content, or organize content you find yourself―
images, videos, tweets―in one place. You can
reorder the items and add comments. It is a great
tool for taking an event and turning it into a
narrative. http://storify.com/

Another similar site is Storyful, though it seems
to have more of a news focus. It draws on various
feeds (mostly Twitter) and assembles collection of
information about the topic. It’s great for
following or reporting on a developing news story.

Paper.li has a Japanese user interface and it
organizes content in a way that feels more like a
newspaper, but it is also similar to the two above.
The amount of content at the site is not really so
large yet. For making your own pages it should be
as good as Storify or Storyful, though.

The site I found most useful is Scoop.it. It’s
better for organizing groups of websites visually.
It’s very easy to create topics, organize
websites and then share topics or links. At
present I’m using it for several pages of website
EFL Vocabulary Teaching and Learning:
Visual Learning for EFL:
Internet Resources for Paper-based EFL:
Websites for Blended EFL:

Pinterest, the recently super popular website, can also be used for curation. Here are two Pinterest pages that show how this can be done effectively:
Nic Peachey’s page of video pins:
Nic Peachey’s page of infographic pins:

Both Scoop.it and Pinterest allow you to add a
button to your browser that make adding new items
to your pages very easy.

For more on curation, please see this nice blog
posting by Corinne Weisgerber, who teaches social
media at St. Edward’s University. She explains
the concept nicely on this page and talks about
her experience getting learners to begin curating.
There is also a very nice slideshow she made for a
presentation last November.

That’s it for this month. See you next month.