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Day 14: All a twitter about curation

Yesterday we looked at curating information purposefully using Scoop It as a quality tool for this purpose. In some ways, Twitter is a multi purpose tool belt. Today we return to twitter to examine ways to use it as a curation tool.

As part of the Day 14 activities, we introduce you to  Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano  who has written extensively about using Twitter for curating information.

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Graphic adapted from https://twitter.com/langwitches/status/525916565170966530

We look forward to hearing about your curation experiences.

Happy learning!


Day 13: What’s the Scoop?

One of the most powerful aspects of our connected journey is making connections and information “work for us” by informing (and challenging) our professional practice. There is no doubt that we live in an information rich time, so having tools to help us locate  and organize information relevant to us is important.

What’s the Scoop?

The getting connected task for today is to explore a curation tool known as Scoop It.  Day 13  walks you through taking a look, signing up and curating your own content.

Happy curating!

Day 12: Curation as a Critical Digital Literacy

Today is Day 12. If you are just starting with us today, you might want to check out Day 1 here.

We often hear from teachers and leaders who have just had their “coming out of the cave” moment – that realization that their colleagues are learning together in powerful ways online, and they had no idea they were missing out.

Suddenly they realize that the information flow is just too overwhelming.  They don’t know their next step.

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Shared by Alan Levine (@cogdog) under a CC BY 2.0 license.

Curation is a way to start making sense of the information overload that is social media and the web.  Curation is the process of sorting and sifting through, sensemaking and organizing, and sharing back the information that you think is valuable.

Curation is a critical digital literacy.

Connecting with great curators will enhance your ability to effectively and efficiently learn online.

Today we begin to explore the importance of curation for educators and learners of all ages.

Congratulations on continuing to become a connected leader!


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From “Digital Leadership” by Eric Sheninger.

#OSSEMOOC Twitter Chat

This week our learning and connecting opportunities include an OSSEMOOC hosted twitter chat on Tuesday November 3rd at 8:00 p.m. (EST).


New to Twitter chats?  Here are a few resources that explain the basics.

  1. Demonstrating twitter chats (OSSEMOOC resource)
  2. Day 8: Peeking inside a Twitter Chat (OSSEMOOC resource)
  3.  Beginners guide to twitter chats
  4. How to participate in a tweet chat

Our topic this week is learning through curation, and will use the  #ossemooc  hashtag.  We hope you will take some time to join in! 

Sharing Our Learning: Timing  and Guideline (Revised) 

8:00  Welcome
8:08  Q1:  Share something that you are currently reading for professional learning (book, blog etc.).
8:16  Q2:  Share something that you learned on Twitter that was relevant to you.
8:24  Q3:  What tool has worked best for you to curate information online? What did you like about it?
8:32  Q4:  Share one tool that you would like to learn more about.
8:40  Q5:   What is one thing that you would like to explore by the end of 2015?
8:48 Q6:  Share with the group an event that you would like to attend virtually. (#hashtag or conference link).
8:59  Wrap up

Curation and Information Literacy

This Tuesday, May 26th at 8:00 p.m. EDT, we are thrilled to welcome Deborah McCallum  (@bigideasinedu)  to share her work on curation as an important part of information literacy,  a skill that serves educators and learners alike. Whether used as an instructional strategy or skill for learning, it is an effective element of knowledge building, taking ownership, and bringing context to the learning process.

You may join the online presentation and collaboration room anytime after 7:30 p.m. EDT by clicking  [here].  As an alternative, you may listen to our  internet radio broadcast.

We look forward to your participation.


May 21, 2015: Curating Content with Scoop.It

Yesterday we looked at the important digital literacy skill of curation.  Today, we learn to use a popular curation platform (Sccop.It) both as a place to gather curated material in areas you are interested in and as a place for you to share back content that you want to curate.

As a resource, we are using Day 13 from our 30 Days of Getting Connected: Curating with Scoop.It.


As a challenge today, set up your own Scoop.It account and share a link you have found valuable this month.  Then, share back on Twitter using the #OSSEMOOC hashtag.

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 14 – Twitter as a Curation Tool

We have now hit the two week mark since we started spending 10 minutes each day getting connected together!  Congratulations on your progress so far.  Please remember to ask for help by leaving a comment on the blog.

If you are a connected educator already, please feel free to add more to our “10 minutes” by sharing your learning here as well.

Today we go back to Twitter.  Last week we asked you to create an account, and we demonstrated how to start following some of the learning on Twitter.

We use what we learned this week about the value of curation as a skill and practice, and we consider how Twitter can be used to access curated content and contribute your own curated content.

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano has written extensively on this topic.


twitter as a curation toolWe have already considered how to collect information and learn from others on Twitter.

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As we build our PLN,  we are, in a sense, customizing the information we receive on Twitter.  We follow people with similar interests, who act as curators for us.

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For example, we follow ECOO Director Alana Callan on Twitter, because we know that most of  what she posts will be of interest to us.

Last week, we shared how “real time curation” works to allow us to be part of a conference or event we could not otherwise attend, or to share with others from an event we are attending.  ECOO Director Colin Jagoe demonstrates this at the BIT14 conference:

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Today, consider how you are acting as a curator on Twitter.  How are you sharing the resources that interest you?  Do you select a quote from a resource as you share it?  Perhaps you add your own thinking to challenge the thinking of others.  Do you ask questions to promote deeper thinking and invite conversation?

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How can you leverage your presence on Twitter to take ownership of your own professional learning?  How can you be a valuable contributor to the professional learning of others?


Further Resources for Consideration:

Langwitches Blog: Twitter as a Curation Tool

 Curated learning

Digging Into Curation

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 13 – Curating with Scoop.it

As we think about the importance of curating the vast amount of information on the internet, it helps to have tools to assist us in our practice.  We can begin by collecting resources that are valuable to us, comment on the value of the resource, and share it with our PLN.

Similarly, we can use the same tools to tap into the resources that other educators have chosen, and read their insight into the importance of the information.

A simple tool to start us on the path of deeper and more meaningful curation is Scoop.it.  This tool was originally a free opportunity to build a number of “topics” to share resources.  You will notice as we work through this that Scoop.it has now limited the number of free ‘topics’ you can have, and there is intrusive advertising asking you to upgrade your account.  The concept behind how this tool works is still valuable to learn.  Once you have used it, you may find that you want to migrate to a different tool without all of the advertising.

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Even if you don’t have a Scoop.It account, you can access links from other sites such as Twitter.

When you see the article on the Scoop.It page, even as a non-member, you can share it with your PLN on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook using the buttons below the article.




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To begin curating with Scoop.It, navigate to the site:  http://www.scoop.it/


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Choose the “Join Free” green button in the top right corner.


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Choose “I don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account”, and fill in the form to sign up.


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Your page will be created, and you will need to confirm the account in your email.


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The email message will look like this:

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Click the link and your account will be confirmed.  You will be asked to select some areas of interest so that you have a stream of information to begin.


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Create a “topic”.  At OSSEMOOC, we chose “Connected Leadership” because that’s our purpose.  What will you curate information on?

Starting with a fairly broad topic allows you to curate a wide array of resources.  Starting with a narrow topic helps to fill a curation niche that may not already exist.  It’s important to choose a topic you are passionate about.

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Now you are ready to start curating!

So let’s start by looking at what Ontario Leaders are writing about in their blogs.  I will begin at https://ossemooc.wordpress.com/ and check out the blog links. Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 7.23.02 AM

Kristy Keery Bishop is a diligent blogger and she often challenges our thinking.  Today we can see that she has shared her thinking around the idea of Remembrance Day becoming a national holiday.



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I want to share this post with my PLN, so I copy the link.


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I past the link into the “new scoop” box and click the green double arrow button.



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Now I have a space below the post to add my own thinking (“add your  insight”).


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This is where you curate.  What did you learn from the post?  What is valuable for other educators? What questions do you have?  Your insights help other educators decide if they want to read this post.

What would you want other curators to share with you to help you make this decision?


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Click the green “Publish” button, and your first post is complete!

Now, let’s share your great work with your PLN on Twitter.  Put your mouse on your posting and a series of icons appears at the bottom.  Choose the right-pointing arrow in the bottom right, and sharing information will be displayed.




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Copy the URL, go to your Twitter account, and create a tweet that includes the URL.



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When your twitter PLN clicks on the link, they will see your posting and your comments.

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If they have a Scoop.It account, they can “rescoop” the posting, add their own comments, and post it on their own “Topic”.

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This is what it looked like when I ‘rescooped’ the OSSEMOOC posting to my own “Topic”.


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How can you “rescoop”? If you follow other topics, you will automatically see what others are scooping when you log in to your page.

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If you move from “My Curated Topics” to “My Followed Topic”, you can choose some other topics to follow.

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Enter your interest area into the search box, and suggestions are immediately populated.


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Narrow your search, and then click the search button (the magnifying glass icon)


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A number of topics will appear.  It is tempting to follow all of them.  First, let’s check to see how active they are.  If I mouse over the topic, I get some details.

Education and Leadership is exactly what OSSEMOOC wants to follow, but when I look at the stats, I see that the last posting was almost two years ago.  I don’t think I am going to get valuable new insights by following this topic!

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Similarly, this topic has a terrific title, but it has very few followers and no recent updates.

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By comparison, look at this! Lots of activity here!  I think this might be a great place to learn more about what is happening in the world of Distance Education Leadership, so I will follow this one.

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This topic looks like it has a huge following as well, and it has regular updates.

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This one looks new, but active, and this is a topic we want to learn so much more about, so I choose to follow it as well.

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Now I can return to my own home page.


And I can check out “My Followed Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 7.46.37 AMScoops” since I am now following some new topics.

Tom D’Amico from Ottawa has scooped a very interesting science resource.



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I can click the “rescoop” green button to automatically curate this resource and add it to my topic.  I “add my insight”, which I admit is minimal at this point because I have not viewed the resource yet.


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After publishing this on my site, though, I can come back and edit my comments at any time.  I can add value to my curated topics after I have spent more time with the resource.

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This is what the resource now looks like on the OSSEMOOC Topic page, and I can now share it with our PLN.




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Now you are well on your way to curating resources, and sharing curated resources with your PLN.

If you need help with this tool, please leave a comment on the OSSEMOOC blog.

We look forward to learning with you.


Follow the OSSEMOOC Scoop.It site here.






Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 12 – A Deeper Look at ‘Curation’ in Professional Practice

Over the past few days we have been looking at tools to help us share valuable information and learning with others in our Professional Learning Network.  By sharing, you are telling others that you believe something is worth their time.  It is also a way for you to sort the content you want to look into more deeply in the future.

Content curation can be deeper than simply organizing information.  In the video below, Robin Good compares curation with choosing food when you are hungry.  When we need to find information on a topic, “Googling it” isn’t enough any more.  There is just too much out there.  We want a deeper understanding.  We want to read an explanation of the topic – a remix of sorts.

Similarly, when we are hungry, just going to a fast food outlet and grabbing the quickest thing on the menu is not necessarily what we want.  We would like something more substantial.  We want to be able to choose the restaurant and then enjoy what the restaurant has to offer.

As educators, how can we begin to think more critically about the information we are taking in?  How can we more effectively share that information with our network?

Curation is also a reflective process.  Reflecting on content helps us remember it more clearly, and to build on it as we take in more information.

Sue Waters has written extensively on the process of curation.

Click on the image to read the full article.
Click on the image to read the full article.


As important as curation is for our own professional learning, it can be argued that students need to learn curation as a key 21 C skill/competency.


Click the image to find the original post at edumanity.com.
Click the image to find the original post at edumanity.com.


Barbara Bray explores this topic further in her blog, and asks, “If  you don’t take the time to read the contents and just Scoop-it, then is the resource really useful and valuable?

Curation skills can include:

  • understanding keywords and tags
  • scanning text
  • reading and summarizing content
  • building connections
  • choosing appropriate resources
  • sharing resources
  • promoting and branding topic”

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Certainly content curation skills are important for educators, as we model the kind of learning we want for our students.

How do we properly attribute the information we are sharing?  This is a poorly understood aspect of online curation. If you want to explore further, this post attempts to address the issue: The Curator’s Code.  You can find more here: Brain Pickings on the Curator’s Code.

Honouring your source of information is the underlying thinking behind the idea of a curator’s code.  For example, if Mark posts a terrific article on Twitter, and I go and read it, I wouldn’t share it on Twitter again without adding via @markwcarbone, just to demonstrate that Mark shared it first and sent me off to learn from it.  Honouring your source is always the best practice when sharing and remixing.

Take a few minutes today to consider the role of curation in your professional life (both sharing and learning), and as a critical skill for our students.  We have posted some reading below, as well as a video conversation on the topic of curation.

As we work through this week we will explore tools for deeper levels of curation – more than just sharing links.



Sue Waters: Curation – Creatively Filtering Content

Barbara Bray’s Curation Scoop.It Page

Students Build Knowledge Together: Langwitches Blog

Edudemic:  20 Free and Fun Ways to Curate Web Content

50 Ways to Curate and Share Web Content

Curation as a Tool for Teaching and Learning

Robin Good on Curation:

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 9 – Beginning to Share Content

Update: We have added a screencast guide to today’s learning.  We hope this is helpful for you!


Over the past week we have been looking at different ways to find content online to help us with our professional learning.  While we still have more tools to explore, today we are taking a pause and looking at the bigger picture.

At one time, we would read articles, and if they were useful to us, we might clip them or copy them, and file them away for future use.  Everyone had their own private filing cabinet full of clipped articles and other resources they might pull out later to use for specific purposes.

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 Sarah Cady via Compfight cc

Now we search and save online, but it is much more powerful if we share what we are saving.

For example, if I taught Geography of Canada, I might clip articles about ecozones or national parks.  But what if I had access to the articles that all of the Geography of Canada teachers were clipping, sorting, and saving?

As we collect content and think critically about how we can use it and/or integrate it into our practice, we can organize that content and share it with others.  This is the beginning step as we move toward content curation.

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We will be digging into the idea of content curation as we work through the next week.  Today we want to keep it simple and explore how “social bookmarking” works to help us aggregate resources. While our video selection is a bit dated, we do love how it really breaks down the ideas.  If you have a more recent video to share, please suggest it in the comments.

Please take about four minutes and see how social bookmarking can help make the process of accessing resources so much more efficient for you and your Professional Learning Network!

Social Bookmarking by Common Craft




Further Resources:

Five free social bookmarking tools – Edudemic

Social Bookmarking – Mind/Shift

Delicious Help Page

Learn it in 5:  Social Bookmarking in the K-12 Classroom

Learn Camp: Social Bookmarking

Social Bookmarking Explained for Teachers (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)

“Share” photo credit: Funchye via Compfight cc